Saturday, 26 April 2014

A Year Ago and Today

photo from here
Do you keep a diary? I do. I've been writing in journals on and off since I was 8. I find it therapeutic - a safe outlet for my crazy to come out to. Recently though, I've learned to appreciate keeping a diary a little more, and not only for the chance to have a good laugh over my cringeworthy, teenaged entries.

I've found that it's a good gauge to see how much I have grown and matured in as little as a year. It's also amusing to see the changes in my way of thinking - apparently 3 years ago I had thought that learning to walk properly in stilettos is something that belongs in a bucketlist. Hmmm.

If you do keep a diary, have a look at what you had written the previous year. Compare how you're feeling now to last year. Can you tell how much you have grown or changed? If not, can you see which areas in your life need change?

take care,

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  1. I actually have a post about this. Where I actually blogged about what I was doing this time last year. I love looking back but hate when I feel like I am in the same spot as I was the previous year.

  2. Now that you mention it, yeah I think I remember reading that post of yours! I only started thinking about this when I came across an entry on my Sentence A Day journal: "This year I feel ____. Now I feel ____." I love those journals. Makes you think of the most surprising things. :)

  3. i always think it's funny to look back. i usually just laugh at myself. i remember i used to wear stilettos all the time when i was younger, and i feel like it didn't hurt as much. now if i even try them on for longer than 10 minutes i'm in so much pain i won't be able to function. haha

  4. What a lovely post. I keep a grateful journal and my husband and I have kept a journal of sorts every day since the day we got married. We each right a sentence or two about what it was like in our relationship that day, our feelings, experiences etc. We've been doing it for almost 4 years :) It's been a beautiful way to see how our relationship has grown.

  5. I have an off and on relationship with my journal. I do write. But I find that I write during really crappy times of my life. I've been trying to stray away from writing only during the crappy parts of my life but it's difficult. It's definitely interesting to read back on old entries though. I love doing that once in awhile. So much has changed for me over the past few years. It's crazy.

    -AnneMarie @

  6. I've kept journals on and off throughout the years. Like Myupbeatspririt, I tend to only write them when things are crappy though. I also tend to trash them after awhile, although sometimes I've saved an entry here or there. My blog is almost exactly the opposite and mostly only focuses on the highlights, which is probably for the best.

  7. New follower here! Just like Lindsay below, I am wondering where are you? Hopefully 2015 is going well for you!

    I definitely wanted to say that I have been keeping a diary since, I was in 6th grade. Funniest thing is that it's filled with all the stories of the guys I had crushes on, and all my heartbreaks with boys and friends. I agree its a very pleasant way to keep track of everything you've been through, its a perfect way for me to vent even when I don't make sense.

    Usually when something is wrong, I can't really figure it out but I just know I am not in my normal happy mood. If I am unaware of why I am feeling down, then I can't even explain it to anyone but no one will I vent to my diary.

    In addition to that, my best friend gifted me a gratitude book as well, and this is another form of a diary for me, it reminds me to be grateful for the little things and to start my day on a positive foot!

    Hope to hear from you soon!