Dear Diary,

Dear Diary,

I had such fun meeting new people at last night’s networking group. I am encouraged that my business has found a receptive audience.

What is the next best step for me to take to continue growing?

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Dear Diary Day is a relatively new day on the special days of the year calendars. Yet it is an old concept.

Regularly we hear of another diary of another famous person being located by relatives or someone who bought a box of old books and papers at an estate sale.

Earlier this month an editorial columnist for our local paper spoke to my DAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) Chapter about George Washington’s visit to our part of South Carolina. Part of what caught my mind in his talk was that good old George kept a detailed diary. He spoke of how long it took riding horseback to get from one place to the next. He included information about the private homes he stayed in (this area didn’t have many “public houses” in those days). And he included even more detailed notes about the process of growing rice in this area – a major crop of the time.

I can remember keeping diaries at different times as a child and young woman – especially the problems associated with keeping it locked between making entries to keep my two younger sisters from reading my secret thoughts.

As an adult I have kept journals at different times – when moving cross country to start a new job in an unknown community, becoming a new mother, traveling to new areas.

One of my sons started writing daily pages years ago while taking a course based on Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. And he continues it to this day. While I can’t guarantee he does it every day, if there are others up when he gets up while visiting us, he will take himself outside or to the garage to get some privacy to complete this part of his morning routine.

I am more sporadic in my journal writing. However, it is one of the ways I sort my thoughts out when they keep spinning around in my head.

I have two suggestions for you on this day that celebrates diaries:

  1. Pick up a notebook or find a pad of paper and start writing about your dreams. These dreams can be related to any part of your life – personal, family, education, or business. This writing can help you sort out where you want to go next. (Or open a new file on your computer or tablet if you prefer to write electronically.)
  2. If you have been using a diary or a journal for a while, take the time to review a random selection of previous entries. You may be surprised by the changes in your life and reflections over time.

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