Hello, and welcome to my blog!! 🙂  To give you a little background information on myself, my name is Alana, I live in a small town in Illinois with my boyfriend and dachshund, and I’ve been writing in a diary for as long as I can remember.  I’ve found writing about my thoughts/feelings/experiences to be very therapeutic, and I’m so thankful to have all of those extra memories!  I kept a diary for a total of 20 years, from ages 8-28, and decided to create this blog to share some of those entries.  In 2010, I decided to embark on the painstaking process of typing up all of my past diaries.  I did this for a few reasons – to see how long it would be, to be able to share it easily with friends/family members, and to have a back-up in case anything ever happens to the originals.  It took a few years for that project to be completed, but in the end I had around 1,000 typed pages!  My plan for this blog is to start from the beginning by posting my first diary entry from 1993 when I was eight years old, and then working my way up until my last entry in 2014 when I was 28 years old.  As you can imagine, it will take a looong time to post 20 years of material, but I plan on posting at least one entry a day.  My diary documents a lot of tough times that I experienced, such as problems getting along with friends/family members, dealing with death/disease, relationship issues, etc. but it also captured a lot of positive moments – falling in love for the first time, graduating from college and being totally independent, and fun times with family/friends.  Hopefully you will be able to relate to at least one subject that I write about, so feel free to send me a comment or email to share your experience!  Just to make it more interesting, I will be posting some of my own commentary to let you know my current thoughts on these diary entries.  Please do not take anything that you read too seriously – most of it is meant to be humorous, so laugh, be nostalgic, and enjoy the roller coaster! 🙂

**Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of certain individuals. Entries from my elementary and middle school years will be featured in my upcoming book, “Artifacts of a ’90s Kid” and therefore are no longer posted on this blog.

Here are all of my original diaries!