Apparently, Friday was the day that most people abandon their new years resolutions and give in to their old habits or cravings. As you know, I already struggled to keep on top of my resolution to write a blog post every day and failed after only 2 – but that was down to me being off on holiday and once I got back to my ‘normal’ work schedule I’ve stuck with it every day and have actually blogged twice a couple of times – so maybe over the course of the month I’ll have caught up with myself! Anyway, one of my other new years resolutions was simply to keep an eye on all the good things in my life and make a note of them. I’ve therefore made a ‘gratitude’ jar to house all of the happy times to come.
I used a large pickled gherkin jar – thoroughly washed out to get rid of the vinegar smell – and I spray painted the lid with a little metallic paint to make it look prettier. I simply added a luggage tag and rustic ribbon bow around the top of the jar and now it’s pride of place on my bookshelf. I’ve put a little bundle of notelets, post-its and pens next to the jar so that it’s super-easy to add a note and I can do it straight away while the happy event is still in my mind.
I’ve already added about 15 notes to the jar and I have recruited hubby into the project so that he will also add his happy times into the jar, then we can enjoy reading them all at the end of 2014 and remembering all the lovely things that have happened to us over the year. The quote that I’ve written on the back of my luggage tag is “Enjoy the little things in life… for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things”.