Through the Years…

One of the fun perks of writing this blog is that between all the recipes, recaps, and stories, I end up with a bit of a personal journal.  Having been writing for almost three years now, it’s fun to look back and see what I was doing at this time back then…

On February 11th, 2008, I had just started blogging for the Cincinnati newspaper, and I was writing about training for my first marathon.  In a post about my “favorite things” for running, I included Old Navy running shorts and Under Armour tech tees.  Three years later and that is still my favorite running outfit!

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By February 12th 2009, I was finished blogging for the newspaper and had started my own personal blog called Marathoning, Marrying, and Milestones.  It was more for my family and friends than anything else, but even way back then, before the content was food focused, I was writing about oatmeal trying to convince people to eat like me.

Fast forward a year to February 13th, 2010, and my blog had changed names once again (to The Front Burner).  I was living in Charlotte, North Carolina and woke up to a blanket of snow!

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Sounds like I worked on school work all day with a snuggly pup under my desk…

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Crazy to think that was just a year ago and I was still in school!  This year, on February 13th, my blog once again has a new name (and definitely the last one) – Daily Garnish.  And this year I live in Alexandria, Virginia!  Our day was very relaxing and low key.  We spent the morning working at home, running with the dogs, and then headed out to work around town this afternoon.  But the point of all of this is not to relive my past Februarys, but to show you a new personal project I’ve taken on…

Casey and I went out to dinner on Friday night, to celebrate an exciting week (including the Recipage launch!).  We headed to one of my favorite spots in Old Town, Pizza Paradiso, and when we got there we discovered there was a 15 minute wait.  So we grabbed our buzzer and headed next door to one of my other favorite Old Town spots – Paper Source. 

Paper Source is an amaaaaazing stationary store that has beautiful cards and gifts and other fun treasures.  While we were browsing, I found this book “One Line a Day: A Five Year Memory Book.”

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I’m keeping it on my bedside, and planning to write in it every night.

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But it’s not like a normal diary – instead the concept is just as it is called, one line a day…

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Each page has a date at the top, followed by room for five years of thoughts.  I’ll start by filling out the first line (2011) for one year.  Then next year, I’ll start over and fill out all of the second lines, and so on and so on.

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Casey thinks it is crazy to make this long five-year commitment, but I think it’s really fun.  It’s literally one sentence at the end of each day, and I like the idea of summing up a day with just a few words.  It’s also fun for me to have a reflective place away from the Internet (even though I love you guys!).

For those of you who asked, it’s also available on Amazon!  Has anyone else done a project like this?  I wonder what my 24 year old self would have written today.  I’m planning to carry this project out so that I will know for sure what my 34 year old self is thinking down the road…