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NaBloPoMo

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Huh?

On November 1st, after my first post of the month was already written, I decided to participate in NoBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). This is a challenge to submit a post every day all month long. So that is why you see here my very first Sunday post! Normally, I post about three to six times per week, depending on what’s going on in my life and when I feel like writing.

I decided to accept this challenge in hopes that I can truly make an attempt to write shorter posts. I can write with less of a plan in mind and more about what’s on my mind, perhaps.

So here goes.

Last week, I filled up my first journal ever. You see, I used to start. Stop. Start a new one. Start. Stop. Start a new one… I’ve always tried to use journaling as a way to work out my feelings. But I found that it usually made me feel worse. I never felt better getting all of those negative thoughts out on paper. It just made me think about them more.

This year, I started another journal… and filled it. And that journal was one completely filled with gratitude. I’ve since bought a new journal to continue this practice. I encourage you to do the same. It’s life-changing. It helps me to focus on the positive.

I’ve recently seen on Facebook a challenge to post something you are thankful for every day for the month of November. I love reading everyone’s posts! It fills my heart with joy. In addition, Running with Racheal hosts a Thankful Thursday. I love all of this gratitude in the air!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could continue this gratitude all year long?!

You can. Just keep a journal. Write ten things you are grateful for every day and WHY. Do it every day, when you wake up each morning. Or as early in the day as possible. It will change your day… and then, your life.

Today, I am grateful for my nephew.

It’s his sixth birthday today! Although I only see him about four times a year, I adore that boy’s smile and laugh. I believe that the photos below were taken over Easter in 2012 when we were playing around with my iPhone camera. If that is our most recent photo, it reminds me that I need to remember to take more pictures with him! He’s growing so fast!

Happy Birthday, Ryker!

So, tell me. What are you grateful for today?

Cheers~
Carrie

A Year in Review… And a Magical One Begins

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It’s been a year.

Rob’s parents sent a nice card this week. My mother-in-law wrote a note that I should only do what I truly want to do today. I loved that message. If I would have thought ahead, I would taken the day off of work. 😉

But despite that, I am going to make it the best day possible. I’ve recently learned a new way of life. It’s something that I can’t believe has taken me this long to realize.

Before I get to that, let’s go back to what I posted last year – the list of what I *thought* I wanted to do by now. Boy have things changed! A lot of the list is running-related because I was in full swing at the time. Let’s take a look at what I’ve completed, what I haven’t, where I may have changed my mind and what I’d still like to do.

This list was written 9/26/12:

  • Do a Beer Run – I still would like to do this one day. They look so casual and fun.
  • Do a Color RunCOMPLETE!
  • Complete a 5-mile raceCOMPLETE! It was one of my slowest, but happiest races.
  • Incorporate weight-lifting into my fitness routine – Not even close.
  • Run a 10k race – Running is off the table for a while.
  • Take a trip abroad to a country I’ve never been – We travel somewhere internationally every year. This year, however, with two weeks off for back surgery and, well, less money due to said surgery that left little resources to go abroad in 2013. However, holding off scheduling an international trip meant that when I learned about a friend’s wedding in L.A. that I can attend and will extend a little vacation there!
  • Use my Bahamas Cruise Gift CertificateYou can read about that trip here. I guess that could have counted as international.
  • Reach my goal weight – Ouch. The hard truth is that I lost almost half the weight I wanted to over the course of a year. Since my back surgery, I’ve gained 12 pounds back. No excuse. I know what to do. I just can’t do it running right now. It’s time to adapt.
  • Read more booksYES! Among them include:
    • The Hunger Games series
    • 50 Shades series (Yes, I had to find out what the hype was a about. But if I see the word “murmur” one more time…)
    • Through a Dog’s Eyes
    • In a Dog’s Heart
    • Stuff Parisians Like
    • Histoire de Z’idiote This one’s in French, but I don’t recommend it. It’s about a little shih poo that looks just like Sophie! It was fun to read to feel like I haven’t lost all of my French, but the book was very bizarre! I am still grateful that Rob found it and I had the opportunity to read it.
  • Run around Lake CalhounNo, but I walked it and then some.
  • Run in Eau Claire, WI – No. Running is off the to-do list for the time being.
  • Run the Challenge Obesity 5k in AprilWell, I didn’t run it, but I did walk it post-surgery!
  • Write more concise posts – Even if I tried to convince you of this, you probably wouldn’t agree. 😉
  • Create a written bucket list – I’ve come to realize that I don’t need this. If there is something I really want to do, it’ll be on my mind. That’s all that matters! A vision board is more suitable. Visualization is key!
  • Organize Rob’s favorite recipes in one place – COMPLETE! Reluctantly, I joined Pinterest, but only for organization of favorite recipes and those we want to try.
  • Do something {even a little something} for someone else – every single day – I don’t even know how I could begin to measure this.
  • Organize Music – NOPE. A winter project perhaps?
  • Put together a wedding and honeymoon album – NOPE. Add that to the list of wanting to put together a photo album of our trip to Ireland for my in-laws. I’ve been meaning to do that for months. It’s a matter of organizing all of the photos and selecting the best with a slooooooowwww computer.

This year, I’m not putting together such a list. Not because I feel like I’ve failed or that these are like resolutions, but because I’m learning more and more about gratitude.

For the first time, ever, in my life, I’m filling up a journal. I’m not talking about this little public weblog journal I have of favorite places to eat and such around the Twin Cities metro. I’m talking about a real, hand-written journal. A friend gave me this leather-bound journal at my bridal shower a few years back. I’ve recently labeled it as my:

gratitude journalIt sat empty, without a marked page until February of this year. I was afraid to write in it, afraid to ruin another journal. You see, over the years, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve started a journal. But it always made me feel bad. The words I permanently penned to the page were harsh and embarrassing to look back upon after the fact.

They were so negative.

You see, I thought journaling was supposed to be about that. I thought by writing my thoughts and feelings that I would feel better… that I would work out whatever it was that was bothering me whenever I ran into a challenge in my life.

But I was wrong.

Instead, I felt worse. And later, I always felt ashamed by what I had written. So many journal pages have been torn up. Journals themselves were thrown away because a few pages were tainted. I wanted to start fresh with a new one.,, with new words… to begin a new chapter in life. This never worked.

Until I started writing about gratitude.

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This journal is now three-quarters full. I’ve never kept a journal this long. At the beginning, I didn’t journal in it every day. In fact, I went months without doing so. But when I came back to it, I didn’t feel the need to start over. I didn’t feel ashamed, guilty or negative about anything written in it.

So I’m focusing this year on Gratitude.

I’ve been reading the book The Magic, by Rhonda Byrne. You know, the author of The Secret. I’ve always loved learning about the Law of Attraction and I even have the audiobook as well as that of The Power. However, I was never quite sure how to implement everything. Sure, there were suggestions. But I needed structure. The Magic gives me homework every day for thirty days. Yes, I’ve started and stopped the book a few times. But there are two practices in it that I now use every day.

And even those have changed my life.

And let me tell, you my world is a better place, no matter what is going on in my life. Because no matter how difficult things may be, there is always something for which to be grateful.

Today, I’m grateful for another year.

Cheers~
Carrie