Apparently I took a break from blogging. 🙂
I’m back and brimming with things to write about because I’ve been busy making some ch-ch-changes around here.
But first… I need some help! I’d love to hear what works for you when it comes to journaling.
Here’s what I already do:
– Blog, sporadically.
– Make a photo book every few years, pulled mainly from the events I blog about.
– Write down my impressions at church and from scripture study and general conference on random bits of paper that end up in the recycling bin.
Here’s what I’d like to do:
– Write down the more personal or mundane things of my life as a wife and a mother. This would include the simple things my girls do on any given day that delight me, but wouldn’t end up on the blog.
– Keep the impressions I write down from scripture study, etc. in a place where I can review them.
Ideas that appeal to me:
– A 10 year journal. It includes a page for each day of the year and involves writing a brief note each day and repeating the process each year so that you can see at a glance what happened on that day last year, the year before that, etc. I think it could be fun to do this as a family at the dinner table.
– I read a book by a mom who takes a few hours every Mother’s day to write a love letter to each of her children. I LOVE this idea because it allows me to focus on each child as an individual and it’s a way to record “big picture” thoughts that may get lost in the day to day anecdotes and events-focused writing.
– I have heard of people using prompts each week that ensure there’s a hefty dose of reflection with the act of journaling (e.g. Milestones I observed in my children, Answers to prayers, etc.)
– I know someone who journals on his computer so he can easily search for a given child’s name and share an entry with that child when he wants to.
– I know someone who jots down spiritual impressions as they come to her, and then she distills them into a “To Do” document on her computer and a “Quotes” document on her computer so she can easily refer back to goals she’s set based on impressions and pull up quotes that inspired her.
But still I’m having trouble visualizing what is doable for me and ideal for the long-term. So… what works for you?