Gratitude Journal

The start of this school year has felt a little off — whether it is COVID or the city or just life — it has not been as peaceful or calm as I would like. So with the advice and encouragement from two separate friends, I started writing in a gratitude journal. And this simple act of acknowledging five points every. single. night has made a tremendous difference. It is just a subtle shift of my energy that instead of focusing on the negative or what I have not done, I see all that I have and what I am thankful for. One tip was to make the fifth point about myself — which obviously is harder to write down — but it really has helped. In the two plus weeks that I have made this a part of my nightly routine, I clearly see the benefits of this practice. I actually look forward to writing the words down and having a journal full of positivity and gratitude. I highly recommend this daily homework and see such beauty and strength that has emerged from my own recognition of what I have.

 

My calendar on the left, and my gratitude journal on the right. I use just a dotted moleskine (I dont like lines).

An example of my five lines. Not very deep or indepth, but just make me happy.

Aioli — which apparently I spelled wrong. But it was after a hike with Cruzzie’s classmates and we had french fries with the best mayonnaise. Thankful for that, apparently.

The dots.

And this made me smile so had to #share.

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Sorry to #overshare, but I really am loving this and hope it makes you want to do it, too. You start noticing the small things – like mayo! It makes a difference.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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