Monday, April 27, 2009

Is This Not the Best Idea Ever?

I’ve been writing in my 10-year journal this morning. This has to be the most amazing invention ever, even if you’re not into journaling.

Each day of the year has it’s own page, and a small (4-line) space for each year. Mine runs from 2005-2015, so today I can see what I wrote last year on April 27, and in 2007, 2006, and 2005.

If I’m REALLY in a writing mood, I can continue my thoughts or ideas in expansion pages in the back.

It’s amazing the memories it triggers, even if only the friends we had dinner with, the funny thing the grandbaby said, or what I was working on (last year on this day I went to the fabric store for backing fabric for a quilt I was making; the year before that, my daughter and grandson came for dinner; the year before THAT, we were in Las Vegas!).

Plus, occasionally I run across a really great idea I jotted down that I had completely forgotten about, and that might have been lost forever if I hadn’t written about it on that day.

Every year, I use a different color for my journal entries. My 10-year journal is started to look pretty colorful! I can only imagine that, as time moves on, it will be even more fun to review one day over ten years to see how my life has shifted, moved, or stayed the same.

I think whoever thought of this idea is brilliant! The journal is available on Amazon, if you’re interested in recording your own memories over 10 years. I bought one for each of my children, and for several friends. They make wonderful gifts!

I just had a thought—I think I’ll get a couple for my grandbabies who are 8 and 9. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they had a record of their teenage years to keep throughout their lives? Hmmm . . . off to Amazon!


DancesWithPitBulls said...

wow...I really want one of those!

sharonb said...

I have kept a journal for nearly 20 years - and written/drawn nearly every day in that time. I am in my 50s now so its is a good part of my adult life.
This format certainly looks interesting but I wonder if over time this structure might be a bit tight. But good luck with it as a long time journal is definitely worth having done and I am so pleased I developed the daily discipline to do it.

Heather P said...

I love this idea! I have always kept a journal, but I love the idea of the 10 year format. I suppose it wouldn't replace my regular journal, in which I get very wordy. But it would be fun to easily review what I've done on that day for the past few years.

TextileTraveler said...

Yep, this definitely doesn't replace my other journaling (word and art), but compliments it. When I reread my "regular" journal entries, they tend to be more about my thoughts, my moods, my feelings; these entries are more about what was happening that day.