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?
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.
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.
What a precious treasure a One Sentence Journal will be for family members some day.
Have you started using a one sentence journal?