i found this little scrap of paper on ivy's bed this morning...she is always drawing, journalling, writing to process stuff she is going through. SO sweet! and reminded me of the daily gratitude journal i kept for a year. it made a difference, to list the good stuff like that. i'm going to make a new one for this year - and thought i'd share with you here an old article + simple instructions i created for a website a few years back, if you feel like making a daily gratitude journal for yourself (or a friend)...
wake up (noo!), make food, clean, make more food, drive people to the places they need to go, trip over toys, listen to screaming, respond to screaming with some of your own screaming, pay bills, wipe snotty noses, clean bottoms, chase chickens out of the house, try to get to the post office, hunt for missing shoe, make more food, get mad because someone didn’t come home at the time he said he would, respond to embaressingly overdue email, clean kitchen, find chicken poop in the house, put kids to bed, fold laundry, sort out recycling…
you know, the daily grind...whatever yours consists of - it can start to feel like it sucks. and bad things happen, people are mean to you, loved ones get sick, you run out of money...again!! life feels unfair and there is always someone who appears to have it better than you...stop me if this sounds familiar - i have the pity party for one planned out quite well!
every time I have stopped to think about what I DO have, instead of the life i don't have...it has been a much needed wake up call. choosing happy and choosing thankful is something as needed and important as breathing for me - so, in an attempt to eliminate pity parties, and in honor of thanksgiving – i have created a ‘thankful journal’, to ensure that I am consciously counting my blessings each day and building up a source of inspiration and strength for myself.
because my day does resemble the above, i need something simple and manageable, one ‘spot’ per day to record a snippet, even just one word – something from THAT DAY, no matter how crazy or busy or depressing. i believe there is always something to be thankful for. some beauty. in my journal, each page represents a week, and i made 52 pages so that i can continue this journey for a year.
this journal was fast and fun to make – best of all can be done with all kinds of bits and pieces you already have at home. you might want to make a few simultaneously to give out as gifts this thanksgiving to family or friends.
Assorted notepaper, cardstock, envelopes, tags, anything that can be written on!
Book rings or ribbons.
Rub-ons or other embellishments if desired.
PUT IT TOGETHER
1. Start with the largest piece for the back page.
2. Layer all the tags, sheets, envelopes etc on top in desired fashion.
3. Punch holes through the ‘wad’ of pages and bind with rings/ribbon/zip ties (you may need to do this in sections).
4. Stamp/write numbers 1-7 on pages ready for your grateful list.
5. Embellish pages with stickers, rub-ons etc.