Barely Choose What I Want to Order from Taco Bell


Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what you want in life… I thought I had my whole life planned out. But, I can barely choose what I want to order from Taco Bell.

– Saba


My Better Self

This is from my journal from 2001. So many changes were going on. My mother had been recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. I dated a guy who didn’t value or see me (and I allowed it) and most importantly, I started to change and embrace a healthier attitude. I decided to face my demons and dysfunction. It was a tough year of many transitions, but it led me to love. I met my husband that year (after I had done the work to get better and be kinder to myself). Funny how that happens.

Journals are neat because you can look back on them and see your growth.  I am so grateful for that rough year in 2001. It gave me the courage to face my issues, which led me to love.  



Faith in Humanity

Hieu's signature
Science made me lose faith in humanity. – Hieu
Roommates on the page
Arts & Sciences

I find it interesting where people pick their page to sign since the other thing I tell people are the three rules:
1. There’s a Front Door — Rated PG13
2. There’s a Back Door — Not Rated (I flip the journal around and show them)
3. There’s no rules!

I usually add in that the Back Door is for private uncensored thoughts, but it’s open ended. People often ask where they should sign but I refer to rule #3 (which is an oxymoron).

People peruse the journal and find their spot. Some nestle in with a crowded page, others take a blank page and make it their own. I love how journal signers become roommates on a page too — like Jillian and Hieu. Jillian works in the Arts and Hieu works in Science. Hgygen is a PhD working in a focused specialty in Science. She had a horrible experience as a female scientist in academia. She is so passionate about Science and helping young women in Science. She also is writing a memoir of a sibling’s tragic death. She also gave me an awesome fine tip pen because I commented on how lovely her handwriting was. I still have the pen (even though I lose pens all the time).

Everyone has a story. The Original Journal wants to know them all.

Back Door Thursday


 Creativity is intelligence having fun. Einstein

 Begin! (but get coffee first)

This post comes to you from the eccentric town of Carrboro, which neighbors college town, Chapil Hill. 

I (creator/curator of The Original Journal Project) met Jay Reeves, owner of Vinyl Perk last Friday. Carrboro is a fun and charming town that is home to eccentrics, artists, college students, and a great music scene. 

Jay was super fun and an instant friend. I love what he wrote in The Original Journal (Save the Earth edition). So without further ado…here’s his signature. 


 I ducked behind my Chemex Coffeemaker, and the next thing I knew she was snapping my picture through the glass carafe and my image came out distorted and coffee-crazed but I liked it. And so having given you my coffee photo-face I will say to Megan and all the wonderful creators from Wilson to Walla Walla: Begin! The rest is easy.

Jay Reeves

Vinyl Perk 10/14/15 




Have a Great Year Ahead


It was great getting to know you today. I hope you have a greatcyear ahead. Also, get lots of writing done. — Diane

A Sky Full of Dreams

Big Enough

A day in the #sky/ leaping towards us/ A gust of #wind/ and the #dog becomes/ Another form to alert our/ #imagination/ A sky full of #dreams/ Big enough to cover the #World/ Everybody can have a go/ if they could only look up/ instead of down — Pat 10-7-97 from Sketch Journal circa 1997

The Child In You


Never let the child in you stay quiet, yell your passions, cartwheel in the rain and face the world with a fearless heart.
                                 Kristen Heeres

Flow Like a River Without a Dam


Allow your ideas to flow like a river without a dam. Connect to your inner self and you will have limitless and boundless stories to tell.

                           Magnificant Journey
                                    Ala L.

Great journaling advice…