52 Weeks of Gratitude

Why Start This Challenge | 52 Weeks of Gratitude

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I’ve been thinking of starting a challenge like this for some time now, either in my journal or on my blog. The perfectionist in me wanted to wait until January 1st to start so that the year of prompts lined up perfectly with the time of year but I decided it was better to start now instead of putting it off. The best way to start is to jump right in! Seeing my friend Maddie start her challenge last week also convinced me it would be okay to not start in the new year. That’s what friends are for, right? 🙂

With the challenge, there are weekly prompts to write and think about and Wednesday seemed like a good day to do this every week. Today is Wednesday, so let’s get started! 🙂

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Why start this challenge?

Like I said, I was going to wait to start this until January 2016 so things would line up more perfectly but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like now was the time to start. With the stresses of moving, school, moving, figuring out exact dates to come home, dealing with the moving some more (can you tell that moving is crazy stressful yet?!) and the stresses that come with transferring to a new school, keeping positive thoughts in my mind has become increasingly important to me.

Thinking positively has a way of reducing stress and increasing productivity, at least for me, and taking time to appreciate the good in life is one way I’ve found really helps me to keep those positive thoughts coming. In turn, it makes me better able to focus on what needs to get done, which then reduces stress and only adds to the goodness of the cycle. I think this challenge will be a good practice to find more positive thoughts even during stressful times, and not just when it comes to thoughts of gratitude.

Also, in today’s world it’s super easy to fall into a pattern of wanting to be somewhere you’re not yet, wanting more than you have, and just wanting in general. I’ve always been a very forward-thinking person and I know I’m particularly susceptible to wanting to fast forward a few years every now and then just to get to a finish line and the next stage of life. I know that will always be a part of me (and I’m happy it will, because I think it’s part of what makes me so driven and generally successful!) but I’m hoping this challenge helps me think more of the stops on the way to the finish line and appreciate them more.

I hope you’ll follow along with me these next 52 weeks! Lots of change is coming! You can follow my blog to the right of this post… it’s all set up to be followed via email, WordPress, or Bloglovin’ (my personal favorite!)

xoxo

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