Gratitude Journal February

And what to be thankful for this month? First there is simply the days being noticeably longer and lighter, buds of new life that can be seen on trees and plants, in the garden and in the streets where I walk, more sunny days. All this I see as positive, I am grateful Spring is on its way.

This month I have challenged my writing in so many ways. I have taken the blog in a concrete direction, including a massive goal. I have tackled an emotionally difficult subject. I have done some creative writing. I have started progressing towards writing my novel. I am trying to write in a freer way, to let the words come and I have more flow. It feels good. I am grateful that I just keep doing it.

I’m starting to stick my head above the parapet, as it were, promoting what I am writing. It goes against my nature. I suppose that I project thoughts onto others, preconceptions, misconceptions about what is thought of my work. At times I felt overwhelmed this month by the enormity of what I am trying to do. I am grateful that I am showing myself I can be brave.

On the bright side, I have come through that and people are reading my message. I have had interaction with so many different people and in so many different ways this month, thankfully all positive, and my relationships continue to develop in a way that I could not have imagined. I am grateful to everyone who is supporting me, it really does mean so much.

What has been particularly helpful to me this month is ‘Bullet Journaling’ that I have been using since January, including a gratitude list. (Thank you Debs from Chaos in Kent!). I have been gradually refining my methods and it has made a huge difference this month (I promise a post on how I’m using it to help me achieve my writing goals soon!). I am grateful for giving it a try.
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I love how everything is changing, everything is getting better and better. I am more determined than ever to show what I am learning to my daughters. I am leading the life that I want, and I am going to make sure they do too.

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Coombe Mill says:

    I love the longer days, spring is my favourite time of year. Full respect on starting your novel, still a one day for me! #SharetheJoy

    1. Starting is a very loose definition of what I have been doing, but it’s progress so I’ll take it! X

  2. Morgan Prince says:

    This is so positive and inspiring. So happy you’re making progress. x
    #WhatImWriting

  3. Lots to be grateful for – keep going!

    1. I will, I’m determined to have constructive outcomes! X

  4. Your last paragraph had me punching the air Alice! Love that you’re making solid progress on your goals and getting out there to share your amazing content with the world. Good luck with the novel too (have you ever done NaNoWriMo?) Thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy x

  5. This was so lovely to read. I’ve been a bit out of the loop this past month, so I must catch up on the posts you link to, but it all sounds so positive! You last sentence is wonderful x

    1. Thanks Sara! Positivity makes life so much more pleasurable. Hope your month out was positive too. Xx

  6. How exciting about your novel! Good luck and inspired writing be with you! I’m looking forward to your post on bullet journaling. #ShareTheJoy

    1. Thanks Regina, I’m hoping the writing will flow easily! Here’s my bullet journaling post – http://thefillingglass.com/2016/03/02/bullet-journal-planning-my-writing/. Hope that its useful to you. X

  7. maddy@writingbubble says:

    This is fab – You’ve come so far in such a short space of time! Just keep going, we’re all behind you! Thanks for linking to #whatImWriting

    1. Thank you Maddy! The WhatImWriting crew have been a really supportive bunch, I feel very lucky to have found you all. Thanks for keeping it going Maddy. Xx

  8. Tara Borin says:

    This is a beautiful post. It sounds like your life is moving in a positive direction. I’m curious to learn more about bullet journalling!

    1. Thank you Tara. Bullet journaling is a whole new world to get sucked into but you can find my little post here – http://thefillingglass.com/2016/03/02/bullet-journal-planning-my-writing/. X

  9. littlehouselea says:

    What a great positive post and what is ‘bullet journaling’? Tell me more! Sounds like you are really moving forward and have come such a long way, I love your honesty and the integrity to your writing, it’s just fab. xxx

    1. Thank you Zoe! I have had quite a few people comment on how honest and open my writing is. I feel very honoured by that but it’s just my raw emotions about stuff down on paper. I spent far too long hiding them to let myself do that anymore. Xxx

  10. Very much enjoyed your post, Alice.
    Very happy for you that you had such a positive month and well done on your projects and progress! xx

    1. Thanks Katia! I just have to keep reminding myself that small steps are still progress. Xx

  11. Emma says:

    This is my first time linking in #whatImwriting and I’m with you on the spring front and the promoting thing. I love to write, could write and read forever but promotion just feels so uncomfortable and I can’t bring myself to do it very much. I keep thinking I’ll annoy people, which is mad because how would I find blogs like yours if people didn’t share?

    1. Yes Emma, I think I’m annoying people too, and to be fair that comes somewhat from my irritation at the relentless promotion I see some bloggers do. But I think that as long as it’s tempered, not overwhelming (to me or potential readers) then I’m finding the right balance. Thanks, and look forward to reading your blog. X

  12. Such an awesomely positive post. I love this time of year – and it is clear you’re making the very most of the optimism that Spring brings! X

    1. Thanks Sophie! I love these gratitude posts and what others think of them really confirms to me that they are a good idea. X

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