But...I am a list maker, forever and always. Crossing things off my list gave me a very satisfied sense of accomplishment. If I knew when I was to die, you can bet I'll be making a list of things to finish before I go.
I have made to-do lists for about 45 years. What if I had kept those lists in a book when I was finished with them instead of throwing them away?
Yes, they were messy little scraps of paper, but can you imagine a better, more accurate way to show what my life was like as a young mom? I could kick myself for not thinking of this 45 years ago.
1-Your to-do lists! Date them and find a way to keep them when you've finished!
2-My grandmother did not leave me a journal, but she ran a little mercantile in the front of her home. She kept the books. She had a set of books for the store and one for her household budget. What a great picture of what her life was like.
I tried to sharpen up the picture so you could read the details. Look closely and maybe you can read the price of eggs in
3-What about your shopping lists? Crazy I know, but I usually list groceries and all the errands I need to run. I wouldn't normally keep this kind of list, but if I didn't have time to journal this would be better than nothing. Maybe keep just a sample or two. I found a couple of recipes written by my mom. It was magical just to see her handwriting again!
4-Kids' assignments or special projects. I keep the smaller papers in a scrapbook. If they are too big for a scrapbook, take a picture and put it in the scrap book instead.
|How cute is this?|
The whole point of this post is to relieve you of any guilt feelings you may have about journaling. There are a lot of ways to leave a record of your life. Think about your normal routines and habits. You may be surprised!