WE MADE IT! Well, 2016 isn't over, but now that it's December we're all a little bit closer to ending one of the most chaotic years in a long time. Even though 2016 hasn't been particularly excellent, I still find value in documenting what's gone down this year.
I've been "Dear Diary-ing" since I was real little. My Mom always encouraged me to write out my thoughts as often as possible. She has a whole treasure trove of notebooks and her love of recording things passed down to me. I think my first diary had a cheap little lock on it and I probably wore the key around my neck. Even though I mostly talked about how mad I was that my parents reprimanded me or lamented about some boy not liking me back, that was my introduction to journal keeping.
In high school, my senior IB English teacher required that all his students keep a journal. We would share our entries aloud and the whole point was to foster creative and critical thoughts every day. I admit I never continued daily writing after that class, but his emphasis on the importance of documenting just reiterated everything my Mom had instilled in me from a young age.
So now as a college student, working a part-time job, taking 15 credits, trying to keep up my social life while still having downtime for myself, I find that journal keeping is as difficult as I make it. I try to finish my homework at least an hour before I plan on going to bed. This allows me to spend at least 20 minutes writing in my journal, 20 minutes for meditation, and another 20 for screwing around on Twitter. Approximately, of course. Sometimes I'll write in my journal for longer than that, but the point is that I make the time to write.
Below are the three journals I'm currently using. The turquoise one was a birthday gift from my Mom, it's from this really pretentious German company that supposedly has the best kind of paper for ballpoint pens or something. I admit, it is high quality. I use that journal for my spiritual thoughts. During and after meditations or Moon Circles, I'll write out what I learned or hope to practice. I also have a crystal log where I document the names of the crystals that I own, where I got them from, and their healing properties.
The Alex Elle Meditation Journal is one that I've had since 2015. It's set up so you write every single day, and you're supposed to start with the New Moon. Unfortunately, I wrote it in once when I first got it, forgot about it, and once I realized that I had it I had to wait for the next New Moon before I could start recording in it again.
My pink journal is a Moleskine that I decorated over the summer with lots of stickers. This notebook is my journal for traditional "Dear Diary" entries. I used to write daily lessons/things to consider after each entry, but that sort of fizzled out. I've been getting back into writing in this one, I definitely neglected it once I moved back to the dorms after the summer. But I also like having my turquoise journal for when I don't feel like writing traditional, well-phrased entries.