DIY: Gratitude Jar

January 2, 2017

I cannot believe it’s 2017! I feel like as we get older, the years go by faster — anyone else? We accomplished so much in terms of renovation projects in 2016, and we only lived here for seven months. We’re super excited to see what we can do in a full year! In 2017, we plan to share more on the blog but not just about the renovation. We have other hobbies as well, like brewing beer, roasting coffee beans, and cooking. Of course, the renovation will always be our top priority for this space, but we’re excited to share more in other aspects of our lives!

We’re starting off the new year by reflecting on what this past year has brought us, both the good and the bad. We’ve been so fortunate in many ways but like most people, life has dealt us some challenges. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by the downs in life, so I’m here today to share a quick and easy (and cheap!) DIY project that will help you focus on the good.

My mom shared this idea with me when we were having breakfast on New Year’s morning: a gratitude journal. Each day, you write down one thing for which you’re grateful. I browsed Pinterest and really liked the idea of a gratitude jar, to visually be reminded of the positives in our lives. Next New Year’s Eve, we’ll be able to read through 365 notes of gratitude. How fun!

I purchased a big mason jar at Michael’s for less than $5, and a pack of cardstock paper for $2. All I had to do was cut the paper into 365 strips, and the project was complete. Cheap, quick, and easy — that’s the DIY trifecta!

I have the mason jar on my nightstand, and the paper along with some markers, in the drawer. I’m really looking forward to seeing the paper fill up the jar throughout the year.

I’d love to hear what you’re doing to kick off the new year, whether it’s a version of gratitude tracking or something entirely different!


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  • Reply Arletta January 4, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Dear Courtney! Happy New Year! A gratitude jar – what a lovely idea! I keep a diary and try to journalize daily. I do not only want to write down nice things, I specially want to get rid of negative things by writing them down… so often what seems quite like a downside for me, while writing it down I start to smile or to laugh because by writing it I so often come to realize that it’s not half as negative as I thought it to be…. it’s indeed lovely to review such notes at the end of the year. With best regards from Switzerland, Arletta

    • Reply foxwoodforest January 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Arletta, you are so right! Sometimes just the act of writing down our thoughts or emotions can really open up a brand new perspective. Thank you so much for kind note – cheers to you in 2017!

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