Monday evening I finally made a trip out to Target. I trip I have been telling myself I am going to make for a long time but just have not had the motivation to do because of the drive. A friend of mine, Emma kept telling me that I needed to go there to check out their office supplies since Matt and I are in the process of redoing our office space. Even though we just renovation the house, the way we rearranged the furniture in the office just is not working for the both of us. It needs to be more “workable” for the both of us.
In any case, the trip to Target was great. I was able to find a lot of great decorations and office pieces that I was looking for to organize all our papers and clutter. What I did not intend to find, was a gratitude journal. I had to stop and think about it for a moment. Did I really need a journal that was $15?? Then I read the back of the book; Gratitude: A Journal by Catherine Price. Things have not been going exactly as planned in my life at the moment, so I thought this would be the perfect way to try and stay positive through writing.
The first prompt in this journal was very similar to a couple other posts I have recently read by other bloggers. Emma Bauso just wrote a tasteful post about how she perceives beauty in response to a journal prompt written by Danielle at Sometimes Sweet. I found this very ironic because I have been thinking about this prompt all week. Should I write my response on my blog? Shouldn’t I? Did I want to add a Gratitude Journal category to my new layout to add a more person touch to my blog? Would that make it less professional? I honestly wasn’t sure.
Then I read Emma’s post and saw how raw and real her response was to Danielle’s journal prompt. When I first started my blog I really did not have a direction. It was a great way for me to share Matt and my renovation with our family, friends and other readers, along with other posts I wrote, and of course my brief pageant journey as Miss Auburn. Eventually those projects were completed and I started to run out of ideas to post about, hence my need for a new direction. I do not ever want to run out of ideas again because I have set my blog up with specific categories that I feel I have to stick to.
Anyways, I am getting off subject, my first gratitude journal prompt was:
Pick out three things in your day that are beautiful. Take time to notice and appreciate them in the moment; then, when you get home, jot them down in your journal.
I took a full day to think about what my answer would be, and this is what I wrote:
Sooner than later,
The Tiny Professional
1. Friends. As I have graduated high school, I have found that good friends are hard to come by. Finding one good friend is a beautiful thing. I never had a chance to realize this until I noticed that all of my close friends had drifted away due to new jobs, continuing their education to a graduate level or because life took them down a different path.
2. Time. Since I have completed my master's degree, I have noticed that extra time is a beautiful gift that I am taking full advantage of to accomplish all the tasks I have been procrastinating. The busier my schedule gets, the less I take time for granted. Life already feels like it is flying by, I do not want it to go by any faster.
3. Selfless Individuals. I witnessed a person put himself in an uncomfortable position, completely out of his element earlier this week, just to show his support for a great organization and its success of 10 years. Now that was truly beautiful.I realize my response was not very long, but I felt like it answered the question perfectly. Sometimes it is better to just be short and to the point, plus this particular journal does not provide you with much room to physically write your responses. Either way, I hope you enjoy reading my gratitude posts from this point forward. I genuinely enjoy writing them!
Sooner than later,
The Tiny Professional