Let’s just cut to the chase…2020 has been a R-O-U-G-H one…
I don’t know anyone who isn’t suffering from pandemic fatigue.
I find myself frequently, wishing this year away and saying things like:
“I can’t wait until this year is over!”
“Bring on 2021!”
“Can this year be done already?”
"F YOU 2020" - okay, maybe that one is a bit too aggressive, but you get my point!
I mean really…
is this a way to live life?…
just wishing it would be done and gone?
The reality is none of us know how much time we have left in the hourglass of time on Planet Earth, and truthfully, I don’t want to look back on 2020 as a year that I "endured" and "suffered through".
And although we don’t have TONS of days left in the calendar year, I’ve decided to make the most of whatever I've got!
Even if “what is” is not really my ideal situation.
And the first shift comes from my mindset. #chinupbuttercup
For most of 2020, I have spent the majority of my time feeling sad and angry about all the experiences that have been taken away from me.
Our oldest daughter is a senior, and there’s no possibility for her to return to the school campus until the end of January at the earliest, which means no school events, no sports, no activities, and no high school fun.
So to say that it’s been a "year of loss" is an understatement.
But what good does focusing on that do?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big advocate for releasing your feelings, having a good ole’ ugly cry, and letting the disappointment go, but where I’ve been getting stuck is staying in that place of grief and loss.
So, I’ve decided the best way to combat the “2020’s Been a Bitch Blues” is to focus on all the things I am grateful for.
In all honestly, I’ve completely lost sight of all the blessings I have in my life because I’ve been kicking and screaming (figuratively and sometimes LITERALLY) my way through this trip around the sun.
Just how am I going to do that?
Well, I’m so glad you asked…
It’s actually a quite simple solution…
With a GRATITUDE JOURNAL, an open heart, and a commitment to spend a little time each and every day of November being in the vibration of gratitude and writing all the GOOD SHIT in my life down on paper.
Seriously, November is the PERFECT month for a gratitude explosion since it the month of Thanksgiving, and it still gives me a couple of months to turn this wreck of a year around (maybe not in the outside world, but certainly in my mind).
And you know, I’m NOT one to NOT have a plan,
AND I am also NOT one to miss the opportunity to create an oh so pretty printable worksheet.
So I made myself (and you too!) and handy dandy gratitude calendar to keep myself on track and accountable!
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Here are a few helpful hints to get you started in shifting to an “Attitude of Gratitude”:
1. PRINT IT
First things first. Fire up that printer and grab yourself a copy of this "30 Days of Gratitude" printable calendar.
When you have a hard copy on hand, you are more likely to stick to it!
Heck, I'm printing two copies and putting one on our fridge, and forcing, um... I mean ENCOURAGING my family to share what they are grateful for each day too. #overachiever
2. COMMIT TO IT
Set a time aside EVERY DAY to get quiet & reflect on all the blessings in your life.
This does not need to be a lengthy commitment!
"No Stress. Do Your Best. Forget the Rest"
My goal is to simply spend 5 minutes each evening jotting down in my journal what made the day great (or on some Covid days "tolerable").
3. WRITE IT
Whether it’s in a spiral notebook you already own, or inside of a planner you already use, or if you are like me and want something a bit more special you can buy a gratitude journal.
I picked mine up at Home Goods...so cute, right?!?
Amazon also has some great options too!
This one has pretty blank pages for you to use your own creativity
Or if you need a bit more structure this one gives you a little more guidance with prompts.
Or if you need a big belly laugh and really want to call this year out, then this is the perfect journal for you!
I literally chuckled aloud when I saw this title and thought “yep, perfect for 2020!”
If you really wanna get snazzy, you can use various colored pens to take your gratitude journal to a whole other level!
Don’t totally dig all the gratitude prompts I put on my calendar??
…well, here are a few bonus ideas if you want to swap any prompts you like better!
What home item could you not live without?
What part of nature makes you smile?
Write about your best childhood memory
What is your favorite season?
Best musical group/band ever.
What’s a personal trait or talent that you are most grateful for?
Write about a small item you use daily that you can’t live without?
What app on your phone makes life easier?
Where is the best city you’ve ever visited?
What meal did you have today that brought you gratitude?
What experience over the last month have you cherished the most?
Take a moment to be thankful for something you TOTALLY take for granted.
Write about something beautiful you saw today.
What about your community or neighborhood makes you happy?
Got a guilty pleasure that brings you joy?
The list goes on and on!
There is SO MUCH to be grateful for!!
4. REMEMBER IT
Last but not least, put your gratitude into motion by saying affirmations or placing gratitude quotes around your home, car, work, living spaces, etc. to remind yourself to focus on the good in your life.
Here are a few of my fave affirmations
- I am so grateful for all of the joy, love, laughter, and abundance that surrounds me every day of my amazing life.
- Gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness are a part of who I am.
- Thank you for the immeasurable blessings that this day will bring!
- My life is filled with goodness, abundance, and limitless possibilities.
I also am a big fan of positive quotes, and these are a few of the ones that resonant with me the most...you can even snag one below and put it on your phone/ computer background as a constant reminder to stay in a state of gratitude.
Here are my 5 favorites, and I used the first one as my phone wallpaper!
What are the things you've found helpful in realigning your focus in 2020 from grief and loss to gratitude and love? Let me know!
Until next time, cheers to living a life full of gratitude, and cheers to you!🥂