I Keep a Journal

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    My journal usually turns into a mixture of

    records about how I'm feeling/what I've been doing, and lots of scribblings I make when working with self development and realizations I make about myself. I think I like it to be this way.
    FittingUsername FittingUsername
    22-25, M
    Jan 26, 2016

    HAPPINESS: Part 1 The first time

    that I ever experienced true happiness in my life was just under 2 years ago. It was February of 2014, and one afternoon I was injured by a piece of equipment in the kitchen I work in. I ended up in the ER that afternoon with a 2nd degree burn on my right foot. I was out of...
    iSpyce iSpyce
    Nov 28, 2015

    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

    Last night I got drunk off of Apple Ale

    Strawberry flavor or Apple? I forgot. Anyways, before I took the cold beverage out of the fridge I searched up how to get drunk quick. Seems my stomach was already empty so in a few minutes, I starting chugging. I spilled little drops of it but that didn't stop me from reaching...
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    Oct 15, 2015

    Is it dumb to spend so much time

    and energy on something no one will ever see? I work on mine every night. I draw, clippings and write poetry. But no one will see.
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 7, 2016

    Started about 4 years ago,

    now on my 4th journal, it's an outlet for my wild thoughts, a way to reflect and more importantly a way to communicate to my future bloodline. I'm leaving these along with many other things inside a treasure chest I have for my descendants...kinda like a time capsule
    PrometheusArcanus PrometheusArcanus
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jan 20, 2016
    Angela1992A Angela1992A
    22-25, F
    Feb 25, 2016

    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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    1 Response Sep 13, 2013

    I watched Anne frank

    and been encourage to keep writing but I think it would be really cool to have a friend or who ever u trust and swap journals to let someone read it and u read their journal and just see what the other person writes May seem stupid or weird but I would like to do it I dunno...
    Dezitorsmilez Dezitorsmilez
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 11, 2015

    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...
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    3 Responses Feb 24, 2013

    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

    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
    5 Responses Jul 29, 2008

    Of all my negative thoughts.

    I don't trust people, or like to be bothered. So written down my morid depression helps me coop with it. That and art.....and legos....and guitars
    zerofivenosh zerofivenosh
    Jan 7, 2016

    This is the first entry in my new journal I

    wrote on November 22,2014 on Saturday. "Dear new journal, I am writing in you because I know that you will not tell any one my secrets. I can tell you anything and you will be able to withstand my pain and won't judge me. Today I woke up at about 7am. I ate and took my meds...
    BrokeAssBxtch BrokeAssBxtch
    18-21, F
    Dec 7, 2015

    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.
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    Jul 2, 2013


    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

    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...
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    1 Response May 21, 2013

    This past Thursday was Thanksgiving,

    and we (my mom, her husband, and myself) all drove over to Maine to visit my sister and brother. My sister and her husband hosted dinner at their place this year. During the four hour drive over, I kept having mini-panic attacks, which I kept hidden from my mom and her husband...
    iSpyce iSpyce
    Nov 28, 2015

    I am bad at keeping a journal.

    I am not good at finding the time to journal consistently were anyone could see a pattern or make a continuity narrative about me or the world I live in. I love the feeling of writing, when I am in flow of using the pencil, paper and eraser together. I just want to...
    kcthinker kcthinker
    41-45, M
    Jan 14, 2016

    HAPPINESS: Part 2 Continued from EP

    Link Working for the fan club those first few months was and indescribable experience. It seemed every week the owner was either promoting me or giving me more responsibilities. By the end of the summer of 2014, I had worked my way up to Director of Operations, just one step...
    iSpyce iSpyce
    Nov 28, 2015

    I am learning to use it again like I did in my

    teens/early adulthood. I have found it is very helpful as an outlet for my feelings and thoughts. I have a friend or two and a husband I can talk to but so far I have found that there still things I cannot tell other people and that's where the journal helps me out.
    Ordinarylady Ordinarylady
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 3, 2016

    I have since I was a child,

    now it has refined to using a dip or fountain pen and vintage journal's. write a holic.
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    Sep 4, 2015

    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

    Tonight: Why do I pull

    so hard, only to push away? Why do I test the universe? Why does she give me everything I want when she knows I don't know how to appreciate it? And when I do, why does she rip it away from me? My hands are raw. My arms are tired. My legs give in under the weight of my body...
    AshleyJea AshleyJea
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 20, 2015

    I love re-reading old journals late at night.

    It's kind of like my own personal bed time story, minus the fairy tales because everything actually happened. I still feel everything from the pages as if they were written seconds ago. I can't help but cry. Wish I could go back and tell my younger self what I know now. To warn...
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    2 Responses Jun 11, 2015

    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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    2 Responses May 3, 2013

    I don't have a journal now,

    but I always had them as a kid. I'd like to start writing in one again, but maybe use EP here and post here in this group. I will give it a go and see how things work out :)
    iSpyce iSpyce
    3 Responses Nov 28, 2015

    I've tried keeping a journal many times amd

    have failed, so I am trying again. My biggest concern for keeping a phsyical journal is privacy, but I'm sure I can keep it hidden. I think physically writing things down will help me sort problems out... I'm hoping I go through with it this time
    xKatlyn xKatlyn
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 12, 2015

    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...
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    1 Response Feb 17, 2013

    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, 2014

    I've always kept a journal.

    And when the pages are full and some tear stained, I burn it. I'm having a hard time burning my recent journal as it has memories from Australia and with the man that I love. But I'm too paranoid to keep it. I don't know what to do with it.
    LavenderDarling LavenderDarling
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2015

    Never kept a journal.

    Started one tonight. Surprisingly easy to just tell my story in it. We will see how it goes and if I keep writing in it.
    Tgray42 Tgray42
    41-45, F
    Mar 4, 2016

    I always keep a journal

    and I always express myself through writing. My journal is my diary, but I don't like calling it that haha.
    Shxxxooo Shxxxooo
    18-21, F
    Feb 3, 2016

    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
    46-50, M
    Dec 5, 2014

    I've kept a journal since I was around 12 yrs

    old. My late aunt bought me one before I was born, and told my mom to save it for when I have my first "heartbreak". So my mom handed it to me one night as I was crying my EYES out over my first crush Ronald Mcdowell who had asked my best friend to the winter dance, instead of...
    beyondrepair321 beyondrepair321
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Jun 30, 2015

    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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    1 Response Nov 9, 2013

    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
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Dec 27, 2011

    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...
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    1 Response May 16, 2013

    I am not stupid. I am intelligent.

    I am not ugly. I am beautiful. I am not fat. I am just fine the way I am. I am not unsuccessful. I have had many successes in life. I am not damaged or broken. I am an ensemble of experiences and lessons learned. I am not unloved. There are many who love me. I do not need...
    iSpyce iSpyce
    Dec 2, 2015

    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
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 13, 2014

    Heart Speaks...

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

    Lets quote ourselves.

    Write something you wrote in your journal. You don't have to explain yourself or why you wrote it. Just share. Mine is: Now that I think about it; I have always been weird. I was the weird kid with ghost friends and was always being sent to the counselors. I would be bored...
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 7, 2016

    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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    2 Responses Mar 29, 2013

    When I was in the sixth grade I was inspired to

    start writing stories including writing in my journal. Blame the 1990's show Doug for the crave for journal writing as that show had inspired me to start writing in my own journal. Even when I'm now able to watch the show on DVD after all these years I just want to find a way to...
    DarkPhoenix1985 DarkPhoenix1985
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Oct 13, 2015

    Sitting on my bedroom windowsill,

    looking out over the fields, headphones in and writing in my journal. I have so much to think about and so much to get off my chest. Keeping a journal helps me get things out, I don't trust people enough to tell them what's on my mind but, for me, getting everything on to paper...
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    Jun 13, 2015

    Try to write at least 1 positive thing

    that happened everyday, your mind only remembers the sad moments because that is what it's trained to do. Train your mind to remember the happy moments too.
    ZenTangleQueen ZenTangleQueen
    22-25, F
    Nov 29, 2015

    "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
    26-30, F
    Sep 9, 2014

    I have kept a journal

    since i could write coherently (and some may argue before I could write coherently). Over the years, I think I have learned more about what is best to include in one's journal entries, and what, years later, reads as exactly what it really is, the ramblings of a bored girl with...
    shannonymous shannonymous
    18-21, F
    Nov 17, 2015

    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...
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    3 Responses Aug 24, 2013

    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
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 10, 2014

    I write so much in my journal.

    I know a lot of my entries are repetitive but it helps me to put everything out of my head while I focus on other things. Although sometimes when I look back at past entries, I feel embarrassed with how naive I could be or mistakes I should have caught earlier. All in all though...
    SilentRider SilentRider
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 4, 2015

    I chronically write down everything.

    Why? It started as a way for me to express myself as a kid when being told "shut up and clean your plate" all the time as a kid (yeah, that didn't develop into an eating disorder, at all). Now, as an adult and throughout the years, journaling has become and outlet and a...
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    Sep 28, 2015
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    Feb 24, 2016

    I showed my journal to my therapist

    and he called it a work of art.
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86
    26-30, F
    Feb 24, 2016
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