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This One Line A Day Journal Is My Most Prized Possession

In the five years it took to fill this journal, I changed jobs four times, had four different addresses, and went from being very single to very not single.

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I love my journal a lot. If my apartment were on fire, it's the first thing I'd save — if my boyfriend wasn't home, of course.

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This is a One Line a Day journal. The idea — if you can't already figure it out — is that you write one line each day.

For me, this line either sums up what I did that day ("Dinner at Jess and James' place after a day at the museum") or notes how I'm feeling and what I'm thinking about ("Finished reading A Little Life today and just can't get it out of my head — not sure if that's a good or bad thing").

However, the really special thing about this notebook is that it's a five-year journal. For each day of the year, there are five spaces for you to write. During the first year you own the journal, you fill the first space on each page. Come the second year, you flick back to the front of the book (aka January 1) and fill in the second space on each page.

I bought my first One Line a Day journal in 2012. I was 19, working my first full-time job, and living in a house with three girls I'd met just a few months earlier.

In the five years it took to fill this journal, I changed jobs four times, moved three times, and met my boyfriend — the same one I'd totally 100% save from a fire.I started my second journal (above on the right) at the start of this year.
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In the five years it took to fill this journal, I changed jobs four times, moved three times, and met my boyfriend — the same one I'd totally 100% save from a fire.

I started my second journal (above on the right) at the start of this year.

Another reason I love this journal, as opposed to some of the others I've kept over the years, is that it got me in the habit of writing every single day.

I make an effort to never miss a day when journaling, and when I do, I'll always fill in any gaps at a later date. That means that every day I can look back at what I was doing the year before, and eventually, four years before. When I finished my first journal, it felt like I had five years of my life documented and bound; a pretty blue time capsule.(And FYI the above is not my photo but it sure gets 10/10 for cuteness.)
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I make an effort to never miss a day when journaling, and when I do, I'll always fill in any gaps at a later date. That means that every day I can look back at what I was doing the year before, and eventually, four years before. When I finished my first journal, it felt like I had five years of my life documented and bound; a pretty blue time capsule.

(And FYI the above is not my photo but it sure gets 10/10 for cuteness.)

Since I've started using this journal, it's become one of my favorite gifts to give friends — especially around the holidays, so they can start writing in the new year.

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There are also different versions of the journal that are just as cute and useful. The Mom's One Line a Day is especially sweet, as a simpler substitute for a baby book that also suits parents with more than one child. The Living Well One Line a Day journal is another option, which is designed for anyone with health and wellness goals they'd like to keep long-term.

One of the best things about this journal is that unlike a lot of pretty notebooks, it's affordable — especially when you consider the fact it will last you five years.

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You can get the One Line a Day journal from Amazon for $15.26 or Jet for $14.21. See? The perfect gift for you or someone else you like.

Get the Mom's One Line a Day journal on Amazon for $13.28 or Jet for $9.57. Get the Wellness One Line a Day journal from Amazon or Jet for $15.50.

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