You shall now find … Amethyst Peony’s Gratitude Journal. Welcome To My Slice of Life and what gets me out of bed in the morning! Enjoy!
Here Be Amee – Populating my Gratitude Journal with “Amee Euphemisms” and Ideas, some irreverent, some not, but always relevant.
And also: Welcome to my “Un-thank-you” blogs! Sometimes the inside voice needs to douse out all the ego’s niceties, thereby clearing a path for the lip servers to make a quick exit. So sometimes I pay homage to what’s NOT in my life, and being glad for it! Holy Dark Doves!
“You say grace before meals. All right. but I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” – G.K. Chesterton
November 9, 2018 – The First Day of Gratitude Logging!
I have wrote and accumulated many journals over the years. Some were for business ventures, some for personal writing. Last year Greg (my husband) and I began a joint journal. It’s mostly a gratitude journal that we write in daily to express how much we appreciate each other. We were pretty dedicated to it when we first began it in June 2017. By June 2018 we were so busy with our training-enhanced coaching, producing videos and running Q&A sessions online – that we got away from the daily routine of writing in the journal.
Then this year in October we moved to a lakeshore house. With packing/unpacking and selling old furniture and buying new – I don’t even know where that journal is packed yet. Soon enough we will retrieve it.
In the meantime – I decided to finally use this website to create a blog. Part of that blog is this gratitude section.
Early last year, I began to think more about gratitude and how it plays out in my life. I came across this lady who was very ill and suffered pain daily. Yet she always had a smile and was optimistic, even though she was terminal. I asked her how she manages to keep so positive. She told me that every night before she went to bed she would ask herself, “I wonder what adventures tomorrow will bring me?” And she would meditate on the things she appreciated about her day. Then in the morning she said she would remain open to the possibility that she could experience one of those adventures. She continued to enjoy life one day at a time, despite her predicament.
So I began the art of writing in a personal journal. In the evenings I would write down 3 things I was grateful for that day. And I also did this each morning, musing about the possible ways I could bedazzle the fresh new canvas, called “The World according to Amee.” 3 things twice a day. And it helped me focus on the good things in my life. I then could place my attention on my intentions, what I wanted to experience in the next 24 hours.
”What will my day gift me with, but as well – what can I bring to it?
So that’s how I developed a gratitude journal and it was just natural that I would co-create one with Greg.
I have started on a new quest to experience a Serene 2019. I will be writing about this in another category called “Amee’s Serene 2019 Adventure”. I will be writing my gratitude blog in association with that Adventure and lets not forget the Un-thankyou part of those blogs. VERY important, don’t you know! Wink!
My Serene 2019 actually begins today. I don’t need to wait for Jan 1, 2019 to begin my quest to experience a healthier well-being. To me, every moment is a point of power and has the potential to change and grow. So my journey begins today. I am sharing my gratitude journal here with you and I hope to set up a feature soon so I can receive comments or to chat.
So Here I GO!!!
November 9, 2018 (Friday)
- My physiotherapist Terri – she is so kind and cares how I feel and my pain levels (arthritis) and always has uplifting ideas on how I can get better. She has brought me a long way since May when I couldn’t lift my arms or walk well. (I was caught in a bad wind storm last year and thrown from my balcony – got quite hurt and its been a long road to recovery. But I’m doing quite well compared to last year.)
- My husband Greg – who listened to me talk about my obstacles getting in the way of getting better and how I can make more progress. We talked about things in depth and did a Life Compass to keep me focused on what I want to experience over the next year. And then beyond of course too! After a good talk we came up with my Compass that I can see on the screen of my iPhone whenever I want to refocus and center myself. And again I will post the compass we created – on my Serene 2019 posts.
- I am grateful to No Frills Grocery store because they are making a whole aisle on both sides for organic foods that will support my health. I can’t get decent food that is gluten free, soy free, lactose free, artificial sweetener free, and MSG free. The only thing I know for sure is lettuce is safe, although there could be pesticide issues. OK – that’s black and white thinking – but this is my party and I’ll cry if I want to (as the song went in the 1970s). Anyways – Thankyou No Frills people for finding me some edible food. Yah!
What I look forward to tomorrow:
Doing some watercolour painting.
A walk along the lakeshore.
A healthy meal that I’m intentional to make taste good but not flare up any inflammation. That’s it. OH! You have to see the sunset out my window. This is off my back deck facing the golf course.