Journalling Habits

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I’m amazed at how powerful journalling is constantly. It’s the friend that will never turn its back on you. It’s the confidante that you can rely on to tell anything. It’s the thing that keeps you grounded and level-headed.
My journal, Catie, which I started in 16 April 2011, has proved to be invaluable in my life. Since I started journalling honestly in her I feel that my life is more-balanced and controlled. She helps me to see things as they really are. I cannot imagine what life would be like without her now. Occasionally I wonder how I will have enough material to keep writing but then an outpour of ideas comes flooding in, renewing my faith in journalling.
I’m now on my fifth journal, which is a binder that holds 200 sheets of B5-sized lined paper (the rings are prying apart). I’m on page 64 and estimate that I will finish it in a couple of months. I number each page and label every corner with the date (this has helped me enormously – thanks, Kristin of Journaling Saves!). I also mark each book with the dates that I kept them. I set myself the challenge of using only one pen for the entire journal, which is a blue gel pen with bold ink (review will be up soon).
Do you journal? What weird habits do you do in your notebooks?

Migration

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I love technology. It is my life. My family is technology-savvy, so I was exposed to everything from tape players to Windows 98. But I’ve always enjoyed picking out, buying and using stationery, even if it was only for school. But I had no idea why I love it and thought that I was the only one.

However, it is only recently that I started to indulge in pretty notebooks since Kristin of Journaling Saves and Nifty of Notebook Stories say that having a stationery fetish is normal. And I discovered my love for writing with a pen on paper.

In my childhood I typed up my stories. But I’d constantly feel that they weren’t good enough, so I’d abandon them and eventually delete them permanently (which is a big mistake. They’d be useful now because I want to develop my writing skills). When I got a laptop, I forced myself to complete my stories. The ratio between incomplete and complete is probably 1:4 but it was real progress in my writing ability (the completed fan fiction can be read here [please let me know what you think]).

I also tried to keep a journal, both in notebooks and a Word document. But my parents read (in the past tense) my physical journal and I kept getting distracted by the other programs in the computer. I also felt detached from the electronic entries.

And then I discovered Jim Carroll. He was a diarist who wrote the memoirs The Basketball Diaries and The Downtown Diaries. I thought that if a male can keep a journal when most people think that it’s a girly activity, then why can’t I? My first “real” journal is a large exercise book with coloured pages. I didn’t write in it much because it didn’t give me a joyful writing experience. But then I started buying beautiful notebooks, and the rest is history.

Now it’s your turn. How did you get into stationery?

(This post was written by hand.)