Friday, July 2, 2010

One Sentence Journal

I am currently reading (well, listening to, anyway) The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin.  I'm really liking it and finding that she has a lot of really useful suggestions.  I am on the chapter about August right now, in which she talks about starting a one sentence journal where she just jots a sentence or two at the end of every day about something that happened that day.

I started thinking that one of the reasons I don't blog as much as I would like is that I feel like I have to have something Earth-shattering to say in order to commit it to paper (as it were), and often I don't.  I am too busy living my life, doing my thing and caring for my young family to come up with profundities every day.  So I think I am going to try an Ahimsa Mama version of the one sentence journal.

Here it goes:

This morning I was reading while Harry was otherwise occupied, or so I thought.  Apparently he was just biding his time because he came into the living room, closed my book and said, "The End."  I guess it was time to play.

Bess has been at dance camp all week (don't EVEN get me started on dance culture, that's a topic for a whole other - looooong - blog post).  I hate it - and believe me, I mean hate - but she LOVES it.  Her teacher even commented to me (completely unprovoked) how she is so focused and works so hard, and has great technique for her age.  Imagine me, a dance mom?  Egads!


  1. I've heard alot of good things about that book! Think it's finally time I got a copy!!
    :) maureen

  2. this is funny. i have always journaled but a few years ago, my younger son started a "daily log" - basically the same idea. he would usually only write one sentence, sometimes two, and he would manage to encapsulate our entire day.

    i loved it, and i started keeping my own log. the pressure was off to write in detail or find the narrative thread. i found i would zoom right in to the most important part of each day, the part i most wanted to remember. genius!

  3. Definitely check the book out, Maureen. I'm also really enjoying the Happiness Project Toolbox over at

    Lori - I am also really enjoying the quick journaling, even if I'm not writing it here every day. I am finding that it helps me to be more present to the touching and funny moments with my kids - I often think, "Oh, that's one for the One Sentence Journal"! It doesn't have to be profound, but it's a great way to remember the moments that make up the years!