I know I’m not the only one guilty of this…
I was organizing some boxes and found a fancy-looking, leather journal. Sadly, all the pages were blank. It was a gift I received years ago from a sweet friend who encouraged me to travel and write. I saved it, thinking I would use it to document the ‘trip of a lifetime’ someday.
I remember thinking I’d save it for a ‘special occasion’.
Well, today is a special occasion…
I am here, enjoying the little moments and I can’t wait to dive in!
I am not wasting one more minute of its beauty shelving it for that ‘some day’.
I decided this will be my ‘travel research’ journal. Ideas and lists will fill its pages. Details about the places I will be visiting, near and far.
I’ve been journaling since I was a dreamy teenager- reading Teen Beat and hoping to meet Rob Lowe! But, my very first journal entry was a truly memorable moment in the story of my life… I wrote (in detail) about my first kiss!
It happened during a 4th of July beach getaway with family and friends. His parents knew my cousins somehow and we connected. He was tall, funny, dark hair, loved soccer… and I was smitten. We spent the day swimming in the beach, laughing at the silliest of things and then it happened.
When I returned home after the holiday weekend, I thought of him and the gentle sweetness of the moment- which I described as ‘floating above the clouds’. The journal entry documented what my teenage brain and heart was processing. Decades later, I’m still amused by the entry. I dotted all my i’s with hearts, decorated the pages with stickers and every word – a reminder of young love and the hopefulness of a girl who was kissed for the first time at the beach.
To this day, my journaling has always been my moment to dream, even if for a few minutes each morning (note to self: buy stickers).
1. Don’t wait for ‘some day’ – do it now, use it now, say it now, travel now.
2. Journaling promotes self-awareness, mindfulness, creativity, problem solving, improving communication skills, memory, etc., —I can recall fondly every single detail of that 4th of July kiss because I had enough sense as a teenager to document the feelings.
I would love to hear your thoughts on journaling… and/or your first kiss. Feel free to comment below or a DM on my IG @onelittlenote. You can also contact me here.
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