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By Angie Lucas

Journal Every Day

A daily memory calendar makes it easy
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Some of our devoted Ella fans out there may have noticed that this month’s eZine is a wee bit late. But we have an excuse—a 6 lb. 11 oz. excuse, to be precise.

As the co-founder and primary editor at Ella Publishing Co., much of the wordsmithing and uploading falls to me. (And I wouldn’t have it any other way.) But the 11-days-early arrival of my new bundle of joy threw a little pink wrench into my plans.

Meet Keira Jane Lucas, who joined my family via adoption on October 2, 2010. (And click here to see some gorgeous photos of her by talented Ella author, Elisha Snow, who co-wrote Picture Perfect.)

 

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So, this month while the rest of the world focuses on spooks and haunts and scary things, and decorating in orange, black, and deep purple, the Lucas family will be focusing on bottles and binkies and cuddly things, and decorating in pink, lavender, and sunny yellow.

To kick off this month (mid-month though it may be), I’d like to share a little project that I’ve embarked upon for the second time around: a one-thought-a-day calendar.

 

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I'm recording one tiny detail of Keira's new life in each daily box on this calendar (blank calendar by SRM Press). At the end of each month, I'll select a photo or two to include on the facing page. This is an easy and non-intimidating way to get into the habit of journaling more regularly—and it will turn into a treasured keepsake to boot. I know this because I've embarked on just such a journaling journey before. I created a one-thought-a-day calendar in 2006 (blank calendar by Boxer Scrapbook Productions), to commemorate my 30th year.

 

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At the time I wrote them, many of these details seemed mundane and a bit uninteresting, so don't worry if yours do, too (since I know you'll be starting your own "one thought a day" calendar starting this January, right?). At the time, I frequently asked myself, "Will I really care about reading this ever again?" Well, let me tell you that the answer is a resounding yes. Now, four years later, these daily notes are fascinating and already inspire a strong sense of nostalgia. Since then, apart from the massive change of welcoming a baby girl into our home, both of our jobs have changed, our dog passed away, a new dog joined the family, my stepson entered high school, and I'm finally able to cook a decent roast. (On April 22, I lamented, "Why can't I cook a roast as good as my mom's or Beverly's?") Below are a few more views of this year-long project.

 

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My completed months April through June. (My birthday is March 31, so I started my calendar on April 1.)

 

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My completed months August through October. Note that there will always be blank squares at the beginning or end of the month. I filled mine with extra thoughts, notes, and doodle art. It would also be adorable to include square-punched photos in the empty spaces.

 

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Close-up view of December's upper page.

 

 

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Close-up view of December's bottom half.

And now I'm going to let you in on a little secret. This calendar isn't actually complete yet. I have two more month pages to scrapbook (February and March), and I will get around to those eventually. The important part is that I faithfully kept up my one-square-a-day journaling. It will be easy to sort through pictures and add them later. The part I wouldn't be able to recreate—that in-the-moment writing—is already done. All that's left is to write over the pencil in archival pen and erase the underlying pencil. (Note: I skipped the pencil step for Keira's calendar since I know I won't have the time. I'm just going for it in ink the first time!)

 

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I'd like to leave you this month with one parting tip. If you decide to create a calendar like this, whether from January to December or from one birthday to another, make sure to keep your calendar and pen in a place you will see them daily and be reminded to write. I kept mine on my office desk at work. You might keep yours on your nightstand, dresser, kitchen table, or next to your computer—whatever makes the most sense for your lifestyle. And wait until the next morning to record your favorite moment from the day before. Invariably, after I'd write one thing on my calendar, a cooler thing would happen later in the day.

Have an awesome October (what's left of it, anyway),

p.s. Keep an eye out for some changes happening to our eZine in the next couple of months. This is the last issue you’ll see in its current format. And this new mama needed to simplify something in order to keep all her priorities in order. So the eZine will have a fresher, simpler, and exciting new look next time around. Stay tuned!

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