Hi. I’m Barb. I’m a single mom with two kids. My son, who I call PUMPKIN, is currently 14. My daughter, who I call MONKEY, is currently 10.
And then there’s my wonderful boyfriend, who I call TIGER. I don’t think you need to know how old he is!
Like most working moms (or maybe all moms), it seems I’m always busy busy busy! I feel like my days are filled with questions like does Pumpkin have enough clean underwear? and is there anything in the house to make for dinner? and how am I going to get Monkey to camp next week and still make it to work on time?. These questions take up so much of my time and mental energy that I feel like I’m missing the big picture. I’m lost in the weeds and I can’t see the forest.
As Gretchen Rubin says, “the days are long, but the years are short.”
So I decided to start a small journal, just a short entry per day. I plan to focus each day on something that made me laugh, or something that moved me, or something fun. I’m not committing to a long journal entry, just a sentence or two per day.
Not only does writing it down make it stand out more in my memory, but it also helps me be aware of these items throughout the day. It’s funny how our minds work that way.
I was going to keep it private, but in the end I was convinced to make it public.
So if you’re interested, enjoy! And if not, that’s OK too. 🙂
Side Note: The impetus for this blog came from Gretchen Rubin’s fascinating book called “The Happiness Project.” She started what she calls a “one-sentence journal” and I thought it was a great idea. (And there were lots of other great ideas, too. Go read the book!)
Here’s my description of what a 1 Sentence Diary is.
We’ll see how it goes…
I love that picture. You look exactly like you did in high school, and that makes me happy.
What a beautiful picture of you!
Aw, shucks! Thanks.
All the credit goes to the photographer, my friend Erika Powell-Burson. Unfortunately, I don’t often look like that in real life.
Actually, you are even lovelier in person, Barb!
What a wonderful idea…I’ve been meaning to get that book and now you’ve inspired me too! I’ll be following your fabulous blog 🙂
I love this blog, Barb. And you’re the 3rd person who’s recently told me to read “The Happiness Project”, so I better get to it! Reminds me of abook a friend gave me a few years back titled “Happiness is a Choice” which is a great message.
Hi, nice to meet you !
What a great idea –your journal. I seem to do this reflection too, but it’s all in my head…