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Your Journal Is The Best Travel Companion.

Helli fellow journalers! I hope everything is well with you in this new year of 2013. Anyway, a thought just occurred in my mind about journaling and I wanted to share my thought here...

I was wondering..how much is your journal a companion, meaning do you lug around to school, work, places you go, etc? Also, how does that work for you? Do you find it better to carry it around? I am going to start doing that, like whenever I go out, I am bringing my journal with me. I tried bringing it to school when I was in high school, but I was scared that I would lose it and someone would find it and read it, for I could be very forgetful then. For the those people who bring their journals to school, how does that go for you? Same with people who bring it towork, how is it? I want some of your thoughts. Your opinions and thoughts really interest me...



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Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! That is awesome that you brimg your journal everywhere around. I mostly bring my journal on long trips and whatnot, but I have been thinking that I should take it everywhere now. That is cool that you met fellow journalers that way when you have your journal with you everywhere. I hope I experience the same thing, I haven't met any journal writers personally...
Jan. 18th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
If you're too afraid of losing your journal, try bringing a small notebook (ie. a moleskin) to write random thoughts or point form entries in. You can always re-write the entries or notes into your journal when you get home.
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Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a good idea! I try to find time to write in my journal, even if I had a busy day! But I do like that random note taking idea...
Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
What I used to do in school was write entries on a piece of loose leaf paper whenever I was in the journaling mood or had nothing to do. Then, I just started writing entries in a composition notebook and when I came home, I always re-write the entries inside my journal. But I should carry a small moleskine with me to places...that's a given, just in case a thought pops up in this head of mine.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hello! Your reply to your comment is under dreamabella's reply. I accidently replied your reply to her. Lol. Hope that makes sense.
Jan. 18th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
I keep my journal on my desk at home, hidden in plain sight. I write in a large sketchbook so it would be pretty conspicuous for me to bring it anywhere. I second the idea of taking notes in a smaller notebook. As a journalist, it's pretty easy for me to get away with that trick.
Jan. 19th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
I leave mine hidden in plain sight on my desk too hehee!! no one EVER thinks to look there ;)
Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
Haha, me too!
Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
I keep my journals in plain sight as well! I like the sketchbook as a journal! My journals are usually small, but a smaller notebook like a pocket Moleskine is a grand idea. I am going to try that! Thanks for sharing!
Jan. 18th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
Until Embodiment started, I kept my journal by my bed, tucked in between the frame and the mattress and for the most part I remembered to write it every night! Embodiment's first year was during my last year of college (which for us Brits is our last year of education before university), so I made the effort to take my journal everywhere and use my spare time to make sure I wrote in it as my timetables were interspersed with some pretty long breaks. I studied Classics, Philosophy, and English Literature so my diaries often had a lot of notes in them - my third Embodiment diary is predominantly revision notes for Athenian Democracy which I took twice because I almost failed the first time :/

Since then, my diary has gone with me everywhere. Generally speaking, it's the last thing in my bag before I leave the house, and the first thing out when I sit down. Now I'm an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan, and my journals are a handy tool, especially in my first lessons getting to know my kids as they're really handy to use as a show-and-tell subject. In high school we go from the very beginning. Although we teach words and grammar, the kids aren't really taught HOW to read phonetically, so I'm always chuffed when the kids TRY to read my writing!

My journalling are... kind of mundane most of the time, I guess. But I generally have a mix of stream-of-consciousness stuff ("I'm hungry...") complaining about my co-workers ("SURPRISE English class - thanks, I-sensei >.> Two minutes is NOT enough time to grab my stuff and get out of the staffroom, never mind make it to the other side of campus before the bell...") To Do lists ("January 21st - pay day. Send money to X, Y and Z") and lesson plans for my elementary school's classes and English clubs.

My general procedure is sit down, open journal, hold pen poised to write. Technically I spend a lot of my work time journalling, but as some of it IS planning for work I think I can be forgiven!
Jan. 18th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
I usually leave my journal at home (unless if I go away by myself for at least a few days). I would be afraid of losing it & someone reading it. When I want to write down something during the day, when I'm not at home, I've got my organizer where I do all the work planning etc.

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Jan. 18th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
I usually carry my journal with me, or a smaller notebook if I am using a larger journal. I have done this for years and never lost one (knock on wood!). I enjoy grabbing moments here and there to scribble something in. :) it also helps when you're stuck waiting in stand still traffic or waiting on appts. Those little moments add up. I don't get to do it as often now, but I liked going to parks and bookshops to just sit and write. I've taken a journal just about everywhere. It was even in my hospital bag every night when I went to bed late into my pregnancy so I wouldn't forget it! ;)
Jan. 19th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
What I do is take notes on my phone (the iphone has a really good notes setting) or I scribble in the back of a notepad and then collect my scribblings in an envelope and do a big journal update when I have enough :) That way I don't lose a whole journal or risk anyone reading it :O That would be mortifying! xxx
Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hey, I do that same thing as well! (I have an Iphone as well! Team Iphone!) Like I have a couple of entries there and you are right, the note settings on the iphone is great! I never really thought of scribbling in the back of a notepad and putting it in an envelope, but that is a pretty clever idea! And yes, it would be mortifying if a journal is lost. I think I would seriously go into cardiac arrect if that ever happened, no lie!
Jan. 26th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry it took so long to reply to this comment! <3

Yeah, I generally scribble the notes out when they're put into my diary, and I'll keep all the scrap bits of paper in a bag, and when the bag is full I'll check through them, pour them into an envelope and recycle! xD

Jan. 19th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
I bring my journal with me to art workshops. Or if I am going somewhere where I have to wait around. It also crosses my mind, what if I left it behind as that would feel tragic!
Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
That is cool that you bring your journal around with you everywhere! Do you feel lost without it if you leave it behind?
Jan. 21st, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
I've always carried my journal wherever I could--in fact, I tend to base purse purchases on whether or not I could put a journal in it.

When I was a kid, I carried journals to school and either kept them very close to my person or in my locker, but this was trickier in high school. Junior year, I misplaced a journal for about two weeks, only for my French teacher to return it to me. I'd been going through some stuff with a close friend (another girl), and I wrote very vividly about it. So I was shocked when I opened the book to the last entry and found "Your gay" written in pencil on the page. The shock later became annoyance at their bad grammar, but so far, that's been the only time that any of my notebooks have gotten into someone else's hands.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, like in elementary school, I would always carry my joirnal and I knew a lot of other people who did the same as well. But in middle school, I would write enrtries in loose leaf paper, pretending I was writing a note to a friend so noone would suspect me of writing an entry or in a notebook, particularly my Spanish notebook and then when I get home, I would re-write those entries in my journal. In high school, I would just write in a composition notebook and rewrite the entries in my journal when I got home.

That is nice that your french teacher returned your journal, but that wasn't nice that someone wrote "your gay" in it. But that was chilish and immature, but I'm glad to hear that your shock of someone reading your journal changed into something else quickly afterwards. That person obviously didn't have any sense, otherwise they would've spelled words correctly.
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