Longtime readers may remember me starting a Memory Jar and a subsequent switch to a gratitude journal. I think the jar idea came from Pandora – oh, the former blogger, not the jewellery shop 😉 The idea behind either is you take time to write down the good things that have happened and pop the note in. I loved the idea of the Memory Jar and the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I spent a happy hour reflecting on those one Christmas long ago. Wise as she is beautiful, Mrs J asked why wait a year? Hmm, why indeed, I reflected… and then I switched to a journal app to see A) if this might work, B) if I’d keep up the habit, C) they’d be a bit less wasted paper 🙂
It took a little willpower to get myself going, but that’s okay because I only have a little willpower 🙂 I found I didn’t need to write about the Big Event things, but that each day contained something good and by writing it down, I had to think of what had gone well. Surprisingly, there’s usually a few. Things like helping someone, beautiful weather, someone getting in touch, seeing the beauty of the countryside, a very tasty meal, or just something cool like a good laugh. Finding the perfect high heel in my size is in there too, but let’s not shoot for the moon eh? 🙂
The journaling app I use has extra (billed monthly) features that I’m not shelling out for. I had a look a few months ago, but nothing popped at me. Today they have released a few teasers and much of it is around writing prompts. Understandably, there’s one on the benefits of journaling… and also blogging.
So, here’s my questions to you: why not start a blog or a journal today? There are free platforms to use, the lockdown may be giving you time to reflect, and what about indulging your creative side for a bit? Where might this take you? What might you write about or what are your happy moments?