I am a married mother of 2 girls and I live in Perth. We emmigrated from the UK in 2011. I am a free lance writer and a Pet Carer and feel very lucky to do something I really love www.petfriends.net.au
If you have a special event coming up and want to treasure your memories, why not make a journal of the event? Maybe you have a holiday, wedding or just a day trip to the city coming up, completing a journal of the event can be a rewarding way to look back on that special time, with loads more memories than a photo can give you.
In our modern world, most of us only look at photos on our devices, so creating a journal of a special event (which could be your child's first train ride or the once in a lifetime trip to Europe you have been planning for years), something that you can physically hold and look at those memories in an old fashioned way, is priceless. Create a lasting memory; journal it.
Anyone can create a journal, even the youngest of children, and once you get in the habit of journalling, it will become second nature to collect things during your event (that you want to journal about) that you know will create a memory for you.
My BFF from the UK visited me in Perth recently and we both created journals of our time together. We completed each day at the end of the day, so things were fresh in our minds. We wrote which day it was of our time together and the date (e.g. Day 7 - Wednesday 9th November 2016) at the top of the page and then let our creative minds do the rest. We saved our train tickets, cut out pictures from leaflets, collected stamps, stickers, cards etc and stuck them in our journal books. Sometimes all we needed to do was write buzz words, other times complete sentences were necessary. You can literally do whatever you like, it's your memories you are creating.
Perhaps you/your child want to journal about their first train ride into the city. Save the train ticket rather than throwing it away, take a photo of you all at the station waiting for the train, another sitting on the train or signpost of where you are going, remember funny things that were said or done, pick up a leaflet if you visit a museum, keep a napkin from the ice cream shop etc. When you get home whilst it's all fresh in your mind, get your child to cut and stick the things you have collected in a cheap exercise book or A4 paper if you want to make a poster. You could frame the poster which could become a keepsake for your child's memory box. Add some key words or write a few lines of your adventure, add the funny things that were said or done, add some hand drawn pictures and add colour to the page. Print off the photos and you have a wonderful memory of your day out! One that your child will remember and refer back to for years to come.
If you make your own journal, you could add envelopes so you can add keepsakes that you didn't want to stick down or if you ran out of room. You can literally do/write/stick/draw anything and you can journal about literally anything (weight loss, your long/short term goals, feelings, first year at school, holidays, weddings, birthdays, babies first year, your new puppy/kitten, etc).
There are other benefits to journaling, other than creating a memory of an event; it can be a useful self-help tool too. Busy parents could use the time at the end of the day as 'me time'. If you are going through a bad patch and need direction, writing things down help sort things in your head (more often than not). Finishing a page of your journal which you have taken pride in, has a feel good factor as you can look at your masterpiece and be proud of what you have produced. Your confidence will grow and it could even become a hobby.
So whatever your reason is for journalling, enjoy it and get started today.