Many times I've attempted to start journaling and the beginning of the year seems like a logical time to start. Most years I would make it a few weeks and then get too far behind and give up. 93% of all New Years Resolutions fail, so I'm guessing some one else out there can relate. Then, five years ago, a friend shared a different journaling technique with me and it stuck. Rather than writing a full page each day I would jot a couple quick sentences on only the first 5 lines of the page, continuing the process of only using the top 5 lines of each journal page all throughout the year. Then at the beginning of the next year you start over, in the same journal, filling in lines 6-10. It's much less intimidating, and easier to catch up if you fall behind. Fast forward and 5 years later I've just wrapped up one full journal. It's been a joy to look back over the years and see what events were going on, what trials we've endured, what joy God has brought, things we've celebrated, things we've mourned, funny moments and serious conversations. Having the ability to regularly reflect back has shown me more clearly where God has been at work in my life. It's also given me a confidence that God has a plan, even when it isn't obvious on the day of the actual events. Want to join me in starting a new journal? Pick one up today and start recording.