Thursday, January 20, 2011

Q&A a day


I've kept a journal since I was a young child. I got my first one when I was about 8 years old, and wrote in it right until the very last page was full.

Then I promptly ripped it up into a ton of tiny little pieces so my mom and dad (ok, mostly I thought it would be mom, sorry mom) couldn't come into my room, find it, and see all my deep, dark, 8 year-old secrets. The boys I liked, the teachers I didn't, and anything else I'd listed in there (I LOVED making lists).

Even though the rest of my journals stayed in one piece, I always felt that they were this private place in which to store all my thoughts. And for a lot of years I treated them that way. Journal after journal of privacy, and it helped as things would come up that would stress me out.

But then time got to be an issue, there just wasn't enough of it to keep it up to date with what was going on. I grew up, and the tween, teen and young adult drama just wasn't there anymore. So for the past couple years, my last beautiful journal has sat in a drawer, unvisited. And like this blog, I missed it.

So this Christmas, while I was searching Amazon for gifts, I came across the
Q&A a day, 5-year journal. I was instantly intrigued. 5 YEARS of journaling?! How does this fit in one book?! How huge is this thing? I ordered it right then and there.

I think this book is one of my impulse buys ever, and I'm loving every day of writing in it. It's brilliant. A question that's to be answered every day of the year. 365 of them. Each page has room for five paragraphs on it, with a blank year to fill in next to each one. 5 years of journaling with ease.

What I've always loved about journaling is the ability to look back at a random time and see what was going on. But things like music, current trends, my favourite things at the time, would often be neglected for more life-related things. This takes care of that.

Here's a few that I've already answered:

JANUARY 10
Q: Write down something that inspired you today.
A: Easy. An afternoon chat with Steph about craft projects we'd like to try this year.

JANUARY 12
Q: What's your favourite accessory?
A: The two rings I wear every day. One was a gift from Orv after a trip he took to Mexico early in our relationship. The first piece of jewelry anyone had ever bought me. The second is a ring I bought in Greece, on our trip to Santorini. My first trip outside of North America, and one that is full of great memories.

JANUARY 19
Q: List three foods you ate today.
A: Oatmeal for breakfast, my standard right now. Saucers pizza for lunch (tasty but burnt). Lugaw for dinner. I just learned how to make this a few weeks ago, and I'm addicted to it.

Quick, easy answers, and 5 years worth of them to be tackled. I can't wait.

2 comments:

Dawn Herring said...

Amber,
I'm so glad you shared your recent find with a journal that's formatted for five years with questions you can answer. That's a terrific way to go for those who like to keep it short and sweet. And I like the way the questions are sometimes out of the ordinary. I appreciate your sharing your samples. I could see memoir pieces coming out of that. :)

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Thanks again for sharing such a great journaling find.

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Anonymous said...

im getting mine in the mail soon whats jan 16ths question im trying to keep up!