I have always loved going into bookstores. When I was a little girl, it was one of my favorite things to do with my mom. We would get stacks of books and sit next to each other and browse…and what a treat it was when we got to pick our selections and bring them home with us to keep for good! If you frequent bookstores, you often see racks and racks of journals as well. Journals have always intrigued me, but not as much until lately. I have a something to admit to all the readers of Quad City Moms Blog: a month ago, I came to a sad realization…I couldn’t remember when my daughter walked for the first time. I sat and wracked my brain trying to remember where we were and what she was wearing and getting out the camera etc. Nothing. Nada. Empty.
Thank goodness for my husband. His memory was vivid, and once he started telling me about the moment, it came back (thank goodness). This “episode” got me thinking about those journals in the bookstore and how allowing myself a dedicated portion of time to writing our memories as a family could be very valuable. I have tried journaling before and it hasn’t gone great. I have gone and purchased the beautifully binded and bejeweled ones and I go strong for a few days, and then a few days off, and then one day back, and then a week off, and then nothing. This time, school supplies were going on clearance, so I picked up a simple notebook for a whopping $0.59. I sat down and gave each day about half of the page. For me, writing down the days ahead of time would help me make myself accountable. And so the journaling journey began.
I am coming to the end of my first month, and I have to say I really like it. I have missed a few dates here and there, but I love seeing what the last month has been for my family. In my opinion, you can make journaling about anything you would like. If you want to become a better writer, this can be your outlet. Want to create a memory book of moments with your child? This is another great way. Or better yet, how about a journal between spouses every other day? You can take turns writing to each other about your day, feelings, dreams, hopes, etc.
Here are a few of my tips for beginning journaling:
-Don’t spend a lot of money on the journal itself. Buy a cheapy to begin with, and then after you have done it for awhile, splurge.
-Outline the first month dates in the journal: it will help make you accountable.
-Don’t think you have to do a full page. Write until you are content.
-Don’t feel bad if you get off the journal bandwagon for awhile. You can get back on anytime and no one knows if you have slacked.