If I Lived But 3 Summer Days... (Journal Entry #827)

If I Lived But 3 Summer Days... (Journal Entry #827)

This quote sums up my mood this summer — happily putting off projects in favor of a nap in the grass, reading a novel aloud with my husband, or a game of tug with our dogs. There are moments I feel guilty spending my time this way… but then there are times I think, my priorities are exactly where they should be. We spend so much of our time working, pushing, striving for the things that will make us happy... when sometimes our determination causes us to miss the little joys right in front of us…

Read More

Gratitude Prompt #12 - Four-legged Friends

Gratitude Prompt #12 - Four-legged Friends

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you probably already know how deep that bond can be. How these four-legged beings can walk into your life, and into your heart, just like people do. Perhaps even more easily than people do, because we know if we love them, they will love us right back. They aren’t afflicted with the baggage most of us people lug around with us… They are like children, open hearted, innocent, and…

Read More

5 Tips to Create a Successful Journaling Habit

5 Tips to Create a Successful Journaling Habit

You’ve probably heard how beneficial keeping a journal can be. How it can be the best form of self-care, the cheapest therapy, the most effective creative outlet, etc. But hearing that you should journal is a whole ‘nother thing from actually finding a comfortable journaling routine.

One of the beauties of journaling is that it can be whatever you want it to be. There’s no formula to follow and no rules to adhere to, no right or wrong way to do it. Super vague, right? But what that really means is…

Read More

Gratitude Prompt #11 - The Day We Met

Gratitude Prompt #11 - The Day We Met

When I was eleven, I met my best friend in the waiting room of a chiropractors office. I was awkward and shy, keeping my head down in a box of Magic Cards when he walked over, said that he liked Magic Cards too, and gave me his number.

I often think about the strange circumstances that led to that meeting. All the little things that needed to line up just right in order for it to happen, not to mention the courage it took for an eleven year old to introduce himself to another eleven year old…

Read More

Why I Journal - How Gratitude Made All The Difference

Why I Journal - How Gratitude Made All The Difference

“I’m beginning to recognize that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead but something small, numerous, and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row.” - Beau Taplin

It took me years to understand that journaling could be more than a place to vent my frustrations. To let out all the pent up feelings that, as a teenager..

Read More

Gratitude Prompt #10 - The Best Part

Gratitude Prompt #10 - The Best Part

Every night before bed, my husband asks me: “what was your favorite part of today?”

Okay, maybe not ever night. But most nights. And if he doesn’t ask me, I ask him. It’s a simple way to end the day on a positive note; to reflect on what good happened, when the natural tendency is to rework and mull over all the things that didn’t go so well…

Read More

Gratitude Prompt #9 - What Moves You

Gratitude Prompt #9 - What Moves You

Maybe it’s subtle little “aha!” moment, or maybe you’ve just head the biggest revelation of your whole life. Maybe you’ve been moved to tears, or laughter, or had to rewind again and again to let an important message really sink in. In big ways and little ways, music, art, and films move us. They can help us learn who we are, comfort us, challenge us, pump us up or slow us down, and even give us new ways of looking at the world…

Read More

When You Remember This Year, Remember This...

When You Remember This Year, Remember This...

It’s that time of year again — time to wrap up one planetary rotation and prepare for the next. Journalers everywhere are setting up their January spreads, reviewing their year, and strategizing for the future.

Well, except me. I admire the year-end creativity, but personally never have my act together enough to do all the things. It’s all in my head, but not on paper. Except one thing… the highlights.

Read More

National Gratitude Month 2018

National Gratitude Month 2018

Fall is a time for reflection, as the weather turns cold and the trees let go of their leaves. It’s a natural time to slow down, spend more time with family, and appreciate the little things like hot, steaming mugs of coffee on crisply scented mornings.

Fittingly, November has been officially dubbed National Gratitude Month…

Read More

Gratitude Prompt #6 - Modern Technology

Gratitude Prompt #6 - Modern Technology

If you are reading this article, you're probably sitting at a computer, or using your phone, or perhaps some other device. You're connected to the internet, just a few clicks and keyboard taps away from anything you want to know. You live in a time when you have access to more knowledge than even the most learned professors just a handful of decades ago…

Read More

Gratitude Prompt #5 - Thank Your Body

Gratitude Prompt #5 - Thank Your Body

When it comes to our bodies, we tend to be especially critical. We take for granted that they should do what we want, and when they fall sick, get injured, or just don't work as expected (or like everyone else's), we can be ruthlessly harsh on ourselves. Not to mention how our bodies look, and the shame and disappointment we can carry around our self-image...

Read More

Gratitude Prompt #3 - To The People Who Raised Us

Gratitude Prompt #3 - To The People Who Raised Us

This week's prompt is all about thanking the people who raised us. We all have things we wish our parents had done differently -- maybe we even have some long-held resentments or hurts. But in almost every case, we can look back and see that our parents are, at their core, people who love us and strived to do their best for us. By remembering that they are their own people, with their own struggles and flaws, we can recognize the good they gave us and the tremendous care they put into making us who we are…

Read More

Gratitude Prompt #2 - Thank Someone Who Helped You Through A Hard Time

Gratitude Prompt #2 - Thank Someone Who Helped You Through A Hard Time

This week's prompt is a special one, because it comes in two parts. Part one is reflect and write about a time in your life when someone was there for you. Part two is to put down the pen, close the notebook, and express your thanks directly. While journaling can cultivate our personal sense of gratitude, it's no substitute for saying thank you to the people who need to hear it…

Read More

National Gratitude Month | 2017

National Gratitude Month | 2017

I used to think I was a pretty grateful person. I said 'thank you' easily, and tried not to take for granted all the ways in which my life is full and blessed -- from the clean water and roof over my head, to the opportunities and people in my life.

But there is a difference between knowing you are fortunate, and feeling appreciation for all the things that make it so. The difference...

Read More