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  • #234036

    Puss1
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    Hi all, I can’t describe how relieved I feel to actually get rid of the physical journals at last. As I said previously I do still want to keep a handwritten journal and keep the rantings on the computer or shredded!

    Does anyone else keep a journal that they hold onto and never destroy? If so, how do you keep it more positive and where do you do your venting when you feel the need to?

  • #234039

    sleepykitten
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    I try to keep a one-sentence journal a la The Happiness Project where I write one (or sometimes two) sentences each day about how the day went. I don’t avoid negative things, but I write with the idea that I will be re-reading it someday – the point is not to vent. I write in other places as well, but the one-sentence journal is what I intend to keep for posterity. I also like the idea of only a couple sentences a day, because I hope to live for another 60 years, and I don’t want to be drowning in journals at the end of my life! I want to leave just enough information so that it might be interesting or comforting to friends, loved ones, historical societies, whatever…

  • #234045

    Puss1
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    Hi Sleepy Kitten, thanks for your reply. Do you keep one of those five year journals with a sentence or two for each day? I did contemplate this but then I’m not very good at keeping up journalling daily, I tend to write as and when I feel the need. At the moment I am writing about a page or two in my written journal. This afternoon I did some venting in a seperate notepad which I will type up later and destroy the pages, I wrote seven pages which I won’t keep as it was pure venting but I feel I can go into more detail with this kind of entry on the computer. I do want to keep a handwritten journal too though but I certainly am glad I got rid of the old ones, reading them back was too tedious.

  • #234048

    sleepykitten
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    What I do is the same concept as those 5-year journals, but I just keep it in a regular notebook. Do whatever works for you, of course, and good luck!

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