I’m proud because I designed a journal. A gratitude journal.
Being grateful is wonderful to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Being happy with our life is something many are striving for. We don’t need to look on the outside but instead put our focus on what we have already. Shifting perspective is the aim of this journal.
You can start now your own journey with it. Cherish your life in the present moment.
Believe me, this is just the start. My time off-work made me start to write again and there is much more to come, I promise.
A journal is indeed not a masterpiece of writing but for me it is my first printed book with an ISBN on it and I am beyond proud. This is one of the lessons – be grateful for each step, why should I belittle myself if it is an achievement on my way?
Of course I can only write for myself and I changed my mindset to focus on the good and not the bad.
Instead of “it is not a great book where you say about a plot for ages” I’d rather tell myself “be proud of this step on your way. You figured out how to design and create something that’s finally printed and hey, it looks awesome”.
What are the things you are proud of right now?
Let me know in the comments – share your wonderful achievements from your personal way.
And of course here is the link to it if you’d like to have a look.
Day 1 – What kind of food are you most grateful for?
So many to be honest but if you ask me to break it down to one then (as a German) I would say dark bread. Fresh still warm dark bread with just butter is so simple yet delicious.
Day 2 – Who in your life are you grateful for?
My family and that includes literally all of them – every single one has a Special place in my heart and taught me something, teaches me something, makes me feel loved and enough the way I am – they Show me my best and my worst sides and with them I can be just me.
Day 3 – What recent moment are you grateful for?
These mornings when the first I see when opening my eyes is the smile on my son’s face.
Day 4 – Which skill are you grateful for?
Being empathic is one which is I guess more worth than being a good writer or cook. Showing emotions, listening to others, feeling their pain up to a certain level makes life more meaningful. But of course, I do not want to miss a good homemade lunch as well 🙂
Day 5 – What about your body are you especially grateful for?
Being alive and healthy – if you are alive your body is doing a tremendous job, I try to treat my body well and of course there are pizza-days and chocolate but in general I see it as my duty to treat my Body as my temple, because without it I would not be here.
Day 6 – What technology are you grateful for?
The world wide web – this is amazing how we can connect across the globe and if we use it mindfully the Internet is one of the greatest technologies ever.
Day 7 – What smell are you grateful for?
The scent of my new-born son. The most wonderful smell on earth.
Day 8 – What sights are you thankful for?
Right now, in a corona quarantine situation all sights I have ever seen. Memories of former vacations are so precious.
Day 9 – What books are you grateful for?
My all-time favourite because it opened my eyes during a difficult time is “Eat, pray, love” from Elizabeth Gilbert. Each time I touch it I still find something new and valuable for me.
Day 10 – What tradition are you grateful for?
The traditions I grew up with and am now able to show to my son, like Christmas cookie baking, painting Easter eggs, simple things which are lovely memories of my childhood for me and I hope my son can one day say the same.
Day 11 – What colours are you grateful for?
All available colours – without all of them life would be dark and sad.
Day 12 – Be grateful for your senses. Name what makes you grateful for each.
Touch / Feeling is the most important, without I would not know how soft baby skin is.
Sight to discover the beauty of this planet.
Hearing – the birds singing in the morning is music to wake up to.
Taste and smell are both amazing – the smell of freshly cut grass gives me a full summer feeling and the taste of so many things would be a real lack in life. Salty water, snowflakes in winter, the orange peel with his bitter-sweet taste.
Balance is a great sense in life and a great reminder of this question is that I need to focus more on balance in my life.
Body awareness is the last I guess and should be one of the first to be grateful for. Feeling good in your own body is the first step to a healthy self-acceptance.
Day 13 – What season are you grateful for and why?
Summer / late summer is my favourite season. These long evenings and nights where all seem to be possible. I cannot stand the cold even though I love some snowy days, but summer is the right feel-good temperature for me.
Day 14 – What challenge did you overcome?
There were some challenges and obstacles in life as for everyone – did I overcome them? Maybe. I think most I took as lessons learned not to step into them unprepared if they show up the next time. Life is a flow and maybe some parts of them swim next to me occasionally but most of the days I keep them behind me and remember how to treat them if they speed up.
Day 15 – What sound are you grateful for?
My son’s heartbeat – the sweetest sound I heard before I even knew he is a boy.
Day 16 – What places you are grateful for?
All the places I travelled so far – it is amazing to discover the world and every single place has left an imprint on my life.
Day 17 – What in nature are you grateful for?
What in nature am I not grateful for?
Day 18 – What invention are you grateful for?
Technology – especially now during this pandemic we can be incredibly grateful to stay in contact with family and friends on a distance.
Day 19 – What knowledge are you grateful for?
Everything has its time – even though I would love to stop the time sometimes to stay longer in wonderful moments, this knowledge is immensely helpful in times where I don’t feel well, as this will pass too.
Day 20 – What role model that you had are you grateful for?
My parents – and they still are!
Day 21 – What are you grateful for TODAY?
The laughter of my son and my husband in the background while I am typing here.
Day 22 – What attribute of yourself are you grateful for?
Being able to be weak and surrender to what is, nobody can be strong all the time.
Day 23 – What change are you grateful for?
The change which came with motherhood, being a mom is wonderful.
Day 24 – What part of the day are you grateful for?
I love the night when everything is still, but I also like long summer evenings.
Day 25 – Which character trait of yourself are you grateful for?
Being authentic is I guess the most important. You may not be friends with everyone but at the end of the day I stay true to myself.
Day 26 – What voyage are you grateful for?
Oh so many, our Tuscany trip when I was pregnant, our Cyprus trip which was the first vacation together, the first family holiday when our son saw the sea for the very first time, the clear blue water of the Caribbean on the Turks and Caicos Islands, I could start to list all now.
Day 27 – What quote makes you grateful because it inspires you?
What goes around comes around.
Day 28 – What things in your day-to-day life are you thankful for?
No things but the persons, my two men!
Day 29 – What talent are you thankful for?
To write and be somehow creative.
Day 30 – What blessings are you grateful for?
We are alive, we are all healthy, that is such a huge blessing already!