Saturday, October 1, 2016

Capturing Stories: 31 Days of Journaling

Journaling has been part of my life as long as I can remember. Somewhere in the back of my parent's basement you will find a box filled with composition books, Lisa Frank lock and key diaries, journals filled with black pages and messy hand writing in "moon beam" gel pens.

There is at least one shelf in my home full of leather bound prayers and confessions and spiral bound heavy weight paper full of rambling thoughts of everything from motherhood to politics. 

I'm not sure what sparked my original interest in journaling, but I do remember a conversation I had with my dad early in my marriage.

My mom and I were discussing something when my dad chimed in...

"Write it down," he said.
"Some day you will want to remember, or your children will ask you when certain things happened. Write is down or you won't remember."

And so I do.
In lists and prayers and run on sentences I write it down.
Some times pretty, some times hardly legible.
But always recorded somehow, somewhere.

I firmly believe that stories matter. They provide context, meaning, and insight for our lives. They remind us where we have been and help us discover where we want to go.

When I first hatched the idea to blog about journaling for 31 days I had my doubts. 
My blog is not a "crafty/creative/DIY" blog. 
My blog IS about stories.
This is the place I record stories to share with you, my readers.
My journals are where I record stories for personal reflection, or to share with my husband and children.
Maybe it's not as random as it seems.
The world (and how we communicate) has grown, and I have found myself sharing my journaling and process on social media. I often get responses from friends and strangers expressing their regret that they don't journal more or wishing they knew where to start. 

I am no expert on journaling, though I can certainly point you toward some.
I am however extremely passionate about stories.
I hope this series will inspire, motivate, and encourage you to capture the stories of your life in a way that is uniquely and beautifully you. 

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