I’m teaming up with my Endless Summer Projects pals to bring you a wonderful DIY series for the Holiday season: Fresh Holiday Traditions. Over the next 8 weeks, we’ll be posting projects that are simple, lovely, and all about celebration and togetherness. The Holidays don’t need to be hectic and hurried; they can and should be a time to enjoy being with the ones you love. I can’t wait for you to see what beautiful projects we have in store for you!
I’m excited to kick the series off with a simple project that is easy and beautiful, and one that will hopefully help your November to be a month of reflection and joy: Gratitude Journals! My sweet and ever-thoughtful friend, Marcelle, gave me a homemade gratitude journal a few years ago. She told me that if she spent just a few minutes at the end of each day reflecting on the things she was grateful for that day, she was happier and more grateful in general. It made her whole outlook more positive. And it helped her realize how very blessed she was. And I can honestly say that I found the same thing to be true as I steadfastly wrote in my own gratitude journal each night.
So for the entire month of November, I challenge you to take a few minutes before going to bed each night to make a list of three things you are grateful for that day. Sometimes they’ll be big, shiny things, like children and husbands and new jobs. And sometimes they’ll be little things like washing your hair without interruption. The amazing thing is that it doesn’t matter what you write down. Regardless of what your lists look like, you’ll find yourself feeling more blessed, and much more appreciative of all that you have.
These sweet little paper-covered notebooks take less than 5 minutes to put together, and make perfect gratitude journals. Make some for yourself. Make some for you kids. Make some for your friends and family. Can you imagine how amazing Thanksgiving will be this year if everyone has spent the month thinking about all the things they’re grateful for?!
mini composition books (Any small notebooks will work; these mini composition books were from Target, and were two for a dollar!)
patterned paper (A 12×12 piece of scrapbooking paper is enough for two mini composition books.)
Follow along with Pars Caeli, Classic Play, Alexandra Hedin, and I as we post sweet and simple projects over the next 8 weeks in our Fresh Holiday Traditions series. And if you make one of our projects or want to show us your mad creative skills, use the hashtag #FreshHolidays on Instagram!