I am usually a very positive person. Lately however, I have seemed to let myself be more negative and it is wearing down my spirits. I decided that something needed to change, but wasn't exactly sure what. I came up with this idea and hopefully it will help pull me out of my funk and get me back to my "A" game.
I have always wanted to bind my own book, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. I give you the Gratitude journal.
This is how it works. There is one page for every day of the year. Every night before I go to bed, I am going to write the year, and three things from that day that I am grateful for.
I think this will be a good idea for several reasons. First, I am ending my night by thinking of all the good things that have happened to me that day. Second, I think it will be interesting to see the things I am grateful for next year in comparison to this year.
The book only ended up costing me about $5.00 to make. I used a bunch of scrapbooking paper that I had on hand and I used just your general lined paper for the insides. I thought it would simplify things if I made the book separated by months. Just so you get an idea of the size, the monthly pages are 6X6 inches. It just seemed to be easiest because then I only needed three different colors of 12X12 cardstock to make all of the months. The lined papers are 6 inches by 5 1/4 (ish). It made it so I just cut off the three hole punch side and a little off the other side. Then I cut the paper in half. It wasted less paper that way.
The cost came from laminating the monthly pages. I obviously want this to last a long time and I thought the best way to preserve it would be to laminate it. It cost about $4. I also had to buy a binding which cost me $1.00. My dad conveniently already has a book binding machine, so I was able to bind it myself. If you don't have one available, any copy shop has that service available for a small charge.
I am so excited with the way it all turned out and hope that it will help me to become a more positive person. Let me know if you have any questions about how I made it. I also, just wanted to challenge all of you to try this out with me. Even if all you end up using is a notebook or a journal, I think you will find that you are a happier person.