For Mother's Day, my daughter Jennifer gave me a little journal, it's all plain so I can decorate it, and in the back it has a little pocket. In this pocket, she inserted a little article about writing in journals. She knows that some years ago, I stopped writing in my journal, this was mostly due to the fact that I was going through some very heart wrenching events and I found my journal to be depressing and full of sad things. I didn't want my future loved ones to read such miserable stuff, and so I fell out of the journal writing habit. But, Jennifer wants to know what I think, and who I am, so being the persistent person she is, she gave me this journal. I like the idea of decorating it, and after reading the article, I've given myself permission to write in my journal again because the article indicated that I should set a timer for 5 minutes, and just write whatever comes to my mind, even if it's just a list! How easy is that! I started doing this every night, and I love it! I don't always record events of the day, I just write what's on my mind, which truly is a better way to come to know me. I think some pretty strange things sometimes, and random thoughts blow through my head on a regular basis. So at least my journal will be great entertainment for generations to come and they'll know who I really was. I'm not formal, I just write precisely what my mind is thinking at that moment. You should try it, it's very freeing and reflects who you really are.