Our Peek Inside… series takes a look inside people’s personal journals to celebrate their imaginations and inspire others.

This month we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Alison, as she shows us a personal look at her wedding anniversary journal:

On our first wedding anniversary, one of the gifts I gave my husband (as per tradition: paper) was this Paperblanks Old Leather Embossed journal. And thus, a treasured tradition began.

We each write in it once a year, on or around our anniversary, and record how we celebrated the date, the gifts we exchanged and then – the best part – our takes on the year. This is where we each recall the highlights, lowlights, memories and thoughts from the past year.

We plan on filling the book someday (I made sure there were enough pages for the next 50 years or so). I’m a writer and a journaler and a pen-on-paper person, so it means a lot to me to have these handwritten memories. Peter isn’t always jumping up and down when it comes to writing in it each year, but overall he’s game.

The notebook also has a compartment in the back for little mementos – things like ticket stubs and cards. Just one of many reasons why I love Paperblanks journals.

This could also be a cool tradition for kids’ birthdays. Both parents write a letter to the child each year on his birthday, and give the book to him at some point as an adult.

To see more of how Alison expertly juggles her busy life, from starting a new career to training for a race to motherhood, check out her blog, The Next Big Adventure.


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