52 weeks of gratitude – week one

Gratitude challenge


Week 1: Less is More


I have kept a written journal on and off ever since I can remember. It’s usually something that I start using when times are tough, but more recently I have been using it also as my planner. Anyone who journals knows the therapeutic benefit of writing down those things that need to stay just between you and the page.

I want to venture out and give myself the challenge of expressing my gratitude here once a week. Like most people I have had a life with a whole lot of ups and downs, but remembering to be grateful should always be a part of experiencing the good and the not-so-good.

So this week I am grateful that I have the opportunity to simplify and recharge this summer. I have two months where I’ll have an extremely flexible schedule with still enough work and projects to complete to keep me creatively engaged. Having the time to actually get into some better habits, it’s almost like a complete reset. I’m thankful for that, and I know that not everyone is in the position to be able to slow down things enough to re-evaluate what is necessary in life and what is not.

Most of this week has focused on cleaning out and simplifying my possessions. My husband and I took four carloads of donations to area charities. I am sure that there will be a good need for some of the things we donated in our community. Also, by clearing these things from our house there is a noticeable difference in the stress level in the house. It is just more relaxing without extra stuff. I’m thankful to have this time to do this.