Five Year Journal

Have you ever kept a journal or diary?  I have tried several times, but always give it up after a short period of time.  One of the areas of focus this year was regarding my writing.  I wanted to start my 5 year journal again.  But what is a five-year journal, you ask?

I first heard about it in late 2009 through The Happiness Project Blog. One of the things she does is write in a one sentence journal.  Check out her post, Keep a One Sentence Journal.

It sounded interesting, so I started Googling.  (Isn’t that what we all do when we want to learn something new?)  I found several journals that have space to write a line or two over the course of 5 years.  There are a ton of resources out there.  You can even do a 10 year one sentence journal. 


Here is one at Journal 10.  However, I decided to create my own.  I just took two of those plain, old composition journals. 

I put the date on the top of  each page (no year).  I added the year on the side of the page whenever I journal for that year.  The first book I did through June 30 and the second one through Dec 31.  I started it in 2010 and journalled throughout most of the year.  I do not know why but did not use it much of 2011.  Makes me sad.  However, as I have started it again this year, it already makes me smile to see what was happening on a date.  I choose to be happy about what I did write, and not let what I didn’t write, hold me back. As you can see, if I skipped a year, I just add the next year and go on.  No guilt, because guilt is always what makes me stop writing.

If you are interested in doing something like this you could buy a premade journal or make your own. 

Source: Get It Scrapped at

Just the other day I came across a post by Tami Taylor on Get It Scrapped.  She is making a 5 Year Journal using 7 Gypsies Library Drawer.  Wow, love the idea.  I sure would have enjoyed doing it that way.  Maybe after I fill my journals up I can start one like that.  What I really like is that if you feel like you will not know what to write Tami at is going to provide Prompts for each day of the year. 

Check out Wit and Whistle’s post on a Calendar Journal for more inspiration.

 What a precious treasure a One Sentence Journal will be for family members some day.

Have you started using a one sentence journal?

4 thoughts on “Five Year Journal

  1. I’ve kept a diary since I was fifteen (many, many years ago), which I wrote in code so that my brother couldn’t read it. I still write in code after all these years. Some times in my life, I write a lot. At other times I don’t write much at all. I’ve never tried the five year/ one sentence type diary, though. Thanks for sharing the idea.

    • I love the idea of writing in code, but then again I might forget my code. I hope you try it. I really do love seeing what I did a year ago or two years ago all in one spot. I hope I can keep it up.

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