Happy 4th of July Weekend! This is the first Friday of the month which means it is time for Random Journal Day which is happening all weekend through Monday! Maybe we should re-name it Random Journal Weekend. Today, I am very happy to have a friend who is from my own Home State, although currently residing in Texas. Our own RJD Co-Hostess Susie (Recovering Church Lady) is also in The Lone Star State, so technically they are neighbors. Heck, here in the USA I think we are ALL neighbors! So, let’s start this RJD weekend off by welcoming our Featured Journal Keeper Christine Miranda. Christine and I have become friends through our mutual love for planners and journals…and planning and journaling. She helps my with a page I have for my Planner Bootcampers and is one of a team of girls I call my Plannerteers! I am so grateful to have her here today. Christine doesn’t have a blog (at the moment BUT is working on it) so be sure and join in with her here this weekend with your comments and encouragement.
If you all would like I can keep that link open until Tuesday if anyone is super busy! I think I will go ahead and just do it. So, enjoy your weekend. Share your journals, journal love and remember you don’t have to share a GIANT piece of your journal. A snippet, a paragraph, an image. Just DO IT…as you wish.
Now, get ready for some wonderful words- here’s our sweet journal girl of the month…
I’ve been writing ever since.
A journal is anything you want it to be. A place to jot down ideas, a place to reflect, a place to create a new world and sometimes, a place to escape when life has gone all wonky. Each year I would write a year end journal, highlighting the big moments of that year. I wrote about how I met my best friend and husband and the feeling that I just KNEW that he was the ONE. I also included our first date when I cooked Chilies Relleno, or lets just say I attempted to cook it. I used the wrong chili and didn’t remove the skin from the chili -it was just awful. But what I realized was that I missed the little moments that make each day special and a Blessing from God.
I look back on what I wrote when I was a young adult and sometimes shake my head at what I thought was important at that time. I have grown so much once I met the Lord and He has guided me in so many ways. I use my journals most when I can empty my head and get my mind free of distractions to be able to Hear His word.
I stopped journaling for close to six years when my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I discovered my writing became a pouring out of painful emotions because I could not fix her with a Harry Potter “whish” of my wand, “Reparo Parkinson’s”. My journaling was a place to vent and let out my frustrations. While that might be a good thing to do, when I read it later, I got depressed, so I quickly stopped that. Looking back at that time, as difficult as it was for her and I, some truly great moments were embedded into my soul. One thing I did write,while she was living with us, was about the time I went to cut her toenails. I came in wearing a welders mask and gardening shears. That was a great moment!
These days, I have a few journals I use daily. One is my inspiration journal, which is kind of like a Pinterest board. I have a list of items needed to make a particular project, so when I am out and about, I can pick up what I need. Another is the journal I use before I sleep. I empty my head and list out the things that stood out to me that day, like seeing the birds take a bath in the fountain, or r a grandmother’s smile and joy when her grandchild gave her a hug. Another journal I have is for my animals. I have two cats, three dogs and my home is like a Disney cartoon without the soundtrack.
So, when you see a blank piece of paper, grab it! Go to a place where you feel most at calm, take that pen or pencil out and let your words flow.
Let’s LINK Up! Here is your link to join in by sharing with us a peek into your journal!