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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January 1 is such a hopeful day for some. It's a chance to start over. A fresh start. A clean slate. For at least one day, we can all believe that we'll magically transform into the people we've always longed to be. Happier. Healthier. Kinder. Someone who finally has it all together.

Though I know the only real hope I have for improvement of any kind is through Jesus, my only good, I still enjoy making a few resolutions.

This year, I really only have one: Be thankful.

Try to ignore the blatant spelling error in this one. Ha.
I started a thankfulness journal. It's a simple concept, really. Write something your thankful for every day. Lately, I've been living in a whirlwind of Pinterest-surfing, baby-wanting, furniture-shopping modes. I'm a hot, unsatisfied mess. My life is beautiful, wonderful. And yet, all I can see is the next thing. The next goal. The next stage.

Well, it's a new year. And it's time for a new attitude. My prayer is that the act of writing something down every day will unclog my cluttered, unsatisfied brain and that Jesus will open my eyes to the already wonderful life that I am beyond blessed with.

My sweet friend Laura Piersall of Laura Loop wrote the above GK Chesterton quote on my journal. (Go check out her Facebook page. She's insanely talented. Your wedding inviatioins need her.)

Her exquisite calligraphy brought my bland moleskine to life. It's simple, yet beautiful and I can't wait to fill its pages.


18 comments:

Emily said...

i think that is a wonderful resolution...something i need to do too!!!

Sunkissed and Southern said...

that is a great resolution!

Elle Noel said...

I love this reolution, I need to focus on these things myself. I too am guilty of always looking to the next change leaving me disastifed with today. I'm thankful I read this post :) Happy New Year Jena!

Helene said...

first- i have missed you!!!!!

what an amazing idea!

Daliene said...

Wow, she has beautiful writing skills. Yes, gratitude helps ya attitude :) Happy New Year

Allison said...

We are so on the same page Jena. That is what I said was my only resolution this year...to be thankful in all circumstances! I love your journal! Have you read Ann Voskamp's book 1,000 gifts? I am reading it now and it is all about being thankful and even keeping a journal of what you are thankful for!

Katie Did What said...

I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! It is so important and such a simple, yet easy thing to forget! BE THANKFUL. I'm with you, girl.

xo

Laurie @ The Rookie Wife said...

I agree! we should always remember to be Thankful! I hope you have a very happy new year lady!

Erin said...

I always find myself wanting the next stage in life too. It's a constant struggle to remember that my life is pretty damn awesome right now! Good goal

Lauren said...

I will be using the quote! Thanks for sharing! Your idea has inspired me! :)

Tamara said...

I love this resolution. Simple & perfect. Here's to a great 2013!

Andrea said...

I'm right there with you! Being content and thankful is hard, but worthwhile. I am doing a thankful jar this year to try to help me remember and reflect on the positives each week! Your journal is lovely!!

brittany kyte created. said...

This is so good! In a world that always wants more, we really do have to on purpose focus on being thankful! Namely, His Son which was more than I ever deserved!

xoBrittany
brittanykytecreated.blogspot.com

Jaime Hungry said...

Great resolution, I love the calligraphy!

Shio Waline said...

I am so glad you blogged about this!! I have heard about gratitude journals but didn't think to start one til you re-sparked the thought in me again, thanks! That is the best way to keep our eyes on the blessings we receive daily and not to forget that the Lord ALWAYS send good things our way :) Hope you have a great New Years, blessings to you!

xoxo,
Shio

Amanda Nicole said...

What an amazing idea. I really think I'm going to start a thankful journal. I've found that lately when I remind myself of how much I truly have it really makes all my little worries disappear.

Mandy
www.mandyshippe.blogspot.com

CoastWithMe said...

Jena! I've missed you and your blog...and the amazing words on this page that always bring a smile to my face! Great idea girl.....I think I can definitely stick to this New Year's resolution;)! Cheers to a happy, healthy, and successful 2013!

Holly said...

I love the idea of a thankfulness journal. I try to do that every week on Fridays but having a place to write stuff down like that is so great :)