So, today is all about love. But instead, I’m talking about all the things I’m thankful for, which happens to align with those I love, too. So … bam. Perfect Valentine’s Day post.
I know a lot of people focus on thankfulness in November leading up to Thanksgiving. I started a new gratitude/journaling project the first of the year, and I’m loving it. I’ve waited until now to share because I was thinking it may be another project that comes and goes. (I’m not the best at keeping up on projects like this for the long haul.)
I have always wanted to be a journaler or a scrapbooker. But, if I’m being honest, I’m just not that person. I don’t keep up projects like that. I do better with crafty projects with a firm start and finish. (I really wanted the five-year journal to be something I kept up with. But, it wasn’t.)
But, this project. This project was born out of necessity and integrated into existing daily routines. And so far, I’ve been able to keep it up. Hurray for me.
Get the woman a cookie.
No seriously. I want a cookie.
The necessity -
I ordered the most amazing daily calendar from printstagram that features an Instagram photo every day. I have always had a daily calendar that I tear off every day, but in November, I was on the hunt for one that would feature my photos. I was only able to find one printer that did it (thanks to my Instagram friends for pointing me in the right direction). Most online photo printers do monthly, but not daily.
I highly recommend printstagram. It slurped all of my (hundreds of) Instagram photos and I chose which ones to use. As you can imagine, our calendars are Henry-heavy. It’s not as cheap as my old pug-a-day, but it was worth the $40 to me, since I truly use the calendar every day. (And I justified that it’s really only .10/print.)
After getting it in the mail, I couldn’t bear to toss the pictures every day. So, I wanted to find a way to keep them. My friend Jenn at Perfectly Imperfect recommended a journal, and I loved that idea. But, mostly, I also wanted to take the opportunity to remind myself of the many things to be thankful for in my life.
The daily routine -
There’s approximately a minute between the time I put in my password on my work computer and when it’s ready to rumble. This is when I usually flip my daily calendar and the amount of time I reasonably had to work with.
The solution -
I take an extra step when flipping the calendar and jot a quick note on yesterday’s calendar page. (There’s a white space at the bottom with the date.) I don’t overthink it. I just write down the first thing that pops into my mind that I was thankful for yesterday. Playtime with Henry, a glass of wine, dinner with Ryan, a fun lunch date. Sometimes, I think of several things and write them all down.
Then, I paste the page into this Smashbook I picked up at Target. It has space to paste six photos on each page. It came with a “reversible” pen-glue stick, which is the bomb-diggity. Within a minute, I have my little nugget of thankfulness in my “scrapbook.”
This is an awesome start to my morning, and a really good reminder of all the good in my life. And the best part, it’s so simple and quick. I’ve been able to keep it up since January first, and I’m still going strong.
Instead of stressing about weekends, I just finish up all three (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) on Monday morning. It’s usually not difficult to remember what happened each day. And it’s a happy start to Monday, too, which we all need.
Oh, and there is so much to be grateful for.
Are you a scrapbooker or journaler?