I’m running a little experiment on our Instagram account.
I have to say it has made me a tad nervous to be revealing so much about my personal life, but I’m committed.
I’ve started creating a daily gratitude list (or journey) for the next 365 days to help maintain a positive outlook. I’ve read in countless books and blog posts about the power of expressing gratitude, so I finally took the plunge and decided to be very open about it to hopefully inspire you all to join me – which I hope you do.
Even on the days when it seems hard to find the positive…feeling grateful among feelings or situations seem impossible to be positive about, is a way to gain comfort…and even might become the most comforting part of your day.
I encourage you to start your own gratitude list to find the joys in your life and all that you do have to be grateful for. A list doesn’t have to be just words – you can create a list with drawings, photos, or even a combination of both. The purpose is to help you feel good about yourself, not to add another task to your busy day that you just want to get over with. It’s not always easy but that is the point – to find the special moments of gratitude because then you start noticing them throughout the day – and everything starts to change. At least that is what I am finding!
You can see my daily gratitude journey on Instagram and I hope you’ll join me in starting your own as well. Tag us @circle_and_bloom on Instagram and @CircleBloom on Twitter and be sure to use #365gratitudejournal. Below are just a few on my list so far to help you get started.
With love + gratitude ~
Gratitude List 1/365
My healthy sweet daughters // My husband of almost 16 years who truly supports me // Receiving these lovegrams // Springtime // My work
Gratitude List 12/365
A good cry // Chardonnay // thunderstorms while sitting outside on my back screened in porch // peonies // oh, hello Friday!
Gratitude List 28/365
Sailing with someone who really knows what they are doing // lunch outside on a Friday // nervous energy // realizing that hard work is awesome (along with rest) // the riot of summer going on in our backyard