My New Year’s Resolution this year is simple. I want to journal more. Over the past year, I have rediscovered my love of scrapbooking and am in the process of getting prints of those photos that have been languishing on my hard-drive for the last 10 years. Through the simplicity of Project Life scrapbooking, these photos are getting quickly put into albums that the whole family can enjoy. As I go to add journaling to the pages though, I am discovering that some of the details have become fuzzy over time. So keeping a journal has taken on a whole new importance for me. Even if I can’t scrapbook photos immediately, I will still have a record of what our family life was like. When I do get around to scrapbooking, it is that much easier because I already have the memories recorded.
So in the coming year, I plan to write in a journal regularly. I don’t want to just include big events, but I want to include the smaller stuff too. Things that give a true sense of how we lived our life.
Want to join me in journaling more in 2014? Here are 5 tips to help you get started documenting your memories.
- Set a time each day to write something down. I like to journal first thing in the morning in the quiet before the rest of the family gets up.
- Journal in the style that works for you. I am old-fashioned and use paper and pen. However there are many ways of journaling. If you prefer the latest technology, by all means, document your memories by keeping a blog, or using a smartphone app.
- Keep your journal in sight. I keep mine by my bed so I remember to do it each day.
- Journal the everyday. I used to think that only the big events were worth writing down. However life isn’t only made up of holidays, vacations, and birthday parties. Our true life story is in the little everyday things.
- Use journaling prompts when you can’t think of anything to write. Here are a few to get you started:
What is your favorite meal?
What does your family do for fun on the weekends?
What good books have you read lately?
What movies have you seen lately?
What is a typical day like for you?
What do you like to do to unwind in the evening?
What are your goals and dreams for the coming year?
So tell me… How do you document your memories? Do you keep a journal?