Years ago I was enjoying an episode of Oprah, she was sharing her love of journaling. Oprah was talking about how she’d been writing in her journals almost daily for years. My first thought was, “wow, those must be worth a million bucks!”. My very next thought was…..
It’s somewhere’s special to share your successes, joys and sometimes heart breaks. Pen to paper, for posterity. Even Captain Kirk started his day by dictating to a Cyber Journal, long before it was on anyone’s radar.
Today’s Star Date: 66742.66
Have you ever thought about how you would document your passions, projects, gardens, photography and other interests if you didn’t write a blog? It seems the shops are full of every option you could dream up, in a rainbow of eye-catching colour’s. I actually got that “I Can’t Sleep” journal from a friend. I have it beside the bed and write in it when I wake from a dream. Remember that crazy dream I had about bears? Yep, that’s what I’m leaving to future generations, thanks Oprah!
Before Boomdeeadda, I had a journal for crafting, poetry, home-decor and several scrapbooks. Some with artistic flair, others not so much. Long before I’d ever seen the inside of a scrapbook store, I kept this simple scrapbook of home decor ideas that I crudely clipped from all the many magazines I would buy. I really laughed at how primitive it looks now. It’s like Pinterest for Wilma Flintstone, LOL.
My little craft journal, a brag book really of things made for friends. It was a little more artistic, but still nothing too fancy. If you don’t keep it simple, it becomes a chore right?
I just Boomdee’d up the cover one day when I wanted to use up scraps from a recent project. You might even recognize the paper from my ‘Artful Story Telling’ post from February 1st.
Keeping a diary is not a new idea. Far from it. My friend Sheryl shares her grandmother’s 1913 diary entries each day at 100 years ago . Sheryl add’s charming articles and recipes from days gone by. I wonder if her Grandma ever thought it would be around in 100 years, let alone shared with fans world-wide. I’m sure her world was much smaller than yours or mine is today.
This Keel’s Simple Diary first caught my eye because it’s Aqua, but once I peaked inside I thought it was filled with pretty cool and original ideas. Instead of ‘a-page-a-day’ format, there’s a clever quote to enjoy, thought-provoking questions to answer or just a neat little survey to complete. Bonus, I think I’m actually going to learn a lot about myself this year. I can write in it as often or as little as I wish or even carry on in the same diary next year. I think that’s perfect for me because you might not know this, but while every day is magical, not all of them are diary worthy 😉
Julia over at Defeat Despair wrote a wonderful post about how journals, scrapbooks and blogs are capturing the everyday history you never read about in published history books and really help us see the exotic in the familiar. That really resonated with me. Reading your posts affords me the opportunity to do that everyday and I’m so grateful for that.
While blogging on WordPress has brought so many gifts to my life, I’ve also made a new commitment to keep my many journals and scrapbooks more current. I don’t want to tuck them away where they can’t be part of my day. Because whether or not your day is stellar, exotic or ordinary, there’s something special about ending it with “Dear Diary”.