12.01.2011

Perpetual journal...

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Have you ever tried to sum up your day with one or two lines? I can't remember where I saw the idea (some magazine), but this metal container sits in our bedroom and, at the end of each evening, I jot down a sentence or two about the day. I like the idea of a perpetual journal and think it'll be interesting to look back and see what was happening in previous years. I found this box at a thrift store, but you could use an old recipe box or find something on etsy (there are tons of rad metal boxes out there). Do you keep any sort of paper journal?

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20 comments:

April S. said...

I have journaled since I was 11. I'm now 27. I have an entire shelf of journals to look back on someday and I love that feeling. Often times its not so much hand written accounts as it is movie stubs, future house ideas, etc. Other times its purely about my day or something currently stressing me out. It truly has helped me cope through teenage angst, moving to a different state in junior high, and now, is helping me through a few issues in my marriage.

mjb said...

I love it - I've seen "line a day" journals but I like not being limited, because sometimes that one line just isn't enough to describe things. I think I might start this digitally in my phone somehow.

Jodi Ann said...

that's a great idea! Since blogging, I've stopped writing in my journal, but I could totally jot down a few lines each day like that.

miss mash said...

i am terrible at journaling. i have stacks of ones i've started, used for a week or a month or even up to six weeks, but i always stop. after my grandma died, i found a box of calendars/planners that she kept for decades, some of the freebie calendars you would get at the bank or a local business, and every day for years she wrote down the weather and one thing that happened that day. she was a secretary, so much of it is in short hand, but all those squares filled in in her handwriting, so great. i've followed her lead and have done the same, just one small sentence, like yours, totally doable. (i think the post you mentioned was design sponge a year or more ago, where they used a berry basket, postcards, and a date stamp. i love date stamps!)

Dawn Trest said...

what a great idea! I love the idea of keeping a journal, but not so very good at being consistent with it. This could possibly work though!
thanks for the idea!
xo, Dawn
www.hellodearie.com

Lynn said...

I bought a Five-Year-One-Line-A-Day journal at the V&A in London in October - http://www.vandashop.com/product.php?xProd=6385&xSec=383&navlock=1 - but haven't written the first entry yet. I need to figure out the best way to handle the backpacking month in Asia, as I won't want to lug it around..

Meghan said...

I've been journaling at least a couple times a month since last year when we found out we were pregnant. I wrote about how excited we were and and about what we hoped for our child. Since our daughter was born in April I've been writing the entries to her, documenting her "firsts," the interesting things she does, and her developing personality. I hope to continue this throughout her childhood and one day give the journals to her.

Bethany said...

Oh I love this! The real treat would be looking back! I used to keep a journal but felt obligated to write so much. This would take care of that. I'll have to scout out the perfect box!

d.ambrose said...

I love this idea. I am horrible at keeping a journal but I think I might have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Natalie said...

I started a perpetual journal when I had Little Bug. I wanted to keep each day in perspective. It's a five year version, so I laugh to think she will be in kindergarten when it's filled up. I love going back already and seeing what we did on individual days. It's so much fun.

Anne Thompson said...

Thanks for jogging my memory! I remember seeing something like this before and thought I'd try it. After reading your post, I found an oak tall file card box, cut up a bunch of cardstock in shades of blue, and set up January 2011! Think I'll color code each month. The box is now on the side table next to my comfy chair with a pen and ready for January 1! I'm really looking forward to this! I keep visual journals or gluebooks most months but I rarely write things down about each day in it. My grandmother kept a daily journal like this and my mother would always record the weather and snippets about her day on a calendar. I've been doing that to some extent but I really like the idea of seeing several years of info on the same page. Fun!!!

curlygirlpress said...

I have tons of journals (and keep buying them) but I rarely use them. I LOVE this idea; I can commit to a few lines a night and actually stick to it. Awesome Abbey!

Emily said...

This is very awesome! I made a similar calendar (http://www.pecklife.com/blog/2011/09/craft-project-index-card-calendar.html) and i used a berry container for all the cards. :D

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

I am so going to do this. What an amazing idea. I have never been able to keep a journal, but blogging has been that outlet for me. I think I am going to make one of these for myself this weekend. Abbey, you're the best! xoxo

sécia said...

I love this idea. I've been thinking about starting one of these in the new year.

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

Robin Yourgrave said...

My paper journals usually end up being fully fleshed out zines. I'm wordy.

jennifer said...

i love this idea, abbey. such a simple way to capture the precious moments in writing.

Wendy said...

I love this!

Sara said...

Are you thinking of habit? http://www.36words.typepad.com/
Same idea, plus pictures. I love this idea, I agree with Natalie and the need to keep each day in perspective. This could be a really doable new year's resolution ...

LivingVintage said...

What a fabulous idea!!

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