A friend recently introduced me to an app called The 5 Minute Journal. Every morning at 7a I am prompted to enter 3 things I am grateful for, 3 things that will make today great, and a daily affirmation. I also have the option of taking a picture to go with the journal entry. Then at 8p I am prompted to write 3 amazing things that happened today and how I could have made today even better.
I have found that working with this journal really brightens my day. #1, it is so quick, truly less than 5 minutes. #2, when I wake up with a shitty attitude after entering in the journal I have a huge attitude adjustment. #3, there are so many things to be thankful for.
I have always been a firm believer that the little things in life really are the big things. It’s the smile and a hello from a stranger, a hug from a child, birds chirping, or the thick, delicious froth on my morning cappuccino. Taking the 2.5 minutes in the morning to think about what I am grateful for really has helped keep me grounded.
As a small business owner, mentor, and master stylist it is so easy to get bogged down by all the goings on. Thinking about how much I LOVE what I do…empowering young stylists and making people feel beautiful is incredibly fulfilling…..it gives me energy to get through the trying times. But it’s also thinking about the little things that I love…for instance I am one of those people who is always cold…I LOVE Nike AirDry long sleeve running shirts with thumbholes. I wear one every day under whatever outfit I’m wearing. They keep me so warm and cozy. Actually, I love anything with thumbholes. OOOH, and dresses with pockets!!! Thinking about these little things genuinely makes me giddy inside. For the men reading this I don’t know if this is something you can relate to, for that I apologize. But, for the ladies…you get it!!!
Life is overwhelming sometimes. Each and every one of us has things that we struggle with day in and day out. If we do not take the time to enjoy the little things in life we risk getting sucked into the black abyss of depression and loneliness. I think that this is how cynics are created. Being prompted every morning and night to think about what we are grateful for keeps the glimmer in our eye. It gives us that warm fuzzy feeling and helps us get through the hard times…maybe even make us realize that our hard times aren’t even all that bad…they just feel like it sometimes.
I want to thank my friend for not only being an inspiration but also being a total badass who is kicking life’s ass right now. Her practice of gratitude is so beautiful. In fact today one of my journal entries will be I am grateful for Randee! My other two…I am grateful for thumbholes and I am grateful for Moveable Feast in Geneva!
What are you grateful for?
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