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Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Ten Year Journal

I was trying so hard last night to remember where I had seen this journal--it is a ten year journal, but you only have 4 lines for each day. You just write down small thoughts or occurrences from each day. It is advertised as "The Journal for Busy People". I finally found it through the magic of googling, and a fellow blogger's posting.

For me, I think it is just the only way I will journal. I know the importance of journaling; I want to be a writer after all! But, I have so many blank books and journals that I have started and given up on filling after just a few pages or maybe 1/4 of the way in. I don't know if it is the daunting task of so many pages out there before me, or feeling the need to write more than time allows, but I never seem to be able to finish.

I am sure I could adapt this process to one of my blank books, and only write a few lines for each day, but this particular journal does a nice job of simplifying the process. And it is the simple small things, the day to day happenings that make up our lives, the ups and downs, the lunches with friends, the movies we see, the places we visit. I love the concept of looking back and reading these small snippets and stringing together all of them at a later date to see where I have landed.

You can order the 2008 version and get it a little cheaper, which is what I did. I will be happy to put this year behind me. But I hope to get the journal just before the year ends so I can start with my words now at the end of a really tough year, and hopefully go into a better one.

For more info on the Journal 10+, click here. Let me know if you order one, I am interested to see if this concept catches on with anyone else.


Paula... December 26, 2008 at 10:09 PM  

I too have tried many a time over the years to keep a journal, I only ever last a week or two and then I seem to run out of things to say.

I'm not a deep and meaningful type of person who's up-to-date with all the happenings around the world, nor am into analysing everying - emotions, situations etc. etc.

So when I did journal, it was always more just a factual thing about what we did or where we went etc. and this is what I use my blog for, so in essence my blog is my journal :)

fluxlife December 30, 2008 at 9:46 PM  

very interesting! you've got me thinking. i'll let you know if i do it or not. thanks for bringing up this item of interest Kim!

have a happy New Year!

-steve @ fluxlife

Cassandra January 1, 2009 at 9:18 PM  

Yeah-- my blog is the closest thing to a journal I can discipline myself to keep. That 10 year journal would be good to keep up with medical stuff for the kid (illnesses, shots, vaccinations, etc.) that way I could have 10 years of Spencer's medical history in one book.


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