1. Hi Laurie, this post spoke to my heart. I've been journaling since I was a young girl. As you know, once a writer ALWAYS a writer. It's fun therapy. I admire the fact that you were brave enough to journal in your workplace. I think that's pretty cool. Happy writing! — Maria

  2. About a year ago, I found my diary and journal pages from my teen years and I laughed, cried and was dumbfounded at what I was thinking. I like your idea to save your journals and page through them when you’re old. I’m sure you’ll be greatly entertained. I started writing for similar reasons you did. It’s opened up a whole new world.

  3. I do morning pages at the start of each day but for me those are typed into a word document. At the end of each day I journal. Personal private musings by hand in a notebook.

    • Laurie Stone

      I’m the same way, Carla. As much as I’m on the computer all the time, writing no less, I could never type a journal. Doesn’t feel right.

  4. I’ve kept a journal for years – as you say, a lot of it is mundane, but it’s been a place to put down my thoughts and to sort things out. I have looked back at times and seen how far I’ve come. It also provides a valuable tool that shows me that I can get through the tough times – when I write them down they seem so big, but looking back I made it through and that is so empowering!

    • Laurie Stone

      Isn’t it funny how you can write about things that seem so important (and traumatic) at the time, but looking back you can barely remember those feelings? That’s always struck me. I guess life goes on. Thanks for reading, Leanne.

  5. Wow! 82!!! I’m very inconsistent in journaling, something that I’m candidly a bit ashamed of, as a writer. But then I feel like sometimes my writing IS my journal, so I guess there’s that. I am sad I haven’t journaled more through the years. In my late twenties, I came across the ones I did keep in my junior high/high school years, along with a folder of poems I’d written at that same time. I was so embarrassed my the angst and silliness I wrote about, that I tossed them all in the garbage!!! (Insert GASP). I’m kicking myself now. I love that you have this anthology of your life to look back upon.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you, Heather. I know lots of writers who don’t keep journals and lots who do. Its a personal decision, but for reason, it worked for me.

  6. This really spoke to me too. I started journaling as a 10 year old abused child and continue til this day. One of my journals became my first book after my daughter read it and encouraged me it was time. Another became my second book coming out next week.

    I also worked in one of those cubicals in advertising. I thought I would choke to death. I’m glad you got out too!

    • Laurie Stone

      Doreen, So sorry to hear about your childhood. At least you made something good come out of it. Congratulations on being a published author. Well done.

  7. Bev

    I started a journal with a new home and new job. Only to document the different events I would encounter and to be able to write my thoughts since there would be no one to voice those to. No one will ever be able to understand those written words, as I am usually upset or amazed of what has happened and the mind works faster than the pencil. But, yes I feel so much better and when the strange happens I laugh and comment, “This is a journal entry”.

  8. Journaling is excellent for stress relief. Getting your thoughts ( good or bad) out of your head and on to pay can be very therapeutic and beneficial. I always feel better when I get things off my chest…and journaling is a great way to do that.

    • Laurie Stone

      Couldn’t agree more, Darlene. I’m always encouraging my sons to write down their problems. There is something to having worries brought outside yourself on paper. It puts things in perspective.

  9. Can really relate to this – but I don’t think I have been as organised as I think you may have been. I have stacks of books that don’t run in good date order! And like you, I fear people reading mine – I keep thinking about burning them because there may be stuff in there that could upset people when I am gone – you know, that ranty stuff that is done with once you get it out and I would hate anything to be taken out of context by my children some day.

    • Laurie Stone

      Gilly, I totally get the worry that people might read your journals. I take solace in the fact that most of mine are so mundane, and done in my scribbly handwriting, that very few (if any) people would take the time to go over them. Not to mention, by that time, whatever hurt feelings they might come across are long gone. At least that’s what I tell myself.

  10. Laurie,

    I love this! I couldn’t agree with you more. I have four writing journals on Amazon right now. I would love to give you one as a gift. (I can order them at a discount since I created them:)) Just go to http://www.amazon.com and type in Tomi Rues. You will see all four. If you see one you would like. Just email me your address. I’ll get one sent out to you. It’s nice to meet someone else who loves/needs to write in journals just like I do!

    • Laurie Stone

      Tomi, You’re too kind. Your journals are beautiful and what a generous gesture. I’d love one and would love to return the favor someday!

  11. I love this! I think that journaling is such a great way to just relieve the stresses of the day and get out all of your thoughts. I keep a happiness journal where I focus on gratitude each day.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I love the idea of a happiness journal. Mine is always a mishmash of everything, but what a wonderful way to focus on all that’s good. You’re giving me ideas.

  12. Hi Laurie! Sister journal keeper over here. Right now, I’m going back through a stack of journals and rescuing poems I’ve written that have been trapped for ages. So far, I’ve freed 43 poems. I’m transcribing them into another journal, so they’re all in once place and then, voila…I’ll create a book of poems and publish it sometime in 2017. Going back through my journals is like reading a train wreck, a long to do list, pages of quotes, and the daily rantings of a mad woman. The only part that was really really hard for me to re-read was when my dog died. Ugh.

    I don’t worry too much about someone else reading them. It’s no secret I write and sometimes I write as if someone in the future is reading it.

    • Laurie Stone

      Peggy, I love the idea of writing like someone in the future is reading it. You never know. Especially if you become a famous poet! I haven’t had the courage to go back through the years (like an archeological dig) but someday I will.

  13. I’m a journal addict, and there are more pages in mine than I can even believe. I’ve always said to different people struggling with complicated, layered problems that the first thing you have to do is see your mind on the page before you. Go from there.

    I love this post, and especially where you talk about having “more to say.” And I don’t know about you, but every relationship of mine improved when I started journaling. Mostly, I understood and liked me better.

    • Laurie Stone

      Susan, I love that — having to see your mind on a page before you. I find sometimes I can’t figure out my thoughts till I’ve written them down. So happy to meet a fellow traveller!

  14. You have shamed me. I kept a journal for years and I still have most of them. I think what changed was the Internet and my writing my blog. Could that be my journal? I also kept my yearly calendars but when we moved four years ago, I tossed them out. I now regret that. You have made me realize that even a short note can mark my life, let me know where I am each day. THANKS.

    • Laurie Stone

      Beth, Sounds like you need to go back. I find (unlike blogging), my journaling is strictly for me. There are private thoughts in a journal, that would never find their way to my blog…thank God. Its funny, all the different kinds of writing we do.

  15. I did discard my journals several times in life. I never burned them. It was way less dramatic … I threw them in the trash. My reasoning was I didn´t want my kids to ever read the dark places I had been in … like really dark … after I die. Maybe I was wrong, maybe it was ok. I keep on writing. HUGS.

    • Laurie Stone

      Lorraine, I totally get that. There are parts I wouldn’t want my sons to read. I can only hope my handwriting is so messy, they’d quickly lose patience. You’re writing and that’s what counts.

  16. I started journaling about 25 years ago–sometimes regularly; sometimes to vent. But alost always when major family events occurred. Now that I blog about parenting grown children and am working on a memoir about specific events, it is a comfort to have my journals to look back at for feedback and refreshment.
    BTW, i learned to take Gregg shorthand years ago and I use that to write in my journal. Only another Gregg-y could read it and I doubt Gregg is taught anymore.
    enjoyed the post

    • Laurie Stone

      Penpen, Thank God for those Gregg notebooks, although never learned shorthand. Glad to know another journal keeper!

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