The Art of My Gratitude Practice, Step by Step

My Gratitude Practice:

This is my morning gratitude practice.

 

Tonight I will add some art with a plain black ballpoint pen (the same one I journaled in the morning with). I start by doodling on top of my “free writing”. Then I fill in the blank spaces on my guided journaling.

 

 

 

Now it is time to color. I love my Prisma colored pencils. I have so much to learn but I love the gorgeous color and shading!! I loved how the Winged Heart turned out.

 

 

That was fun. And very relaxing.

See you soon!

 

I Am Back

After my last post, I got sick. REALLY sick. I got the never ending flu. For weeks. I think I am finally getting over it but I am still stuffy. It was the kind of sick where I was completely wiped out. I was out from work and all I did was sleep. I was so exhausted I couldn't read or pretty much anything. The third round of medication finally kicked in late last week. So, no more coughing up a lung and my head is a lot clearer.

What does that mean. It means I finally got back to a regular journaling routine. I am working in one of my older journals now that had remained unfinished. It is a smaller journal but has lots of cool stuff in the portion that is finished. It gives me a bit of incentive to get back to it. Even if just a bit.

One of my new supplies… colored pencils. Actually, I never really liked colored pencils. I didn't like the “white” in between strokes. So for all these years, I have not wanted to use them.

In my “new”, old journal, I wanted to have something simple to color my doodles. Kind of like an Adult coloring book of my own making. Markers don't really give shading… and you have to worry about them bleeding through the paper. Chameleon Markers could solve the shading issue but not the bleeding issues (besides they are expensive). So I searched through YouTube and found some Adult Coloring videos to get some ideas.

I saw some beautiful work with colored pencils… and I decided to give them a try. I had some old Crayola pencils that had mainly remained unused so I tried them out. They were okay but didn't go down smoothly leaving some scratchy strokes. I saw the possibilities that colored pencils could have but wanted to find an option that gave a bit nicer result. So I got a pack of Prisma colored pencils.

This is my first try. My journaling routine is to Write a Gratitude Practice in my journal in the am. It includes answering a few prompts and then a page of free writing. Then tonight I doodled in the empty spaces and on top of my free writing. I got to try my pencils and I have to say they are fantastic!!! I am not so good at shading but they did a wonderful job. The color went on easy and smoothly. I really love the results.

Hopefully, tomorrow I can have more of a step by step.

 

Happy Tuesday!

 

Spilling with Gratitude

I haven’t blogged in a while and one of my kind readers suggested starting to gratitude journal to see if that would help me get back on my blogging track. Good advise. So I added a Gratitude practice to my day.

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It was a simple practice. Listing a few of the things I am grateful for everyday. It helped me focus on what is right and good and not what was wrong and bad (what we tend to focus on as human beings)

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Out of the blue I found the website: http://www.projectgroovy.com by Ryan Phillips. Guess what, it was a site all about gratitude. He suggests a daily practice that helps you focus a bit more on the positive than a simple gratitude list. You can use a template and Evernote app to make the practice super easy. The questions are all ready for you to fill out every day. Or, of course, you can write about the questions daily in a written journal. I have decided to try out using Evernote but I may decide to use a written journal, I am just unsure. Either way, it is a quick, easy practice that I think will make a big difference if I stick with it and continue to practice every day.

 

As for blogging, I have decided to throw away all my goals about that (to be addressed in another blog post soon) and just enjoy the process. Practice the practice. I will write everyday as practice. If a blog post comes of the writing, GREAT! If not, no worries. I am throwing out all the strict rules I set out for myself originally… tossing out the goals, the stats, the worries about having the right kind of site, that I have to, have to, have to blog at the very least once a week… I am chucking all of that! Instead I am going to write and journal… and come up with blog posts because I came up with them… not because I had to force myself to do it.

 

Do you have a gratitude practice? What kind? How do you like it? If not, do you think it might be something to try out as part of your spilling process? Please let me know what you think!