Since Elementary School, I’ve kept a journal of some sort – my first was a multicolored Hallmark diary, complete with combination lock. It held secrets about the goings-on about my day, life’s frustrations (HAH!) and other important issues. I can still see it clear in my mind, with my blocky handwriting and weirdly angled lowercase a’s.
In Middle School, I ‘graduated’ to Black and White Composition Books, which were kept synchronously between me and my BFFs – they were like ongoing letters or commentaries, really, but expressed and chronicled all the important news of our lives. These volumes evolved to include drawings, sketches, illustrations…even taped in-photos and other momentos, complete with our unfiltered thoughts about them all. It’s funny to think how important some things seemed then.
Moving on into High School, I got my very own Livejournal. I wrote a lot of rambly and incoherent things, but somehow made some friends on there and even joined some communities. In fact, I winded up creating a community for the Fall 2006 Walt Disney World College Program as a way to make some connections and friends for my post-grad adventure. (Un)fortunately, my involvement with LJ kinda fell off the radar once Facebook took over my life, but I am so fortunate for the friends I made (that became IRL friends!) and, fun fact, hubs made a Livejournal page of his own back when we first started dating, which provided a little insight into his mind! 🙂
Fast forward to 2009.
I created “Keepin’ it Real…Organized” as a wedding planning blog mere days after hubs proposed. I hadn’t been one of those girls who always dreamed about her perfect wedding, but now that I was in charge of rounding up the shindig, by golly, I was gonna be organized about it! I was also a very active member of Weddingbee and after I eased into the groove of my regular blogging, I applied to be a bee. Well, long story short – I didn’t make the cut. It was very dramatic for me then, because I felt like I in fact did have a unique theme, writing style…etc. I wanted so badly to be a bee that it really affected my drive to improve my blog when I was rejected. In fact, it’s probably why I never completed my recaps (whoops!) but live and let live, right? (Oh, BTW, who got blogged ANYWAY by a major wedding BLOG??? That’s right! 😉 )
Despite that momentary drama, I did muster up some energy to start a spin-off blog to document newlywed life and well, the rest they say is history. From decisions over electronics purchases , the great debate over Kindle vs. Nook to chronicling special assignments during my time at Disney and new life changes (starting to run, doing a 30-day Bikram challenge + trying veganism) I would say that the chronicling has been quite successful. Not only have I been able to preserve my thoughts on particular moments in my life as they happened, but in this blogging medium, I have been blessed to meet many other like-minded individuals, as well as been able to keep my friends and family up-to-date with the goings-on in my life.
Which leads to now…