Keeping a Gratitude Journal

January 26th, 2015

I used to keep a written journal when the children were babies, mostly about their little milestones since they were changing from week to week, but I stopped when I started blogging in 2009, mostly because blogging was taking up most of my free time. I picked up that old journal and read a few entries at the beginning of the year and thought I really should get back to journaling about more personal thoughts…

I read Oprah’s What I know for Sure over the holiday break and in it she mentioned she keeps a gratitude journal with a list of five things to be grateful for and I thought to myself, what a great daily habit and one that isn’t too time consuming. I bought a journal at Barnes & Noble two weeks ago and started keeping notes of gratitude for myself, jotting down random things that happened to me that day that made me smile.

journal and tulips

Everything we record these days is in digital or electronic form, sadly the beauty of the handwritten note is losing out to the convenience of "there’s an app for that" so this my little way of rebelling against the movement to let technology do everything for us. 

jounal and tulips

I think the daily habit of recording the happiness that comes from simple pleasures is a healthy one. The older I get the more I realize that the simplest things are the truest sources of happiness, time with your child, a conversation shared with a friend, a sweet treat enjoyed in stolen moments of relaxation, tulips in January, flannel sheets and a warm fire on a chilly winter day…

tulips on nightstand

Now that I keep this journal, I’m find myself actively looking for things to be grateful for (gotta have something to write down.) There are always difficulties, stressful moments, and frustrations that come with each day, but staying focused on things that are good is a mindset that keeps me content, like a ray of sunshine peeking through the clouds.

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January 25th, 2015

I’ve been out of it for a couple days, I finally had my Lasik eye surgery (had to delay my original appointment) and it wiped me out for 48 hours but wow, it’s amazing that I can seeeeeee! I see mountains and leaves and birds and details I couldn’t see before without glasses or contacts, it’s life changing! I needed to rest for a couple of days, hence the belated Best of the Blogosphere … enjoy the latest roundup of inspiring projects and spaces!

How fun is this wallpaper in Jenna’s bathroom makeover?!

bathroom wallpaper jenna burger


This Ikea Besta buffet hack by A Place of my Taste is so fab – she added rustic wood to the doors to mimic a pricier West Elm piece.

ikea besta buffet hack


Build a mid century modern style desk from scratch with Amy from Her Tool Belt, featured at Remodelaholic.

diy mid century modern desk


Make a skateboard shelf for a kid’s room or conversation piece in a living space with 100 Layer Cake-let. 

skateboard shelf


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