Ariana, your article really made me think. I use to throw away my old journals and now lament over that decision so much. I use to be so scared of people finding out my weird, innermost thoughts, but I don’t feel like that anymore.

I now have saved almost a dozen journals and what I have learned, from reading through them is that I have been circling the drain on a lot of my issues for years. There are somethings that I have just not overcome, but after reading you article, I am starting to reflect on how to overcome said challenges.

I am going through my old journals, seeing what plagued me and still is and why. I am challenging myself to fix said issues, so that hopefully, next year, I will see a newer version of myself in my writing.

I write about issues that are near and dear to my heart, with the hope that my stories, experiences, and struggles may empower others: