by Megan on Sunday, January 1st, 2017 2 Comments
2017 marks the start of my seventh year of failed attempts to keep a line-a-day journal. And for the third year in a row it’s going to be my sole new year’s resolution.
As I write this, it doesn’t seem wise to throw myself again at this miniscule but apparently impossible goal/resolution. But I have a terrible memory, and the line-a-day journal is very important to me because it’s only through the line-a-day journal that I remember details such as Valentine’s Day 2012 when I made a surprise Mediterranean feast for Mr.W, including from-scratch falafel, hummus, tabouli, and pita bread. (And un-fond memories, as well, like January 4, 2014, when I locked my rental car keys in the car while the engine was running. #catastrophe, right?).
My failure at the line-a-day journal is even more troubling now that we have kids because I have never kept a baby book, so the snippets that appear in the line-a-day journal are all that exists of the small truths, antics, and milestones of my kids’ first years.
For the 2017 edition of my resolution, a have a secret weapon. It is a weapon that I just picked up from my local library: Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before, a book that promises to help us master the habits of our everyday life. And I’ll admit, I’m coming as a reader with great faith in this promise because I loved Rubin’s quasi-scientific, intuitive, well-researched, live-journalism-experiment-turned-book, The Happiness Project.
It may take me awhile to get through the book with the busy month I have ahead, but if I can just manage to do the first weeks’ entries (historically, the first months are not the problem), then I’ll have some great tools to make it stick the rest of the year.
Have you ever had a miniscule goal or resolution like this that should be a no-brainer-success but actually proved to be impossible? Did you eventually succeed? What worked for you? Has anyone read Better than Before?