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Project 52 | FORTY SEVEN

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Gratitude is a funny thing. The more we practice it, the happier we are. At least that’s how it works for me. Several months ago my SIL sent me this article and it changed me. I was in the middle of my really rough patch and needed something to change my attitude around. I wasn’t suffering from PPD. I was suffering from extreme sleep deprivation. It was crippling. I was dwelling on the negative and forgetting the positive, which is so easy to do when you sleep no more than three hours straight for six months in a row. I kept turning to the internet to whine instead of trying to find positives in my life, which there were plenty of. I was just forgetting them. It was around this time that I deleted facebook from my iphone and downloaded The Gratitude Journal app instead. I programmed it to send me a reminder every night during everett’s dreamfeed, which forced me to note what I was thankful for each day. I am very specific when I record things in there and what a difference it has made for me. Even in the haze, there were bright shining stars. People and moments and love. I had forgotten those important things. Thinking about them every day helped me get to a better place and rediscover my usual positive spirit. & the really funny thing was, rarely did any of my grateful entries include material things. Those things never provide long lasting joy.

So on this black Friday, my goal is to spend only the money it takes to buy a fresh Christmas Tree, and use this family day to enjoy one another. We haven’t been able to do that as a family of four lately. :)

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& Project 52 is off to a very collaborative start! If you’d like to join in–it’s not too late. Here’s everything you need to know about

my 2012 Project 52.

& those of you who are linking up (please let me know if you need to be edited/added!):

Adventures in MommyhoodAnd NowAubrey My LoveBlossoms & VintageBugs & Boo-Boos Candice CravesCandidly Colette Caynay PhotographyChristina’s Project 52 Chronicles of KTClaire Jane The Crain’s Nest Dana Moran Photography The Daulton Dabbler Englexas Everything Eatherton Fairy Wings & Dinosaurs Finding Joy Firecracker MamaFreckled PinkFrom Stanwood to Seoul Gin & Juice Boxes Heather Marie PortraitsIci & LaIt’s a Graham LifeIt’s a Strange & Lovely RideKate L Photography Keeping up with the Carters Kim Percival PhotographyLiving for Love Lizzi Photography Mahina & Lucas Mama Bethany McLain Padilla Photography Mist Moments Memories by Mere Moments & Impressions The Mommyhood Memos Moo with Me Moxie Made My Tots TravelNavigating the MothershipNicole Dina PhotographyOh the Places We’ll GoOur Baby Behr Our Splendid Little Life Phreckle Face Photography Quiet FootstepsRachel Gray PhotographyThe Robersons Shades of Bliss Shutter Mama BlogSide of the TableSimply Us Snaps of Our LifeSquamish Baby The Todd’sTruly Dedicated Mommy We Aren’t Scared of SugarWe’re Better Together Wicked KateWokabout Z as in Zebra

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  • Renee @ Photography + Doodling + Motherhood - Shawna! I just have to comment b/c i know exactly where you’re coming from. i used to practice gratitude daily before having my kids. my daughter is 3 and my son is 3 months on the 29th. but, before them, i had slow mornings and drank a wheatgrass shot while writing all my gratitudes in my journal. it was a life changer. then when i had kids and my daughter became a toddler my time became SO limited that my time to write my gratitudes was never happening anymore.

    i, too, just like you, got sucked back into focusing on the negative – and, like you, not PPD, just sleep deprivation and lacking some serious ME TIME!! my husband is a lawyer in the coast guard as well – so he works a lot – and i can get stuck in those thoughts as well and the ones of being far from family (especially during the holidays) and not really liking where we live – so yeah, i knew deep down i had to get my gratitude back in my life. amazing, for me, is having my baby boy – i’m in shock – but i’ve been able to focus more on it than i thought since he’s arrived. but it’s VERY easy to get sucked back into the negative side of things.

    SO what i love here is how you deleted your FB app and focused on your gratitude app – i haven’t done the gratitude app b/c i feel like my gratitudes are more powerful when i hand write them (that’s probably while i left them far behind since becoming a mama b/c when i tried to write them my daughter would take my pen when she was younger and after she was asleep i’d just crash from the day)…but at night now with my baby boy – i always seem to make my way to FB and i keep wanting to stop. so i’m gonna try it – delete my app and use the gratitude app. i’ve checked those apps out so many times but never have gotten them. reading this today made me see that i need to do that – what i have been doing though – since really bringing my focus back to gratitude has been reading all the amazing articles over on the daily love. http://www.thedailylove.com but that darn FB app is still there. ha! so at 3 am, i’m gonna read the daily love and write my gratitudes!! :)

    thanks for sharing this idea!! it was the kick in the pants i needed.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Brown - This is so very true. Along the same lines as that article is a TED talk I think you’d love. I’ve passed this onto so many people because I love what he suggests: http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html. (His book is good too!)ReplyCancel

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