So I cheated. But it's not as serious as it sounds. I cheated on my blog. You see, I used to be a regular journal keeper... and then for some reason I just stopped writing. No specific reason... I guess I just got out of the habit. My blog has sort of replaced journaling but blogging just isn't the same as writing in a journal. Lately I've been craving having a journal again. My old journals weren't just words on pages but more of a scrapbook. I taped ticket stubs or other keepsakes to the pages and doodled on the edges... it was a creative outlet for me. I loved being able to look back at the months and years and have a colorful documentation of my life. Blogging has been great but, I have to admit... it doesn't feel as free as journaling. I guess I just don't feel as comfortable sharing my deepest, darkest secrets with the world wide web (no offense). I definitely elude to those deep dark secrets on my blog but I don't delve into them like I would if I kept a journal. So today, while at the CVS buying my weekly quota of Cadbury eggs, I bought some colored pencils (essential for doodling) and some Pilot rolling ball pens (essential for smooth writing) and, when I got home, cracked open a candy egg and began writing. It felt so good. It felt good to put pen to paper and let my thoughts flow. When the thoughts stopped I picked up my colored pencils and doodled on the corners until the thoughts began flowing again. It was so cathartic. When I had finished I had a few pages of words and corners full of colorful shapes...
.....and I had a clear head. Goal accomplished.
Do you keep a journal? Used to. But I've started again. Just today.
Do you doodle? Yep. All over the place. On my work papers. On junk mail. If I have a 'good' pen, I love to get my doodle on.