by Julie, enjoying a warm snap and change of scenery
I got a new daily planner. A Plum Paper 6 month daily for any other planner addicts out there. I was able to personalize the areas of the planner, but there was one I kept, and am committed to using. A “Daily Gratitude” section.
I’ve tried gratitude journals in the past, as a separate daily practice. But this time, by having it in my planner, I’ve been far more likely to use it.
Now, 2020 has been, and continues to be, quite a year. But I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude, and I’ve given myself this challenge. What five unique things can I be grateful for every day. I have a wonderful base of family and friends. Work I love. Books. Cats. All of those are a given, though I still am grateful. For the past few weeks I have been trying to find five new things every day. My Shepherd’s Pie recipe. Getting my NaNoWriMo words done. The feel of my fountain pen on my journal pages. Brokenwood Mysteries for diversion. The joy of driving my 16 year old Scion xB. Those were on today’s list.
On the Wickeds, we discuss themes as we plot the year. This month we’re talking about light and darkness, a more appropriate theme then we could have imagined when we planned a year ago. Even on the darker days, finding five joys, five things to be grateful for–that exercise is a gift of hope. We all need that gift.
Speaking of gratitude–I was thrilled when Kate Carlisle asked me to be part of a Thanksgiving cookbook and a giveaway. The giveaway includes 14 books, and everyone who enters will get a copy of the cookbook. Enter at https://bit.ly/thankful4books! The winner will be announced on November 17.
Friends, what are you grateful for today?