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Journal XXI - Finished!

I am SO CLOSE to being caught up on my journaling! Tonight, probably!!! I haven't been caught up for a year and a half almost, if you can believe it! I don't know what it's like to write in real time anymore! LOL

Journal number 21 is done! Photos under the cut!

For all my journals, visit: http://sarahrose.livejournal.com/1691052.html

1. The finished journal

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2. The notation

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3. Pamphlets from this amazing cemetery I visited in Cincinnati.

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4. A belated birthday card colored in by my good friend Alison. I love rainbows!

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5. Postcards from Cincinnati and a novelty grocery store (Jungle Jim's) there.

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6. Oscar season - one of the best seasons! My ballot:

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7. Some quotations I had collected to put in my journal

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8. This was a paste-in of a printout of an LJ entry about my embarking on a new (my first!) relationship.

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9. A new relationship! Eek! :-)

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10. Commemorating the awesome Facebook equality movement

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11. I traveled from Chicagoland to Georgia for my best friend's wedding in early May. I LJed over 14,000 words about it, and printed that out to paste into my paper journal. 24 pages! These are two of them:

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12. Some receipts from the Georgia trip

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13. Some mementos from the trip

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14. The invitation

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15. Photos from the trip

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16. More photos

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17. A cuuuuute Save The Date from another good friend

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18. Some hilarious questions/answers from my first-ever game of Cards Against Humanity

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19. Typical text pages

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20. The new journal

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21. The new journal's 'about me' page in the back

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( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 20th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
As always, love it.
Jun. 20th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Jun. 20th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
1. I also did an entry about the FB Equality thing.

2. I can't BELIEVE I never thought about writing down the hilarity that ensues during Cards Against Humanity! OMG!! That was pure genius on your part!
Jun. 20th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
1. :-D

2. Haha, thanks! I write down all kinds of minutiae like that! I take photos of the cards all together, after each round. (I take photos of everything! LOL) Then when I journal, I go through the photos and write the good ones down! Such a funny game! I keep game sheets and scores and such in my journal, too. We play a lot of games! lol

Jun. 20th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! You even gave a super easy way to pull this off (taking pictures).

You, girl, are my hero.

Sadly, I have no one in my life to play this game with anymore. But, if I ever DO play it again, I will SO be doing this!

Thanks for sharing. :)
Jun. 20th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
If you want to remember who said what, you'd need to write it down, but overall, I can kinda remember, and wasn't tooooo concerned with it. I also take photos of everyone with the cards they win at the end, so that kind of helps! I do it with Apples to Apples, too!

Jun. 21st, 2013 09:31 am (UTC)
Gosh, I love this! I really like all the photos. :) When did you start journaling?
Jun. 21st, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)

February 1, 2009!
Jun. 24th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
I am in total awe! You write so much! So many volumes in such a short amount of time! Fantastic! :)
Jun. 24th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's a lot of paste-ins and such too. :-)
Jun. 21st, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! That's beautiful!

So I have a question about where you've got the "timeline" vs. "actual" for your journal start/stop dates. How do you know what to put it if you're doing it so far behind? I'm curious how to keep up without getting TOO far behind.
Jun. 21st, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Edited to add: I'm expanding this answer into a post of its own for the community, if you just want to read that in a minute!

Oh my goodness. I got SO FAR BEHIND in the last year-and-a-freakin'-half. I can't believe I'm writing in real time again now! Thank God for unemployment, eh? LOL ;-)

Well, okay, back in the fall of 2011, I was starting to get behind and not write everyday. So it just built up and up and up. But here's how I manage to get behind and also still stay kinda up-to-date: I take a zillion photos of every event I'm a part of it, and have random snapshots taken even on 'blah' days in my life (my dog, my nails, etc.). I also keep copious notes of what happens everyday on an app (AwesomeNote) on my iPhone. I also have a little book that has saved me in terms of knowing what happened which day: the 5-Year Line-A-Day Diary. It's a book that has pages for each day of the year, and you write a couple sentences about your day. I did this every single day, even if I didn't keep up with my journal (which I didn't). This totally saved me for keeping up and being able to write about my life in hindsight. I knew what I did and what happened every single day. I originally bought the book as a novelty kind of thing, and as a way to see how life ebb and flowed over 5 years' time in the same book, but it has become an invaluable resource for when I get behind. So I have lists of funny quotes, things that happened, thoughts, etc. I keep an accordion binder of paste-ins, photos and mementos, meticulously organized, for pasting in. I also have what I call a mildly-photographic memory, so that helps.

So, eventually, I was not writing in my journal and was months behind on it. Ugh, I know. I feel such shame over this, especially for someone who is so adamant about capturing my life to leave for the next generation and have as a great reference.

So when I finally did pick the pen back up, I was still writing about months ago. Meanwhile, of course, time still passed. I never caught up.

Well, I was determined to catch up. So I worked hard for hours a day lately to write about 2012 and the first half of 2013 and get caught up so I could write in real time, since it is decisively better. It's so much more genuine! I am so glad I've caught up! I don't ever want to get behind like that again!


The notations in the journals are simple. I wanted to acknowledge that I was writing 'from the future,' so I put the "actual dates" as the ones that I physically start and stop writing in the journals. I can see how far behind I am just by comparing that to the timeline date. The "timeline-wise" notation means that's what the journal contains in terms of recording my life. So for this one, I physically started the book, in real time, on June 6, 2013 and ended it on June 19, 2013 - only 13 days. But the journal itself covers the time period between February 21, 2013 and May 31, 2013 - a little over three months. It's like writing a history book - say it was published in 2013, but it covers the years 1860 to 1865.

A few people I've mentioned this to (it's not been many overall, since this is actually a huuuuge shame for me) have wondered why I didn't just give up and start where I was. I just... can't. I can't do it. I'm too OCD about journaling, I guess. LOL A little less than genuine in-the-moment writing is better than nothing!

My best advice is just... ya gotta have discipline. I was disciplined in making sure I didn't lose moments and photos and paste-ins, but was not disciplined with actually writing. I let a year and a half of my writing be less than genuine (since hindsight really kinda kills that a little bit) and I won't waste that time again! I am determined not to get more than a week behind from now on!

Tl;dr, I know. Sorry! I'm a long-winded sort. LOL :-D

Edited at 2013-06-21 08:09 pm (UTC)
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