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five a day

I always have a journal going, in one form or another. They are constantly changing shape. Sometimes a sketchbook with lots of little drawings and diagrams, or little notes crammed into corners of my weekly calendar. I've had collections of ticket stubs, or leaves, or a notebook full of quotes lifted from books I'm reading.

One of my favorites was a little moleskine book I used right before I married John (also known as JR). I stamped each page of the book with the date, and wrote 5 things that happened each day. I can read the pages and remember exactly how I felt, where we were walking that day, how happy I was riding the subway on my way to meet him.

 (The little numbers circled at the top were a countdown to our wedding day).

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Reader Comments (16)

You have such great ideas!! Many times I've tried to to keep a journal but my efforts are always short-lived. I could do 5 things about each day. And I too am a moleskin devotee...also love the wedding countdown at the top - so sweet.

09.28.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

It is so wonderful to read something from your past and instantly be transported into that memory; what precious memories this journal appears to keep (the addition of your wedding countdown to the top of each page is so sweet.) I love the idea of journaling five things from each day as it seems a quite manageable approach!

09.28.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

such a great concept. one could also do this during pregnancy, baby's first year...

09.28.2008 | Unregistered Commenterfoundstyle

I absolutely love this...I want one!

09.28.2008 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

What a darling idea! I kept a scrapbook of all the things my (now husband) and I did within the first year and didn't tell him until about 8 months into our relationship. He was surprised and flattered! I just knew there was something special about him!

09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

lovely. what a thoughtful way to keep a journal...

I have to say just once more... please do share your secret to amazing images on the blog ;)

09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commenterchristen

i love your blog. This journal is so cool, it makes me want to buy a stamp and an old notebook, just so what I write can look cool, too. And my kids can read it when they find it in the attic and say, wow, mom was cool.

09.30.2008 | Unregistered Commentercally

ooooh the date stamp. love it. also love the idea of journaling in list form. that is something i could really sink my teeth into (such a fan of lists!)

09.30.2008 | Unregistered Commentersara

Such a fantastic idea, you've inspired me to do this as I love lists and journals, but never put the two together.

09.30.2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

beautiful, thoughtful idea! i am an inferior fiance.

What a beautiful idea! I should do that more often.

10.1.2008 | Unregistered CommenterChessie

wow. simple is so much better!

10.2.2008 | Unregistered Commenterparisienish

so lovely! and so sweet too. reminds me of a 5-year diary I attempted for a while: few lines a day, 365 pages in the journal. 5 cycles over 5 years. It was a good way to see what I was up to on the exact date a year (or more) ago.

Found your blog today...loved it instantly :)

10.7.2008 | Unregistered Commenterdebonaire


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10.14.2008 | Unregistered Commenterannkent

I really love this idea. In fact, I linked to it on my blog. Happy day.

12.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRelyn

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