Reasonable Resolutions: My One-Sentence Journal

by Melody on January 2, 2012

Every now and then, I will be posting about my “Reasonable Resolutions” for 2012.  I have been writing down several small things that I’d like to change, adjust, start doing or stop doing that I thought I’d share as I go along.  I really don’t want to attempt to start them all at once, rather I’m going to give them each some good quality attention throughout the year.

For my first resolution, I’m going to start a one-sentence journal (inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project).  I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of a journal. Recording the seemingly unforgettable “small” moments of each day sounds like such an amazing way to record the memories of our household.  However, keeping a full journal sounds daunting.  It also sounds like it could possibly become a chore for me to squeeze in.

A one-sentence journal sounds totally manageable.  At the end of each day, I’ll write down something that happened.  It could be a hilarious quote from our 3-year old (of which there are many), something I am grateful for, something I could have done differently , a reason that I love my husband, even a new good recipe that we have tried.

Do any of you keep a journal?  Do you find it useful, helpful, cathartic?  One of my main goals for 2012 is to find a way to better organize all of our family memories (photos, ideas, quotes).  In my opinion, just writing them down in one place will make me feel less chaotic.

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