Hello my lovelies! Some of you may remember that last month I started a gratitude practice. We’ve all heard about the far-reaching benefits of gratitude (it’s been found to boost happiness, strengthen relationships and more) but keeping a gratitude journal can seem like just one more thing to do. Since accountability can help cement a new habit, sharing my list is a good way to boost the chances that I will continue making gratitude a regular practice in my life. Why don’t you join me?
I had an idea that recording my list on twitter would be a quick and easy way for me to keep up with what had been a spotty-at-best practice, but after testing it out for about a month I’ve decided it’s not for me. Instead, I’ve been keeping a running list in my bullet journal, and I’ll share a segment here each month.
Here are a few little moments of beauty I captured this August…
Little pink baby cheeks and toes on a wee niece.
Finding independent bookstores wherever I travel. It feels like home.
Sand and sea as far as the eye can see.
Big wedges of watermelon on the deck, juice dripping down arms.
Being with so many favorite people, all under one roof.
Heirloom tomatoes from my mother in-law’s garden, carefully packed and driven all the way down the eastern seaboard.
5pm on the deck of our rented beach house, icy G&T in hand.
Finding a Little Free Library specifically for children’s books!
Learning to run.
Waking up at first light, dawn on the beach, just me and the dolphins.
Sunrise over the ocean, all quiet where the wild horses roam.
Fresh heirloom apples, first of the season from our favorite farm.
Honey bee crossing! Homemade sign declaring the presence of a thriving hive.
Saturday morning, fresh coffee, stack of cookbooks. Listing favorite recipes to make this fall.
Escaping town for the cool blue of the reservoir, lush green trees, lizard spotting with my son.
Finishing a book that feels so satisfying you can’t imagine picking up another one.
Camping with old friends. No cell service. Lots of stars.
Next steps: Look for themes to boost your joy.
Looking back at this list, I’m noticing nature, fresh seasonal foods, and books. (No surprise there, hah!) If you make your own list, reflecting on any themes that crop up can be illuminating: if there are certain things, people, or experiences that tend to light you up and bring you joy, why not make room for more of the same? Intentionally choosing to do small things that make us happy (and increase feelings of gratitude) is a wonderful way to gradually move your life into alignment with your truest callings.