Last year I wrote about my newly purchased one sentence happiness journal. Each day you write one sentence about what brought you happiness. For 365 days, I was diligent about recording my daily sentence. Even during the Blurb2Book contest when I felt like I was going insane because I didn’t have enough time, I made the time. And you know what? I’m so happy I did, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to go back and read these entries:
April 2, 2015: I’m happy that I entered Harlequin’s Blurb to Book Contest.
April 13, 2015: I’m happy that I advanced in the contest!
May 15, 2015: I’m scared, but happy I advanced further in Blurb to Book Contest —still in shock.
July 14, 2015: I’m happy that I submitted my completed book to the contest.
August 17, 2015: I’m happy I got a book contract today! In complete shock!
With the exception of the day I got the call from New York, offering a contract, the other dates would have been forgotten, had they not been documented in this simple journal.
Since this is a five year journal, now each evening as I record an entry, I can look at the line above and see what made me happy this time last year.
Trust me, there are some evenings, after a tough day, I don’t think I can come up with anything. But taking the time to reflect on the day, there’s always something I can be happy about.