Friday, February 18, 2022

My Midori 5-Year Journal Experience So Far

As a blogger, I think it’s a given that I love to write. I’ve loved writing since I was a little girl and I think I’ve had journals as early as elementary school. I’ve filled up several notebooks through the years but for the most part I have cringed over them all. After moving homes several times, I have lost most of those journals and I have not written much of them since. 

I tried journaling a while back, but I could never commit to it, maybe it was because I was blogging and was writing enough there that I couldn’t even fill a page of a small journal anymore. Then I discovered the Midori 5-year journal: a journal where you simply wrote a couple of sentences about your day (every day) for five years. I bought it from Scribe, an online store that specializes in writing products and accessories.

My journal...among other things.

Since the journal only needs a couple of sentences, I figured that this was something I could do easily. Newsflash: it’s not. It seems hard to write in such a smaller space for me. I feel like it has to be meaningful for me to write it since there is so little space to write about the day in it. Maybe that’s me being OC, but that’s just the way my brain tackles that problem. 

Still, it is a lot easier than needing to fill up each page about what I felt during the day. The Midori journal pages are for each day of the year, with each page being that one particular day for five years. That way you get to see and look back on the previous years as you write a new entry. 

So far I have written two years' worth of entries, starting with 2020 and now 2021. Working on 2022 now. It’s interesting since I started not knowing that we would be in a pandemic these past two years. I wonder if I’ll still be writing about lockdowns and the rising number of cases and such by the fifth year of my journal in 2024. I hope not. I really wish my entries would be much more positive by the time I finish the journal. 

I love that this journal is hard bound with a cloth-wrapped cover and that the paper is made of really good/thick material so I could write using a sign pen. It looks very premium in quality and is very easy to write on. The only thing that spoils it for me is that my handwriting seems to be getting worse as the days go by, which doesn’t fit how good the journal looks (haha). I also love that it has a box to put the journal into, I think that and the binding would help ensure that the journal doesn’t wear out from constant use. 

This journal is a bit of a challenge to do, there are days when I find it hard to find the time to write on it and I end up updating during the end of the week and filling up the blank days that passed then. I know that kind of defeats the purpose of writing down something at the end of every day but since I get my entries from what I tweet or write down on my phone, I think that still counts right?

Midori also has a 10-year version of this journal. It’s a little bit pricier but if you want to do this longer than that is the better option. For me though I think that the 5-year option is enough. I don’t know if I can obligate myself to writing daily for 10 years. That’s way too much of a commitment!


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