Moleskin Journal Entry

I’m excited to tell you that today I’ve crossed another item off my bucket list!

#45: Write something in my journal at least once a day, every day for a month.

I was about 3 or 4 days away from crossing it off last month without even knowing it, but then I missed a day & had to start over. See, I’m not really one of those people who are good at routine. I’m not sure if I get too bored or lazy or what, but everyday for me has to be a little different.

So vowing to do something every single day for a month was a bit of a challenge. But I’ve been journaling off & on since I bought my first Moleskine notebook back in ’06 and I can’t tell you how neat it is to be able to go back a year or two or even 5 and read about what I was doing, thinking & feeling.

So many people talk about how they wish they had time to keep a journal and all that but I think that’s such a crock. The problem isn’t having the time to keep a journal, the problem is what their expectations of a journal are.

I mean, sure, if I thought I was supposed to spend 45 minutes every single day writing these fancy heartfelt entries about feelings & emotion & drama, I’d probably never write anything either. But that’s not how it has to be at all.

Some of the most meaningful entries contain no more than one sentence describing what happened that day. And with that one line, a flood of memories comes back…memories that might be lost otherwise.

So today, as I reflect on my 28th birthday and celebrate a month straight of written memories, I’d like to encourage you to pick up a notebook and jot down a few yourself!

Do you keep a journal? If not, what’s stopping you?

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