Last year, as I turned 50, (FIVE-OOOH!!!), I decided to give myself a birthday party. Part of the party was to have a birthday journal, or diary. (I used my book The 5 Year Journal for two reasons -- #1. I had a lot of copies, and #2. The 5 Year Journal is dated) I asked my friends to pick a date telling me why they chose that date, and then write whatever they felt like writing.
After the journal was passed around the party, I then carried it with me and had more friends sign throughout the year. I have now decided that this is my decade journal and it will come with me, and both my old and new friends will become a part of it from age 50 to 60 years old. Then I'll start again, because a birthday journal is now part of my birthday celebration.
Another part of my birthday journal was writing a yearly birthday wish for myself. My wish last year was: To be healthy, wealthy, wise, happy, peaceful. This year my wish for myself is: To stop, to look and to listen, while staying as quiet as possible. At the time of my birthday I also write a birthday wish for different friends, and the world.
In the back and throughout my birthday journal I have pasted pictures, a fortune from a fortune cookie, my birthday astrological from the newspaper, and other memories, as they occur.
Birthday Journals Ideas
For your birthday journal you can do what I did, or here are some more ideas you can ask your friends to write:
Retell a funny story about you and me.
Write a birthday wish for me, and a wish for yourself.
Remember your favorite birthday and what happened.
Write about what your hopes and dreams are for me, yourself, friends, family or the world.
Tell me something I never knew about you.
Recall your happiest time.
What was your most unexpected moment?
Write about the silliest time you can recall.
You were most surprised by??
Or ask your friends to write about any other ideas you or they come up with.
Use your birthday journal to share warmth, memories, experiences, joy, and love. Take the time to share your love with your friends, and they can share their love with you.
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Doreene Clement, a cancer victor and author of The 5 Year Journal, is currently writing a new book, Blessed, about her life and her cancer experience. For more information http://www.the5yearjournal.com 480.423.8095
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