Back to Basics


I’m a little late to the party on this one. After years of watching lusting after it, I finally got the 5 Year Q&A Journal. It was delivered to my workplace, like a child on Christmas morning I ripped open the cardboard packaging (possibly with my teeth – it’s all a bit of a blur!). I had been waiting all week for it to arrive, and whilst it was smaller than I was expecting, I couldn’t contain my excitement. None of my colleagues understood my sheer delight at this little brown retro looking notebook, but once I explained it to them, they all agreed that it was very ‘me’ (even if they didn’t join me  in my geeky stationary celebration!)

I kept a diary on-and-off for years. Ever since I read Anne Frank’s Diary for the first time at 8 years old, I was hooked at the thought of documenting my life experiences and thoughts in some way. While I could never write or articulate my thoughts as well as Anne could, I enjoyed the thought that I could look back on them on years to come – and yes, the problems of a 13 year old girl are every bit as painful to read now as they were to write at the time!!! There came a point at about 16 or 17 years old, that I got bored of writing about myself. I felt had nothing worthwhile to write about and my journalling days fell by the wayside.

The 5 Year Q&A Journal is not your traditional diary. Every date poses a different question which you answer in just a couple of sentences. On that same day the following year, you answer the same question, and the year after that, and the year after that! It only takes 2 minutes and is a great way to see how you have gotten to a certain point in your life or how you have slowly evolved into the person you are today (hello future Char!). Today’s question is (aptly) What are you running from at this moment? Well….. 😉

If you are pensive, sentimental, or just simply like stationary, you should definitely think about picking up the 5 Year Q&A Journal. If you like the idea of journalling, but don’t have the time or the patience to write long thought-provoking entries, this is probably the diary for you! I got mine on Amazon. I went for the hardcover version which is slightly more expensive, but for something I shall be using every day, it is well worth the extra £4/€6. I don’t really want the ‘well-loved-book-look’ in just one year when it has to last me five!! Plus it is possibly one of the prettiest diaries/notebooks I have ever owned, and compact enough for throwing in your handbag or for travelling!  Did I mention how pretty it is? I’ve been lovingly caressing the white & gold paper all morning…. Don’t look at me like that. I’m totally normal, ok?!

But my absolute favourite thing about this journal is the quote just inside the cover, a quote that I have been indirectly living by over the last few months:

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”
-Andy Warhol

How much can a person change in 5 years?!






6 thoughts on “Back to Basics

    • Hi Gemma, oohh I love Waterstones. I could spend hours wandering around there on my own. They didn’t seem to have it in my local Waterstones though – I’ve checked for months! It’s a great idea, but I know some people who have created their own 5 Year journal with a pretty notebook and some colourful pens 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by – Your blog is so cute. I also love afternoon tea 🙂 Xx

    • GET ONE! 🙂 Or else make your own. Get creative with a cute notebook and some colourful pens!! I love the idea of having something to look back on – which I suppose is why I blog too 🙂 X

    • You should totally get one 🙂 Because you only have a couple of lines to write in every day, it really gets you thinking about each question and how you’d like to phrase it! It’s soul nourishing really 🙂

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