Wednesday, December 27, 2017
My 5 Year Journal - Complete!
Well, almost. I have just a few days left to finish 5 years of journaling a few words a day in my 5 year journal!
Five years ago I learned about this from Debbie Hodge's website. There is a question for each day of the year. You answer the question usually with a word, phrase or maybe one sentence. The next year you answer the same questions on the same day. So there is one question for January 1 and you answer it 5 times, a different question for January 2 and so on. It's interesting to see what stays the same each year and what changes. Here are a couple of samples from my completed journal:
(Answers I would expect)
What movie are you looking forward to?
Each year I answer 'none' because I'm not a movie person.
(Answers that surprised me.)
September: How old do you feel?
The first two years I answered older than I am, then a little younger feeling, and by this year I felt younger than I really am because I now weigh what I did in the 90's.
I have printed out the pages (about 75) and I'm putting them in some type of folder in the back of one of my albums. I wanted to capture a bit of the process and celebrate keeping a new habit for a full 5 years with a layout. Here's the video:
Here is the information about the journal I used on Debbie Hodge's website. The questions were developed by Tami Taylor.
5 Year Journal
I cut and pasted the questions to Microsoft Word so it would be easy to pull up a document and just answer the questions. I kept a separate document for each month but you could do one large file just keep it backed up. You could handwrite your answers as well perhaps in a pretty journal which would be a treasure to keep for the future.
I think it will be especially interesting to look at this a few years down the road and perhaps answer the questions again to see what is the same and what has changed.
Thanks for visiting!