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There are many reasons why I write. I love the connection I have with my thoughts when I’m getting them down on paper. I write because it’s more personal to me than typing.

why i write

When I was eight years old, my mom bought me my very first diary. Looking back through the pages of my childhood diaries bring me back. Back when the hardest decision of my day was figuring out who to play with or what to go do after school. I documented everything. I started each morning by writing down what time I woke up and what I had for breakfast, what I wore and what I did. I would write if my little brother was misbehaving or if my dad was on duty or working late. I wrote down all the places my mom would take us and I even wrote down my little adventures around my neighborhood. When we took road trips my mom would have me keep a driving journal.

Not much changed as the years went on. I still kept journals but started writing poems, doodling in song lyrics, gluing bits of memorabilia to the pages such as movie ticket stubs, concert ticket stubs, parking passes, special napkins, notes from friends and boyfriends, birthday cards and menus. As I got older I would create art journals and focused more on doodling than writing. My journaling evolved into a form of scrapbooking, but never once did I stop writing.

why I write in a journal

After I got married and had my first child I discovered the world of blogging. I think when I started blogging I might have shared too much. After the novility of blogging wore off I found myself right back inside the pages of my journal. I hated that I missed so many years documenting my life, especially with all the changes of getting married, moving to a new state and becoming a parent. Writing on paper with a pen in hand is so much more personal than just typing my thoughts out onto a computer and having a great pen to write with is very important. I’ve always been partial to my uni ball and I found a great selection of them at Office Depot.

I’m a very nostalgic person, and writing thank you cards, letters, journals and daily planning keeps me connected to the old way of doing things. I don’t want to see hand-written notes and letters totally disappear like I fear it will with the rise of computers and cursive no longer being taught to our children in school. Just because I can quickly send an e-mail doesn’t mean I should. I try to send a hand written letter every once in a while to a good friend of mine. I snail mail thank you cards and like I mentioned above, I still write in a journal.

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Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

6 Comments

  1. I still miss writing in my journal. I am finding it hard to find the write time to sit down and actually write in it. Since the cursive writing is not being taught in school anymore it’s hard for my little ones to read it. I’ve found a few free work books that I had way back in the day, that we could rub off the marker pen with tissue and start again. I noticed my oldest writing down her “lists” of things she wants in her diary. She doesn’t go to deep into what she has done throughout the day but her “lists” are her thing.

  2. We still have our girls hand write thankyou notes and cards. Much more personal that way.

  3. I’m a writer in some ways. I don’t keep an electronic schedule, I do an old fashioned planner. I also am a big notebook keeper for notes, planning etc.

  4. I wrote in a journal every day up until I left for college. I really should get back into it. I do include quite a bit of journaling in our family scrapbooks but it’s just not the same.

  5. I Wrote in a few journals here and there growing up but nothing consistent. I wish I had. 🙁 I would love to o back and read what I thought was so important.

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