Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gratitude - 'Tis the Season

When I got my new, blank journal I decided to go through my favorite quotes that I had written down and make sort of an inspiring book for myself.  On each page I create a fun background and then go through my quotes and add them so I can have some artsy inspiration by my side, all in one book. 

I found this quote and knew I had to add it to my art journal.  I'm not sure where it got it from, possibly Mark and Angel Hack, who have tons of inspiration on their website.  It's so funny that I never thought this way before.  I now DO notice that when I'm counting my blessings and thanking God and the Universe for things in my life, I feel more grateful - in turn I think LESS about the things I don't have or the things I do have that I wish I actually didn't have (ahem--lupus for example).  

When I sit down and think about every little thing I am thankful for I feel so much better and so darn blessed.  Here are a few...
  • my daughter Isabella
  • my loyal and snuggly dog Mazie who often drives me nuts, but I realize how much love she brings to me
  • my hubby Shane who also drives me nuts but has known me since we were seniors in high school, so we have been through so much together and that adds up to a lot
  • creating art...it has brought me new friends, new visions, tons of joy and even some healing

  • great lifelong friends that I've known since grade school - so so lucky to have them in my life so long
  • my ability to walk around every day, sometimes in pain, but still I can do it while some can't
  • my eyesight - so much beauty to look at every day, like the amazing beach in Destin

Those are just a few but since Thanksgiving is approaching, I want to visit all the great things I do have to be thankful for. I'd love it if you'd share below a couple things you are so grateful for.  It's so uplifting hearing about others gratitude. 


  1. I, too, have a book of sayings. Mine has pictures that inspire me, along with the sayings. I have many about finding "joy in the rain"...joy in the journey! I've been going through them to compile a small book for a friend who's going through a lot of hard things. I've been inspired just by reading them...as I choose. ;) Gratitude makes such a difference in life. (Very needed in a life with lupus!) I wish you "joy in your journey"....each day.

    1. Thanks for stopping by again BJR. That's a great gift you are giving to your friend - so meaningful. I think I need some quotes about "joy in the snow" because that's the time of year I lose sight of what really makes me happy. Still haven't accepted the fact that I live in Wisconsin and have months of snow. I so need to accept this. Maybe there are such things as quotes about accepting yucky weather? Guess I'll have to check. Thanks and I wish you joy in your journey as well.


  2. Hi Jill! I love your inspiration journal. This is an inspiring post! Glad you are feeling more positive and grateful. I don't think I'd be very positive with all the cold weather ya'll have up there ;)

    1. Hi Laney! Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you found some inspiration from my journal and this post. I'm hoping I can remember some positivity when the snow starts to build up!


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