Gratitude journal #2

Well, lots random unknown people liked my first gratitude journal. That made me very happy and certainly affirmed that I must be on the right track. So thank you to all those who read it, and liked it.

It has certainly contributed to this week feeling a happy one, but also I have been enjoying the half term holiday, not just with my girls but for once with my fabulous husband (although he was supposed to be home all week but ended up having to go to work for 2 days!).

I love spending time with them all, not feeling like we are constantly rushing from one thing to another, as per normal life. It’s been a happy combination of days out and pottering around at home, plus a smattering of time for me to get on top of things such as my blog, general paperwork and other stuff, including a shopping trip. Win-win really.

Last week I wrote quite a bit about gratitude and why I was doing this but mostly these journals will be quite short and sweet just to reflect on my week of gratefulness. What I have enjoyed exploring so far is that I can be grateful for a whole variety of things from relationships, activities, experiences, natural beauty, concepts as well as objects in my life.

It hasn’t been hard to identify things to be grateful for, although I was afraid it would be. What has been incredibly difficult, as I said in my first journal, is to identify which is my favourite. This week I have a favourite photo and a favourite gratitude (although it was an incredibly close call!), so here they are…

I am grateful for...amazing technology and engineering that makes it feel like you are flying and days out with my family #gratitude #emiratescablecar
I am grateful for…amazing technology and engineering that makes it feel like you are flying and days out with my family #gratitude #emiratescablecar
I am grateful for...an open and honest conversation with my mum. #gratitude
I am grateful for…an open and honest conversation with my mum. #gratitude
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  1. maddy@writingbubble says:

    I’ve just read your previous gratitude post too and I love this idea – I think noting things down when you are aware of them, rather than waiting till the end of the day is a great way of doing it. I love the fact that that’s the purpose of your instagram account too – so it’s a mini log of positivity. I only joined instagram a week or so ago and am enjoying it because it’s making me notice the beauty around me more – I noticed things before but stopping to capture it adds an extra element. My son asked me why I was photographing a tree on a walk the other day and I explained that I thought it looked really beautiful in a kind of windswept barren way and he’s pointed out quite a few beautiful trees to me since! Thanks so much for linking this to #WhatImWriting – feel free to link up future posts too. Sorry it took me so long to comment – been out and about a lot this week and just catching up with bloggy things now. xx

    1. Hi Maddy, thanks for reading, don’t worry about taking time – I’m terrible and we had lots on this weekend too, plus it’s worth it for such a lovely comment! You are right about taking time to capture things in the moment adds to the appreciation of things – I find I am more able to recognise those things to be grateful for when I am looking out to record them. I’m loving your IG photos too, you have a great eye. Xx

      1. maddy@writingbubble says:

        Thank you! You’ve made me smile!

    2. Meant to say that social media is quite often derided for taking us out of the moment but I think when I’m using IG like this, it works in the opposite way. Xx

      1. maddy@writingbubble says:

        I think you’re right. It’s a fine line with me – I need to pause enough to notice and capture something but not so much that I start thinking about pretty pictures over conversation with my kids etc.

  2. maddy@writingbubble says:

    Meant to add – in terms of filling your glass, we did this project as a family last year: (and are doing so again this year) http://writingbubble.co.uk/memory-jar/ I highly recommend it! xx

    1. I’ll have a look at this later, thanks Maddy xx

  3. Marija Smits says:

    I think it’s nearly always a good idea to stop and pause to wonder at all the things we have to be grateful for. Time with family is just the best! Take care! xx

    1. Yes, you are right gratefulness does need a little bit of a pause to recognise and savour, and we can all do with that sometimes. Thank you for reading and commenting. Xx

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