I’ve never been able to keep a journal for more than three days in a raw, my attempts to having a “gratitude log” all turned into failure and to be honest, writing about my life and feelings is not something natural to me. I’m not really a “dear diary” kind of person…
But I started to journal anyway a few weeks ago, and I’d like to keep it up with this project until the end of the year (for a start). As journaling into a notebook hasn’t been a success so far, I’m trying something a bit different to keep me motivated, crafting these “ memory cards ”.
My personal life has been anything but smooth during the past few weeks and I felt like it was the right time to start a journal, putting words on everything that was going on, my feelings, and keep memories on a daily basis. The goal is not to only keep the positive vibes, but to write down everything, to make my journal a true reflection of my mood, better or worst.
Having cards as a journal was an obvious choice. Just like an ephemeris, I wanted my journal to show time passing. With this cards, it’s pretty simple: one card for one day. As the time flies by, the stack of cards is decreasing. I sit every morning at my desk and before opening my bullet journal and starting my day, I jot down some thoughts and memory about the day before.
I prepared a printable version of my memory cards, that you can download following the link below, in case some of you want to join me on this journey! The cards are dated from the 21 of August to the 31 of December. On one side, the date of the day, and on the other, tiny lines to write straight (or not, that’s up to you!). I printed my own cards on a 180g/m2 paper but anything above 160g will do as well.
It’s not always easy to put my thoughts on paper, and there are some days I forget, some days I just spend more time in bed sleeping before rushing to go to work, but I want these memory cards to be a part of my morning routine anyway.
Once the card is filled, I store it in an album that holds all these memory pieces. I found the perfect one at Muji. Each pocket hosts a memory card, sometimes along with some Instax photos or theatre or art show admission tickets. I hope that these pieces of paper will turn into a daily ritual for good and that I’ll be able to get through my album in a few months to read all my memory cards!