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30 DAYS OF

GRATEFULNESS


A GRATITUDE 30-DAY JOURNAL CHALLENGE



Happier, Healthier And More Fulfilled In Less Than 10 Minutes A Day - Vol 3





AMY J. BLAKE









THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO:



























© Copyright 2016 – Amy J. Blake


ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form whatsoever, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any informational storage or retrieval system without express written, dated and signed permission from the author.









INTRODUCTION

Hey there,


Looking for a way to start a new hobby -- a new hobby that just might bring about some crazy amazing benefits to your life? Searching for a way to feel a bit more in control of those things that are bothering you? Or trying to find simple ways to build your creativity? Or just looking for a hobby that will get you to think a bit more about your life and habits?


Why, journaling just may be for you!


Hello, friend! My name is Amy Blake and I’m here to guide you on a 30 day journey to journaling. As you commit to this little challenge you’ve put yourself on, you’ll slowly discover a variety of benefits and thoughts (and emotions!) that journaling can bring you.


Journaling has so many benefits, including (but definitely not limited to):


Increasing self-confidence

Sparking creativity

Strengthening self-discipline

Evoking mindfulness

And Expanding your IQ


And here’s the great thing: this isn’t a challenge that’s going to take up all of your time. Nope, not at all! In fact, the great thing about this journaling adventure is it’s all up to you. You write when you want to write. You write what you want to write. So, if that means you write for five to ten minutes a day, then that’s what that means!


Journaling can be a daily experience that lasts only a few minutes to maybe a few hours. Finding what is comfortable for you and your lifestyle is the main priority to making sure you continue on strong through this 30 day journey!


Before I get into the nitty gritty of why you should journal and how you should, or could, journal, I should probably mention some of the basic benefits and qualities that journaling can bring to your lifestyle. First of all, journaling is such a cathartic hobby to have (along with all of those beneficial habits we talked about above).


Have something that’s been weighing on your mind, but yet don’t really have anyone to talk to? Or maybe your friend, your spouse, your family member did something that’s so annoying, yet so small, and you just need to rant or talk about it a bit. Well, writing all of this down is actually a great way to get those little worries or annoyances off of your chest. It’s really quite amazing how simply writing about something -- and putting it out there in the universe, so to speak -- can really help lift your mind free from these things that may be wearing you down.


That’s just one benefit that comes from journaling.


Before we get into any more of the added benefits that come from journaling, let’s break down what journaling even means.


Basically, journaling means writing down thoughts, ideas, opinions, or what you have done for the day. It can be like a diary, or it can be like a stream of consciousness note taking of the day. People in a variety of different careers -- and a variety of different lifestyles or generations -- use journaling in various ways for different reasons. Regardless of where you are in your life, writing down some thoughts or random ramblings of the day can really bring some benefits to your daily life.


Now, how you keep your journal organized is definitely up to you.


Some have big journals, some have small pocket sized ones. This one probably lies somewhere in the middle.


Some write throughout the day, some write just in the morning, some write just at night. Again, this is all about finding out what fits in your lifestyle and in your schedule -- don’t pressure yourself! Journaling should be a fun experience to help you relax and get some added pressure off of your chest or your mind.


Let’s get back to those benefits, shall we?


As we mentioned earlier, journaling can really help in a variety of different ways -- and there are some amazing benefits to keeping a daily journal.


Self-discovery


We slightly touched on this above when we talked about how cathartic writing is. This catharsis falls hand in hand with self-discovery. Sometimes, you really don’t realize how you feel about a person, a topic, or a situation until you write about.


By journaling, you really think through what is happening, which can help you come to conclusions that you might not have without the process of journaling. This could be in relation to something really important in your life, to something incredibly small (like whether or not you really want to continue to pay for Hulu or whether you should walk at this or that park).


Self-discovery is, obviously, quite important -- but quite hard to come by. Journaling helps bring awareness like no other. It’s a private experience that can really help you out, regardless of what stage of life you are in or what your specific lifestyle is like.


Gratitude


Journaling can really help bring you to a state of mind that no other hobby or method can. This can come from self-discovery, or through just the simple process of writing down your daily habits or circumstances. Gratitude and mindfulness fall hand in hand with journaling.


By simply writing daily, you can help steady your mind -- even if it’s a particularly wandering type of mind -- and force yourself to focus on the day you’ve had, the emotions you’ve felt, the circumstances you found yourself in. This can lead to gratitude towards yourself, the people in your life, or your just overall lifestyle that you’re leading!


Happiness


Happiness is just around the corner when you journal. Remember when we talked about how journaling is cathartic? Yeah, getting those stressful moments off your chest and out of your mind can really help bring about some of the happiness you may feel you’re missing.


Happiness can also stem from that sense of self-discovery and awareness you experience when you start to journal. It’s really quite amazing what steadying your mind and reliving the events of the day can do for your mental awareness and mindfulness!



Inspiration


Writing down your thoughts and emotions throughout the day is one way to really help draw in some creative inspiration. If you decide to use your journal in a more liberal way, I highly recommend jotting down any ideas or notes you have throughout the day. This makes keeping your journal on you often a necessity.


Say you would like to write more and are looking for some great plots or character ideas. You never know when some inspiration will strike. You could overhear something at a restaurant or while riding the bus or while at work.


Literally, inspiration is everywhere, all around us, at all times. But we tend to either ignore this, or we remind ourselves that we should remember some idea or funny thing that happened earlier only to promptly forget it.


Keeping a journal, and daily journaling, is just one way to really help pull in some much needed creativity or inspiration that you feel you are lacking. It’s amazing how this works, just from jotting down some random notes or ideas! Each day there’s a new question that will “force” you to get inspired and there’s plenty of room for you to jot down any other ideas the day might bring.


Let’s start writing!


Now that I’ve narrowed down some benefits and a few tips to get you excited for journaling, let’s start our adventure! 30 days might seem like a bit much -- but it’ll fly by before you know it.


You’ll pick up this habit soon enough (it’s almost like it becomes muscle memory!), meaning you’ll pick up these benefits quickly, too!


So, what are you waiting for? Let’s start writing!


Here’s to 30 days of journaling -- here’s to 30 days of self-discovery, more inspiration, more reflection, more everything!


I can’t wait to start this journey with you!


Cheers,

Amy Blake


WHAT ABOUT YOUR ENVIRONMENT CAN YOU BE THANKFUL FOR?

WHAT ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR THAT BRINGS JOY TO YOUR EVERY-DAY LIFE?

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR AND WHY??

WHAT COLOR DO YOU FEEL MOST THANKFUL FOR? IS THERE A COLOR YOU CAN’T IMAGINE LIVING WITHOUT?

IS THERE A PERSONAL FLAW OR LIMITATION YOU’VE COME TO APPRECIATE?

WHAT VACATION ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR?

WHAT IS A LIFE EXPERIENCE (GOOD OR BAD) THAT HAS MADE YOU A BETTER PERSON?

WHO CAN I THANK TODAY AND WHY?

WHERE CAN I HELP PEOPLE MORE?

WHEN DID YOU FEEL GOOD TODAY? WHAT ABOUT THAT MADE YOU FEEL GOOD?

ASK YOURSELF: WHAT ELSE COULD THIS MEAN? FOCUS ON A RECENT UNPLEASANT EXPERIENCE FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE.

WHAT MADE YOU PROUD TODAY AND WHY?

ASK YOURSELF: IF I WANTED, WHAT COULD I BE GRATEFUL FOR RIGHT NOW?

HOW HAVE YOUR SPIRITUAL BELIEFS OR PRACTIC- ES FULFILLED YOU RECENTLY?

CAN YOU THINK OF ANY NON-PHYSICAL GIFTS YOU’VE RECEIVED LATELY? (SOMEONE’S TIME, UN- DERSTANDING, ATTENTION, SUPPORT...)

WHAT ABOUT TODAY HAS BEEN BETTER THAN YESTERDAY?

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED ANY BLESSING IN DISQUISE LATELY?

IF YOU DIDN’T GET WHAT YOU WANTED TODAY, CAN YOU AT LEAST IDENTIFY SOMETHING YOU GOT THAT’S WORTH HAVING?

WHAT’S IMPROVED ABOUT YOUR LIFE FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR?

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE FUTURE?

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU WITNESSED RECENTLY THAT REMINDED YOU LIFE IS GOOD?

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU WITNESSED RECENTLY THAT REMINDED YOU PEOPLE ARE GOOD?

WHAT ACT OF KINDNESS HAS MADE THE GREAT- EST DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE?

NAME THREE DAYS IN YOUR LIFE YOU FEEL ESPE- CIALLY THANKFUL FOR HAVING LIVED?

WHAT’S AN OPPORTUNITY BIG OR SMALL I HAVE AHEAD OF ME?

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YESTERDAY AND HOW WILL THIS BENE- FIT YOU MOVING FORWARD?

WHAT AM I ABLE TO OFFER TO OTHERS THAT I AM GRATEFUL FOR?


WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE I BEEN FACED WITH? WHAT DID I LEARN AND HOW CAN I BE THANK- FUL FOR THEM?

IF THIS WAS YOUR LAST MOMENT ON EARTH, WHAT WOULD YOU BE THANKFUL FOR?

WHO ARE YOU NOW?

HOW HAS THIS CHALLENGE CHANGED YOU IN ANY WAY?

CONGRATULATIONS


You made it to the very end!

Give yourself a hearty pat on the back, you certainly deserve it!


I know this was only a journal but don’t let that di- minish its value in any way. YOU devoted a month of your life to this and hopefully now you have reached the end, you have already started experiencing the benefits of gratefulness first hand!


Practicing gratefulness daily will enable you to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life and I hope this journaling challenge was but the first stepping stone to your journey of thankfulness.


That being said, I wish you the very best moving for- ward and would love to hear if and how this journal helped you in any way!


To Your Success,






Amy Blake













© Copyright 2016 – Amy J. Blake




ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form whatsoever, electronic, or me- chanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any informational storage

or retrieval system without express written, dated and signed permission from the author.



DISCLAIMER AND/OR LEGAL NOTICES:


Every effort has been made to accurately represent this book and it’s potential. Results vary with every individ- ual, and your results may or may not be different from those depicted. No promises, guarantees or warranties, whether stated or implied, have been made that you will produce any specific result from this book. Your efforts are individual and unique, and may vary from those shown. Your success depends on your efforts, back- ground and motivation. The material in this publication is provided for educational and informational purposes.

Use of the programs, advice, and information contained in this book is at the sole choice and risk of the reader.




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