The What I’ve Learned Today Series

Inspired by …you guessed it — real life. The stuff they don’t teach you in school.

Susie Pinon
The Orange Journal
Published in
3 min readSep 23, 2023

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Growing up, Ned’s Declassified was one of my favorite shows. I thought it was the coolest and smartest thing that Ned would document all of his findings and reference his jam-packed composition notebook frequently to help him and his friends during times of distress.

I felt inspired by Suzy Krabgrass because she was the first other Susie I had ever “met.” Needless to say, the show left a lasting impression on me, and even in adulthood, I always think, I should really have my own version of Ned’s life advice, but based on my personal experiences.

(And if you weren’t in the generation that never missed an episode every day after school, I highly recommend you check it out. The concept is fabulous.)

I’ve been a journaling junkie for as long as I can remember. I started my first diary in the 2nd grade with thoughts of schoolboy crushes alongside parental arguments. I still remember reading back the entries, even dated(!) in an effort to rewire mental patterns first curated during my formative years — basically trying to figure out why I think the way I do.

Diaries led to journals with sticky notes taped inside. And at one point, I even developed an…

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Susie Pinon
The Orange Journal

If I’m not typing, I’m at the beach, eating chocolate, yoga-ing, or watching my soaps. Here to help you grow into your best self without making it hurt.😉