June 2, 2020

Where Do I Start?

There are several ways to start shifting your mindset to embrace gratitude, but sometimes people don’t do it simply because they aren’t sure how to get started. Many choose to use a notebook or a journal specifically for gratitude.

Here are some things to keep in mind if this is the way you want to recognize your daily gratitudes.

• Find a notebook/journal that really speaks to you.
• Find one that feels special when you look at the cover.  Make sure you like the way the paper feels and how it opens up (spiral bound or book bound). Choose a notebook that energizes you and encourages you to write in it.

Can a notebook really do that for you? Well, yeah! I might be one of those weird journal people, but when I want to feel encouraged to write, I find a notebook that is all of those things. And, of course, I pick the PERFECT writing utensil! Yep, you got me. I’m a nerd! It must be the teacher in me needing the perfect notebook and pencil or pen.

Some companies that have nice options are:

o Think and Ink Co.
o Erin Condren.com
o Etsy
o Blue Sky

All of these options are small businesses, so if you purchase from one of these, you are also supporting a small business.

Find a way that works for you.

Everyone likes to do things their own, unique way. Gratitude is no different. If a notebook or journal isn’t your jam, no worries!
Other ideas that can help you stay consistent with honoring gratitude daily are

  • Post Its are a good choice.  The groovier the better.
  • There are calendar choices that have gratitude sections for each day.
  • Take pictures of what you are grateful for and add writing or an audio to that picture.
  • A binder that gives you the feeling of a journal is a nice option.  Some people like to have the ability to add pages as they go. This would also be a great option as you print your pictures off and journal next to the picture.
  • I also created the Jalendar.
    • A journal and calendar all in one that allows you to write down up to three things you are grateful for, a section to write how your “Pay It Forward”, and yet another section for additional journaling or brainstorming ideas.. Click here for a download of one month of the Jalendar.

Five minutes of your time.

Whatever you decide to use, start out with 5 minutes a day to write 1-3 gratitude statements. You will find as you develop this skill, you may need 15-30 minutes a day for this task. After all, what you put into this is what you will get out of it. Reread my previous blog about how this helps with positivity and allowing your dreams to become a reality. Click here for my previous blog.

Write your daily gratitudes when it works best for you.

Some school of thought is to start your day with this exercise. Others prefer to do it at the end of the day. My take is you do it when it works for you. Maybe it is during your lunch break. Focusing on positive things in the middle of the day can give you a boost to get through the rest of the day, or it will enable you to make a pivot. Maybe your morning was one-of-those-mornings. By writing down things you are thankful for, you can shift your mindset back into a positive way of thinking and end the day on a high note! In two previous blogs, I have written about how we can find gratitude in yucky situations.  Find them here and here.  The goal is that you are taking the time to acknowledge gratitude in your life every day.

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