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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peggy January 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

What a great idea! I’m just now reading the happiness project!


Keri January 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm

This is an awesome idea! I too love the idea of journaling, but have such a hard time with it. This year I’m tweeting my #1,000gifts and also keeping a Memory Jar for my family. All of us are able to record things we want to remember from the year on small slips of paper. At the end of the year, we can review them and recount the memories. {I found this idea on Pinterest!} I am also planning to turn my #1000gifts tweets into a tiny photo album once I reach 1,000. 🙂


Trina February 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I had to hunt down this post (it didn’t link correctly from your recent recipe binder post.)

This is a great idea! I occasionally write things like this down in my planner (hence my old planner pages also are the closest thing I have to “baby books”), but it would be nicer to have it all in one place. Even something weekly about each family member would be great to do. Hm, perhaps I could add that to my Sunday weekly planning session.


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