I don’t think I’ve shared this online yet, but on January 1 of this year, I started a gratitude journal.
Now, I may have some success faking it as a writer ( 😉 ), but I’m definitely not a journaler. Frankly, I’m lazy, never know what to say, and feel silly writing whatever I decide should be written down. Despite that, I wanted to tackle this journal idea. I had gotten a new notebook for Christmas and there is so much opportunity in a book of blank pages! It’s now been 163 days into the year and I have kept a gratitude entry for every single one of them.
The goal was to work on finding something to be thankful for in every day, no matter how small. I don’t know what I was hoping to get out of that, if anything, but my big life epiphany came not too long after I started (that check-in is coming Thursday, but see the original post here). Coincidence??
Now, I definitely preach being grateful for the little things, for the special moments we share with each other and with ourselves. Keeping this log forces me to take a minute each night and objectively reflect on all that happened that day, the good and the bad. Yes, I also give thanks for the negatives because there’s something to be appreciated in everything.
Every day is a new beginning. It’s a fresh start, a second chance, a new opportunity. You never know what each set of 24 hours can bring!
“We are born in one day. We can die in one day. We can change in one day. We can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”
Flipping back through the past few months, I’ve noticed that probably a solid majority of my entries revolve around people. I say this all the time, but people make me incredibly happy, so I guess that’s really no surprise! So do I have to share a few of my entries with you now? Let’s do it…
1/3 – Grateful for my awesome Stone family!
I spent the day with my best friend (who I hadn’t seen in months) back at our high school to visit some of our amazing teachers for alumni day! I had some incredible educators throughout high school and I’m so thankful I can stay in contact with them years later. They understood my anxiety and shyness; they supported and believed in me anyway. I can’t thank them enough for putting in the effort to connect with me.
2/18 – Grateful for the pasta bar and good conversation!
I would get way too excited when I saw the dining hall was having their pasta bar for dinner. I’m glad Becca was always up for pasta with me! My sisters make me incredibly proud every day and I cherish the one-on-one time I have with them!
3/9 – Grateful that I can feel at home with these people and that we had the chance to work hard to finish giving these families an awesome solar system!
Ah, solar spring break. I am so, so grateful for that team and especially that we all still hang out months later. I definitely consider them my family! I love each one of them and I probably talk about them every day!
4/3 – Grateful for LDOC and spontaneous adventures with the roomies!
I love my roommates so much and I still haven’t accepted the fact that we won’t be living together again this upcoming school year. The last day of classes was one of my favorite memories from last semester because it was just all-around pure, good-natured fun. We had an early dinner at Waffle house (#classy), took a walk around the lake at sunset accompanied by an impromptu photoshoot, got matching popsicles, and watched The Walking Dead and it was perfect.
5/30 – Grateful for long, thinking-about-you phone calls and spontaneous dinner dates with sisters!
Another pasta night for Becca and I 😉 I’m so thankful for all of the sisters still in Raleigh for the summer and that we can get together as often as we do!
And for someone who hates talking on the phone, I’m forever grateful for the people who make me love it instead <3
overall for June so far – Grateful that I absolutely love my internship!
I learn something new every day and it is just so cool! Construction is the place to be, you guys, I’m having so much fun and it’s only been three weeks! I think this internship really helped me find my passion. It’s hard to work full-time at a job you don’t like and I feel so lucky that I don’t have to spend my summer that way. I may not always have much work to do, but I’m grateful that I get to be on such an awesome job site for three months!
I highly, highly encourage you to start your own gratitude journal. I hadn’t read through mine in a while, but going back and reading it for this post just put the biggest smile on my face. It’s such a small act, but it will leave such a big impact on your life. We only get each day once, so don’t ever let one pass you by without appreciating every second of it!
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given to you.”
-Sarah Ban Breathnach
~How do you show gratitude in your daily life?