I have been an avid journal writer for the majority of my life. I remember getting a little red silk diary and address book for Christmas when we lived on Agate Drive in Carson City, NV. That means I was between 5 - 7. I wrote about all of my collections that I had and all the places I'd visited in my short life and that was about it. I do remember watching an episode of Punky Brewster and Cherie (her best friend that wore headbands) read her diary and it had some juicy gossip that she told everyone. I totally wanted my journal to contain juicy gossip, so the following day I wrote about how I saw a "totily (yes... that is how it is spelled) cute guy" at my baton twirling practice. Like I knew what a cute guy was... well, I still think Ricky Schroder is pretty fly.
Anyway, that lead to a long life of journal writing. I can read about almost every day of my life from age 9 until age 22. Every fight with a friend, every time Kory Hill or Curtis Browning talked to me (if either of you ever come across this, yes... I loved you both for years), and my first kiss. I can read about my very first day of junior high, high school, college, and entering the MTC as a missionary. My trip to Italy. When I was crowned Homecoming Queen and when I was elected into SBO. All sorts of "totily" awesome stuff.
After I got home from my mission, I just stopped writing. Why?? That is when everything got good. I moved back to Utah, I fell in love, I got married, I graduated from college, I had a baby, I had my first career job... wow! Really important stuff. Every 6-8 months I write a few pages summarizing what has happened, but there is no emotion in it.
I cracked open my most recent journal to find an entry from January 02, 2007. This is how it starts:
I don't know why I stopped writing my daily journal entries. It seems like I have a lot more to talk about now than I did in high school. My 2007 New Years resolution is to quit neglecting my children of learning about their mom and start writing in my journal.
I guess I failed that resolution. Woops! I sort of have important stuff documented on the blog, but not really.
So, with that long introduction, these are my 2008 New Years Resolutions:
1. Write in my journal at least once a week (I need to make it attainable)
2. Cut TV time in half (I think I know every Playhouse Disney morning show theme song)
3. Craft more for myself (I give EVERYTHING away)
4. Wear high heels at least once a week (Church doesn't count - this will be tricky)
5. Start exercising again (I was so diligent last year until summer and then my gym membership expired and I got lazy)
6. Reconnect with old friends and RETURN CALLS (I know - this isn't my strong point)
I think that will be a good start. I've started organizing the house and it is clean. A fresh start for 2008.