Keeping a Journal
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I struggle with keeping a journal. Seriously, it’s so hard for me. I don’t know why either. I love to write, but I have started and stopped writing in a journal more times that I care to count. Because of my struggle with it, it isn’t something I instilled in my children either. Such a bummer, because it is so important. Journals are our personal histories, both to our future selves and to those who come after us.
Over the years I have tried many things to make myself write in a journal. I’ve purchased fancy pens and beautiful notebooks. Tried things that were actually journals, hoping that would help. I’ve made my own journal, thinking a little creativity is all it would take to get me started. Even setting aside time on Sunday afternoons, when it’s quiet, to write. Nothing.
Recently my youngest daughter told me about bullet journalling and that sounded like something I could do. However, I don’t completely get it and at this point in my life, I need something that takes up very little room so it’s portable. I guess bullet journaling takes different color markers and pens, plus the book. Or maybe that’s just the way she has decided to do it. I’m not sure.
A few months ago I saw a call for bloggers to review a new journal called Bucket of Awesome, by Kathryn Thompson, with a brief description. Basically, it is a guidebook to tell your life story. I decided to answer the call and give it a go. I wanted to see if it was something I would do. I’m excited to work through the book and maybe get better at keeping a journal.
It’s pages, 212 of them, are full of prompts and questions to help you in getting your life story on paper. It’s not a process where you say, Today is June 12th and this is what happened today. Rather it is full of questions that are relevant to everyone’s life and things that your future people will want to know.
Some of the questions are simple, like List your teacher or mentors or what are your favorite movies. Other questions are more involved like, What are at the three hardest decisions you’ve ever made? Each question has an area to write out your answers. The book is divided into sections, to take you through your life. Each section has a brief introduction to get your started. There is also an introduction to the book with thoughts and ideas for helping you get started writing your life story.
I have a long way to go before I am awesome at keeping a journal, but I really feel that this book, Bucket of Awesome, is a great place to start, even at my age. What my kids don’t know yet is that someday they will be happy to read about my life and the things I did while I spent time on this earth. I know I would love that from my own parents. (If you’re reading this parents, that’s a hint.)
Go ahead and give it a try. Maybe this will be the time your journal writing sticks. This would make an excellent gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Graduation for those you love and care about. If you are great at keeping a journal, what are your tricks to keep doing it? Leave us some comments below please. I need all the help I can get.