I’ve never been one to keep a journal. Sure, when I was little I had a girly diary with a lock and key – that I never wrote in because it was just too good to actually use. Then when I was a teenager, I was too nervous to put down anything that I was up to in writing. In college I never had time and relied on photos to document my memories for me. Then last year I stumbled on this:
A journal to span five years and all you have to write is one line. I fell in love with this concept – a line a day? Of course I can do that. There was no pressure or commitment to write long entries…and it’s Tiffany blue!
I was so excited to get started and already imagined what it would be like to read and reflect on the entries from past years right above each day. Well, as you can probably tell – I love the novelty of new projects then kind of fizzle off and hit a slump. Like…how I didn’t have any new blog posts for a month or so. I hit a wall with my Five Year Journal and just never followed through. I did well for the better part of the year, and then completely dropped off. I felt so guilty not keeping up, like if I didn’t log my favorite memories in this book they would diminish in value.
I know what you’re thinking – is she really that lazy to not write one freaking sentence a day? I had originally thought my problem was pressure on writing a lot. Then I realized I also felt pressure on what to write. Reviewing the entries I have completed in this journal, a lot are random blurbs keeping track of my weight, what I ordered at restaurants, what clothes I bought, or what my to-do list for that day had been. BORING. But some are actually fun to look back on, like these:
January 11, 2011
I was supposed to start this on January 1st and forgot. Of course. I put away the Christmas tree because everyone made fun of me last year for keeping it up until March. I hate my handwriting.
February 7, 2011
Was still drunk when I went into work. Next year don’t be a dumb ass – take the day after Superbowl off.
March 2, 2011
Packing for Mardi Gras is insane. What the hell am I supposed to pack when everyone tells me strangers will puke on me 24/7? Fuck, I might puke on myself. I’m not bringing that shit to the dry cleaners. So awkward.
April 29, 2011
Fast Five midnight premiere. SO GOOD! Drove so fast out of the parking lot after, I really showed those bitches. LOVE F&F!
May 7, 2011
June 30, 2011
I just screamed like a 13 year old girl at the NKOTBSB concert. Nick Carter = <3. (Yes, I drew a heart)
July 2, 2011
Beer bongs for breakfast. Rooftop patio. Lots and lots of beer. Never going in the ocean that drunk again. How do I always end up at strip clubs?
August 14, 2011
We saw a girl in her underwear hiding behind a post in the Dos parking garage. So of course we backed up to get a better look. Had to make sure it wasn’t someone we knew. Skaaaaank.
September 3, 2011
Second day in Flagstaff helping the girls with Rush – lots of glitter and glue guns so we’re fully in our element. Went out to the bars and picked up a million nachos at Primo’s on the way home. Love Flag life.
October 20, 2011
Today I bought my first beer bong. They didn’t have purple. Damn. I drank a shit ton of water and four Gatorades today in prep for Tequila Sunrise tomorrow, and I know that’s not enough
November 25, 2011
SHOPPED ALL NIGHT. I JUST MADE BLACK FRIDAY MY BITCH.
December 18, 2011
What a crock! The Pack lost to Kansas City, my Fantasy team is out, and I lost my first parlay bet ever. PS I baked really good cookies today.
That’s when I just sort of…stopped. But I saw this one today at Barnes & Noble which got me thinking about journal attempt #2!
Where it just asks you a question that you answer on the same day each year for five years…
I guess you could say in a way this blog is a chronicle of who I am as the years pass, but I can’t help but think these journals will capture a different part of me that I am not able to convey on here. Plus I have a lot of purple pens I love to write with that I feel are such a waste if I use them at work.
So I’m going to think about if I will actually follow through on this one and give it a go. But aren’t these really the coolest things ever? I’ve given them as gifts on many occasions so far (and hope the recipients are having better success than I have). And since I’ll probably buy one this weekend since I am an instant gratification freak…wish me luck!
[[Song of the day :: "When You Were Young" by The Killers :: it's such a summer song for me for some reason!]]