A fill-in-the-blank book to journal your life in graphs

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My life in graphsMy friends just got this for me, and it’s pretty much the perfect gift, especially since my dissertation is about journaling and personal data collection. My Life in Graphs: A Guided Journal is a book of blank charts and graphs, and you fill in the blanks. For example, there’s a map to mark your travel destinations and an x-y plot to evaluate “bucket-list viability.”

I worked on mine a couple of days ago and showed it to my wife. She said I was like a kid showing off his homework. I think that’s a good thing.


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