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Freya journal



Hi, everyone,

My name is Amanda. I'm 34, and live and work in Fort Worth, Texas, as a microbiologist.

I have been lurking here a while, and thought I would share a moment I experienced this morning, journaling (with my cat). This is my Freya journal, an orange Moleskine notebook whose cover I decorated. Starting with my last journal, I began naming my journals, which I will definitely continue.

I have been journaling since I was six, but I only have journals since I was nineteen. I threw all the earlier ones away when in college.

I also keep a journal in my car that I write in during breaks.

Thank you for reading, and happy journaling.


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Feb. 1st, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
happy journaling
thanks for sharing-I have been keeping a journal since High School, but destroyed those earlier journals-all I have are journals from 1978 till 2015-I write several times a day in my journal. Keep writing-peace
Feb. 1st, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
Re: happy journaling
Thank you. I don't regret losing the early journals, but I don't intend to do another such purge. There was a change in my journaling style. I switched from recording the doings of my day to an unstructured ramble of thoughts once I entered college, and the latter is writing useful to re-read. I sometimes miss the former, but my attempts to return to it have been unsuccessful.
Feb. 1st, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: happy journaling
Writing in my blogs has caused me to slow down when writing in my paper diary-I use to write stream of consciousness style now I am more structured-to be honest I do not know English grammar-I do not know how to write correctly so I am sure my writing is painful to read for those who know English grammar-I wish I would write like the late American writer John Updike-I write for my own enjoyment-recollection-self-knowledge-to know where I am at in the Flow of time-where I am at in my spiritual life/growth-prayer-contemplation-something to do as I wait to go Home- I close-keep writing-peace
Feb. 1st, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: happy journaling
Your English seems quite good to me!
I am always astonished at how well many non-native English speakers do with the language. I'm from the U.S., where we are not required to learn any other languages. :(
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: happy journaling
I am American and was born in Oakland, California-when I was in High School back in the late 1960's I took no classes in English, Math, Science etc. . . I finished High School basically knowing nothing-when I went to college I took all liberal art subjects but no classes in learning how to write a proper sentence/later on in my life I attended a Bible college and then Seminary-where I took no classes in how to write-when I compare my writing with some people in LJ it is embarrassing how bad I write-so flat and plain-no zest or intellectual depth-it is all disappointing to be so uneducated in how to write-no beautiful prose all street slang-the tongue of a poor white kid who has read too many books-peace
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
You obviously have a love of prose, which comes through in your comments. Taking classes does not necessarily help with writing. I believe it is learned from reading good books that you love. You vary sentence structure and use fine words, two hallmarks of a good writer.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
two hallmarks
thank you for your kind words
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Feb. 1st, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
Hi, Amanda!

Your writing looks beautiful and so does your cat! Just gorgeous!

Hooray for long-time journaling!

Thanks for being here.
Feb. 1st, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. This seems like a wonderful place.
Feb. 1st, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
Your handwriting is beautiful. Are you left handed by any chance?

I have heard a few people say they give their journals names. All I have ever done is put the dates on the first page or along the outer spine to keep them in chronological order. What prompted you to give them names? I find that fascinating.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, I am left-handed. :)

I started purchasing the Moleskine notebooks in different colors, and I found after filling a few of them that the colors gave them different personalities. When I finished my last one, I found "the sun" had been a large part of my year, with regard to the tarot card, and also feeling that I was in the Summer of my life during that period, and the notebook was yellow, so I named it The Sun.

This one is orange, and it took me longer to figure out what I wanted to call it. Since Freya has come to be really important to me, and orange is a color I associate with her, I named it Freya, and it works. Thank you for asking!
Feb. 5th, 2015 11:22 pm (UTC)
It really never occurred to me to give mine names since I usually choose journals that are geeky and fannish to begin with. Several of mine are Star Trek, Star Wars, Xena, Harry Potter, Babylon 5, etc. I even have 3 of the stenno types that I got from Starbucks some years ago. I recently bought one from the NaNoWriMo site for winning the writing challenge. I'm of a journal junkie. I see them and thing "oooo. I want!" LOL.
Feb. 1st, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hello! And welcome :)

I used to be a microbiologist, I'm doing analytical chemistry now.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:36 am (UTC)
That is so cool! What a small world. I was a chemist for my whole career until the last couple of years. I'm always excited to meet another scientist.
Feb. 1st, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking of carrying a small journal with me. Have tried it before (for sketching and writing) but have never been able to stick with it.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
I bought a small one from Barnes and Noble, and I really treasured writing in it, but after a while I felt encumbered by having an extra thing in my purse, so it fell by the wayside. Keeping one in my car works much better, because I am in my car alone often, every day.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
Welcome! I've also been journaling since I was really young, maybe 8 or 9, and I finally convinced myself to post recently :)

I'm also a chemistry PhD student! The more scientists here, the merrier!
Feb. 3rd, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
It's nice to meet you! I'm very happy to meet other scientists who journal.
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