I never kept a journal as the prospect always seemed way too time-consuming. I write to entertain others and the idea of sitting down to record pages and pages of private thoughts never appealed to me. Then I discovered the concept of 5 Year Journals. Did you know that you could buy a book and preserve your special moments by writing just one or two lines per day? And that each page has room to write entries for the next 5 years so that each year, you can see what you wrote on that day the previous years? What an insightful book for yourself and what a heirloom for future generations.
I spent a long time reading product descriptions and I settled on The Happiness Project – One Sentence Journal by Gretchen Rubin for myself, and the Q & A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal for the children in my life. (the children’s journal is just for three years, but is a similar concept.) Below, I have compiled some of the most popular 5 Year Journals on Amazon along with their product descriptions. I hope you find it a helpful resource as you explore the world of journaling.
The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record – In her best-selling book The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin discovers the pleasure of writing just one sentence every day. The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal helps you to make a fascinating and revealing time capsule of the next five years of your life. Simply turn to today’s date, reflect on the quote at the top of the page, and jot down just one sentence (perhaps about something good that happened that day). This daily ritual is highly do-able and provides a striking sense of accomplishment, and as the years go by you can see how your entries evolve.
Q and A a Day: 5-Year Journal – The Q&A a Day Journal shows you what was going through your head each day—for five years of your life. Simply turn to today’s date, answer the question at the top of the page, and when you finish the journal, start over. As you return to the daily questions again over the years, you’ll notice how your answers change (or don’t)! With questions that are sometimes provocative (“On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you?”), occasionally quirky (“What can you smell right now?”), and inevitably interesting (“If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?”), this classically designed journal—embellished with beautiful details—is the perfect gift for anyone embarking on a new phase of life.
5 Year Diary – Designed by Tamara Shopsin, whose illustration work is regularly featured in The New York Times, and produced by The Ice Plant and Shopsin’s General Store, the pint-sized 5 Year Diary helps you keep track of the next 60 months of your life in just a few lines a day. Each page of the diary is devoted to one day of the year and subdivided into five sections (each with its own space for notes), so that, as time goes by, past entries can be read as the new ones are written. Handsomely clothbound with a ribbon bookmark, the diary can be started on any day of any year–even a leap year. In the back of the diary are pages to record the books you’ve read and places you’ve traveled. As New York magazine’s Kendall Herbst noted, the 5 Year Diary is an ideal gift for anyone, anytime, as well as the perfect way to “trace your life’s highlights and trim out the minutiae… Think of it as a sort of CliffsNotes to your life.”
One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book – This classic memorykeeper is the perfect way to track the ups and downs of life, day by day. The 365 daily entries appear five times on each page, allowing users to revisit previous thoughts and memories over five years as they return to each page to record the current day’s events.
Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book – For the busy mom-on-the-go, this memory keeper offers a quick and easy way to capture the everyday moments of motherhood. With enough space to record a single thought, a family quote, or a special event each day for five years, this beautiful keepsake makes sure those precious memories will last a lifetime.
Q & A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal by Betsy Franco –
A journal for parents and children ages roughly four to ten (although age range is flexible) to share the evolution of thoughts, feelings, and dreams over the years. Also great for kids who want to keep a time capsule of their own whimsical thoughts and serious ideas about the world. Inspired by the previous bestselling Potter Style title, Q&A a Day, this journal is the perfect family keepsake. A question by children’s author Betsy Franco is featured for each day with only a few lines provided for a response, making this journal the ultimate no-fuss record keeper. Simply turn to today’s date and record your child’s answer. When you finish the year, move on to the next section. As the years go by you’ll notice how your child’s answers evolve, sometimes silly, sometimes precocious, but always interesting. The diary can be started on any day of the year and makes a terrific keepsake or gift for parents.
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