Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Journal Prompt 2

I want you to really take some time this week, looking over the prompts from the last 28 days, and your journaling. Find a quiet moment to sit and write how you have grown as a person this last month. Think about today’s prompt.

I have really enjoyed taking part in this challenge. I have never kept a diary and did try to keep a bit of journal of ZoĆ« as she reached various milestones but I failed miserably. I think Anna’s prompts are a really good way to make me write something every day. There are quite a few us doing this on UK Scrappers and I catch up on the website every day. The ladies that I have got to know over the last few weeks are really lovely and so kind, caring and encouraging. Reading other peoples journalling, we have all taken different approaches to it. Some people are quite guarded in what they write and others are very open about stuff. I think I fall into this second category. I am quite an open book and am happy to share stuff with people – whether they want to know it or not! Some people write just a few words and some, like me write lots.
So how have I grown in the last month? Well I realise how I lucky I am as when I read about other people’s troubles, I know that my little moans and groans are pretty insignificant really. One thing I have noticed is that I look at things differently – this is down to the photography I think. Since I have got my camera, I am much more aware of my surroundings, certainly the outside world and the beauty of where I live and how it would look if I captured it using my camera.
What is quite strange is how other people view me. I think most people are quite negative about themselves and I know I am definitely guilty of this and I know that I cannot take a compliment and will often make some stupid comment when someone tries to be nice to me. When I read the comments on my blog of the journaling I have done or of the photos that I have posted, I find it incredulous that people can say such lovely things about me and my journal. This makes me sound like I am fishing for more compliments but it really is the complete opposite. I read other people’s journals and I am envious of their imaginative writing style and photographic talents and yet people say such generous things about what I have done.
I am definitely glad I started this challenge and reading back through the last 29 day’s worth of entries, I know I will see this through to the end.
So in summary, not sure that I have grown much but I know I am much more aware of the people around me, how others view me in comparison to how I view myself and that it is cathartic to write things down.

5 comments:

Shirley said...

I enjoy sharing this journey with you Claire and mean every word I type. So keep up the good work and have fun we are on one big adventure over the coming months :)

knitkath said...

Yes, you have grown to be able to write in that way! isn't it good we are all different and can learn from each other. I know I am making new friends even though we may never meet face to face.

Lynne aka retired nana said...

Claire this is such honest journalling and that you like all of us have had to grow in some way.I think It is great in a month that we have all made friends with each other so quickly regardless of age and personalities. We really don't know each other and will never meet but feel so close!! I actually open 365 before my team each morning:(

willowthewysp said...

What beautiful journalling!
I, too am enjoying this challenge and everyone else doing this challenge..inc. you are the one of the reasons why it is so much fun. I am enjoying getting to know you all.
You do some wonderful layouts and i love reading your blog:)

Beejay said...

I enjoy reading your blog Claire. It's nice that you can be so open. I am the opposite I think and in a way am taking this quite light heartedly. I do have an IRL journal though and try to write something about each prompt just for me.