Many years ago, in fact that long ago I can't remember when exactly, keeping a gratitude journal was part of my routine. Every night I'd lay in bed, writing down at least three things I'd accomplished and three things I was grateful for. Without fail it would alway put a smile on my face. I absolutely can't remember why I stopped.
But two years into this pandemic, I was looking for a small way to bring some joy and positive vibes back into my life, especially at this time of year, when going outside for a walk or pottering around the garden are out. And I remembered the small journal I used to keep (my older daughter has since nicked the little journal for her own purposes, but I got a new one ;) ). And I made an appointment in my calendar to take 30 minutes once a month to start with, to write down the things I am grateful for. And to be accountable, I am also posting it here.
So, here is my list for January (in no particular order):
- my family (daughters and husband)
- getting on well with my in-laws
- talking to my younger sister again on a semi-regular basis, after more than five years of silence
- my supportive, non-judgemental friends
- my health (in general terms)
- teaching at the local college ( Globalisation and sustainable development, in case you're wondering) and the students liking my seminars
- having a home-office job, so that I can spend time with my daughters too
- having a job, period
- my new sewing-machine ( I know own a serger and a regular sewing machine)
- being able to exercise regularly
- my favourite song on the radio this morning
- at least one evening a week curled up on the couch with a good book (once the kids are asleep)
- my first cup of coffee every morning
- snow days- we had three in January
- silly dancing with my kids
- guilt-free early nights ( the time of FOMO has well and truly passed)
- our family Sunday strolls ( or rather hikes through the woods)
- Season 2 of the Witcher
Have a great day and week and February. We made it through the first and toughest month of the year!