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Expressing gratitude doesn’t require money. It doesn’t require much thought or effort, but it can change our whole outlook on life.
I say this, because I’ve experienced it personally.
Three years ago, I started keeping a Gratitude Journal — a small notebook where I recorded a few blessings from each day. I was going through some health problems at the time and feeling really discouraged and weary from going to doctors, trying various treatments, and not seeing any improvement.
After I began the habit of writing down my blessings each morning, I noticed a marked difference in my attitude — even while struggling with pain and discomfort. I started noticing little blessings that I had taken for granted before. I realized how much I had to be thankful for that I hadn’t been paying attention to because I was so focused on the pain and discomfort.
Truly, the simple practice of writing down my blessings each day transformed my perspective. Instead of focusing on everything that seemed to be going wrong, I started being so grateful for all that was right in my life.
Once my health problems were finally resolved, I had found such benefit in writing down my blessings every day that I decided to continue doing it.
Since I’m all about keeping things simple, I love the concept of a having a journal where there’s just a little space to write in every day. I don’t usually have 15 minutes to journal every day, but I can find a minute or two to write down a few things I’m thankful for.
My mom bought me a journal for two years that was a line-a-day gratitude journal. I loved using it and as I’ve talked about it here on the blog, many of you have asked where you can get one, too.
I started dreaming about the possibility of creating my own gratitude journal — one that was pretty, clean, simple, and inspiring. Soon after this, a company approached us about possibly publishing a journal or gift book for us.
When I had my first phone call with them, I knew exactly what journal I wanted them to help us create — a simple Gratitude Journal! We launched these last year and have loved the response we’ve gotten from so many of you who have used them over this past year and been inspired to adopt the daily practice of counting your blessings!
The Choose Gratitude Blessings Journal will inspire you to look for blessings in your every day life. It’s simple (just two lines for every day!) and doable for even the busiest woman.
Each month, there is a theme and each month’s pages have quotes and encouragement to go along with that theme. There are also a few extra pages for journaling or doodling if you’d like to include some extra thoughts or blessings.
We are so excited to also offer the Choose Love Mother’s Journal this year. I created this journal to serve as a constant reminder to moms to live and mother out of love — even on the hard and difficult days. Loving our children well not only reflects Christ’s love to them, but it’s a beautiful gift we can give them.
This journal has one line for every day of the calendar year. You can use it to record things you love about being a mom, funny stories or things your kids did or said that day, quick lessons you’re learning as a mom, special memories, or even just blessings.
The Choose Love Journal provides quick and simple way to stop and take time to record things you might otherwise forget to write down. And at the end of the year, it’s such a fun exercise to go back and read over what you’ve written from that year — reminding you of blessings, struggles, and memories shared together.
P.S. We’re now offering flat rate shipping in our online store — which should make shipping much more affordable, especially for those of you who live in areas where shipping was showing up so high last week.
1. A Date With This Guy
I love spending time as a family or with all my kids together, but making time for one-on-one time is really important, too. It requires more intention and sometimes some sacrifice and planning, but it’s so worth it.
It doesn’t have to be a date to Starbucks. It could be reading a book together. Or cooking together. Or playing a game together. It just asking questions one-on-one and really listening to the answers.
However it looks, make it a priority. Because these years and opportunities are fleeting.
2. A Reminder of How Much I Can Take For Granted
This is what, “I’m hungry and desperate” looks like. I flew to Kansas today and forgot to bring food with me or get anything at the airport in Nashville and they didn’t have snacks on the plane.
I was SO hungry by the time I made it to Dallas, but I didn’t have that long of a layover, so I decided to just get to my gate and then find some food close by.
Well, they are doing all sorts of construction in Terminal B in Dallas right now, so I had to take all these detours to make it to my gate. And then, when I finally made it there with little time to spare, I discovered that I was at the gate where there was literally nothing but vending machines — unless you have time to walk a long ways somewhere else.
So I ate vending machine food — something I basically never do — and thought about how entitled I am that I was frustrated that this was my only option. When you think of all the people around the globe with no food options, it reminds me just how easily I can take things for granted.
3. Watching Kathrynne Swim
Kathrynne had two swim meets this past week and it was SO fun to get to see her compete. She is so focused, driven, and committed to doing her best. And it inspires me to watch!
4. Being Able to Laugh at Myself
Sometimes, when things don’t turn out how you’d hoped they would, you just have to laugh.
Case in point: my attempt to tweak my waffle recipe this week! (See above. No, those are not scrambled eggs on that plate. That’s exactly how each of the waffles came off the waffle maker tonight. Just like that pile right there. I know. I’m just not sure how I do it! ;))
5. My Paris Mug
Drinking coffee out of my Paris mug this week reminded me to pray and feel burdened for those affected by the events in Paris, as well as so many other hard situations going on — locally and globally.
There is so much suffering and heartache around us. Sometimes it feels so heavy that choosing joy is hard.
We can’t fix all the problems in the world. But we can do our little part in our little sphere of life to live with outstretched arms.
To love wholeheartedly. To give generously. To say a kind word. To smile. To find the good and praise it. To be a safe place for others to be authentic. To listen well. To care deeply. And to live fully.
You were created to make a difference. Never forget that!
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They have over 1000 different prints and patterns available for their products — something to suit just about every taste and style!
One of their most popular items is their Dishwasher Magnets. These have even been featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine! This is a fun — and practical! — way to let your family know whether the dishes in the dishwasher are dirty or clean.
Other products they offer include: hand stamped coasters, oilcloth coasters, cork boards, jewel push pins, doorbell signs, dry erase magnet sets, banners & party decor, and even wall clocks.
They sent me some white board magnets for my fridge earlier this year, and I love them! They are big but stylish — the perfect way to add a splash of color to the refrigerator. Plus, you can write reminders or quotes on them, too!
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Last year, we launched our Choose Gratitude Journals and they ended up being a crazy, smashing success. So smashing, in fact, that we had all sorts of problems with shipping and fulfillment and our online store.
You all know how to show up for a sale, that’s for sure!
We ended up selling out of what we had felt like was a huge order within just a short time period and then they were out of stock for a long, long time.
Ever since last November, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to investigate how to bring you products and product sales and how to be able to fulfill thousands of orders in a week — at the level of excellence that we want to offer to you.
It’s taken months of work and investigation and trial and error, but we are so excited that we now have a grown-up online store, a real warehouse space, and a shipping manager. How cool is that??
Which means that we’re able to offer you much better customer service and hopefully fix 99% of the problems caused with our shopping cart software last time we did a sale.
You all have begged and begged and begged for us to bring back the Choose Gratitude Journals again this year, so I’m SO excited that we have a big supply of them on hand ready to ship out to you!
Use coupon code NOVLOVE at checkout and it will knock the price of either journal down to just $8.50 at checkout. This sale price is valid through Monday only. You can buy as many as you’d like at this price!
Go here to order these journals for just $8.50 from our brand-new online shop!
Psst! The coupon code NOVLOVE also works on our Choose Love Journals — knocking the price down to just $8.50 each for those, too. The Choose Love Journals were specifically designed to encourage and bless mothers to be intentionally about choosing love in their every day life.
A few things to note:
- Shipping should be about $4-ish per book ordered for the first 1 to 2 books. Shipping is calculated based upon where you live and the actual weight of the products. I know this is high, but we’ve worked very hard to get the best actual shipping prices we possibly can and still offer quality shipping service (we’ve chosen not to offer media mail or parcel post because both are very unreliable and often take weeks to arrive).
- If you’re going to order two journals only, it’s actually a better deal on shipping to place two separate orders of one journal each.
- The good news is that if you want to order the journals as gifts, if you order 4-6+ journals, shipping goes down significantly. These make great gifts for so many different people on your list so consider ordering multiple copies to get a better deal — and to be able to have great and meaningful gifts to give this Christmas!