Gratitude Journal

January 2022

Day 1: I am thankful for new energy. Last year was difficult in areas I wasn’t expecting that threw me for a bit of a loop. If you followed here at all, you will notice that my blog basically died, my presence in social media died, and in my personal like I was barely hanging on. The two weeks of down time over winter break was much needed, and I have done some hard evaluation. I’ve got new goals and ideas for the blog, in my book business, and in my personal life. I’m excited to be taking action to make things happen this year instead of just watching them happen to me. Here is to the next 364 days!

Day 2: I am thankful for connections. A friend and I were talking today about how hard it has been the past two years — and Pastor talked about it in his sermon as well. Basically, we were created for connection. Without it, our mental, physical, and emotional health deteriorates. I’m thankful for the friends I have who are also ready to be together again. I’m thankful for my school being open so I get to teach in person. I’m thankful my church is open and that I have opportunities to serve. I am thankful for my boys who still like to hang out and do things with me. I’m thankful for friends who have been over during the break.

Day 3: I am thankful for challenges I set for myself. Last year I got a microphone as a prize I worked for in my book business. This year I decided to put that microphone to work, and I challenged myself to do a video for my business. Tonight I did just that! I wrote a script, practiced with Baby, then shot the video and uploaded it to my Facebook page. I’m sure I will look back on it and laugh at the quality, but I did what I set out to do!

Day 4: I am thankful to be back at the gym. My treadmill stopped working the other day, so that means I’m reduced to yoga/Pilates videos. Not that I mind doing yoga, but with all the pent up energy I have right now, I need a good run or a session with weights that will leave my body aching later on. I’ve been good at getting up at 4:00 am (hey, I was on break for two weeks and didn’t make it out of pjs for several of those days), braving the cold, and to the gym. My back is sore, and I’m plotting what muscle group to target tomorrow.

Day 5: I am thankful for Baby. Tonight we had our first date of 2022 — dinner and an ice cream (I’ve been informed it’s not a real date if ice cream isn’t involved). He was so excited to “pay” with the coupon and the $5 I put in his date box for him. We chatted about school and friends while we ate, and decided that picking a seat next to the door on a cold, rainy, winter night was not our best decision. This kids sure makes me smile. I’m proud of all he is doing and learning in kindergarten.

Day 6: I am thankful to those who take a chance on being my friend. Some things I have learned about myself in the past few years is I’m super driven — and that can be good or bad. I like to make progress towards goals I set for myself, and I’m not always aware of the people around me when I get focused. I live in my head way too much. I am not the easiest person to be with, especially when I’m geeking out on something (usually reading). I have a handful of new friends at work and in the support groups I’m attending that have been such a blessing to me and the boys. I’m thankful that they looked past the hot mess, the obsessive tendencies, and the geeking out so that we have made friendships that are beneficial to us both. It is nice to have people who want to do things with me, and who feed into the adventures that make up life.

Day 7: I am thankful for my sight. There is a blind student at my school, and today I spent part of the afternoon talking to PE teacher about how we can work to modify team sports so she can participate with her peers. I got to do some research about sports for the visually impaired. There are a few games the Paralympics host that look super fun — goalball looks like a sport I could be successful at. I also watched several videos of Visually Impaired Table Tennis and learned about the different kids of audible balls available. Now, PE with full sight was scary enough for me, and there is no pay high enough that would entice me to teach 25-30 7th graders how to play hockey for the first time. Hats off to PE teachers — my every other week in 5th grade was enough to last me the rest of my teaching career. Now, to adapt the way we think about team sports so this student can participate safely. Hats off to those who we worked with today, and I’m excited to talk to some experts about what else we can do. I really enjoy learning new things, and today was full of new things to learn about!

Day 8: I am thankful for littles who are excited to read with me. I was a bit nervous about starting this reading challenge — all those doubts crept into my head and I almost sat back and didn’t do anything. But then I remembered my work this year is Active, so I took action and started to send out messages to see if anyone was even interested. To my excited surprise, I had 11 kids interested in the first hour! Today I spent the morning putting together fun packets and mailing them out. This is going to be fun!

Day 9: I am thankful for my support people. After church today, Christina and I were talking about how disconnection has really affected us. On a good day, I often feel like I’m socially awkward, so these past few years have heightened that feeling. Not being around people though dumps me into a funk or depression. I’m craving warmer weather when we can go to the park or on a hike. I see the value of physical movement and social things. No more thinking about asking friends to do things or waiting to see how I feel that day. I’m thankful my tribe has been there for me — and I’ve been able to be there for them. I’m more aware of who I can turn to on those rough days, and I do better at asking for help.

Day 10: I am thankful for R and how well he has transitioned in junior high. As a kids who isn’t much interested in school, I was a bit worried for him moving up. This term he has started to take initiative and stepping out to try new things — he tried out for the theater 2 class, had his first pin in wrestling, took up the trombone, and has made some new friends. I love listening to his plans to move to Japan after he graduates, his group’s summer business ideas, and his opinions on topics that become hot topics at the school. He is growing up (he is the same height as I am!) into a caring and deep thinking young man. I’m proud to be his mom.

Day 11: I am thankful for training sessions and conferences. I have seriously missed having these in person the past two years, but I’m also thankful that I don’t have to travel far distances or be away from my kids for long periods of time. I like to learn and grow, but then there is the mom guilt for not being there (especially right now). I’m also thankful that said trainings and conferences can be recorded so when I miss things (because I have kids) or I need to remind myself what I wanted to learn, I can go back and re-watch.

Day 12: I am thankful Baby is learning as much as he is. Tonight he has been my buddy helper. We made a delicious creamy garlic shrimp and noodle dinner. Then he willingly read his book to me. We are currently in my office and he is patiently waiting for me to do beads with him after I finish going over my budget and writing my gratitude for the day. He has started a heart and set out the rainbow pattern he wants, and I’m so impressed with the words he uses to describe what he is doing. He is telling me about his day (I love the days the do meditation in school because he has to demonstrate for me!) and we have been talking about big sister’s birthday. He is growing up so handsome and so smart!

Day 13: I am thankful for the laughter my students bring me. Today in my ELA 8 class, we were down to half the class. Since I call my classroom The Learning Café, I have a hot cocoa machine for when the kids pass off assessments or meet other goals. I got talked into giving the 4 in class hot cocoa (which is pretty easy to do on a cold Thursday afternoon). One student kept slurping his cocoa, and his table partner went off on a five minute tangent of ways to cool it down so he didn’t slurp. Then, student who went on the tirade turned to his cup and SLURPED! My aide and I looked at each other, and it was game over — I laughed so hard I cried! He looked around confused at what was so funny which made us laugh harder. Ahh, I love these students of mine!

Day 14: I am thankful for moments of healing.

14 thoughts on “Gratitude Journal”

  • “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus

  • “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton
    “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick
    “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Sometimes in Life, it is difficult … maybe almost impossible … to find things to be grateful for. I suspect this current period of your life is such a time. May I share some things I am grateful for?
    I am thankful for good, happy memories and the chance to make more
    I am thankful for indoor plumbing
    I am thankful for your minutes
    I am forever grateful for your Kids – ALL of them – even the one who has out grown me
    I am grateful for Retirement
    I am SO THANKFUL for My Children and my kids
    I am grateful I loved and was loved by someone who looked past my looks and saw ME
    I am Eternally Grateful for YOU – I wish I could open my heart & soul so I could SHOW you how warm & bright YOU make me feel
    I LOVE – ADORE – CHERISH – and Marvel at your words
    I am grateful for your Faith and your Prayers and your Compassion and your Friendship
    Thank you
    I love you
    You are ENOUGH!!

  • You are Amazing!
    You are ENOUGH!!!
    I miss your words …. I worry when you aren’t writing something. I know life is chaotic and tumultuous (do I xcrdt for that word?) – but you are my favorite wordsmith and I miss reading your heart

  • “The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.” – Oprah Winfrey

    “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein

    “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” – Ralph H. Blum

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    Thank you for sharing thoughts and words the lift and cause me to think

  • “For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.”
    —Elie Wiesel

    “Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
    —Charles Dickens

    “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”
    —Frank A. Clark

    “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
    —Voltaire

  • I am thankful you are my friend
    I am thankful for your minutes
    I am thankful you are Faithful & Prayerful
    I am thankful you are persistent & resilient
    I am thankful for your example
    I am thankful to be a Papa
    I am thankful for the adventures & memories
    I am thankful for you

  • Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie

    At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. – Albert Schweitzer

    Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality. – Jen Sincero

    ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. – Alice Walker

    Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.

    One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

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