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Inspiration in Just One Line a Day

Just before Christmas, we were celebrating a friend’s birthday at Trophy Cupcakes. (For the record, I’m a die-hard Cupcake Royale devotee, and the lapse in fidelity wasn’t my idea.) Trophy had lots of great gifty items – postcard sets, mugs, photo frames, etc. I was pawing through them mindlessly when I came across the “One Line a Day” journal, made by Chronicle Books.

I was smitten instantly and knew I had to have it. As you can see in the photo, it’s gorgeous. It’s a hardcover book, robin’s egg blue pleather, with gold leaf page edges. Satin ribbon placemark. All old-fashioned, from the metallic embossing on the cover to the Century Gothic font.

The more I turned the thing over in my hands, the more in love I fell. Here’s the thing – it’s perfect for a tool I call “vertical journaling.”

One line a Day Journal by Chronicle Books

This book has a page for each day of the year, with 5 years per page. This way, you can effortlessly compare where you were March 1, 2010 with where you were March 1, 2011 and 2012.

I was thinking of other ways to use the book besides writing down what happened that day. You could write one thing you learned each day. Or one word to describe the day. Or you could turn it into a gratitude journal and list something you’re grateful for each day.

Sometimes having limited space can stretch your imagination!

I started using it as a journal, because having visual proof of growth from one year to the next is intoxicating for me and highly motivating.

How could you use this tool?