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Almost 2 years ago, I was introduced to a Line a Day Journal. I bought one off of Amazon and then it sat on my nightstand for months. After about 3 months, I picked it up and started writing in it every night before I went to bed. It was a strange time to start writing after it has been sitting there for months. My mom was sick and in the hospital, and I was very stressed out and also pregnant. Somewhere in my heart, I think I knew she wouldn’t live much longer so I started writing my thoughts for the day as a way to decompress for the day. I wrote memories of her that popped in my head and expressed my sadness about what was going on but also tried to focus on other happy thoughts, like what was going on with kids and how they were growing. It become an outlet for my grief and turned into one of my favorite things I do still today.
What is a Line a Day Journal?
It’s a journal that encourages you to write just one sentence, one line, one thought a day. Each page has 5 years on it. So after 5 years, you have a plethora of memories to look back through. Looking back at these memories are my favorite part.
There are days that I missed, but I really fell in love with it at the year mark. I quickly started to love reading about my thoughts and activities from the year prior. I was amazed by the things I had already forgotten. Rereading these small memories has been so much fun; it makes me keep going so I can look back another year from now.
What Do I Write?
The first few months had a lot about my mom, but I also started to write down things my kids were doing. I would write about the small things that I was afraid I would forget. Things like, “I saw Anthony hold Scarlett’s hand as they were walking into school.” A small moment in time that’s easily overlooked that I wanted to remember.
The other day I came across an entry that just said “go look at your phone and watch the video you took today.” It was a video of the kids having a dance party, which they love to do. I cried seeing how much they’ve grown in just a short year. It was a video that could have easily gotten lost in my phone, but it was a moment to reflect on the year and how happy they were in that moment.
I have also written things like, “Do something nice for yourself tomorrow, remember you deserve it.” Who knows where I will be in a year, two years? It may be just what I need when I look back.
Even if you are not someone who likes to journal, this is something very quick and easy that takes less than a minute a day. It sits on my night stand and every night, I pick it up and think about my day. I jot down one memory, one favorite thing … just one thing.
I can’t wait to look back on what 5 years will bring!
If you are interested in your own Line a Day Journal – here is a link to the one I use from Amazon – Line a Day Journal
I hope you love it as much as I have.