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Things are straight-up kooky dukes right now (as my fave character in Moana would say). I have never been more drawn to keep a personal written than this moment in time. Here’s why I am keeping a quarantine journal.
The last few weeks have been… unlike anything I have ever experienced or witnessed. Some of the happenings have been straight out of sci-fi books and movies. From schools and businesses and basically everything closing… to the social distancing and the medical emergency and just well, all of it. There are many days when I feel like this absolutely has to be a dream. And yet, morning rolls around and just like the movie Groundhog’s Day, here we are.
What are some of the ways that your everyday life has changed in just the last 4 weeks?
Here are some of mine, off the top of my head:
- The kids’ school is closed and they have begun virtual learning for an unknown amount of time.
- Bob’s company is still open at this point (essential business), but all office employees are working from home.
- We are pretty much home 24/7. Bob does an occasional shopping trip.
- The only time we have left home was to drive past one of the kids’ friend’s houses, blaring our horn and displaying a happy birthday banner because they are having a birthday when no one can gather to celebrate.
- Apparently Bob can sew. And he sewed us each some masks to wear if/when we go out in public.
- On nice weather days, you can find us outside for at least an hour. Together, in our backyard. Enjoying the chance to sit in the sun.
- We have had time for all kinds of house projects we have been putting off – from basic declutting to yard work.
- I wrote a book. More specifically, I wrote the journal pictured above!
I wanted a space to record these days and happenings and memories. It is so important to keep a record of these days!
This is going to be one of the most pivotal moments in history and think about how amazing it would be to hand down your memoir of what you experienced.
Of course, you can use any notebook to write down your memories. I put this Today is a New Day journal together as a guided journal that focuses on positivity and gratitude. Lily and I each have our own copies and are writing our daily recaps most days.
Each page has the same guided journal template that is easy to follow for adults and kids:
If you buy a book, you can always jot down memories in your phone notes or on paper until your journal arrives! And then just copy your thoughts to the journal when you receive it.
No matter where you write these memories, the most important part is that you write them. Take pictures too!
I’d love to hear from you and hear how you are keeping these days logged.
I hope you are doing well and I am sending you lots of love and light.
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