A Word Is A Word Is A Word

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Write it down.  30 minutes a day.  Once when I had a lot of things on my mind to the point that it was making me sick, my naturopathic doctor prescribed just that. 30 minutes a day, a therapeutic dose!

There are so many different types of journals. Books chock full of pasted in clippings, drawings and scraps for storing ideas. The accounts of the day or dear diary style. You remember, the book that was under lock and key back when life at 13 was so super hard. I love reading my junior high diary….awesome! I read it for entertainment!  I have a composition notebook for each of my kids. I’ve jotted down funny things they’ve said and little bits about their lives from the time they were born. Blogging is a journal. I look back over the past of pixie and see that it’s now part of my history. A little peek at who I am. Then, there is the journaling my beloved doctor prescribed. That’s a notebook where the pen hits the paper and just goes. Burning it afterwards is certainly a guilt free option. It’s a keeper of the thoughts we may not want to share with our posterity. Hellens NO!!! I can swear on a stack that it is power medicine.  What a huge difference it makes to get it all out.  Let it flow right into the vault. It’s that trusted friend for when you don’t want anyone to know what you’re really feeling. Powerful, powerful medicine.

No matter the reasons, whatever the style. Keeping a journal is precious. There are no rules. Some of my favorite things are written on the backs of envelopes and receipts.  Funny, but leather bound fancy journals, for me, are too much pressure. Other’s love em, but for me, I feel obligated to fill that sucker up.

“We live and breathe words.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
― Ingrid Bergman

“Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.”
― Natsuki Takaya

And today’s favorite:

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
― Rudyard Kipling

Now go write something down!  Leave a comment, I’d love to hear what works for you.  Happy day!  Thanks for stopping by, kimi.

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Go ahead…you can read any of the words in this post if you want and can actually read my writing.  I wouldn’t display anything I didn’t want you to see. The journal below was a year of just writing down highlights of the week each sunday.  That style is my favorite!  You’ll love the part about the great pumpkin!

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21 thoughts on “A Word Is A Word Is A Word

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  3. I carry one with me in my bag…I write down all kinds of things I want to remember from a friends recipe that I enjoyed at their home for dinner…..to a great store I want to revisit….I paste in business cards…newspsper and magazine clippings….photos….craft ideas…things that pop into my head…etc….its amazing what a treasure trove they become….nothing g so precious as paper words and images all bound together…..

  4. i’ve always liked to write since i was a young boy. since traveling a lot for films i started to collect unique handmade paper books from around the world for my journals. (i love the ones with the flower petals in the paper!)
    for me getting them in the country they are made rather than at a high-end store stateside make them more personal and in truth they only cost pennies.

    i write down notes to myself, work items and believe it or not i copy every single text message my phone gets and gives into them. (i get teased a lot for that last one but look over your texts sometime, if they are anything like mine they actually contain some of the most personal messages i receive each year).

    i only write in brown ink pens (for the things that matter and so the things that go into my journals) and so i collect brown pens around the world as well.

    love this post kimi! thank you for creating an opportunity for me to share.

    on another note, i just got back from Africa!!!! it’s almost been 7 months. and although i know you weren’t waiting for me to get back to beautiful Ojai please feel free to schedule your M&C show now! ;)


    • hahahah!!! Awesome! That last line…nice! We came so close to playing in september but chickened out. 2 of the 4 weren’t really into it for whatever reasons, all good, of course. I’m not sure if or when it will happen. Ojai. So lucky to home to Ojai! A place I’ve never been, only heard about.

      AND….LOVe that you are so particular about your journals…and life. You have some definite s that you really cling to. To me, that’s livin! Doing things your way just because you can!!! LOVe that you buy the journals int he country they were made. You are lucky to get in on so much quality travel, too!

      THANKS!!! Thanks a ton for writing on here. I know a lot of readers take the time to go through these comments and me, I love em! Glad you’re back safe! kimi.

  5. I LOVE this! This is exactly what I need to hear because I need to write things down and burn them! My sister was just saying how freeing it is. I’m doin it. Inspiring! Thanks again my friend. And I love the great pumpkin story. Classic.

      • Excellent, Sam! Ya, kinda forcing yourself to acknowledge both sides. Ya, do it! I never had until my doc prescribed it. Unbelievable how quickly I was able to sort things out. I didn’t really sort them, they just sorta sorted themselves after I wrote. Do it, fo sho!!! LOVE hearing from you!!!! kimi.

  6. dollar notebooks…tons of them…prob filled up 15 in the past 4 years…filled with notes from studying religion, parenting, and the daily grind. Its all in there! love you

    • Oh, love that. “Makes it look solvable.” I recently learned that once you really chose that a problem is your own, you can do something about it. When you’re blaming others, you have no power. Putting your thoughts into words on paper might be the same process. It shows you are documenting your thoughts. making them real and in return, the power to do something about it is yours!!! Your way of saying it was much simpler! THANKS Ana!!! kimi.

  7. Love that quote by Ingrid Bergman! Isn’t getting it out on paper the best? Been journaling since Jr. High- definitely therapeutic! Some of them were definitely burned- others are hysterical to read. Sometimes I’d just write whatever was in my brain- no correct grammer, punctuation, or even sense to some of the phrasing- and usually in times of emotional craziness. It’s amazing how much better you feel just to get it out! Hope you guys are enjoying this Christmas! xo

    • Oh man, you nailed it! That’s exactly why you do it, right? And YES…rocking Christmas…I have one that asks to open something every night. Luckily I have boxes of candy and stuff under the tree for that! Great to hear from you! Have a a great day!!! kimi.

  8. I have kept a journal since I was seven. I love it. It is very helpful to look back to see what I was thinking in the past. You would be amazed at how much we forget over the years. Now that I am blogging, I do not write as much in my journal, but it is still there for my most private thoughts.

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