I've had a love for journaling since I can remember. I still have journals from high school (which make me want to cringe when I read them!) and stacks of journals written since then. I even took to typing out my thoughts on a typewriter at one point and have a whole binder full of pages. With the fast-paced lives we live, I decided that November should be a time of reflection and a time where I really think about the things I'm grateful for and create a journal full of them. I'm a champ at looking at my life and seeing all the things I need to change or the things I could do better, but I'm not so awesome at taking a good look at my life and being thankful for what the Lord has given me, the opportunities he has put in my path, and the amazing people he has placed in my life.
So my challenge for this November (for me and for you!) is to write down something you're thankful for every day. It can be something simple or something deep. I use a simple Moleskine journal to write everything down (I have about a trillion of these - it's kind of an addiction).
I've gone a step further and made my journal into kind of an "art project" if you will. Along with writing down what I'm thankful for, I'm taping a little something on the page that represents what I wrote down. I have a polaroid camera, so I'll take photos and tape them in. In today's post I wrote that I'm thankful for nature and the beauty it holds, so I grabbed a few leaves from outside and taped them in. Those leaves may be brown and crumply in a few years, but I think it will be fun to look back at what I was thankful for in November of 2016.
Aside from just being something that is sentimental, I love how positive thinking and being reminded of what we have been blessed with can really change our minds and our hearts. There is so much negativity in this world, and something as simple as writing down our thankful thoughts can change our perspective on life. I'm convinced that if we focused more on what we have been given instead of the things that are going wrong, our world would be a much happier place. So my challenge to you is to be thankful! Take a hot second out of your day, each day in November, to write down or even just think about the blessings in your life.