Diaries are a girl’s best friend- not diamonds.

Most of us began writing in diaries when we were probably teens. It transitioned to wordpads, secret online password protected notes but there is something earthy and ethereal about the connections  of the ink to paper. It feels like a painting and not just words. It gives one a sense of release that little else can. I am not going to dwell on the merits of having a physical journal with crisp hand made paper and some pastel flower doodles  over the edges (though it wouldn’t hurt) but rather documenting your feelings.

Yes the F word –feelings. We are so full of it, feelings are what makes us human. Stepping into a decade that is going to demand of you to attach with detachments one must have a device that allows them to step back and analyse what they are experiencing at that moment. I recommend various kinds of journaling in this decade. Yes I am OCD like that, tell me you aren’t. Let us talk about the kind of writing that might free you and more importantly be the blue print for your fourth decade. We are getting ahead of ourselves and being prepared with military diligence.

The five logs one must document this decade

The gratitude journal- this I call the happiness log. Have you noticed you write more when you are melancholic because when you are truly happy one only wants to savor that feeling? Who has the time for a pen then? One would slowly realize that they have very little memory of this happiness and began to ponder if their life is only filled with pointless sadness. This is where the gratitude journal helps. In those desperate lonely times it does good to open and read of all the blessings life has bestowed upon you. I recommend writing everday, even if just clinically the good things that happened to you from morn till eve! This is my happiness diet

The diet book- crash dieting and starving are things of the past. One would find that their body seldom responds to such antics and even if it does for a short while the results are more harmful in the long run. This is also the decade where your metabolism is starting to dip. You find yourself growing love handles eating the same food you did all the past years but were perfectlt fine burning. Losing weight once you have loaded is a herculean task as the years go on. Accept the limits of your body and practice mindful portion control and healthy energy nutrient substitution to your donuts and cupcakes. Once in a while won’t kill you, but making it a habit just might.

The period tracker- you will thank me for this 10 years down the line. The woman’s body is no temple but actually an opera of the feminine hormones that perform a gala every few weeks, the shrills and dips and rises in these eloquent notes is the key to your health and happiness. If the troughs are too deep one must address them immediately because right now you can. I cannot say the same about the 40s though. This is the decade that you take control of your health for a eventfree next 40 years or so. 

The boy guide- I call this the burn book. Every girl needs one. Am done with the experimenting and fooling around. This time I mean business and it does little help to be caught in the wrong company for many years now. This is the decade I look for more meaningful relationships rather than one night stands and girl is it necessary to write this down. Print and frame it on your bedroom wall if you have to. Wake up each day and chant it. Your heart is precious don’t let any man fool around with it. 

Timeline album- my 20s thankfully have been wild and meaningful at the same time. Lets say we did have some divine interventions to save us all. The memories are what we live for and at this age when you can why must you just write? This is a kind of gratitude journal too but with pictures in a timeline starting from my January to December. There is nothing like a timeline album to cheer you up in life. It is your photobiography.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Writing down can help us process things much better, especially when life becomes hard. And period tracker is the one thing I keep updating without fail!

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  2. alpanadeo says:

    I started writing diary when I was in school and continued it till my daughter’s birth. But after that, somehow it stopped. Your post reminded me that yes, I should start it again.

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  3. Diaries or journals? I know a lot of Bullet Journal fans, and although I tend to keep a daily diary of my private thoughts, it always feels somehow more “adult” or “professional” to call it a journal. 😉
    Just visiting from the A to Z Challenge. Cheers from Buttontapper Press! (buttontapper.com)

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  4. Balaka says:

    I loved this post. I have been journaling since I was eleven years old. These days before going to bed I write three journals. First is the gratitude journal, the second is the to-do list for the next day and the third is the diary where I write my negative thoughts and then tear it down. These journals are indeed more precious than diamonds.

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  5. simritbedi says:

    I swaer by my journal too! I have all kinds, for feelings, diet, to do lists! Can’t live without one!

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  6. earlymomage says:

    I love writing diaries and it started when I was 8 years old.

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  7. Arushi says:

    What a lovely post and yes writing down the diary is a wonderful thing. Gratitude journal is a brilliant idea and off late I have gifted some teenagers and it does help them stay positive. Lovely ideas and a wonderful post

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  8. I love writing diaries too and especially writing them secretly in the beginning was much thrilling. #tmmreads #blogchattera2z

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  9. I love to write my feelings and that’s why keep hiding my dairies. My dairies know all my secrets that noone can know.

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  10. soniadogra says:

    I’ve always kept a diary..For years on end and counting. You gave us a discreet list there. Enjoyed reading!

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  11. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    Yes I had started writing during my teen age days for journaling my day to day experience. I feel that diary works like one of our best friends. i had continued this habit so long..but since last few years, I am not doing it. feeling inspired to do it again, after reading your post.

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  12. Loved the title. I had a few diaries over the years but stopped because I realised I use it to either vent or make timetables! Wasn’t good at it I guess.. maybe I will start a gratitude journal. Sounds interesting

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  13. This is interesting. I am not a diary person at all. But enjoyed how you have variations of diaries.

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  14. Even I write to feel better. It kind of gives me a boost 😊

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