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Question: How much of this is all gonna be public like if I write in there about my deepest darkest fantasies, will this be displayed to the people of YouTube?
Life Change- 30 Days of Journaling
We asked four people to try journaling for 10 minutes a day, for 30 days straight.
Journaling regularly is thought to be a healthy way to help a person deal with emotions and improve mental health.
So I was thinking about my first time journaling and I was in sixth grade.
And I'd written this journal and my friends found the journal and read it out loud and laughed at me so I threw the journal in the trash.
I kept several journals as a child.
I would write who my crush was and what I wanted to do to my enemy.
I'm coming in as a grown woman with no journaling experience.
I had this red Ferrari notebook and like every other journal I've ever had I did about three entries and then that was the last entry.
Kind of hoping that maybe I'll at least fill up half the book.
I'm excited to journal because this is gonna be retribution for my stolen journal when I was abroad in college.
Week One
Ok, it's journal time.
I'm in my bedroom. There's my journal.
It's happening.
I'm hanging out in the back of my minivan and I'm about to do my first entry in my journal.
So far it's been kinda tough cause I'm out of practice my hand hurts and I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed be writing about.
I have usually been journaling so far in the evenings in my dining room which is where I am now
Um... I haven't been doing it that well. Gonna be honest.
Halfway Point
We checked in with our journalers to discuss their experiences and share their entries.
I spend way too much time sitting there going I should be journaling I should be journaling.
Don't you guys do that?
Um, it just comes out. It's like word vomit for me. And drawing vomit.
And I'm just like all over the place in this thing and then my cat plays with this string.
And it's so cute and amazing.
At first I was like, what do I want to write about? What I might...
And it's just kind of like coming out of me.
I mean it is interesting to have a journal which feels like the offline like most inner thoughts versus like all the social media that I work in.
To me it seems like Instagram and Twitter and all of those things are such a carefully architecture version of how someone wants to present their life.
And journaling is essentially at least for me about the messy complicated not so subtly thought.
You know Hillary got that journaling vs Instagram thing in my head.
And I haven't stopped thinking about that and she's totally right it's very...
It's very introspective.
Journaling is the opposite of Instagram and I've never journaled before.
And I've definitely Instagramed before and it's interesting to do both in the same day.
I'm a journaler at heart. It's just a way to create every day in some type of way.
When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
I think the question I would ask myself is when did you stop creating?
I'm enjoying this, kind of just taking this time for myself every day.
So I've been journaling a lot in my van, parked places.
I like to do it cause new environment is kind of inspiring.
My boyfriend is recording with his band right now.
And I'm doodling in my journal.
It's really fun to draw and write my journal while I'm around such created and inspiring people.
So I think I'm getting a little bit better at this journaling thing.
I've realized I can write down the weird dreams that I have about Tina Fey.
I've been trying to have a little bit more fun with the journal and do drawings and stuff.
But it also just feels like a chore all the time, just like my nightly homework assignment, draw in the journal.
Final Thoughts
This one I think you'll all enjoy: I am so overwriting in this damn book all the time. I quit.
So I'm not that into journaling.
What are your reasons? You don't like it? I've written nothing important.
It's like, I bought a projector today. Let's see how I like it.
I've been trying to figure out the best way to set it up. I need a screen.
That... like this. Why do I write that down?
You know, in retrospect I wish I'd hired a journaling Ghost Rider.
I think the number one thing I learned: I don't want to journal to like reflect on my life.
I think it's more fun to talk about silly weird stuff.
Red ink, red book, red shorts.
I was writing this while wearing red shorts with a red pen in a red book.
So I was really excited about that.
I realize that being looser really allowed me to have more fun with it.
Instead of going through Instagram or going on Twitter whatever, I would doodle in my journal for a second.
And I liked that a lot.
I learned there's a reason I haven't been journaling for so many years.
Cause like journaling is not my fav.
I think my big take-away is that journaling should be used as a sketch pad for your ideas and your thoughts. A place to let your mind wander.
I feel like there will be another period after this when it'll make sense to journal again.
Well I love that my cat loves the string. That's like my favorite thing ever.
My cats love journaling just as much like I do.
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30 Days Of Journaling • LIFE/CHANGE

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Diana T. published on July 31, 2017    Diana T. translated    Jack Lu reviewed
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