Ok, is it the word “DAILY” that was scaring you, or the word “JOURNAL?”
Hopefully, after today, you won’t be frightened by either word.
I have a dear friend, Amy Stewart (CO), who journals a little something about her life in a daily planner.
I have the same daily planner, but fill it with appointments, to do lists, etc.
She uses it in a completely different way…that I absolutely love, and have started one of my own!
Here is how you do it:
STEP #1-You get a daily planner of some sort. You can get one like the one I have written in below that has a week-at-a-glance where you store your little memories, or you could even use one, like the other one shown below, that has a month-at-a-glance with a little box for each day. The first daily planner can be found anywhere office supplies are sold for between $8-$10. I got the month-at-a-glance at Wal-mart for about $3. I even got one of the monthly ones free in the mail from our old real estate agent.
STEP #2-Keep the planner in a place that is convenient to just jot down a few things that you would like to remember from the day. I keep mine in my purse or near the phone. It gives me a chance to fill in different things that happen when I have a quick minute.
STEP #3-Then record what it is you want to remember. I have written down things like new teeth coming in for the baby, new words that she has said, the feelings of a child that I have noticed or they have shared with me that I want to remember, a kind deed by a family member or friend, a prompting that came to me, etc.
I love this!
You think that you are going to remember every funny word that your kids say, the cute habits they have or the moment when they learn a new thing…but you won’t. Trust me. I have a great memory. It is one of my gifts. I can vividly recall childhood memories of family trips, playing in the woods and phone numbers of dear friends, but I don’t always remember what that “cute” thing was that Easton said last week.
Write it down. The good, bad and ugly. The simple, sweet and priceless.
If you don’t get to it everyday, don’t worry.
Even if you only capture the memories of the week in little “snippets” it will still be more than most wrote down from last week, and you will have precious moments recorded from throughout the year!
Have fun with this. Maybe get one for your spouse, your teenager or one specifically for a baby’s first year.
For our MONDAY MADNESS we will be learning different ways to save, file and organize our MEMORIES basket from last week’s PAPER MADNESS!
Look around to make sure you have collected everything that you would store in your MEMORIES files.
See you tomorrow!