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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?