Why Everyone Should Start Journaling

Why Everyone Should Start Journaling

Journaling has become such a huge part of my life, and I invite you to explore how it might benefit yours.
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When I was nine, my grandma gave me a journal with a note inscribed into the front of it prompting me to write inside of the journal. She told me that she had been journaling since my age, and at the wise age of 83, she showed me how many journals she had filled since. There were so many I could not begin to count. When I asked her how she had enough to write about in each of them, she told me that she wrote whatever came to her mind, her thoughts, her anxieties, her joys and anything else in between. Since then, I have been writing in my journals and have already filled quite a few of them myself.

When I urge my friends to write in a journal, I am almost always met with the same response: “I don’t have anything to write about.” Journals are a collection of bound empty pages there for whatever it is you want to write. It does not have to resemble a diary in which you recall events of your day by any means. You can write poetry, business ideas, or dates that are important to you. I see my journal as something that holds that particular moment in time as it was when I wrote it because I was currently experiencing the thought, idea, or feeling. Journals can be used for sketching too, something I have often done when I am too exhausted to write words in the pages.

Journaling should not be forced but should be something you want to do so that at some point later in your life, you can reflect on these entries and see how much you have grown or changed. I have found my writing to be so rewarding. There are moments in my life that I completely forgot about until rereading old entries and, for this, I am forever thankful for my diligence in writing.

For me, journaling is a way for me to process what is going on around me. When I am not turning to a friend for advice, my journal is sitting there waiting for me to vent to or plead for help even if it is an inanimate object. As I write, I am forced to process whatever the situation may be and usually end up coming to some form of conclusion on my own. I have found that this is because physically writing my thoughts and feelings makes them more concrete and allows myself to accept what is happening and be able to move forward.

I think that journaling has made me much more in tune to myself outside the opinions of others. When it is just my journal and I, there are no expectations or secrets that should be withheld. There are no judgments or people I am trying to impress. I am able to be raw and real. I encourage every person to pick up a journal and start writing, even if it starts out as just writing one word per day.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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Poetry On Odyssey: 'Surround'

Inspired by Surround Yourself, an exhibition by Jordan Wilshaw at Eastern Michigan University in April of 2018.
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Sound yourself with the doers.


Surround yourself with the movers,

the shakers,

the believers,

the winner,

the crazies.


Surround yourself with the the dreamers.


Surround yourself with the “good ones”.

Surround yourself with the people who just get it — whatever “it” is.


Surround yourself with people you love.
Surround yourself with those who love you.
Surround yourself with love.



Surround yourself with art.


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For more art by Wilshaw, see their website here.

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