I am super in love with cute photos and anything that speaks of unconditional love 💟 obviously, i’m a pug lover too ❤💋 #ilove #protons29 #february #love #lovework #lovemonth #grateful #gratitude #gratitudejar #cute #adorable #baby #boy #pets #dogs #pug #pugstagram #pugsofinstagram #petstagram #puglover #tumblr #doglover 🐶👶

The Gratitude Jar

You may or may not be familiar with the concept of a gratitude jar. It’s become très chic–if I do say so myself; however, the point is I have started one. I wish I could say that it was my first time, but…..alas… isn’t. 

Yes, I have done this before, unsuccessfully. How does one even do a gratitude jar unsuccessfully? Well, I came across the idea around, maybe: November/December 2013. I saw it on Pinterest (and we know how much of a black hole that website is) and I loved the idea. I had to do it for 2014. That lasted for about 3 months. Actually, I’m not sure I even made it to March. That month is debatable, but January and February definitely happened. I am staring at the unfinished product now and it’s a tad ridiculous. I mean, I still had many things I was and still am grateful for throughout the past year, but I allowed life to get in the way and the “jar” literally collected dust. 

Fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2014. I was waiting to go out with a friend and I mentioned the jar to her. I explained the whole concept as I understood it and she loved it. We decided to do it together and agreed to hold each other accountable. AAAHHH!!! That ‘A’ word. Scary isn’t it? I’m not sure why, but, I believe that everybody agrees that when someone hold us to our decisions, we HAVE to keep them; so why do we run from accountability? I’ve done it countless number of times it’s ridiculous and dumb because we are only harming ourselves. It’s almost as if we want to leave ourselves a way out of a situation? Anyways…..I digress…..

It’s now March 28, 2015, and I am writing the most ovedue blogpost of the century and how is my gratitude jar going? Well, it’s not perfect, but, it’s still going! I think that’s the moral of the story today. LOL! I think I used this graphic in a previous post “Progress Not Perfection.” I have made tremendous progress, in that I have been writing semi-consistently. I have skipped some days, but I try not to beat myself up over it and start again the next day when I remember. If it would help, should you decide to do this, try to write down a note to remind yourself or get an accountability partner like I have in my friend. 

After all this talking I think what I really want you to know about why I have started this journey with my jar is that at the end of the year I want to be able to look back at all the good things that I was thankful for, or wanted to remember because it made me happy at that moment. I need to be reminded of how blessed I am, what I do what I do, the reasons I go after my dreams and all the little things that brought me to where I am or will be at the end of 2015. I have realised for myself these past few months that when I think of the good in my life, all the bad that I tend to dwell on gets forgotten just that much quicker and it makes life that much easier, and I feel that much happier. After all, isn’t that what most of us are after? An easier, happier life?

WHY YOU SHOULD START A GRATITUDE JAR: The essence of a gratitude/blessings jar allows us to ground ourself in the present moment. The notes we put in the jar invites a feeling of thankfulness for everything and everyone that is currently in your life. Refer to them when your having a rough day or hold off until the end of the year to reflect on all the amazing things big or small that you’re grateful for. Kudos to @BaddieSam for starting her jar! #GratitudeJar #Womanhood

My family and I did this last year. It was so fun reading it and remembering all the things. Sometimes we get busy in life and forget the little joys, it’s nice to have a reminder.

#gratitude #gratitudejar #newyeartradition #newyears #reminder #moments #specialmoments #happiness #lol #littlethings #goodthings #family #familytraditions (at Bismarck, ND)

It’s the 1st of February already!?

I was inspired to do the Gratitude Jar this year by the lovely @lookingflyonadime (follow her)! I designed my own for a more personal effect.

Purpose: To make you mindful of being thankful for your blessings (big or small) and to serve as a reminder of those blessings as you progress through the year.

It’s easy! At the end of every month I will write a note listing what I am thankful for having experienced or acquired within that given month and put it in the jar. Whenever I feel the need to be reminded, I’ll simply go back and read those notes!

For January, I’m thankful for being able to say that I have real friends. Months ago I asked for love & support as I was going through a very dark time in my life. Well Lenora, Tiffany and Shermayne rose to the occasion and has been in my corner ever since (and already were before that)!!! I love you ladies!

I’m also grateful for the few that realized they hadn’t heard from me and acted on reaching out to me. Jessica, Jeremy and Ashley - thank you!

Last but not least, I’m thankful for having a real man by my side - my fiancé O'Lamar. I am one lucky girl!

I’m already looking forward to what February brings and I encourage you to give the gratitude jar a try. ❤

#GratitudeJar #DIY #ImThankful #RealFriendsRHard2Find #TheyUpliftedMe #ShowLove #BeSupportive #PurpleEverything #BlueFlowers #PinkFlowers #LatePost

NOW is yet another starting point of my journey. Browsing my previous IG posts, which are ampapangits (me and the styles) well, before (LOL), realized a lot of it are from my university days.

I cant stress more the improvements in areas of my life. Haggard, tag-hirap, at madalas mangarap. Mga pangarap na pinapangarap ng tipikal na iskolar – makaalis lang ako dito, makapagtrabaho, at uumpisahan ko libutin ang mundo. Pero paano? Ang labo…

Hep hep – hindi pa tapos ang laban. Pero balik-tanaw, lumevel-up na pala ang mga pangarap ko ngayon. Hindi hamak na mas may laman, mas may kabuluhan, at mas may pinanghahawakan. Hope, ba?

Ang dami ko palang bitterness dati. Ang pananaw ko, mababaw. Makamundo. Mapusok. Malabo. Ang tanging pinanghahawakan ko – ang walang kasiguraduhang pangarap ko at ang kamera kong may lenteng malabo. Ang labo talaga.

Ngayon may gratitude jar na ako na naglalaman ng aking mga pasasalamat – mumunti man o malaking-malaki. Giants, ba? Laman nito ang claimed dreams and goals.

Sa labas pa lang kitang-kita na. Ano yan? Tanong ng iba. Sagot ko ‘Gratitude jar, gusto mo’? Hindi lang para para sa sarili ko mga mithiin ko.

Paano? Bakit?

Kasi masyado nang faithful si God.

Ang tanging sagot ko sa tanong Niya: “Hello. Kumusta ka?”.

Ulong nakayuko, tuhod na nakatiklop, mga kamay na nakasaklop, at luhang walang tigil sa pag-agos.

#thankYou #thankful #gratitude #gratitudejar #jar #God #lettertoGod #Bro #Icantbethankfulenough #openheart #overflowing heart #haveyouhadyours #quiettime #reminisce #Godembrace

Ta-da first entry! The gift of gratitude jar which will be my buddy for a year, and a source of my teardrops! Thank you people for the awesome idea, and for this amazing gift. You rock Apple, and Sheena!

No, they haven’t known one another yet. I’m pretty sure they’ll do. Meehee.  ‪#‎grateful‬ ‪#‎notamysteryanymore‬

2014 was a pretty wonderful year full of new adventures and places. 2015 is promising to be even better so I wanted to make sure I remembered every moment. Here is my gratitude jar in honor of the Queen herself. Here’s to a flawless year! #picstitch #beyoncé #2015 #gratitudejar #flawless @beyonce (at Washington, D.C)

Gratitude Jar [Embracing the little things we are thankful for...]

It is natural to become overwhelmed with the daily obstacles that life presents, especially if your family that is coping with cancer as one of those obstacles. As humans, we tend to forget the little things we are grateful for. 

Today, we want to focus on embracing these little things. This “Gratitude Jar” is the perfect and simple opportunity to take note of everything you are grateful for. 

Anytime that you have a moment of gratefulness, or just have a thankful thought pop in your head, write them on a little note and put them into the jar. Anytime you are having a hard day, take a moment to look into this jar and ease your emotions. Replacing negative thoughts with loving and positive thoughts will provide greater emotional health and coping skills in the future.

Check out the full tutorial here!