Starting a Journal After the Wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@desiree.0615:  I, too, would love to get in the habit of journaling but also have trouble keeping one consistently. Starting one on the computer would be a great first step if you’re on your computer often. I’ve also found a line of products designed for easy, daily scrapbooking. It’s not the same as journaling, but I think it would be a great way to keep it easy and get in the habit. Good luck!

http://www.beckyhiggins.com/products/

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@desiree.0615:  I love the idea of journaling, so I say go for it, why not do it?

Personally, though, I’m horrible at it. I loved LiveJournal for awhile, even had a private one that was no-holds-barred journal, but I just couldn’t keep it up.

Post # 5
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2912 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i kind of keep a journal. as a wedding gift i received a book called the book of us. basically, it covers your entire relationship- the early days when you were dating all the way thru the later years when you’re old and gray. each page has a question/topic (150 in all) for you to write about–what your families thought about your relationship, your first fight and how you resolved it, holiday traditions, how you got thru tough times, etc. every so often i go thru it and fill out a few pages. i want my husband to write in it too, but he has yet to do anything. that reminds me, it’s been a while since i’ve written in it. i should get on it before i start forgetting things. anyways, it’s a really cool book and good way to record your memories- the good ones and the not so good ones, haha.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve journaled for a long time and it honestly helps me stay sane sometimes!  Dh encourages me to journal when I’m crabby – I think he;s noticed how it helps too 🙂 

Here’s just a couple ideas:

Buy a journal or a notebook that you really like and that you want to write in.  Wal-Mart has leather bound journals with their notebooks that I love!  They’re black or brown, stay flat when you’re writing and are around $12.  I also use Sharpie pens or something similar that write smoothly and don’t bleed through the pages.  If you have something that you enjoy using and you want to use, it’s more likely that you’ll use it!

After the wedding, DH and I took turns jotting down the memories that stood out to us from that day.  We were driving to our honeymoon destination and spent the car ride talking about it.  It was so much fun to recap everything together!  Both of our moms did the same, but my mom took it a step further for Christmas and asked my siblings and bridal party to chime in with their memories.  She typed them up (in their own words) and put them in a scrapbook for us.  It was great!  I love reading them.  probably the best was my 11 year old brother’s comment: “At the reception we were free dancing.  I started to dance a mix of a chicken dance, rap dance and bull fight.  It was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time. I hope we can do it again sometime.”


If you want to start journaling everyday, I would start by just jotting down the events of the day and your thoughts.  Some of my journaling sounds more like a blog post and those I transfer (eventually) to my blog.  I’ve written letters to an older me, journaled my prayers, etc. Eventually, by trial and error, you’ll find the best way that works for you.  

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