The 5 Year Diary is just that: a place to write a few sentences about my day, every day for the next five years. It caught my eye right around New Year's -- you know, when you're supposed to start diaries -- but I hesitated because I know I'm not the most consistent journal-keeper ever. I finally convinced myself that five years isn't very long (?) and committed myself to this beautiful book, keeping in mind the final result: someday it will tell the very shorthand story of five years of my life. Hopefully, five years from now, I will always be able to answer the question: "What were you doing five years ago today?"
Each page in the diary is devoted to one date and then subdivided into five sections, one for each year. The condensed format leaves just a few lines for each day to record snippets of events, people, places and random thoughts. There's not much space for any sort of emotional outpouring (but let's be honest, those are the kinds of journal entries I'm most likely to rip out and burn in retrospect!). In subsequent years, every time I land on the page, I'll be able to read what happened on that date in the previous year(s). Because the years are left blank, you can start at any point; February 25th marks my first entry of over 1,800 to come!
Designed by illustrator Tamara Shopsin, this diary makes a stylish adornment to a desk or bedside table: the small paper jacket is fully removable, leaving a simple clothbound, pinstriped book with a red ribbon placeholder. Perfectly suited to any lover of the nostalgic, it's also a quick way to be more reflective and mindful about each passing day. And good news... because it's not really "diary season," this is currently discounted on Amazon (US link/UK link).
Do you keep a journal?