Going through my stuff at my parents’ house, I came across journals that I wrote in sporadically starting in the second grade. As I got older, the journals, which started as more diaries of my daily life, shifted into inspiration journals.
To start off, I would decorate a plain composition book with different colored patterned paper, puff paint, magazine clippings, or drawings. Then, in the pages, I would write my own poetry, paste magazine clippings, paste photo copies of my favorite passages from books and novels, and other peoples’ poetry in the pages.
Also some passages from my history text books, and literature assignments. I would sometimes draw or paint pictures to go along with poetry that I wrote.
Looking back through all of these brought back memories from the time, and also further proved to me that I have had burning creativity throughout my whole life. I was inspired by my earlier work. It made me realize how important it was to me to have a creative outlet. These inspiration journals are such a treasure! It has gotten me into thinking of getting back into doing these again.
My grandpa sure was right on when he gave me the nickname of “EmaBee.”
Do (did) you keep diaries or journals? What are (were) they like?
Here are some of the pages from these inspiration journals: