Remembering The Grateful Moments in the Gratitude Journal.

Do you remember when I talked about gratitude on the blog? I talk about what it meant to me, how and why I first started incorporating it into my daily routine and one of the tools I have used since beginning this practice. Well in today’s post, I’m going to talk more in-depth about the Gratitude Journals from the Itty Bitty Book Co. that I mentioned in that particular blog post.

If you haven’t seen the journals before or you’re not sure how they work, I’ll show you how. It’s a small little paper book that fits nicely in the handbag (I place mine inside my personal sized Filofax) or if you tend to journal and write in the evening, then it’ll sit very nicely on your bedside table.

Firstly, you make a quick little note of what’s currently going on in your life right now. So you could be starting a new project, you could be feeling a particular emotion whether that be positive or negative or maybe you don’t have anything exciting going on, that’s okay too. You can really write anything that provides a little life overview.

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This is where you can start to think about your three things that you appreciate and are grateful for. As mentioned in my other blog post, it really can anything; a really good cup of tea, a catch up with a friend, having a nap or going for a run. Being grateful doesn’t have to only happen when big life events happen, you really can use the practice in your day-to-day life.

Every few pages, there is a nice change that pops up when it asks you to list three people you are grateful for. While some people may like sticking to the three things list, I like that it is a change of pace because while you may think of things that you do in your life or opportunities that rise up, how often do we look at the people in our lives and are grateful for them? This change of pace allows us to think beyond the things and to the people in our lives.

Every seventh day, you have an extra page asking you to list some of the best things that happen during the week. Doing this is probably the most pleasurable because you can look back on that week and you might not remember what happened on the Monday, but once you read back, you realise how great the start of the week was for you.

Other little pages that pop up ask you about positive news you have heard recently, where you would consider your happy places and little positive quotes throughout too.

Because it’s essentially a twenty one day challenge (because it takes the average of twenty one days to set a new habit), it asks you at the end of those days, what were some of your best moments? That’s when you can look back on your (almost) month and see what really happened. Did you remember that amazing eight hour sleep you had? Did you remember smashing your personal best on your run? It really is about perspective too and that’s something that I have also gained alongside gratitude.

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I used mine every other day to start off with. My reasons behind that were that I have perfectionist traits that crop up and can take over, so the pressure to do it every day and possibly not keep up with it, throws my anxiety very high. I done that for a few months and then I went through a particular bad period (when I could have used the practice to its full potential in all honesty) and I stopped using it. As a perfectionist, I worked very hard not to start a new journal when I stopped using it for a brief few weeks so once I was ready, I used the same one. The only difference was that there was a massive date difference, and I’m proud of myself that I was able to work through that.

So if you’re on the fence about starting a gratitude journals, these little books are great for starting out to see if it’s something for you (Not everything is for everyone, understandably) and I hope my post has given you more insight into the books.

Meanwhile, if you want to purchase some gratitude journals for yourself or a friend, you can find them right here.

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Please note: I am an affiliate for Itty Bitty Book Co. so affiliate links have been in a number of clickable links used throughout.

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(Blogmas Day Eleven) Positivity Takeover Update #1

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Welcome to Blogmas Day Eleven!

So if you read my Life Update that I posted last week or you seen my Instagram, you’ll know that I was in Rome last week! That was a pretty perfect opportunity to take my Positivity Takeover cards from the Itty Bitty Book Company over to Italy with me. I only left two around the city (I was too busy sightseeing and then I kept forgetting) and they were both in the same place (but quite a distance from each other of course!)

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You’ll have seen this one above on my Instagram!

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Both photographs were taken at Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome on a lovely sunny day (which is why I think the second card is so appropriate!)

I love being one of the many Positivity Takeover ambassadors and I’m going to be spreading more happiness and positivity throughout the New Year!

Spreading positivity with Itty Bitty Book Co!

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When I first started my blog, I never imagined I would be talking about my mental health, I thought my blog would just be a place to talk about nail polish, lifestyle and my beauty empties. Here I am though, in a community that talks loud and often about issues that affect them, mental health being one and because it’s such a true reflection of me, it makes me proud to write my blog and share some of the experiences that I have had in my life so far.

Positivity is a word that I see every day on Twitter and Instagram and hear in almost every podcast I listen to. I think positivity and negativity both have their place in life, but today I’m focusing on positivity. I am very happy to be teaming up with the Itty Bitty Book Company for, what will hopefully be, a long partnership of spreading happiness throughout the web, Northern Ireland and the world!

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Who are Itty Bitty Book Co? As you may or may not know, I live in Northern Ireland and Itty Bitty are based here too. They make all their products here and they were established in 2013. I’ll not give you their whole back story when they do a much better job to telling it over on their website, but I want to tell you about one of my favourite quotes from their website (which is available in print form here! )and what it means to me.

“Believe in yourself and all that you are, know that something inside of you is greater than any obstacle”

I think a lot of us are held back by ourselves; our worries, our fears and our self-doubt. Now yes, some of us might even be held back by other people but ultimately when it all boils down to delving into our deepest fears and what we worry about, it comes within ourselves. This quote to me tells me that we all have our negative moments and negative thoughts but if you work on yourself continuously, you can come out on top of that negativity and win. Whether that be on your own, with a friend, with a family member, with a therapist, with a group; if you work through your emotions and go in deeper as to why you feel the way you do, you build up a relationship with yourself that will be harder to break as time goes on.

This won’t happen over night, this won’t happen by saying one quote every day for a year, that’s not what I’m getting at at all. You can defeat anything, you just have to believe in yourself. Belief is much more stronger sense than people give it credit for.

I’m really looking forward to taking part in the #PositivityTakeover (and I’ve just ordrered their little cards which you can find right here!) and all the other campaigns with Itty Bitty too! I have included affiliate links throughout this post as I am a Itty Bitty Ambassador.

(Photography credit goes to Sera from The Style Guide Blog)