Wednesday, January 19, 2011
My New Year's resolution this year was to start keeping a thankfulness journal, and so far I haven't missed a day! Every night as I'm getting into bed, I write down three things I'm thankful for that day, or three good things that happened. Sometimes I add one or two short prayer needs. Sometimes I take up a whole separate page if something is really on my mind. It's just a small thing, but it helps to focus my prayers and thoughts in a non-intimidating way. It also has unexpected side effects, such as revealing patterns. So far most of my thankfuls involve good food, spending time with people, or some new thing I bought. Sometimes all three comprise my list for the day. Should I feel bad about this? :\
Anyway, to work up enthusiasm for the project, I decorated this plain blank book with some baubles from Michaels. As usual, the idea came to me fully formed while I was there on a different errand. So I chose this bird and tag from the jewelry section. Maybe it's weird that I used "passion" for the cover of a thankfulness journal, but they didn't have "thankful," and "passion" is a keyword for me these days. So I went with it. I just hot-glued the charms to the front of the book. Easy!
I'm glad I'm doing this, especially now in the bleah-est bleahs of winter. If my mood has been any indication, Blue Monday was this week, not next week. I need some sunshine.