Ever been told you should start a gratitude journal? Rachel here, and I’ve battled generalized anxiety disorder for the last six years. As I’ve shared my struggles, multiple people have given me the advice to start a gratitude journal, but I just never knew how to start.
Why a gratitude journal? Well, when your heart is filled with thankfulness, it’s hard to simultaneously also feel worried. When you take the time to reflect on the good things in your life, you’ll feel much better about everything! Anxiety disorder or not, we’re all feeling a bit off these days. Things just aren’t normal, and it’s easy to watch or read the news and feel discouraged, fearful, and overwhelmed.
Though I’m only a few days in, the process of starting a gratitude journal has already helped bring me more joy, so I have some tips here to share if you’d like to get started too.
Choose a Notebook, Grab a Pen
Literally any notebook will work. For me, I chose a Clairefontaine A5 Wirebound lined notebook. It’s my go-to — I love the super smooth paper and the lines are wide enough for my large handwriting with broad nibs. It’s also another excuse to use your fountain pens!
Make it a Daily Habit
New habits require discipline until it becomes routine. Try to find the same time each day to write. You may choose to do it first thing in the morning to start off your day with thankfulness, or at the end of the day as you reflect on what happened. It’s okay to miss a day or two, just try to keep going even when you don’t feel like it. And if it’s easier for you instead to jot things down throughout the day as you think of them, do whatever works best for you!
What to Write About?
I don’t thrive in white spaces, so for me, I’ve chosen to pick something to write about each day from these categories: a material object, a person, an experience I had that day, a skill/ability I have, and something about my body that I like. Other ideas might be something in nature, a childhood memory, or a food that you enjoy eating. Literally anything.
How to Write
Whatever format works for you. You can start with a simple bulleted list, but I prefer to write about what and why. A few sentences is just fine. You can use the simple format “I am thankful for ______ because _______.” I’m making it my goal to fill one A5 page front and back each day.
Try Not to Repeat Yourself
Every day, pick something different to be thankful for! It might become a harder challenge as time goes on. But you’ll eventually start thinking about all kinds of really small things to be thankful for, like access to toothpaste, running water, toilet paper… things we might normally taken for granted.
What if you can’t think of anything?
Start really simple…. Being alive. The sunshine. How your body breathes on its own without you thinking about it. The variety of colors in nature. How the sun always rises every morning without fail. Or maybe your fountain pens. 😉
What other tips do you have to share on how to start (and maintain) a gratitude journal? I’d love to hear from you!
While we are fully remote and unable to ship due to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been paying our team in full to stay home and stay safe. Out of gratitude, they wanted to make this video to personally say thank you for your support, especially during this time.
You might be wanting to use your time right now to invest in new skills. For some of us it might be baking, gardening, or improving your handwriting! If you are interested in practicing your handwriting, we’ve rounded up 5 resources to provide some tips, tricks, and inspiration. Be sure to also check out this Instagram post to find handwriting accounts to follow on Instagram.
2. In this Fountain Pen 101 video, Brian walks you through How to Write with a Stub Nib. A stub nib mimics calligraphy so as you learn to write with your stub nib fountain pens, you’ll be on your way to improving your handwriting.
3. If you have flex nib fountain pens in your collection, be sure to watch Brian’s Fountain Pen 101: Flex Nib Fountain Pens to better understand these pens and tips on how to best use them to improve your handwriting.
4. Kara Benz of Boho Berry put together a handwriting resource a few years ago. She provides a practice worksheet and several links to other books and resources she recommends.
5. If you’re really all in and want to take a course on handwriting, we recommend Master Penman Jake Weidmann’s course, Fundamentals of Flourishing. We’re big fans of Jake and the work he does. If you want to invest in your handwriting by learning how to add flourishes, his Fundamentals of Flourishing course is available for purchase and would be a great way to learn something new. Brian had the chance to interview Jake back in 2017 and you can see their conversation here.
Wishing you luck as you seek to improve your handwriting!
While we’re working remotely during the COVID-19 quarantine, Brian and Rachel Goulet have brought back a weekly “Write Time at 9” live broadcast on YouTube each Wednesday night at 9pm EDT. We’d love you to join in!
In this episode, they cover writing samples of the Platinum Curidas fine and medium nibs, showing Lamy Mango, and show the Sailor Zoom nib writing!
We’re pleased to announce that we now offer financing on select orders at GouletPens.com, through a partnership with Affirm. Affirm is a third-party service that allows you to split your order into monthly installments, with no money down up front. It’s only available for the US at this time.
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