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The Attitude of Gratitude…

If that post title hasn’t made you vomit, and you have clicked through to read, well done!

Yesterday, I blogged the 1st of my two main resolutions for 2015-to sew my own wardrobe (or the clothes in it…).
Well, here’s the big reveal for the second….

A of G


I want to really work hard on appreciating what I have, who I am, and the things I achieve.
I find it too easy to focus on the things I want to have and to achieve, and forget to appreciate just how fortunate and blessed I am.
I had some advice from a very wise lady during 2014, which was to truly treasure my life. I don’t know quite why that should be so hard to do, but it is.
But I’m working on it.
To try and make me stop every day and reflect on the things I’m grateful for, I’m starting a kid of gratitude diary. At the end of each day, I want to try and spend a few minutes thinking about the things that have happened that day and writing down three things I’m grateful for each day.
Do you have any tips for making sure you are grateful for all that you have?


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  • Reply Helen January 3, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    No tips but I used to think of 10 things that I felt good about before I went to sleep. Didn’t always make it to ten before I actually fell asleep.

    • Reply Jen January 4, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      What a lovely way to fall asleep!

  • Reply Noraathome January 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I try the tack of when I’m doing something ‘drudgery’ like changing the sheets, to be thankful that we have beds instead of all that in your head whinging about how boring it is! I should try harder….it’s not that I’m ungrateful, I just forget to remember amongst the busy buzzing of the day!

    See your clothes making challenge has made Pinterest ……what have you done!

    Nora xx

    • Reply Jen January 4, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Nora
      I just posted it on my board-is it being re-pinned?
      Love your grateful drudgery tips-thankyou!

  • Reply sprigasaurus living January 3, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I too have written things down to remind myself, but I am a bit rubbish at carrying it through for longer than about a month. I have thought about popping all these thing into a jar (or is that achievements I should do that for?)

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      I like the jar idea too!

      • Reply sprigasaurus living January 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm

        Your gratitude idea reminded me of a sticker I used to have just inside our house – commit random acts of kindness – It’s a similar vein in as much as it encourages positive actions. I always think you get back what you give out.

        • Reply Jen January 4, 2015 at 3:43 pm

          I love random acts of kindness!

  • Reply Susie - secondhandsusie.blogspot.co.uk January 3, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I write down 5 things that have made me happy each day too. I also try to be mindful (and actually notice and be grateful for nice things as I’m doing them), and try to find ways to make everything I do a little bit better (eg. What can make this hoovering more fun? Put the Dolly Parton CD on. What can make this night in watching TV nicer? Light a candle and find a blanket for extra cosiness. What can make this walk to work nicer? Try to find 10 pretty things to look at on they way, etc).

    Good luck with your gratitude challenge 🙂

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Loving the idea of little things to make the slightly less pleasant things better! Thankyou for sharing 🙂

  • Reply kiwijo January 3, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I have a gratitude diary (tbh I only tend to use it when Im feeling a bit down) and beforee I turn my light off at night I write down 5 things that have made me smile or made my heart sing that day. Its great for lifting up up when youre a bit deflated and certainly does help you look for the good in things, especially when times are a bit tough. I love looking back through it every few months and remembering little things that made my day that I may have forgotten.
    Go for it!

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      I hadn’t thought in terms of using t to look back over-what a great idea Jo!
      PS. I never thanked you for your Christmas card-thankyou so much-I was really touched! Hope you had a lovely Christmas 🙂

  • Reply Loven Sunshine January 3, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Three words for you to help your journey: The. Gratitude. Dance.

    Your kids will love it! xxx

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Rae Hodgetts January 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I can’t find a link to it but I began this year watching a TED talk by a wonderful man about gratitude. You’ve just about summed it up!

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Awww, thankyou! I’ll google it and see if I can find it-would be great to have a look

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