The idea is simple. One line for every day of the year for five years. A small space where you can write your thoughts about the present day. It doesn’t ask you to write anything specific, just a sentence or two to sum up your day – whether it be good or bad – it’s a memory.
When I first saw the Five Year Memory Book a little over two years ago, I had to have it. The idea of documenting daily memories that I can look back on in years to come caught me hook, line and sinker. It’s a ‘no fuss’ diary, with it only taking a minute or two to fill in the box with the highs (or lows) of the day, unlike others out there that requires a lot more time and effort. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but there are some days where all you want to do is sum up your 24 hours in one line, perhaps just one word. There’s no pressure to write EVERY single day as it’s not dated so you can start any time.
Journals have become increasingly popular over the last year or so, and it’s not difficult to see why it’s become the new obsession. We crave happiness and balance, and with most of us struggling to find both in our every day lives, doing something that takes just a few minutes of our time can be exactly what we need. A therapeutic activity that let’s you stop, breathe and perhaps release any negative energy from the day, it also acts as a reminder that you’ve had a good day.
After not keeping up with it every day during 2015 and completely failing to pick it up at all last year, I’ve made a conscious effort so far this year to write down one line or so every evening before bed. It’s a ‘me time’ activity that allows me to reflect on the day. I always try to put a positive spin on the bad days and focus on the ‘highlights’ for the most part, but on the days where I can’t find my own words I search Pinterest for quotes (where you’ll find me scrolling for days).
Aside from it’s aesthetically pleasing book cover, my favourite part about the One Line A Day journal is it’s simplicity. There’s no fancy blurb that tells you what you should or shouldn’t do, it’s simply a tool that you can use to record a moment that’s worthy of remembering.
And with Valentines Day approaching, this would make a perfect gift for yourself or your partner.
If you had to sum up your day in one line, what would it be?