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This post is part of my 12 Mini Goals Challenge.
Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer. In 2016, I am going to focus on a new habit or mini goal every month. In January, I focused on Daily Movement or Exercise. In February, I focused on cutting down on evening snacking. In March, my goal was 30 days of pilates. In April, my goal was to clear my kitchen counters every night. In May, I attempted to clear out my closet 3 items at a time. In June, my goal was to reset my mornings and wake up earlier. In July, my goal was to drink more water. In August, I wanted to track our daily reading. In September, I got control of our morning and evening schedules.
I often hear about people who have a gratitude journal or write down a list of what they are thankful for each evening. It’s important to always be thankful, but I have never taken the time to write down a list. I believe that we are to have a thankful heart and that we need to focus on the many blessings given by our Savior.
My November Mini Goal: Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments. Record the Moments in my Mom’s One Line a Day book each day
While I was originally going to try keeping a gratitude journal in November, I decided to do a variation of it. I have the Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book and don’t write in it as consistently as I would like. The book includes one page for every day of the year and on each page it has room for 5 different years. I use the book to write in some of my daughters’ milestones but also like to write down things they say or do. I use it to write down memories and enjoy looking back at it. It’s helpful to write things down as I know I would otherwise forget much of what they say and do!
I am so grateful for my girls and so I’m going to try and write in the book consistently in November. Because I will be in the fog of life with a newborn, it will help me to step back and look for the joyous moments in my days.
Your November Mini Goal: Pick one of the ideas below!
- Write down 3 things you are thankful for each night
- Start the Mom’s One Line a Day book or make your own version in a notebook
- Go around the dinner table and ask everyone what they are thankful for
- Start a gratitude journal – I have heard good things about both Choose Love: A Mother’s Blessing Gratitude Journal and Choose Gratitude: Blessings Journal (both by Crystal of Money Saving Mom)
If you want to read more about Gratitude Journals read: The Benefits of a Gratitude Journal and How to Maintain One
Here are a few more thankfulness activities:
Let me know if you decide to join!
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I loved that moms one line a day book so much I started creating my own for personal use of course! I think its so important to set goals, love this post.
Angela Kim says
I love the idea of keeping a gratitude journal. I’ve been doing that for years when I suffered from ppd. I’m now better and using my blog as a form of gratitude journal. I should start writing in private more too. Thanks for the inspiration!
Lisa | The Merry Momma says
I have the Choose Love gratitude journal and love it! Sadly, I got away from the practice a couple months ago when I had my second baby, but it was such a good practice. I need to get back into it, thanks for the reminder!
P.S. I LOVE this idea of a mini-goal/habit each month! I think I might have to start that in the new year!
It’s always nice to be thankful even for the little things.
One Awesome Momma
I need to do this. I am a thankful person, but I like to see all the blessings in writing!