It’s the day after Thanksgiving (if you live in the US) & typically it’s a day to be thankful & blessed for the life you have. I believe you should have this sense of gratitude everyday. Why? Because once I shifted my mindset to a more grateful one, I saw my life in a more positive light.
I’d like to first thank you all for 500 followers! 😊🎉 My goal was to maybe hit this milestone before Blogmas & I had no idea we would get there before then. So, thank you! If it weren’t for my readers & fellow bloggers supporting me each and everyday I wouldn’t be where I am today. So, I am grateful for you all.
How I Got Started
At the start of 2020, I was at a point at my life where I felt I needed more positive energy. In the past, I’ve loved journaling for getting out my feelings, sharing my thoughts & reflecting on my life. But I never thought of simply focusing on the positive aspects of my days. I knew how to vent & share my problems on paper, but writing the good parts of my day? Never crossed my mind, until I discovered gratitude journals.
So, I went to Target, picked out a moleskin & began my journey to gratitude. It started out pretty simple with statements like “I’m grateful for this cup of tea.” Or “I’m grateful for my orange tabby, Tigger.” Eventually it grew to more intense statements like “that vulnerable conversation was much needed & I grew from it” to “I’m grateful for the person I am, flaws & all.”
Writing in this journal everyday for almost an entire year has been life changing. And this was way before the pandemic even started. Best believe I’ve needed all the gratitude I could get during these tough times for many reasons.
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Fake It Until You Make It
In the beginning, finding the good in each day was kind of difficult. But it’s interesting to notice the shift after just a few days. It became easier as the months went on. And now even during an unprecedented time, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think writing down these thoughts can actually trick the brain a bit. And “when you focus on the good the good gets better.” (That’s my favorite quote & has been my phone screensaver for almost a year now).
Manifest Your Dream Life
Whether you believe in manifestation or not, I think we can be the writers to our story. We determine the outcome. So, by focusing on the positive & writing down dreams & aspirations more often, you may find yourself headed in those directions. I know my life has changed in a positive way by “scripting” or writing down what I’m grateful for. How do you expect more things to happen, if you don’t appreciate what you already have? Quit wishing for the next best thing. Live more in the moment.
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Now It’s Your Turn
I’m giving you all homework. Go out & buy yourself a nice journal. It can be moleskin or one with a cool design. Bring it home, sit down in a comfy chair, date it & write down something you are grateful for that day. It can be a sentence, a word, an entire page or a drawing. However you want to express gratitude on the page, do that. Then, keep going. Write something each day or every few days of your wins of the day, the people you care about most, places you’ve been. Even though the world is tough right now, there is plenty to still be grateful for.
If you are interesting in a free gratitude journal, check out this post from The English Speaking Frenchie.
What are you grateful for today?