My Gratitude Journal

These Three Things in July, 2020

Start each day with a grateful heart. List at least three things that you are grateful for every morning before you get out of bed. Try to make it three different things every day. If you struggle with that, it’s ok. Think of three things you are grateful for and when you struggle, list those same three things on your list every morning.

I have the same three things that I list on the days when I struggle to think of anything new. For me, my children are always the first on that list. After I list my same three things, I usually realize that there other things and my gratitude list starts growing. I think of the simple things that I am grateful for such as birds chirping, waking up on a sunny day, the smell and taste of coffee…

Then I think of the basic things to be grateful for such as being able to drink clean water, having a comfortable bed to sleep on, a roof over my head, food on the table, a reliable car to take me where I need to go, a job so I can make money, good health…

Before I know it, I have recited a long list of gratitude.

I am grateful for…

Here are my three things that I am grateful for in this month of July:

Celebrating my parent’s anniversary. July is the month of my parent’s anniversary, This year, they celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary. Last year for their 50th wedding anniversary, my parents came to visit to celebrate with their children and grandchildren. They stayed at my house. We had a lot of fun. My favorite memory from that time is watching fireworks outside with my mom on the 4th of July. I enjoyed spending time with my whole family, eating lots of food and taking a lot of pictures together.

My little sewing space and my 1960 Kenmore sewing machine- the best gift I ever received

More time for my hobbies. This quarantine has allowed many of us to learn new things or expand on our current hobbies. I am grateful that I have more time to cook and bake. We have not eaten out or taken any food out since March. That’s a lot of home cooked meals. I’ve learned to cook new dishes and bake different types of desserts. I am also grateful that I have more time to sew. Actually, I think that it’s the sewing that has kept me sane, distracted and busy especially during this time. It’s fun to create something new, practice better sewing and learn new skills. There’s no rush to finish any products since there is nowhere to go right now. My sewing these days is definitely about the process and not only the product. It’s very relaxing and that’s a good feeling.

Opportunity to work from home: Due to the quarantine, I have worked from home every single day since March 16th. Before that, I did have one telecommute day a week (every Thursday) that I was always grateful for. I get more done when I work from home. Of course, I miss socializing with my friends and eating lunch together. But I am grateful that I have the opportunity to stay safer at home and perform my job duties from home. I coordinate services for school aged children with special needs. I am grateful that I have an opportunity to help the children on my caseload and their parents (especially mommies) during this difficult time.

Start each day with a grateful heart.