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    Self Discipline...

    These days everyone wants to take shortcuts. Immediate gratification is what they look for. I think it's not the best way to go about in life. Self discipline is very important, it gives you a lot of freedom and you get more done. It enables you to organize, prioritize and grow...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Feb 24, 2013

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    Everythings In My Journal So I Protect It

    I document everything. Every thought, nightmare, funny time, bad joke, awkward moments, everything. I had a journal on my computer at one point, when I'd just started. Then I caught my step dad going through it. That's when I switched to hand written. I knew he snooped...
    boklenHolley7 boklenHolley7 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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    This is a journal I wrote on August 17,

    2012 about my parents finding out about my bulimia: they found out! my secrets are all out! I have no more privacy no more dignity and all I'm left with is regret and shame. but am I really the one to blame. they know my secret. they brung me in their bathroom to talk. they...
    yonnie97 yonnie97 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    I Miss Keeping a Daily Journal

      I really miss the days I was able to keep a hand written journal. It started out a lined notebook paper and a Bic ball point pen, but grew into nicely bound- books with handmade paper. I would write in black ink only, with a Waterman fountain pen. I would put on a nice...
    Smokeseek Smokeseek 36-40, M 2 Responses Dec 16, 2008

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    I really like keeping a journal.

    Its good to write stuff down. Who agrees?
    cleocat1234 cleocat1234 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 29

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    I love to journal anything

    and everything. Even if it's something stupid or silly. I love to journal my feelings.
    gaiamoon82 gaiamoon82 31-35, F Nov 1

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    I like to write in a journal sometimes

    so that I can look back later on and see if my thoughts or outlook on something changed. I have a hard time explaining my feelings and thoughts to people so I write them down. It makes me feel like I am getting them all out and leaving them behind on that piece of paper. Its...
    thehopefulheart thehopefulheart 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 1

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    I have about 13 journals scattered all over my

    house. I have written in them for like 4 or 5 times and just abandoned them. Sigh.
    SimoneLovesManda SimoneLovesManda 22-25, F Oct 16

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    Every once in a while one should ask themselves

    if they are taking things too seriously. If yes, kick your own arse and have some fun. Nothing really is that important. I keep forgetting it sometimes. What matters is the quality of the moments that is passing us by. Moments will come and they will go...there is too much...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 24

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    I love the written word,

    the process of writing down my thoughts and feelings, and having a record of different times in my life.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 4

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    Heart Speaks...

    When your heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to interfere...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 19, 2013

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    Tis of Utmost Importance to Me.

    I've been keeping journals for quite a few years now. My mother used to make us keep them as part of school (I was home schooled, yes). Of course, I never put anything very personal in those journals, as my mother would read them. Then, when I was thirteen and the depression...
    SheistheLorax SheistheLorax 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 29, 2008

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    I Have Kept Many Journals

    I have some journals I keep here in my home and a few on line. I keep my most personal deep down thoughts in my home journal. I am mostly open in some of my on line journals but feel most thoughts are meant to be kept off line from people you do not know as well as you know ur...
    Shortylock Shortylock 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 22, 2008

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    I've kept a a daily journal

    since I was 12 years old. But as soon as i hit my early 20s it stopped being daily and more sporadic . I have not written in it since last year sometime but I make little notes of what I'd like to record in it . In total I have about 6 or 7 journal books the last being the...
    reader44 reader44 26-30, M May 19

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    I've been keeping a journal (well,

    multiple now) since 2006! It's quite interesting to go back and read journal entries from when I was a teen because I have changed so much. There have been times I haven't written in weeks, or even months, but I love that I have journals since age 16. Some of the things I have...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 27

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    For various reasons I won't go in this

    particular story, I find myself not particularly well understood by people around me generally in life. I used to get angry about this, now not-so-much, but it can still be frustrating. Partly I get around this by writing my thoughts in a journal. I find that reading back to...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 19

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    Andreacs Andreacs 16-17, F Nov 2

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    I've kept a journal since I went off to

    university in 2007. I love to open up a clean new journal and write the first entry, and I enjoy going back to read finished journals. Keep them safe and easily accessibly in case of fire. I don't actually write every single day, usually every other day, but sometimes multiple...
    canichangethislater canichangethislater 26-30, M Feb 25

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    Hooked

    I started keeping a jouirnal when I was about 9 or 10 years old. Yes sir thats right... my mum bought me my first jounral one christmas day and I was sooo excited to write on it right away. At the end of everyday I would write down every sinlge thing that has happened in that...
    krystlelane krystlelane 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 24, 2008

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    I've been keeping a journal

    for almost a whole year now, and I love doing so. I can write stuff in my journal I can't talk to anyone about. Especially since the last couple of months have been awful. I got all these vague symptoms and I was so tired and awful and I couldn't go to school anymore. I had...
    angeliqueth angeliqueth 16-17, F Jul 10

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    My Day Today

    I went on a LONNNNNNGGGG-*** hike today with "Friendzone" dude. It wasn't awkward (thank gawd!) and we didn't even drink, It felt good to get outside all day. We talked a lot and he was telling me some of his back story that I didn't know. He told me to read "The Ringing Cedars...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 16, 2013

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    some things I keep in my journal from tumblr

    and twitter could possibly be triggering. She said to me forget what you thought cause good girls are bad girls that haven't been caught. real bands save fans. i hope that this hate doesnst totally get to ash. I mean, just imagine three boys hurrying after a gurney thats...
    TealMarie TealMarie 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 17

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    I like to write in it

    whenever important things happen to me, and i draw in it as well and stuff. I'm really sad that one of my travel journals has gone missing :( it had irreplaceable photos and memories in it :(
    papercastles papercastles 22-25, F Nov 2

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    Beautiful Moments...

    i want my life to be filled with beautiful moments. i will live it that way. i am done with holding myself back for no particular reason.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 2, 2013

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    I just found a travel journal from four years

    ago that I'd completely forgotten ever writing. Such wonderful remembrances that would have been completely forgotten otherwise.
    Axelton Axelton 41-45, M Dec 5

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    October 25th 2011: "self Inflicted"

    In that moment, one that changed my life, I recall the sharp, silver blade of the knife. The nervous pain I felt inside, The way I stayed up all night and cried. It was never meant to be this way, But then again what do they say? Once a cutter, you're always one, Your actions...
    YourDisasterInEverAfter YourDisasterInEverAfter 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 15, 2012

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    Nice Writting In My Journal.

    I love to write in my journal.  I don't write in it everyday but when my thoughts and feelings are all cluttered up in my head it's nice to write them all down.  It helps restructure my thoughts, goals, ideas, and where I'd like to go in my life or what I'd like to do...
    slavebunny slavebunny 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2008

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    I think i'm that kind of person

    who really need to keep a journal because i forget things sometimes, I afraid that i would not distinguish who is the good guy and bad guy... Journal also made me know what i pursue in my life and recorded the changing of me which i think it's actually analyzing myself and it's...
    Dilemmi Dilemmi 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 13

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    Being There And Being Strong...

    It is important to be strong in every way. One never knows what kind of problem might surface at what time. I will be the pillar of strength for my family. They will find comfort in my presence. It's a mans job to be strong in every way. I need to move from strength to strength...
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    "Oho!" said the pot to the kettle; "You are

    dirty and ugly and black! Sure no one would think you were metal, Except when you're given a crack." "Not so! not so!" kettle said to the pot; "'Tis your own dirty image you see; For I am so clean – without blemish or blot – That your blackness is mirrored in me...
    TheMeBMini25 TheMeBMini25 22-25, F Sep 9

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    I've kept a journal for years.

    When I was unemployed, I would write in it for a couple of hours a day. Alas, this is no longer the case, but writing in it regularly helps keep the cobwebs out of my head and helps me work out my problems by writing through them.
    kidamy kidamy 31-35, F Jan 27

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    As I See It...

    There is a part of me which will always be untouched by all this drama around me. It gets awakened and illuminates me when i am alone. It tells me things i always wanted to know. It gives me insights, inspirations and ideas on various aspects of life. I couldn't always be in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Aug 24, 2013

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    Starting The Habit Again

    i have kept journals off and on throughout my life.  each time i look through old journals i wish i had been more faithful.  i need to start the habit again and keep up with it.  my journal is the one place i can be me and explore all my thoughts that others would probably...
    sariahsjourney sariahsjourney 36-40, F Oct 14, 2011

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    Whether journal or blog.

    It helps a person bring clarity and form to thought, which can sometimes be chaotic. It can also act as testimony and/or evidence when prosecuting criminals.
    KSO13 KSO13 22-25, M Mar 10

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    Material Success...

    So i was given a more challenging role at work. I was told my performance in new role will be watched for few months. The guy before me couldn't take the pressure and was let off. I did well, yesterday one of the seniors acknowledged my hard work and said i am doing a nice job...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 17, 2013

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    Journaling

    I have kept a journal most of my life. I got my first diary for Christmas when I was 8 years old. I would fill out the daily page at the end of every day writing what I had done that day. I have kept a journal ever since then. I don't always write in it every day now but I do...
    dreamcat22 dreamcat22 51-55, F 1 Response Oct 10, 2010

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    I don't write in it every day.

    Usually just when things weigh on my mind. But it helps me tremendously. It's with me always, no matter where I go. Because when the need to write hits me, it doesn't go away!
    maegan91 maegan91 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    I write almost everyday

    and it really helps. I can vent everything I can't say out loud. It helps me focus my thoughts an ideas and seeing things out all together on paper really helps me to see the boarder things to a problem and it's easier to solve them. I've kept a journal for 12 years. It...
    JennaReiko JennaReiko 22-25, F Feb 1

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    Been very productive at work

    lest few days. In a couple of months i should be where i wanted to be professionally. I hope everything goes well. Putting in a lot of hardwork and now passion too...earlier i would learn what i needed to learn but these days i want to surpass everyone...
    Unlearn Unlearn 31-35, M Oct 30

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    I'm afraid to see the things I've written in

    the past. Those things are to never be seen by human eyes again. Just like every other, this one will be burned when filled to the end. You might think it's a waste of time, but it's my drug of choice. I'd rather waste my words than waste my life.
    HeyItsKaylaMay HeyItsKaylaMay 18-21, F Apr 1

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    Beyond Definitions...

    I try to connect with my higher self as much as possible. My ego does surface from time to time in a subtle way. I don't mind it. I have my weaknesses and i am ok with them. I am only a human on a quest to self growth, which may be spiritual or may not be. The more i know the...
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    Little Things...

    Little things in life matter. There might be things you know you need to do but you let it slip anyway because you can. These little things accumulate and become a challenge sometimes. Let that inner voice be your compass and follow it, it will not let you down. There may be no...
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    I've been keeping journals

    and diaries since I was eight. It's kind of an outlet for me. I wrote down how I felt without having to tell people. You know when you're little you have to watch what you say because even if that's just how you feel, you will still get called a smart *** or something and be...
    123peppy 123peppy 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 3

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    A Life Partner...

    I always thought i can manage without one but these days i want one i feel... Here are my reasons for wanting one Sharing: There are times, i want to talk about stuff. Serious and silly stuff. I want to share them with someone who is "mine". My serious could be their silly or...
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    I love writing down every little thing,

    every moment, every text, every thought, every doubt...my journal is the friend I don't feel ashamed pouring my heart out to
    utterlyconfuseddd utterlyconfuseddd 16-17, F Aug 8

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    I've just now realized the only reason

    why I've been talkative is because I've been forcing my self to do so in order to find the bodacious like able popular girl in me. But now I realize that that never existed. Not will it ever exist. I am most definitely not what you see on TV. And I damn well need to stop trying...
    Heuristic Heuristic 16-17, F Nov 21

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    For the past two years I have kept the same

    journal and have filled some of its pages. Its a worn notepad, longer than it is wide, and with the cover coming off. I started writing in it when I was living in a different city a 1000 kilometers away. At the time I had thought about writing a journal as a string of very...
    Orchards Orchards 22-25, M Nov 22

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    I just finished the last page of a journal

    that I have kept for five years. Originally it was for keeping track of my time in Japan but I ended up only writing two entries while I was there. Then it became a place to just write down what ever was weighing on my mind at the time. I'm almost at a loss now that it's filled...
    SolitarySummer SolitarySummer 22-25, F 1 Response May 15

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    Problems And EP...

    It seems most people are here on EP because they are going through some sort of problem in their lives. Even i had joined when i was going through my own set of problems-mostly health related. I found few people who were going through what i was going through and there were...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 21, 2013

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    Have you ever looked at a blank sheet of paper

    and felt overwhelmed with the possibilities? If you are a writer, I am sure you have. Buying a new notebook is one of my greatest joys. Flipping through the pages, seeing the crisp white paper, perfect lines, and a beautiful untouched binding. Every August, when all the...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    Related Experiences

    In an effort to keep myself from spending too much time on EP, I've been writing in my journal again. I still prefer EP, it's easier to edit what you've written as you're thinking...
    Friability Friability 18-21 Dec 5

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