December last year, I boarded on a 30-day gratitude journey. The objective is to document one thing a day for which I’m thankful and pair it with a photo. I posted them in my Instagram account.
I remember I’ve also done this, 3 years ago, with the #25DaysOfGratitude hashtag that I got from Victory Church. It’s about sending 24 people a direct message of thanks. The 25th person is Jesus who came to save us so that we can live an eternal life. The approach is slightly different, but the motivation is still the same. It is to remind ourselves that life is a gift, so we should never forget to enjoy every moment we’re in.
It’s actually a nice exercise to practice focusing on all the good things in life. Even if it seems like we’re really having a bad day, there’s always something to thank for. Gratitude is a wonderful attitude that can help us overcome anything.
I’ve completed the journey. Now what?
Ok, since I already started out Project Life, I figured I want to add more memories to my album by documenting the highlights of my previous year/s. I started with my gratitude photos, consolidated them and made a layout.
This time, all the photos are in square format since I captured them in Instagram. As each of the photos has matching captions, I decided to use white space to make the words readable.
I’m a fan of white space! It looks so clean and simple and everything on it stands out. I use Tracy Larsen’s the simply white collection here.
Here’s the complete list!
Day 1: Today I am thankful for: Sundays! Kids church, service, strolling in the mall with hubby, groceries, power nap, house chores, dinner. I thank God for simple days like this. My Sunday was productive and my heart’s fulfilled. ❤ The first day of the last month of the year is about to end.. let’s make each day merry and bright.
Day 2: Today I am thankful for: God’s gift of freewill. No matter what life throws at us, we can always choose to plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, kindness.
Day 3: Today I am thankful for: the Rain! It gives me so many reasons to “feel” today.. Like sharing my umbrella to a stranger, indulge in hot noodles, receive an extra hug from hubby, and have a cold night sleep.
Day 4: Relationships! I turn 27 today (pwede na daw mag-baby sabi ni hubby. 0_o) ..and more than having another year of life, I am beyond grateful that God blessed me with relationships to lovely people who made me better, kept me grounded and encouraged me in my faith and walk in Jesus. With each birthday I celebrate, I am reminded of how much of me and these relationships have grown. Thank you everyone, for you have blessed me with your life. :)
Day 5: Today I am thankful for: chocolates!! Need I say more?
Day 6: Today I am thankful for: Christmas! Just the word brings joy to my heart.. a beautiful season that reminds us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. :) Excited to come home very soon.
Day 7: Today I am thankful for: Family! Our endless source of support and guidance.
Day 8: Today I am thankful for: Quiet Time. It really feels great to have a break after a long, active week. It rain hard this afternoon and we were stuck in the bus stop.. which bought me a few minutes to just sit back, relax and catch up with my readings. I think I need more of this. :)
Day 9: Today I am thankful for: Flowers! Because “All the flowers.. would have very extra special powers. They would sit and talk to me for hours.. when I’m lonely in a world of my own..” (my birthday flowers are still in bloom) ^_^
Day 10: Today I am thankful for: Myself! Hahaha! I will continue to celebrate who I was, who I am today and who I will be in the future.
Day 12: Today I am thankful for: My spiritual family! One of the highlights of my year is to become acquainted with this group of wonderful women who intentionally held me accountable to God’s truth and wisdom. Thank you ladies for welcoming me in the group and for being so generous in blessing me with your life. :)
Day 13: Today I am thankful for: Coffee Breaks, where me, hubby or friends catch-up and share stories.
Day 14: Today I am thankful for: Opportunities! I wasn’t quite ready for Singapore then. I’m scared and I have doubts in myself. But thank God that He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. I took the first step and everything beautifully unfolds. I had no idea that I will be saved, baptized, get engaged and married, meet great people and find a spiritual family in a foreign land. It’s amazing how God only asks for a “willing heart” and He will do all the works through you. :)
Day 15: Today I am thankful for: Crafts! It’s so fulfilling to serve the Lord through the kids – our future leaders and game-changers. Let’s continue to put Jesus in their hearts as they grow.
Day 16: Today I am thankful for: My job! I have a love-and-hate relationship with my job. Sometimes I hate it when it stresses and sucks the life out of me. But I am still grateful that I have one that provides me with enough to bless my family, others and make myself sustainable. :)
Day 17: Today I am thankful for: Singapore! My great blessing in disguise. The foreign land where I was called and saved, engaged and married, and where I received countless gifts even without asking.
Day 18: Today I am thankful for: Jelly Beans! My comfort food lately. Because sweets make me happy.
Day 19: Today I am thankful for: His Word. Lord, I am grateful for Your unending grace during this time of stress and restlessness.
Day 20: Today I am thankful for: Gifts! Such a sweet reminder that YOU are remembered. :)
Day 21: Today I am thankful for: Airports and Airplanes! I will always love to travel far and wide across the world. Thank God for these wonderful inventions/ideas. It makes thousand miles closer.
Day 22: Today I am thankful for: Old friends! Distance and time may change but I’m happy to know that we’ll get to be old friends until we’re really old. :)
Day 23: Today I am thankful for: Greenwich! Paborito ko pa rin ang lasagna, hinahanap-hanap ang lasa. Ang saya saya!
Day 24: Today I am thankful for: Time. The older we get, the faster it seems to go. So let’s live each day with the appreciation it deserves.
Day 25: Today I am thankful for: God’s greatest gift to me! My dearest, my constant companion, my best friend and partner-in-crime, my shopping and travel buddy, my loyal supporter, my unfailing encourager, my number 1 follower and my forever true love. It’s our first Christmas as husband-and-wife Mahal, may we have more merry celebrations with Christ as the center of it. I love you so much!
Day 26: Today I am thankful for: Dogs! He doesn’t mind if I don’t talk/play with him after a long day, he sticks beside me anyway. When I’m feeling blue, he curls up on my lap as if he knew. And when I say goodbye, he waits until the day I’d be back to say hi! I missed you Potchi!
Day 27: Today I am thankful for: Hardworkers! We went to POEA this afternoon to get our OEC, ganun pa rin mabagal ang proseso, we were there at 2pm but we only finished by 9pm. Still, I’m grateful for the employees who stayed late just to complete all the forms and accommodate thousands of OFWs within the day. Wala namang masungit. Hehe.
Day 28: Today I am thankful for: A good vacation! After long work hours, long weeks and months, we needed rest this much! Even God rested from all His labor, not because He was tired, but to enjoy His creation. Thank You Lord for these moments of rest. :)
Day 29: Today I am thankful for: Directions! It reminds me of the Lord’s never-ending guidance so we will not fall astray and be lead to where He wants us to be.
Day 30: Today I am thankful for: My pink nails! This is done by my husband, not bad for a first-timer. Looking forward to more kikay-bonding moments. :)
Day 31: Today I am thankful for: New Year – a clean slate, a chance to start-over to make things right and make things happen. Our first new year as husband-and-wife.. And our second in Singapore.
It has been a lovely journey. I should do this every year. :)