Gratitude is the Best Attitude

This post is tied in with my last blog post, Start to Journal.

Having a gratitude journal is great way to recognize the many blessings that we possess.

I’m not talking about just the big things. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to enjoy the little things in life.

  1. Tea
  2. Roses
  3. Computer glasses
  4. Playing cards
  5. Lapdesk

The challenge is to think of 5 things everyday that you are grateful for and write them within a journal.

Stay well!

Until next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

Start to Journal

During this time I have started to nurture the habit of writing in a journal. Over the years, I do not know how many times I have received a journal as a gift. I stock piled a good number of them for the longest time. In the last two years, I decided to use each journal for a different purpose.

Currently, I am using seven journals. I do not constantly write in all seven.

  • I have one that I use like a diary. This is the one I use the most.
  • One I use for career related ideas, goals, or writing.
  • Another for list making – On days that I need a distraction, I come up with fun subjects like ‘My Favorite Spring Flowers’. Then I sit and list as many items as possible.
  • One of my other journals I use to write down songs that inspire me. There are certain days when certain songs really tug at my heart strings. I want to remember those moments.

Recently, I started writing in another journal. @artist.and on Instagram posts daily writing โœ๏ธ prompts for songwriters (No, I am not a songwriter.). Hosted by @christawellsmusic. Y’all, I love the challenges that she gives. I do not use these prompts to write every single day. On random days, I look up what her writing prompt of the day is and use it to journal about whatever comes to mind in relation to that prompt. I love that she always shares what inspired that particular prompt.  (@artist.and on Instagram)

#WednesdayWisdom

Did you know that keeping a journal is a great way to reduce stress?

Check out this article. – Journaling for Mental Health

 

Why do I journal?

I am an introvert. I can get easily stressed out and anxious. Sometimes, I do not even realize I am stressed or anxious until I journal. The nice thing about journaling is no one has to read your journal except for you (if you want to) later on. There is no need to worry about perfect grammar. Afterwards, I feel like a load has been lifted off of my shoulders.

& Why do I have so many journals?

There are some days that I do not need to strictly write out what is going on in life. I have other journals like the one I use for my lists. This still takes a little bit of brain power. It is fun to think about certain things like, what are your dream vacation spots? or What are going to do when Covid-19 is gone? Like I shared, I may learn how to be more like an extrovert.

I encourage you to consider starting a habit of journaling.

Until next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Find a Creative Outlet

Everybody needs one!

Developing healthy rhythms in everyday life includes creativity. What better time than now to discover what your creative outlet is?

For me: Basically creating anything.

For example, I have really been loving Procreate. I have had a lot of fun experimenting with all the different brushes. Creating lots of graphics.

Obviously, this is not something that you have to do too. You may be thinking…Bethany, I have no artistic bone in my whole body.

I beg to differ. Maybe you are not an artist that paints, designs, sculpts, etc… Let me help you figure out how you can be creative, or maybe you already are and do not know it.

Here is list of creative activities:

1. Writing
2. Painting
3. Cooking
4. Coloring
5. Acting
6. Singing
7. DIY Projects
8. Interior Design
9. Graphic Art
10. Sketching
11. Playing an instrument
12. Flower Arranging
13. Gardening
14. Photography
15. Baking
16. Learning another language
17. Up cycling furniture
18. Creating a different workout routine each day

Hopefully, this list will help you figure out what you can do to get creative.

Think of what you do everyday and make a list. Seriously, try it. What on that list takes creativity? Yes, cooking counts. Personally, cooking stresses me out unless it is a super simple recipe.

Until next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚