I have written journals or diaries since my early teens. I have an obsession with notebooks.
Early on, I wrote in standard diaries but the lines were not big enough and the daily entry space not long enough. I have a few old exercise books which I turned into a diary, ripping out and destroying the few pages of school work before covering the book with a poster.
Later, in my early 20s, my notebook passion took full force. I can’t go into a stationers without buying one. TK Maxx is lethal.
The cover is important – of course. But so is the weight of the book in my hand, the feel and thickness of the pages and the size of the lines.
My journal writing is sporadic though. I don’t and never have written every day. I often write more in times of distress or when I am in love.
I write notes on my life.
I write diary style, poems, short stories. I write random thoughts, random words. I doodle, I draw. I plan, I reflect. I log, I consider. I work out my life. Work through my life.
Strangely, despite my love of physical journals, most of my writing now appears on here instead. I still have paper journals and write in them occasionally, but the majority of my writing is on here.
And so, dear reader, you are reading the notes of my life. 🤗