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13 The best keepsakes are your stories

12 January, 2015 by Katie
The best keepsakes are your stories - Gadanke's how to journal series 13 of 52

The tale of your ordinary day will be quite the treasure 20, 30, or 40 years from now. Here's how to document life right now when you're pressed for time.

I'm also revealing lots of wisdom and quick tools in today's workshop – discussing cool keepsake boxes, ordinary stories that have become sacred, and a couple ways you can document "right now." This workshop's a good one!

In this workshop video, I'm using:

Workshop notes:

Years ago, my grandma wrote me a letter. She described the ordinary things she was doing that day–watering the garden, fixing dinner, watching TV. It wasn't anything unexpected; she just wrote about her typical day.

And yet that handwritten letter is one of my most treasured keepsakes.

Now I see the beauty of documenting our regular ol' days. In 20, 30, or even 40 years from now, our everyday routines will be completely different. 

These days, I document my standard days all the time, and I want you to document your ordinary day, too. I'll show you how in this complimentary workshop video.

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Watch the workshop video above to learn exactly how you can document your "right now" on just one page. You'll cover the season outside, the season of your life, what you're doing, technology you're using, what your family's doing, what you're experiencing – so many amazing details.

But because I know you don't have a lot of time, I'm showing you my trick for getting your day documented. 

It involves these materials:

journal supplies

And this formula:

step-by-step journal technique to document right now in life

I also mention a pretty thought-provoking quotation by Cecelia Ahern. (She's the author of "P.S. I Love You," which was made into a movie by the same name.) She says:

“Our life is made up of time. Our days are measured in hours, our pay measured by those hours, our knowledge is measured by years. [...] And yet time eventually runs out and you wonder in your heart of hearts if those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades were being spent the best way they possibly could.”

Sometimes I enjoy decorating my journal pages, just for fun. It gives me a chance to reflect on my topic. Before I started writing today's entry, I made my page look like this:

Then piece by piece, I wrote my answers to that "right now" formula. It's really easy, so make sure you watch the workshop video to really see how to quickly use these building blocks.

Try this:

Add a "right now" entry to your journal. Across the top of your page, add the words "right now" and the date. Then just play with this technique for documenting your beautiful, ordinary day.

Then share and inspire us with what you’ve done!