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Do you keep a journal?

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid." A journey through Thoreau's journals show the writer's reflections, thoughts, observations, and sketches. His journals show he was more than a writer or naturalist, he was a man discovering himself, caught in the act of becoming. Why should you keep a journal? You should keep one for you. Who are you? What do you like? What do you notice? What do you think? Keeping a journal is a way to rediscover you. Remember that time you were sad, happy, excited? Will you remember it years from now? Do you want others to view it or do you want to recall it for you? Will it ignite a story in you someday? Journals are mines for story gems. Keeping a journal is not homework. It should not be regimented like brushing your teeth or combing your hair. Rather, it should be accessible in the moment. I've been known to keep multiple journals, placing one in my car, one in the kitchen, by my bed, etc. Keeping a journal near will enable you to write on a long road trip, waiting at a doctor's office, those sponge times of life that occur often and trick us into thinking we do not have the time. Try keeping a journal. Remember, write in this journal for you. I'm sure you'll find that you are far more interesting than you know.

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What will your journal look like? Gather ideas and give it a go!