Back in January, my favorite planner people, Erin Condren, messed up and accidentally sent me an extra planner along with my order. I promptly emailed them and offered to return it, but they told me I could throw it away.
That. Is. Blasphemy.
So I hung onto the planner. I tried using it as a lesson planner for my teaching. I tried using it as an extra planner. I briefly opened an Etsy store selling digital downloads for planners and used the spare planner as a display for what I had designed.
And then it pretty much sat on my dresser for a good month.
In the last two weeks, as I made some big changes to my creative life, I thought of an idea I'd seen on Pinterest.
A five year journal.
One question a day. Answered every day with just one line/one note. For five years. So at the end of five years, you can look at the March 1 entry and see answers for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. Since those years are going to be huge years of change for my family, wouldn't it be interesting to see how those answers change?
I started with this great series of articles by Tami Taylor. I read about the how and the why. I followed her advice not to worry about starting on January 1. I started on a random day in February. I opened some of my planner templates and added each day's question to a half-size box (fills only have the day's box) which I color coordinated to the monthly colors in an Erin Condren planner. I don't much worry about the monthly colors in my actual planner, but I went with it here. It took some of the decision making out of my process.
In addition to the half boxes with the question prompts, I made solid colored box tops to cover the day/night box tops in the planner. I managed to get these done through April before I got bored, which I think was quite an accomplishment. And I may have been really tired by the time I put them in the planner and my Cameo might not have cut the best (I should have made the cut thicker) so the stickers are all wonky. But it's done and ready for a few months of journaling at least.
I spent a lot more time putting those first four month together -- creating stickers, printing, cutting and putting in the planner -- than I do answering questions. It's literally 30 seconds out of my day to answer each day's question. I put whatever answer comes to me first, even if it's not a "nice" answer. In general, I try to be positive when putting words on paper because I believe what you write becomes a truth of a type. Here, I'm honest.
So here's yet another project to get me writing every day and documenting more. I'm excited about all these little projects I have going and excited to share even more in the upcoming weeks and months.