Grateful List

Sometimes you just need to be grateful. Well, ideally, we should be grateful all the time. However, that is harder to manage with life’s insistence to not follow along with our wishes.   The next best thing is to take a moment each day to remind yourself of what you appreciate in your life.  You may be surprised to find that the more you pause to reflect the more your awareness grows of all the good things that are happening day-to-day.

Sharing Gratitude

Sharing a little gratitude can be as simple as saying out loud to yourself or to your partner three things that occurred that day that you were grateful for. Then you can hit the sack. Or, find a pen pal of sorts. Every day write an email (or actual snail mail!) and list three things you appreciate.  Perhaps you like to take pen to paper and jot down something. That’s my jam too. Each night, I write a sentence in my monthly Gratitude Log within my Bullet Journal. It’s the perfect way to end the day.

Littlest Martha’s Grateful List

I’d like to take the opportunity to review past months’ Gratitude Logs and share with you what I’m grateful for. Maybe they will remind you what you’re grateful for too.

    1. Snuggles
    2. My son’s belly laughs and how only my husband can make him laugh so
    3. Clouds
    4. Sunday mornings with crossword puzzles and coffee and eggs
    5. My husband’s cooking
    6. Morning meditations
    7. Giggling with a friend
    8. My co-workers/friends and their wonderful energy
    9. Rescuing a lost dog
    10. Monthly date night
    11. Going to the gym
    12. Catan
    13. Being able to forgive myself
    14. Meditation group
    15. Peter Piper Pizza with the boys
    16. Feeding ducks
    17. My son’s curly hair
    18. Wine
    19. Yoga
    20. A rainbow to start the day
    21. Podcasts
    22. Chicken soup
    23. Volunteering at St. Mary’s Food Bank and Homebase
    24. Dim Sum on Sundays
    25. Homemade pho
    26. Gumbo
    27. Feeding a stranger
    28. Writing
    29. Blogging
    30. Learning to say “yes” to what comes

Grateful For You

Thank you. Thank you for subscribing and reading these ramblings. Thank you for posting comments. Thank you for being as you are. As a token of my appreciation, and in the spirit of this post, I whipped something up for you.  Download it and let it inspire you to make each day wonderful. Like you.

Inspiration quote by Hafiz over a golden sunrise

 

With love and kindness,

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Forget Art By Numbers, Try Art by Pinterest

Oh wait, I’ve read this blog post before. 

Yeah, yeah. I know it’s a trend that I and other bloggers have been getting in to lately: see pretty picture, want pretty picture and think that, well, maybe I could make said pretty picture.

However, this one was a success. No pins sticking out the back or anything. Woot!

Making Some Art – Pinterest Style

The Pinspiration

Source: momspark.net via Martha on Pinterest

Prepping The Canvas

I have discovered the frog tape, used for keeping your baseboards from getting paint splattered, can also save one’s butt when trying to paint straight lights on canvas.

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Paint and Pencil

After you’ve colored your stripes, and allowed time to try, you can use stencils or lightly write in pencil the words of your favorite quote. The stencils I purchased were too large so I had to use pencil. And I don’t hate the outcome. Success!

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Steady Hand and Cool Head

I’m not a very patient person. So this portion of the project was very challenging. Tip: I found myself using the pointed round tip brush the most. Not sure what kind of paint brush you’ll need? Check out the 8 different types of acrylic brushes.

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Give It A Try!

Saw something on Pinterest you’d like to try? Great! Go for it! It probably won’t come out at all like you wanted but who cares? You tried something new and if you enjoyed the experience perhaps you’ll do better next time.

Source: via erin on Pinterest

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