The Long and Winding Road

New Year’s Eve is upon us, and with it comes reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the one ahead. For my birthday this year – which, keen-eyed readers might be able to deduce when it is based on a few hints I drop annually – I wrote a little post online about how I had embarked on a gratitude challenge this past year. The objective was to find a way to commemorate each day I have on this planet as too often we let days drift by us.

With that in mind, today’s little gift collection is specifically curated for the most simplest of resolutions: to value each and every day of 2016, for better or worse. Pick one or a few of these, see the day, document it, and capture a moment in time. For the record – these are truly just a smattering of the journals out there. There are a billion and one options to suit your needs!

Journals 2015
642 Places to Draw – $23.95 – Not a writer? No worries. ‘Journaling’ doesn’t have to take the form of words you know. I believe I’ve written about the first book in this series – which offers up 642 random things to doodle – but this sequel is firmly centered on locations, from the top of Mount Fuji to what’s under your bed to realms totally imagined. It’s slightly more work than drawing say, a tennis ball, but it’s no less fun.

OMG: A Keepsake Journal of Off-the-Wall Q&As by Laura Barcella $18.95 – Kids can get in on the journaling game without feeling like they’re keeping a diary with this quirky book of prompts. The questions are wild and wacky and totally kid-approved, encouraging them to open up their minds as they answer questions like “If you were a ghost, what kind would you be? Where would you go?”

One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book – $22.95 – This line a day series is pretty expansive now and there isn’t really any difference between any of the books other than the title and cover and perhaps the purpose. For example, I featured ‘Cooks Line a Day’ awhile back – you could use it to document what recipes you tackled each day. But the original intent is oh so simple – the book gives you a few lines to write about the day and you revisit it each and every day for five years. It’s a neat way to see how you’ve evolved or what’s on your mind.

60-Second Memory Journal: A Yearlong Happiness Chronicle – $16.95 – This book is similar in nature to the one I just featured, only it’s got a set of rotating prompts and it asks you to write twice a day. Sample set – in the morning the book will ask you to jot down how you plan to make it a good day, while at night it asks you to reflect on what you really enjoyed that day. It’s a great way to help you see the positive side of life.

300 Writing Prompts – $12.95 – This book is the companion to the drawing one I mentioned above. It’s meant for the writerly types who want to churn up their brains. Or maybe for people who want to write something every day but don’t necessarily want to comment on their own lives. The prompts are more inspirational in nature – asking you to describe a day at the beach or talk about something you’ve learned – but no less enjoyable to tackle.

Five-Year Memory Journal – $10.17 – Not every daily journal needs to take itself particularly seriously. And while this pretty journal may look quite stoic on the outside, on the inside it’s filled with a huge range of questions, some thought-provoking, some everyday (like – what colour would you repaint your bedroom?) It’s a cool and unique way to capture your life in words.

BONUS ENTRY into my ECCO giveaway – tell me in the comments below, which of these journals would you most love to have for the new year? Or feel free to share another one you’ve spotted online that you love just as much!

47 Responses to “The Long and Winding Road”
  1. Shelley N says:

    I would love to have the Five year memory journal

  2. Heather Swanson says:

    I like the 60 second memory journal

  3. Rachel C. says:

    I would love the off-the-wall Q&A journal!

  4. Kim K says:

    I like the 5 year memory journal. 🙂

  5. doreen lamoureux says:

    For myself – I would definitely use and enjoy the Five-Year Memory Journal . I really love this one.
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  6. CLC says:

    I like the 60 second memory journal or the 5 year long memory journal.

    • Susanne C. says:

      I would like to have the journal called ‘Writing Prompts’ as I often have ideas and then promptly forget them.

  7. aly3360 says:

    I like the One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book. I think it’s the one I’d most enjoy writing and keeping.

  8. intensev5 says:

    I would love the OMG: A Keepsake Journal of Off-the-Wall Q&As by Laura Barcella

  9. I think 300 Writing Prompts might get me going in a productive way. Providing I actually open it up, of course :0

  10. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d go for the 60 second memory journal.

  11. Sherry K says:

    The OMG a Keepsake Journal would be super to share with my kids.

  12. Charlotte/chalbe says:

    300 Writing Prompts would be a good start

  13. Joan G. says:

    I would love the 642 Places to Draw so I could gift it to my granddaughter.

  14. Aimee says:

    One line a day five year journal would be nice and quick.

  15. Pam says:

    I would like One Line a Day to get me started and to keep me writing.

  16. Lindsey says:

    642 Places to Draw would be a great gift for my best friend!

  17. Alison K says:

    Find of the Month: ECCO Shoes bonus entry: of these journals, I would most love to have for the new year the Five-Year Memory Journal – $10.17 & in addition, to encourage kids to write the OMG: A Keepsake Journal of Off-the-Wall Q&As by Laura Barcella $18.95

  18. cookie3 says:

    I’d like the OMG journal mainly because of the awesome artwork on the front, but also the off the wall Q & A would be a great place to start for a non journal person like me.

  19. AliKira says:

    300 writing prompts sounds good to me!

  20. Maryanne says:

    300 writing prompts would be great!

  21. Shannon says:

    I like the five year memory journal

  22. Donna L. says:

    I like the 642 Places to Draw Diary.

  23. laura d says:

    642 places to draw

  24. Kelly H says:

    I would like the 60 second memory journal!

  25. dabrowne says:

    I would choose the 642 places to draw

  26. Mary Warner says:

    I know someone who would love 642 Places to Draw

  27. Susan says:

    I like the Five Year Memory Journal.

  28. Daniela Plume says:

    I would love “642 Places to Draw” for my daughter

  29. Daniela Plume says:

    Here’s a link to “The Daykeeper: Musings, Dreams, & Memories”!prettyPhoto

  30. Lynda Larsen-Baldry says:

    The journal I would most like to have for the new year is
    One Line A Day: A Five Year Memory Book
    Five Year Memory Journal

  31. cosmicread says:

    I like the Five Year Memory Journal.

  32. megyamaguchi says:

    I’d like the 300 writing prompts.

  33. katydidit21 says:

    I like the Five Year Memory Journal.

  34. KELLY E says:

    I would like 642 Places to Draw

  35. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d love the 300 Writing Prompts!

  36. ginafleury says:

    One line a day journal seems achievable. thanks

  37. Eric R says:

    Five-Year Memory Journal would be my choice.

  38. nicolthepickle says:

    I like the One Line a Day book a lot. I also love the idea of the Cooks one like a day one. That would be really nice for me to keep track of things.

  39. Five-Year Memory Journal is my favorite.

  40. Susan Patterson says:

    I would love to have the sixty second memory journal! I would not have any excuses to record everything because it would only take 60 seconds!

  41. aclily19 says:

    I like the One line a Day Journal

  42. mousecat says:

    I really like the idea of the OMG journal! It would be so fun to read yars after you wrote it!

  43. KellyPC says:

    Ah! I was planning on starting a happiness/gratitude journal this year, guess I’m a bit late!
    I’m sad that I can’t take a peek inside the 60 Second Memory & the 5 Year Memory journals like I could the One Line A Day journal. This is something I’d need to see the inside of before I took the plunge.

  44. Surinder says:

    I love the 60 second one… No excuses that wzy

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