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January 2015 (pep talk?)

If you missed yesterday (or any of the first few days of January, if you're reading this later than that) and you think for some reason that means you've missed out or "failed" in participating for writing every day, you haven't! Just start now, start today. Write one sentence, one word, paste in one image, whatever it is you intend to do with your journal / dairy / notebook / etc.

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We use the first day of the new year for the momentum but each day can be a new year. Don't let yourself be discouraged or dissuaded from doing this for yourself. There are no rules. You're never too late so long as you try.


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Now that I'm done with that little pep talk, I'd like to share that I'm so disappointed in myself for not finishing the journal I began on the first of January 2014. I've accepted that I didn't complete it and that I only got into the habit of writing every day again since October 1st, but it irritated me that I didn't get to have that fresh journal start for 2015. I'm accepting it though and I'll fill up the rest of these pages but I'm looking forward to writing in the next one!


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Also, thank you to everyone who continues to keep this community going with your posts and comments.

You - we - are embodiment.




p.s. Neil Gaiman writes very inspiring New Year's wishes / resolutions / whatever you wish to call them and he wrote a fantastic one this year. You can read it over at his journal HERE. He also included previous years in his post.

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savannahjan
Jan. 3rd, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
Despite my best efforts, I didn't finish my journal either. More frustrating is that I only fell like 20 pages short. Ugh. But it has been years since I've started a new journal on New Year's Day, so I'm forgiving myself. It won't be long til this one is done and I'm moving on. :)
goldmourn
Jan. 4th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)
OH!!! I've had years like that where I was soooo close to finishing the journal and it can be frustrating because when you're that closer it's like, oh man, I could've had a fresh one for the New Year. I can relate to that. I have tried to finish on time but that usually only happens if I've been consistently journaling or the timing just so happens to go that way. It's silly that we are hard on ourselves about such a thing but I guess it's part of that thing about wanting to complete something by the end of the year (even if we filled other journals) and also that part about how many of us get really sick of our journals / diaries half-way through or near the end and just want to start a blank one already! Good that you forgave yourself over that - same here with moving on soon as I get this one done. It's going to take me awhile but it's okay.
psychokitten76
Jan. 3rd, 2015 01:53 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of just putting "something" in your journal. I always think I don't have time to write a whole entry, so then I don't bother. But who says it has to be an entire page, paragraph, or even sentence? Who says it needs to be words at all?

Thanks for helping me realise this!
kinston
Jan. 3rd, 2015 02:58 pm (UTC)
I am enjoying watching your path to journaling so much. I look forward to each of your comments.
psychokitten76
Jan. 4th, 2015 01:19 am (UTC)
<3
goldmourn
Jan. 4th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! & it is freeing to know that you don't have to stick to certain rules when it comes to your journal - it is YOUR journal after all. Some of us put our own rules on ourselves for it because we like our journals to be a specific way or some people have several journals at once for doing different things but you know what, it's all about what you feel like doing and sometimes you have to give yourself permission to do something different. Pasting in a news article or printed page from the internet or taping in a postcard or etc, etc, etc - anything goes! & you know what they say about pictures and words - so there you go! I hope that you have a good journaling year!
kinston
Jan. 3rd, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
This: We use the first day of the new year for the momentum but each day can be a new year.
goldmourn
Jan. 4th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
<3
pinska
Jan. 3rd, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
Over the summer, I started a lovely leather journal that I found at Barnes & Noble. But, the pages wouldn't lie flat and I didn't write very long or often. I switched back to a Moleskine on December 31. It's what I've been using the past 8 years, so felt much better. :)
goldmourn
Jan. 4th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh that does sound lovely but yeah, I hear you with the preference for it to lie flat. My journals tend not to but I can understand wanting to switch back. Good that you feel better about returning to the Moleskine. It's whatever works, right? I've had journals where I just wish I could be done with them - usually it's because they have far too many pages and I am so tired of looking at the thing, ha.
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goldmourn
Jan. 11th, 2015 01:58 am (UTC)
I hope you're feeling better by now! & you're never behind - just lulls happen - as soon as you begin again, you're ahead of the game.
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