[Gratitude] Journaling Grace…

Today I am grateful for…

The 20 year anniversary of my first date with my husband, Khalid.

On this day, 20 years ago, my husband and I had our first date. Twenty years and two kids later, we’re still together. For that I am most grateful…

Today also marks the kick off of my free workshop: 100 Days of heART Cards.

Gratitude attracts grace. Living with grace is my kind of living, therefore I try to practice gratitude daily. In 2018, I am determined to live in grace with gratitude. So I am opening up a Gratitude Journaling group here in the Wysdom’s Web community. As are most all of my offerings, it is free to the members of Wysdom’s Web (membership is also free).

What the Gratitude Journal group will consist of is a tribe of visual journalers who practice gratitude daily by writing it down daily in their Gratitude Journal. Your Gratitude Journal can be whatever journal you choose. I have chosen a Hobonichi Weeks for my 2018 Gratitude Journal. I like the layout: daily blocks to write my gratitude and a blank page to art it our each week. I love the Tomoe River Paper — fountain pen friendly and takes all manner of wet media. And I like that it’s pocket size so I can carry it around with me everywhere.

You never know when gratitude will strike…

Each week, I will post a “gratitude theme” for that week. Some quick examples:

  • What in your home are you grateful for?
  • What about your body are you grateful for?
  • What about your job are you grateful for?

These are just prompts to get you started. You do not have to keep with the theme for that week — these are just to help those who may be stuck getting started. The idea here, also, is to be genuinely grateful for whatever it is you are writing about. Yes, we are all grateful for the roof over our head, the clothes on our backs, and the food on our table. That is a given. But what are you deeply, genuinely grateful for? What are the things that you have been blessed with and don’t necessarily always realize and are therefore grateful?

I gave you an example above…

I have been blessed to be with the same man for the last 20 years, and married to him for the last 17. It. Has. Not. Been. Easy! He was 26 and I was 31 when we met. TWENTY-SIX!!!!! In man years, that’s about 16… And although initially he was “the man!”, his childlike ways came around about 5 years later. Through it all, we’re still together and I pray we stay together. But that’s a story for one of the books I’m writing.

Many people would take that for granted, especially after 20 years… Hell — after 20 years together, many people take each other for granted! But as part of my exercise in gratitude, I choose to acknowledge what didn’t have to be. What many people don’t have in their lives: a 20 year strong relationship. Bumps and bruises and all, I am grateful.

But back to the prompts — use them to get your gratitude juices flowing. Then each day of the week, write a statement of gratitude in your journal. Nothing superficial. What are you really grateful for? Write it down! At the end of the week, I will share with you my art journal page for the week which depicts what I have been grateful for that week.

I invite you to join the group and share your gratitude with us. Or just come and be inspired to start your own gratitude journaling practice. But whatever you do, learn to live with grace by giving gratitude.

Daily.

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