Monday, December 12, 2011

Keel's Simple Diary - Volume Two Review

A few days ago I was given the opportunity to review a wonderful product called Keel’s Simple Diary - Volume Two. Let me tell you, I ADORE it! I’ve written in a journal for many years off and on and I always will. I don’t write in it every day and I think that that is how I keep it going after all of these years. There is no pressure to show up to journal every day, so I can just relax and let the words flow whenever they want. Some days I'll just write one sentence or draw a doodle. I've even written on a page several times, 'I don't have anything to say today'. Lol. And although I’m a proponent of journals and diaries, I know that many people are not. I’ve heard some people say that they don’t write a journal/diary because they don’t know what to write every day or they don’t have anything to say. Well, I can understand that. It can be a daunting task if you’ve never really taken to the practice.

So when I received a copy of the Keel’s Simple Diary to review, I was really intrigued to find out that it takes care of a lot of that fear that some may have about keeping track of their days in book form. See, this cool little diary is first of all a perfect size to carry along with you if you like. It’s very handy. But if you prefer to just keep it at home that’s great too. I just love that since it’s so different, it makes you feel like you can just throw every rule about keeping a diary/journal out the window! :-) It is a very liberating diary to have.

Here’s why it’s so great! First of all you can get them in a variety of colors (photo below). I have the light blue one.




But what I really love about the diary is what makes it so unique. Each day instead of having to stare at a blank page, you are greeted by intriguing text that entertains you as you pause to take note of your day. You are given gentle prompts to help fuel your thoughts about your day and I love that the whole vibe of the diary is quite philosophical. There is a blank line at the top of each page for you to record the date and to me this means that you still have the option of skipping a day or two if you want. No rules ;-) As the name of the diary so eloquently says, it is a ‘simple diary’, and it is simply great.

Here’s an example of one of the prompts in my simple diary.

“Your day was (only choose one): calm – overcast – an empty toolbox”

Then underneath it asks why, and you’re not flooded with a big space to fill. So it’s a gentle little exercise for your brain. On each page there is also a short saying that makes you go ‘hmmm’. And at the bottom of each page there are one or two more prompts. As I’m reading from the same page as the prompt above, I see that at the end of this page it asks: “Where will you be in ten years from now? (make a sketch, a drawing or a collage – or disregard)”.

I love the open ended nature of this and hey, when was the last time you made a collage? ;-) I think that I might choose the collage when I get to that day! I’m going to wait until the new year to start actively using it. It will be a neat little project to start a new diary in the new year and then be able to read back over it in the year after that. It will be intriguing to see how my thoughts have or haven’t changed. I’m excited to get started!

So if you have been a bit shy about keeping a diary or if you love writing down your thoughts, I think that you will love this diary. I think that it’s more than a diary actually, it’s a tool that can help us gain more insight into who we are and how we think. I think that this could be a fabulous Christmas gift or a gift for any day...for yourself or someone you care about!

Get your own diary here!

Disclosure: I was sent this diary compliments of the publishers, however all views on this product are my own as always :-)

7 comments:

Sissym said...

I think I've seen for sale here in Brazil. I was curious, I look for content.

Dori said...

Sissym,
Cool! You should check them out if you get the chance. They're very interesting little diaries. Hugs :)

Andres said...

I am used to write on a Moleskine my thoughts, not every day, even not every week! Ia m interested in this Simply Diary, but.. what are the dofferences between Vol. 1 & 2?

Andres from Spain.

Dori said...

Andres,
Hello :) I'm not sure, but I think that the volumes are just different collections, so you get the diary in other colors and the volume two is the newest version.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy the Simple Diary. It is a really fun diary to have!

Rachel said...

brilliant! just did a review on the simple diary on my blog too!

Dori said...

Rachel,
Thanks so much for stopping by! How great that you did a review too :)

Tina said...

Saw this at the bookshop the other day and was quite intrigued, but as someone asked I wanted to know the difference between volume one and two cause I want the pink one hahaha