Hello friends! Happy Tuesday! I am coming off a Women’s Retreat with my church over the weekend, and am feeling refreshed and renewed, and ready to start the week with a new perspective.

I am so grateful for this past weekend. Grateful for the time shared with wonderful friends and in God’s word. Grateful that Scott held down the fort at home so I could feed my soul, and still got some work done while watching the kids and managing the dogs. Grateful for rest, freedom from weariness, and hope in God’s promises. Grateful for new friendships and sharing and LAUGHING and staying up too late talking and card games and board games and solving the world’s problems in a few evenings. I am so, so grateful for the relationships formed and the memories made.

One of my goals for this year was to focus on gratitude, and I have been making a major effort to make it a part of my daily routine. Last year I used the Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude:

And this year I decided to go with the Five Minute Journal:

I am typically a positive person, and like to focus on the good in any situation. “It could always be worse” is basically my motto. But documenting daily gratitude makes a big difference, and keeps my focus on the abundant blessings I have to be thankful for, versus the few bad things or difficult situations that we deal with.

If you don’t practice daily gratitude in one way, shape or form already, I would highly recommend it. It centers you and makes you focus on the good, and even the small good that we seem to always take for granted. And there is no better time to focus on gratitude than when you’re going through hard times. We have so, so many things to be thankful for, regardless of anything we’re going through.

In my journal, I am grateful for things great and small! But I am by no means perfect. I miss a day here and there, some days are easier to document, and some days are tough. But there are always, always things to be thankful for. Here are some of my examples:

my family
an at-home office
my morning coffee
warm coats
A good checkup
a reliable car
lavender oil
singing with the church choir
a love of cooking
my clients
the internet
my sewing machine
laughing with friends
good books
pretty earrings
a rainy afternoon
my sunny office
our dogs

When you focus more on the positive than the negative, even the hardest situations seem so much more bearable. There are always things to be thankful for!

I would love to know how you practice gratitude! What are you most thankful for?

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