Why You Should Start a Journal ... Now

By Naiche, age 16, New York

Quick, when I say the word "journal," what do you think of? For a lot of people, mini padlocked notebooks with puppies, flowers, or rainbows on the cover come to mind. Unfortunately, it has quickly become a lost hobby. When I ask people why they don't have journals, they often say "I'm too old for a diary" or "Writing isn't my thing."

Sure, as a writer, journaling does come easily to me. However, I find that maintaining your best memories - being able to look back on them - is important for everyone. Even if you're not the "writing type," I've drawn up a list of ways to journal without even picking up a pen.

For the social butterfly ...

If you enjoy interacting with others (or have that hidden longing to be famous), a blog may be for you. Yes, it's still a form of writing, but I've seen bloggers capture memories and events in a few sentences or funny images. You'll have an online archive of your day-to-day life, and you'll be giving others the chance to read and comment on your work. You can start a blog on Tumblr or Blogspot in just a few minutes.

For the camera savvy ...

Scrapbooking lets you speak through your pictures and have some fun with arts and crafts along the way. You don't have to be a professional with a glue gun to add some fun designs and frames to your favorite pictures. You can make a habit of taking a few pictures a week, and soon you'll have a collection of your best moments. (There's also a website called Daily Booth, where members upload a photograph a day and share them with others).

For the rock and rollers ...

Ever had a song that completely summed up your day with its lyrics? Try assembling a playlist that describes your day-to-day life. I've been known to play around with my songs on iTunes, labeling them by whatever mood I'm in. You can go as far as creating mix CDs with songs that go along with big events in your life.

There you have it. Those are some fun, alternative ways to journal. But, of course, you can always pick up a composition notebook at your nearest CVS or Duane Reade and start scribbling away.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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