Dear Diary,

79 thoughts on “Dear Diary,”

  1. I think in words too, but they don’t come out quite as eloquent as yours. You MUST do a follow up to this post when you do have a chance to go through your diaries. Maybe share some posts? That would be awesome. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. Well deserved!

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  2. What a wonderful use of your diaries. I had a completely different take on this in a similar post a few weeks ago. Was debating editing or even burning my journals.

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  3. Love it, you have inspired me to go dig out my diaries , especially since i am often wondering what is going through the mind of my 6 year old at the moment…Good luck with your move and thanks again for the inspiration.

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  4. Like you I used to always have a diary. from the time i was thirteen up to twenty three. and then i started to resort to blogging when i was in my late 20s. but you know what, it’s really not the same🙂

    looking forward to hearing your future posts as you discover what the seven year old you used to write.

    congratulations on making it to Freshly Pressed!

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    1. You’re right, blogging is totally different. But in a good way, I think. Journaling is usually stream of consciousness for me, and a stream of private thoughts I haven’t sorted through enough to want to share. When I journal, I’m not really sure what I think of my thoughts yet – I’m just trying to get them out. Blogging requires more examination, which is why I like it so much. Thanks so much for the congrats, and I hope to post from my diaries when I finally unpack them!

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  5. This is lovely! I started writing a diary when I found out my mother was pregnant, when I was 17. I wanted my new sibling to have something to read to show how I and we felt as she was coming into our lives and growing up. Unfortunately I did not keep it going ): . Your daughter will love it, it’s the most wonderful thing. My mother wrote me some letters when she was pregnant with me, and they are my most treasured posessions. x

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  6. I always kept a journal when I was little and it’s neat to look back and remember how it felt to go through my life at that age. I wrote several letters to my future self in the journals when I was going through a rough time with my mom, hoping that those letters would help me be a better mom to a teen girl.

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  7. i tried to have a diary at least a couple times a year in my youth. never could keep it up, felt like too much of a chore even though i always loved writing. strangely. anyway now i kind of keep a diary but it’s more of a journal, a place for thoughts and inspirations and lists. all the lists.

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  8. Congrats on being Freshly pressed! I have also kept a diary since I was twelve and love to go back to it and just see how I have grown over time and how I have dealt with different phases in my life. Definitely keep us posted on how the reflection between your life and your daughters goes.

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  9. I kept diaries form time to time as a teenager but then had to cross things out and not write certain things for fear Mom or my sister or brother would be reading what I wished to put down so it was not easy or truthful. Fear of retribution, mockery but I became visual and painted and am now a painter, which is more private and needs no explanation.

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  10. I’ve always loved writing, but unlike you i never fancied the idea of keeping diaries because I dreaded the thought of my personal feelings; my thoughts, falling in the wrong hands. but now looking at it from your perspective, i realize that there’s actually an upside to keeping diaries. thanks for the insight.🙂

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  11. It is truly awesome to see some of those old posts from time to time. It makes us realize that we aren’t stuck in the past and we have come so far…

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  12. This is very interesting! I have found going back and reading old diary entries to be very useful in my life often revitalizing of lost dreams, ideas and strengths. Someone brought up diaries at the dinner table the other night and one daughter said she rips out the pages and burns them to make sure no one reads them. I think she was just being overly dramatic I haven’t smelled any smoke or seen any fires. It would be unfortunate if she did. The other one said she staples the pages shut. They have always loved writing.

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