Writing Wednesday: Journaling major life events

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Last week on Writing Wednesday I had a post on how to streamline your daily journaling to make it easier to journal every day. The week before I had a post on journaling weekly if you don’t have time to journal daily.

Today’s post is for people who don’t have the time or desire to journal on a regular basis: journal only about major life events.

Maybe you don’t want to journal about your day-to-day life. That’s fine. You can still get a lot out of journaling, and preserve (maybe the most important) memories by journaling about only the big events in your life.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to be said for daily journaling. You can learn a lot about yourself by writing every day. But not everyone is into that. If you want to capture only the big things, here are some tips:

Use an archival book. This is something you will want to keep forever, and possibly pass down. After all, these are the big things that happen in your life, and your family’s life, so you’ll probably want to keep these memories for as long as possible. I recommend the Quo Vadis Habana notebook in the medium size because it’s a beautiful book that you’ll want to keep forever, and the paper is acid-free and archival quality.

Write soon after the event. Don’t wait for days or weeks after the event has happened. Write about it as soon as you can. Often the most eventful times are when you have the least time to write; when this is the case, jot brief notes in your planner or notebook. Later you can write your full and detailed entry in your journal using these notes to help you remember all the little details.

Stick in items. This creates a sort of combination of scrapbook plus journal. Add tickets to the concert, photos of your trip, dried flowers from the bouquet. Physical items will bring the memories back to life every time you look at them.

Write details of who-what-where-when. Years later you probably aren’t going to remember the name of that amazing restaurant you found in Naples or which beach you went to in Bali. Write down the names of the places you went and people you met, what you did and when you were there. You never know, twenty years later you might go to the same place or go visit the same person again!

By journaling your major life events, you can create a wonderful history of your life and the things you did that you will treasure for years to come.

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