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Now more than ever before, I am taking a moment to reflect. Check out this new printable gratitude log and see how I am using it to remember and also look forward.
I don’t know about you, but this is the most surreal time in my almost-40 years. I find myself constantly caught between the things that this time at home is giving me the chance to do and the list of things I miss and wish I could do.
One thing I do know: keeping a record of these days is important and something that I am doing and am encouraging my kids to do.
I am planning another post on the importance of journaling, so keep an eye out for that one in a few days.
For today, I want to share my newest printable. This gratitude log is a great way to reflect on the current state of things and to keep positivity going as we look towards better times.
This log has two columns. Let me share how I am using each.
Things That Bring Me Joy Right Now
This column goes beyond things that bring you joy. For this column, I want you to reflect things that you might have done with this unscheduled break that you wouldn’t have otherwise done.
Did you read finish the book you started 2 years ago and remember how much you love reading?
What fun things are you enjoying with your kids that wouldn’t have happened without this time together?
Any spur-of-the-moment campfires, family game nights, cooking competitions that you want to remember and make time for even after this is all over?
We have had many of these moments over here. The most notable was the other night when Lily was having trouble learning her flute music. I played the flute for many years but haven’t picked it up since high school. During normal times, I would have told her to ask her teacher for help at her next lesson. But times have changed and I found myself picking up that flute and holy COW – I still know how to play! I actually helped her to learn her music piece and we had a blast. This would not have happened during “normal” life.
There are many more instances of this over here. From our family walk in the woods behind our house (I haven’t been in those woods in more than 10 years!) to random lunchtime chats. I want to remember them.
Things I Can’t Wait to Do Again
I’m sure this one is self-explanatory. Right now, there are so many restrictions. So many things that we just cannot do. I don’t know about you, but I will not be taking these things for granted once they are allowed.
This column is for noting the things you specifically cannot/are not permitted to do right now that normally you wouldn’t even think twice about.
Hugging a friend? Visiting your grandparents? Walking along the beach? Taking the kids to the playground? Going to a movie?
Write it down.
Let’s not take these things for granted anymore.
Gratitude Log Printable
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