A new year’s resolution…for the next five years

When I was a teenager I kept a diary. On being recently reunited with said diary, this little window into my past, I couldn’t resist having a read. It was, unsurprisingly, full of secondary school crushes, family dramas, first boyfriends, sporting achievements and friendships gained and lost.

Although it was only a few sentences for each day, I managed to cram in so much information; it was so revealing, and slightly embarrassing at times, but it jogged my memory of all sorts of things I had long forgotten. It was thrilling to recall what things were important to me back then. Jim and I had a good chuckle over some of my entries!

It got me thinking. I was so dedicated to keep a journal every day for five years, and now I have this little record of that time, which is so interesting to look over not because of the big things – I’m sure I’ll always remember the name of my first boyfriend and the grades I received for my A-levels – but because of the seemingly insignificant things that I mention. One of the things that struck me as I read each entry was how much I telephoned my friends – no emailing, texting or Facebooking back then – it was either call someone to get the gossip, or wait until school on Monday!

Anyway, I digress. My point is, this blog is great for recording big milestones, fun family trips and other activities, but summing up each day in one sentence in a journal truly captures the reality of day-to-day life.

This Christmas I received a five year memory book. So my resolution for this year, and the four that follow, is to write a short paragraph in my journal, every day, come rain or shine.

It won’t be a massive time commitment so should be a pretty easy resolution to keep, and it’s something I really want to do and will be a wonderful thing to have to look back on when Rosalie is all grown up.

One week into the new year and I’ve not forgotten an entry yet!

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    February 2, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    How is the resolution going? You might like the question a day five year diary too. It's the same idea, but there's a specific question to answer, from straightforward to philosophical!

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    Jess Eliot
    February 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I've just looked that up, sounds really interesting – one for my birthday/Christmas list this year! Do you have one? x

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    Jody Baker
    February 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Yep, we got given one as an anniversary present one year, so we fill in the answers together, when we remember to do it! It's funny comparing your answers to the previous year.

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