25 December 2022

A week of gratitude journaling

 In my self care group this week we are to do 3 minutes of gratitude journaling daily. I do this a lot, as well as processing things through journaling, but I love this assignment so I'm going to do it. 

Day 1 - 12/25/22

I am grateful for so many things but since today is Christmas I'll start with that. I'm grateful for this holiday and the family and friends we have. We spent yesterday at some good friends house. I do wish we were closer to family, but I'm still grateful that they are there. Which leads me to being grateful for the ones I have left. I can't believe how many of my family are gone, but I'm thankful for the ones I do have left and today I'm going to call them and wish them Merry Christmas. In spite of the fact that he can get on my nerves, I am very grateful for my husband. He is kind and works hard (mostly) and is just a nice person. We laugh a lot when we are together and that is always fun. I'm grateful for the animals that I've had the opportunity to share my life with. It's freaking amazing to love and be loved by another creature. 

Day 2 - 12/26/22

Today I am grateful for the ability I have to figure things out. Seriously, some people don't have that. I am starting a new business and it involves me figuring a lot of things out. Learning a lot of new things. I am grateful that I have the capacity to do that. I am grateful for the mindfulness that has given me the patience to learn new things. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, I now have the ability to stop and figure out what I did wrong. That is not only amazing but a far cry from what I used to do. I am so very grateful that I have a supportive husband who allows me to do these things without question and basically with full support. I am so grateful for people who have the talent to create things and are willing to share those things, even if it is for money. 

Day 3 - 12/27/22

Today I'm grateful for hiking. Seriously. Hiking. I love, love, love hiking. I love being out in nature with no one else around, just me and Mavy. Not being much of a people person, hiking is the perfect activity for me since I can do it without other people. Today we are going to Lost Dutchman's State Park to hike. I love that place. It's beautiful and serene and I can hike into the Superstition mountains. It's weird how life works out. I used to watch shows on the lost Dutchman's mine and think how I'd love to go to the Superstition mountains and now I get to hike them almost whenever I want. Life is strange. The way things line up and work out. 

Day 4 - 12/28/22

Today my gratitude is for my job. For the last few weeks I have had a bad attitude about my job, so it's time to change that. I am thankful for the great administration that I have. I have never had an admin so supportive and helpful. I am grateful for the teachers that I work with. They really care about the school and their students and really want to do what's best for all. I love that. I'm glad for the friends I've made there. I'm not one who makes friends easily or quickly but the ones I've made at school are awesome. I'm grateful for the kids. Yes, some of them are royal snots that I'd sooner not have to deal with, but most of them are good kids who want a good education and want to do the right thing. I am also extremely grateful for the 4 day workweek. That is something that I don't know I'll ever be able to leave. 

Day 5 - 12/29/22

Today I am grateful for my ability to reflect on things. This is a little more out there than my other gratitutdes, but it's true. I am a very reflectful person. When I do something, especially something I'm going to do again, I tend to reflect on it and figure out what went wrong, what went right, and how it could be improved. I know a lot of people, a lot of people, who are not reflective. Or they are only reflective in certain areas of their lives. I try to be reflectful in all areas of my life. I like to know my underlying motivations and my intentions with something. This allows me to improve everything I do, or at least try to. I'm very, very grateful for that. I wasn't always that way. And I can't tell you exactly when it changed but I certainly am glad it did. 

Day 6 - 12/30-22

Another day of gratitude. This time it's for the Internet. Seriously. As weird as that sounds, I really am thankful for the Internet. I grew up without it so I know what it's like to not have it. Having it means we literally have all the knowledge of human kind at our fingertips and that is freaking amazing. Without the Internet, I'm not sure what I wouldn't know that I do know now. I probably wouldn't know about sublimation and laser engraving - would those exist without the Internet? Let's assume that they would. I wouldn't know anything about them. If I did discover them, I would have to either read a book or magazine to learn them or figure it all out by myself. It is truly amazing. I would not 'know' many of the people that I do and I would not be able to keep in touch with old friends. So today the Internet gets my gratitude. 

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