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Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People Diary – September 24, 2013
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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.
Overall, the biggest issue for us personally was having to answer a particular question on a particular date. As we worked through the journal, we realized it would be so much better if the questions weren't dated in chronological order, such that you could flip through, find a question that fits your mood, activities of the day, or the amount of time you have to craft an answer. After answering the question, you would date it. I realize this doesn't create the clean page-by-page experience of comparing answers from the same day every year. Nonetheless, such a journal would have worked better for us. There were a lot of evenings when we'd pull the journal out and didn't feel like answering a question like: "Write down a problem you'd like your partner to solve."
Here are some examples of questions I disliked: "Do you have a song stuck in your head?" "Where does the time go?" "If you and your partner owned a sports team, what would you name it?" "What's a nickname you've been calling your partner lately?" "I'm completely mesmerized by you then you ________." "Any fresh flowers in your home right now? What kind?" "Guess how many cups of coffee your partner drank today." "Do you keep all of your promises?"
And some questions that I liked: "What's the best part of your life right now?" "What do you know about your partner that no one else does?" "What brings you joy?" "What's on your to-do list?" "What are you curious about?" "If you could take a class on any subject together, what would it be?"
Clearly a lot of couples like this journal, it just was not an enjoyable activity for us.
I got this book to commemorate my boyfriend and my 3rd year anniversary; it seemed only right to purchase a 3 year couple journal.
The book design is simply sweet. It's suppose to resemble the old school initials in the tree, i.e. Jessie loves Jon. I dig it. And thus far, the questions are good. They've spawned some interesting conversations which I think is the point -- connection with your mate.
The downfall, you only get three lines to answer everything which on some days is more than enough but on others, not nearly.
All and all, I will purchase this again in the future. Makes for nice wedding add-one.