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Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People Diary – September 24, 2013
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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I bought this as a last minute gift for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day. I am an artist and a writer who enjoys documentation of all forms, and I thought that this would be a fun little exercise to do every once in awhile.
REALITY: Blown away
Only two weeks in, this journal has become much more than "a fun little exercise." It is something that I look forward to doing every morning when I wake up. It has become a part of my daily routine, and I can't wait to answer the questions day after day. My boyfriend most definitely feels the same way.
Not only is it fun, this journal has been the beginning of a lot of great conversations in our relationship. Even the silliest questions, (ie "What's the softest thing you are wearing today?") are a cause for self reflection and discussion, since I get to wear my PJs (I work from home), and my boyfriend's softest thing are his socks (poor sucker goes into a corporate office day after day). More serious questions have led to conversations about race (we are an interracial couple), culture, body image, etc.
I am truly looking forward to seeing how our answers change over the years, and I can't wait to see all of the questions that are in store for us for the upcoming year!
Bookmark: It has been mentioned in another review, but I really wish there was a bookmark in the journal, since it is large. I taped a piece of yarn to the spine, and we are using that as a bookmark. It works just fine, but aesthetically, an actual bookmark would have been helpful.
Size: It is a small (7x5.5 inches), thick (1 inch) book, which keeps the answers short and concise. This is important, because I don't feel pressure to cultivate a long, articulate answer when I pick up the journal. Because of the thickness, the book doesn't sit open very well, but it as a soft, flexible spine, which is nice.
Design: As an artist, design is important for me, and this book sits out on our coffee table all the time. I love how it looks, and I love the simple but elegant layout of the pages.
For anyone who wants more sample questions in determining if this journal is right for you, here are some I found while randomly flipping through the journal:
"If you could give your partner a superpower, what would it be?"
"What's the most spontaneous thing you did this week?"
"How have you grown this year?"
"I've had quite enough of ________."
"What's one piece of encouragement your partner could use today?"
This is a wonderful journal, a great addition to our daily routine, and a painless way to always be engaging in our relationship, finding out new things about each other, and getting an interesting perspective into each other's lives. I would recommend it to everyone. I seriously cannot think of any relationship that would not benefit from it.
Some examples of questions:
-What are 3 things you wish for?
-What type of business would you open together?
-What was the last nice thing your significant other said to you?
It's great because each question has writing slots for each partner, and spaces for the next 3 years. So you each write you answer for 2018 (for example) then in 2019 and 2020 you will come back to the same pages and put your new answers. It will be really cool to see how your answers change over time.
Some of the writing prompts are weird. "When was the last time you danced together?" Is not an open ended question that both people can really respond to. There are a bunch of questions like that, which is unfortunate, but we find ways to make goofy responses to those types. Some are great though "write a catchphrase for your partner" for instance prompted a lot of laughs.
Some of the prompts could be better, for sure, but so far we've enjoyed taking a minute out of each day to reflect on our relationship in a positive way.