Yesterday, I shared my word for the year and it’s made me really want to focus on things that I can do to ensure that I actually stick to it. Last year, I chose a word that I’m fairly certain I didn’t even remember once March rolled around. Lot of good that did me, huh?
But I have a plan this year and part of it is to ensure that my environment is one that can build me up instead of tear me down. Between our home, my friends, my work, and everything else that fills my life – I’m seeking to make it a positive environment. One that encourages growth and doesn’t leave me feeling drained.
In order to do that, I want to make sure I’m always embracing what I’m grateful for. And while I’ve always enjoyed my TIGF posts, I wanted to bring more purpose to my gratitude lists. So I opted for a DIY gratitude jar. It’s so easy, but (for me at least) so meaningful!
What exactly is a gratitude jar? A gratitude jar is simply a collection of things you’re grateful for. It may be from every day, it might be three things from every day, something from every week, or even just those extra special moments whenever they occur. You simply write them down and fill the jar. Then decide when you’re going to review it. Some people do it monthly, quarterly, or even yearly.
The best thing about the DIY gratitude jar is that there isn’t really a right or wrong way to make/use it. (Well, I guess not filling it with things you’re grateful for might be a wrong way?) Use a box, use a tupperware container, or an actual jar – doesn’t matter. Write the things you’re grateful for on post-its, scrap paper, receipts – doesn’t matter. It’s totally customizable.
In case you’re in need of some inspiration for it, below is my easy DIY gratitude jar!
SUPPLIES for the diy gratitude jar
- Candy Jar
- Stickers / Craft Supplies to Decorate it (Optional)
- Scraps of Paper
STEPS for the diy gratitude jar
- Decorate your jar.
- Write down between 1-3 things you’re grateful for each day.
- Fold up + drop into the jar.
- Repeat daily.
- At the end of the month or the timeframe you’ve decided on, pull out all of the slips and review your best moments.
I plan to pull out the best moments each month and save them for the end of the year to review the best moments of 2016 on NYE :)
how do you keep track of everything that you’re grateful for?