It's not just the weather, though. There are other factors, situations that are making me take a step back and do some (perhaps too much) thinking.
I know I've written about negativity and moods before and not too long ago shared some ideas for battling them, but since then I've been doing something else that has helped tremendously. Each morning as I'm waking up I lie in bed and practice gratitude. I push away all of the other thoughts and instead, give thanks. Listing as many things (situations, feelings, people, thoughts) as I can. It's a good way to start the day.
Just yesterday I (finally) switched my Joy List writing to the end of the day, keeping my Joy Journal (and a pen) on my bedside table (I'd been meaning to do that for a while). So now my day is bookended with gratitude and thoughts of joy.
We're all in this together. All trying to find our way. Make meaning of our lives. Connect. I truly believe that there's so much we can learn from one another. I share my stories here, with the hopes of inspiring you. Inspiring you to live a more joyful and creative life.
Helping you to live a more joyful and creative life is why I've been doing the Artist Interviews and Sketchbook Conversations, too. I hope that they do. Help you. Make you think. Inspire you.
Recently Dana Barbieri has been painting what she calls Joy, Gratitude, Appreciation lists. You can see them on Instagram (this, this and this are some examples) and on her blog (here and in a video here). What a beautiful, creative, active way to celebrate and be thankful.
Perhaps I will work on painting a list, too. But it's also gotten me thinking. Joy, Gratitude, Appreciation... there are so many ways of honoring it. If you're musical you could sing it. Your gratitude, joy and appreciation can be infused in anything you do. Exercise. Cooking. Cleaning. Gardening. Walking the dogs... All it takes is awareness. And practice. Any new habit takes time.
I hope today you'll take the time to create your own Joy List, your own meditation on gratitude and appreciation, in whatever form works best for you.
Joy List Monday:
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day
- a sunshiny morning (3rd day in a row!!!)
- the lingering beauties in the garden, spared so far from frost
- a fun dinner at a newly re-vamped restaurant in town with my parents and Matthias
- bringing my houseplants (and a few geraniums) inside for the winter and taking cuttings of a other things, too
- painting and my newest watercolor (more on that on Friday)
- being inspired by other creative people
- a weekend of cooking and eating (and lots of garden fresh produce)
- putting the finishing touches on my Autumn Newsletter (JOYletter!)
- walks with the dogs
- wearing layers
Have a lovely week!