This year I decided that I wanted to document my life more, especially holidays like birthdays and Christmases. I had come across children's birthday journals last year, but... I want one too! Most of the birthday journals I had seen had specific birthdays on it, like age 5 and 7. I wanted a fill-in book.
I finally found a birthday journal that can work for adults. I paid about $15 for it on Amazon and is called "Happy Birthday to Me" by Chronicle Books. It's a cute book! The design is fun, and the book is pretty thick-- it's at least one inch thick. It has space for 10 years worth of birthdays. The years are not labeled, so it's perfect for adults too! You can use it for an 8th birthday, or an 80th!
It has 10 pages (each a pocket page), with the front and back of each pocket giving you space to record the year. It has fill in the blanks for "how I celebrated," age, presents, one spot for a photo, and other memories. Each pocket can hold at least a greeting card and a few photos.
Wouldn't you love to have a birthday book of your childhood? Well, you can't... but a birthday book of your adult birthdays is the second best thing!
This book was larger than I expected, and it took a week to be back in stock on Amazon. It's pretty sturdy, and I'm happy with it. I'm not sure if they're still making the book, but I hope so!
You could easily use a blank journal, a composition book, or a SmashBook to store your memories in. Personally, I wanted a birthday book that had a festively decorated cover with birthday designs on it. Remember to include what you did, who you saw, you called or send you birthday cards, presents received, or even a summary of your favorite memories that year. You might think you'll remember all of the details later, but... when I was filling out last year's birthday for this journal, I had already forgotten some of the details. I had to go look through old journals to see what I did last birthday. I already can't remember very many of my childhood birthdays.
I'm not a child anymore, but I still love the idea of a birthday book! I just think this will be cool to have in, say, 50 years. I bet my potential grandkids would have fun looking at something like this! It's a neat keepsake at any age, and will help me remember my 20s better later on.
What do you do to document your birthdays? How do you celebrate?