“These are the Days of…”



I’ve always loved keeping the idea of keeping a journal. In spurts throughout my childhood, I would get really enthused to write about my life and its happenings, particularly if I got a pretty journal for my birthday or Christmas, but after a short period of time, my excitement would wane and another beautiful notebook would sit on the shelf to collect dust. The trend has continued into adulthood, and as much as I would love to have 20 minutes every day to recount to my diary everything I’ve done and how I feel about it, I’m just not inspired to do so, nor do I have the time.

Recently, however, I read the book Simply Tuesday, and it motivated me to re-think my ideas about what journaling entails. In my mind, it was something I should do daily, and if not daily, at least a couple times a week. The issue with that is, as many of us know all to well, if you don’t get into a habit of doing something, it’s nearly impossible to remember to do it. Then it feels overwhelming because you haven’t done it in awhile; then you start to have negative thoughts about it; until, eventually, it’s been so long since you thought about it that you decide to begin the whole cycle over again.

In Simply Tuesday, the author Emily Freeman does a short exercise in which she writes “These are the days of…” and she concludes the sentence with bullet points such as “writing my fourth book” and “being the tooth fairy.”  I love the simplicity of the bullet points and the depth of the information. I decided to revamp my journaling technique and resolved to spend five minutes once a month jotting down my thoughts with the same prompt.

When I wrote in my journal last month, it looked like this:

These are the days of…

  • Long family walks
  • Cards and tea when Kevin’s in bed
  • Lots of laundry
  • Motivating and mentoring
  • Sloppy, open-mouth kisses
  • Toddler babble
  • Muddy paw prints on the bed
  • Paying off debt
  • Wondering about Brendan’s next job
  • Self-discovery and re-invention
  • Dreams about our future home
  • The first signs of Spring
  • Playing pretend

It takes hardly any time to do and still allows me to keep track of these memories that I want to keep forever–I encourage anyone who struggles to keep up with a journal or diary to do the same. What currently fills your days?


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Katie Q
Katie is a Butler University graduate, who was lucky enough to meet her husband the third day of college. After graduating as one of Butler’s top 10 women, she went on to do Teach for America; South Carolina. She was a second grade teacher in a school with a high Hispanic population and loved every second of it. Never intending to be a stay-at-home parent, she worked until the day before she gave birth, took one look into her son’s eyes, and decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom after all. After re-prioritizing upon the birth of their son, Katie and her husband decided to move back to Indianapolis to be closer to family. She recently graduated with her master’s degree in education. She loves to cook, celebrate holidays, watch movies, party plan, travel the world, take walks, and play with her Border Collie. You will likely find her seeking adventure, hunting for bargains, helping others get healthy through her passion as a health coach, or cuddling on the couch with her hubby, baby, and puppy. If you’re interested in reading more about her crazy adventures, check out her personal blog, A Quinning Love.