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I didn’t grow up as a journal-er. Probably because I only wrote in my diary on bad days, and who wants to read the negative highlights of their life? But the year I felt God “tell” me to write Let Me Fall, was the year I figured out I actually process things by writing them out. So I’ve gone through a few journals and many hand spasms since then.

Along the way, I’ve become a bit of a journal fiend. Picky and particular, with ever-changing criteria from one journal to the next. I decided to share the evolution of my journals with you, starting with my first-ever, locking diary (I have 2 older brothers) and ending with yesterdays birthday present from Jerimiah (which I picked out).

What about you? How do you process things?

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  1. Sue Goodson

    i love seeing how you’ve grown….so thankful to have been a part of your life. love you!!
    and btw….i can’t wait to read that book! =)

    • beth

      Thanks Sue! I love you too.
      And yay! I’m excited to hear that. 🙂

  2. ash

    I love the new one!!!! So cute

    • beth

      Thanks Ash. 😉 And don’t worry. Owl make sure not to scare you with this new bird.

  3. Um, yes. I adore journals. In fact, they are going to have a starring role in the decor of my new writing office. (You’ll see.) And I also process things by writing. For several years, I prayed mostly by writing letters to God. Somehow everything came out much more easily and honestly. Less self-judgement, oddly.

    • beth

      Your office decor sounds lovely.
      Cool to have a fellow writing processor. 🙂

  4. Such a great blog post. Your photography and your skills for fancying up your photos is so impressive. I want to know how to do that. Maybe I can get a lesson, like the one you gave me on how to take a pic of myself with my iPhone.

    Love the post and seeing all your journals. Your birthday journal looks like one that will contain lots of wisdom and stuff to hoot about! 🙂

    Lunch soon! My stomach’s growling.

    Love ~

    • beth

      I’ll do an iPhone app tutorial when we do lunch next. You’ll learn how unimpressive it all really is. 😉

  5. Carolyn Trucano

    The first two journals (diaries) I think I’ve seen. I remember trying to decide on the type of journal to get you as a Christmas gift a few years ago – you let me know in no uncertain terms how picky you were in finding a journal that you liked! You’ll notice that I haven’t bought you a journal since then!!! Hahahaha.
    Glad to see that journaling has helped you “process” things, and that you have “evolved” over the years. I think I process things better by writing them down also. However, I didn’t grow up journaling either, and I have not adopted the discipline yet of journaling consistently, so you’re ahead of me there.

    • beth

      Sorry about my picky taste.
      Maybe I got the need to journal from you. 🙂

  6. Carolyn Trucano

    That could be, you know. After all, the family has long accused me of being able to write a letter on a post card. . . does that count as a journal entry???

    • beth

      Only if you send the postcard to yourself. 😉

  7. Kayla

    I love journal-ing it really helps me feel better. Also I’ve found recently that writing free verse poetry is very helpful.

    • beth

      Very cool! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 What does free verse poetry end up like?

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