**I like to consolidate all my writing here. This originally appeared on my blog at The Papercraft Lab a few months ago.
I get lost in the Internet sometimes, clicking around to different blogs, reading papercrafting message boards, browsing Etsy shops. A few weeks ago, I found a really neat DIY project - making a five year journal. Each day of the year has a page, and you write 1-2 lines on it for each of 5 years. After the first year, you can look back at what you did that same day the previous year. Very cool, right? As expected for women in my demographic, I pinned it to my "someday" list of projects.
Right now, I'm trying to get my business off the ground. I'm also home with 2 little kids all day, since preschool is not yet back in session. We're currently in the middle of a home addition project, which means we need to find space in our house to move things out of the construction zone - aka massive decluttering. I don't NEED another project right now, no matter how cool it is.
As is the Way of the Internet, I got another nudge to do this by Laura Vanderkam, one of my favorite nonfiction authors. She talks about keeping a short file of "awesome things" as a sort of quick journal.
The final push was via email from a close friend. She sent me a DesignSponge post about making (guess what?) a five year journal. Hah. Clearly the universe is telling me I need to do this now.
It's something that appeals to me a lot. I have a daily planner where I've been jotting down daily memories to include in our family's Project Life scrapbook, which details our day-to-day lives. (more on that in another post!) But when the year is over, I'm not sure I want to keep this planner around.
So I finally gave up the idea of *making* a five year journal, because I don't have time for that right now. I went to Amazon and ordered one. I had several options, and chose the robins-egg-blue one from Chronicle books, thanks to its hardcover and elegant gold lettering and pages.
I started writing in it back in August. Sometimes you just have to choose the solution that works best now and gets those memories on paper, instead of the pie-in-the-sky DIY project, no matter how cool it sounds.