It was a Sunday morning. Oliver had run off to church to volunteer early, so I had the morning to myself. I got up to make some scrambled eggs with toasted rye bread, and a steaming cup of black chai tea. As I sat at our table nibbling on breakfast and sipping my tea, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for a simple morning just as that. Typical weekday mornings consist of me grabbing a yogurt, Oliver handing me coffee in my to-go mug, and quickly shuffling out the door so I can catch the train by 8 a.m. So I was feeling very content with this slow morning and went straight to my journal to write down all the things I felt thankful for in that moment.
I found that afterwards my day felt way different. I noticed more of the things I loved throughout the day, like the unique colors of the buildings in Manhattan and the thrill of lazily reading my book on the couch in the afternoon. I saw more in my husband that I enjoyed instead of nit-picking his annoying quirks. We even took some time to chat and laugh. I know. Shocking.
As I ended my day brainstorming for my blog (which is usually when I plan out my posts for the week), I just knew I had to do more with this. That I needed to challenge myself to be in a place where I thoroughly enjoyed the every day, even when it feels mundane. And with a new month around the corner, I felt it was the perfect time to challenge myself to something new. I mean, I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I’m a huge fan of challenges.
So here it goes. I am going to challenge myself to 30 Days of Gratitude.
When I first did a Google search on this, I realized that tons of other people have done stuff like this before. I almost gave up on the idea completely, but realized that this was more than just starting some new product or service on my blog. This is something personal for me – and I just figured I would invite my readers into it with me.
Here are some rules I put together for myself during the next 30 days.
Keep a gratitude journal
I know the ship basically sailed on this one, but I really think this is an important step for this journey. Keep a journal on you, and throughout the day write out things that you feel grateful for. It can simply be a list that says “coffee, dogs, mac & cheese, books,” and so on. Just to get your mind rolling.
Write out one thing you are grateful for each night
I find journaling helps me to properly think through how I’m feeling and what I’m going through. As a response to the list that you created throughout the day, choose something that you feel the most gratitude for during your day and expand on that in your journal. Write about why you feel grateful for it, what exactly brings you joy, and how you can concentrate on staying in that posture throughout the rest of your days.
Share it with others.
Although I am a huge social media fan, I especially love sharing my soul on Instagram. I use my caption space as a way to share my thoughts (usually though my tag #lettersfromkes) and let my followers know that it’s not just a pretty picture, but an actual human being behind this account. So I’ll be using that space as a way to share my moments of gratitude throughout the 30 days of April.
In the end, make art as a reminder.
I’m not sure what art looks like for you, but I have a hunch that there’s some type of hobby that truly speaks to your soul. At the end of this challenge I think it would be cool to create something as a daily reminder of the things we are grateful for – like a quote in beautiful calligraphy, a new scarf, or even a short story. Anything that can serve as a token to remind you of this challenge and to continually be in that posture of gratitude throughout your days.
Are you in a place where you need to practice gratitude in your life? Then join me for 30 Days of Gratitude! You can track along my journey by following on Instagram, or join my newsletter below.
Let me know in the comments if you will be
joining me this April, or any month after!