Five Year Journal

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Hello friends! How do you like the new site? Sorry I was totally MIA last week while working on it. We’ve had a fairly social week. Saw Blu in concert at Public Assembly, ate shrimp tacos in Williamsburg, drank bloody marys here and here, went to a vegan pop-up market in Bushwick, ate garlicky kale pizza at Roberta’s, and tried to see the Aurora Borealis in brooklyn Saturday night. I knew that was too good to be true!

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Today I wanted to share with you one my favorite gifts that I have received – the Q and A a Day: 5-Year Journal. I got this in a White Elephant gift exchange last year. Ok, funny story: I actually purchased this book to give to someone else in our gift exchange, and then surprisingly another friend ALSO purchased it for the gift exchange, so of course I stole it! It was such a cool book and I was totally wishing that someone would buy this for me as a gift and then it actually happened! I was all feeling like this.

Anyway, this book is so neat! I’ve never been a consistent journal-er, (although I guess we’ll see how this blog goes!). But this is so quick and easy to do. Each day of the year begins with a short question and then there’s a space for you to write your answer below it. And there’s also a space for your answer to the same question next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. For five years! How interesting would it be to look back each year and see how your questions changed over time? I think it’s just about the coolest thing I’ve ever heard of. Here’s some examples of the kinds of questions you’ll find:

  • Write down a problem you solved today.
  • What word did you overuse today?
  • What song is stuck in your head?
  • When was the last time you ate pizza?
  • If you could add one hour to your day, what would you do with it?

I have the book next to my bed and like to fill it out as the last thing I do at night. Of course there are some days many days when I still can’t seem to complete even that tiny of a task and at first it started to stress me out, but then I realized: If you get behind, it doesn’t actually matter. If you have a backlog of days you can fill them out all at once when you get the time! Five years from now, you won’t know the difference. Phew!

So basically, I’m fully recommending this book. Buy it for a friend, for your mom on Mother’s Day, but please also buy it for yourself.

 

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