Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Simple Ways to Stay Grateful in 2018

When I was reflecting back on 2017, I wished I had somehow kept track of everything I was grateful of throughout the year, and everything that made me happy. Looking on Pinterest, I saw so many different people who had done this and all the posts they did when looking back at those memories, so I decided to do just that in 2018.

Over the summer, I did a small version of this, and it was great to think about all the positive things that happened, but I didn't set one up for the fall because I was so busy, and I stopped intentionally thinking about the positive everyday. Since one of my goals for 2018 is to stay more positive, I am making it a point to reflect on things that make me happy, and all that I am grateful for. These past few months have been filled with too much negative both in my personal life and in the world around me, so I'm going to take my attitude into my own hands, and focus on the good. I realize this won't 'fix' my bad days, but hopefully it'll make them easier to handle.

Make a special page for it in your journal or planner

As I'm sure all of you know, I have a bullet journal, and I made a point to include a page where I can write down these moments that make me happy and grateful. At first, I just had a simple page with '2018' written on it to indicate a year change, but then I thought it would be cool to slowly fill that page with happy things. So, I started on just that page with a couple moments, and it's my goal to completely fill the page up by the end of the year, and maybe need an extra page or two. I find this way to be very easy to keep track of moments because I usually always have my journal with me, and even if I don't, I know I'll be using it soon and can look at that page and hopefully jog my memory of good moments. I've also been reflecting back on the positive when I set up my weekly spread so I can have all my bases covered.

Fill a jar with little notes

Before going to college, my best friends and I filled up a jar with words of encouragements, funny memories, and our favorite things about each other, and it's one of my most precious items to this day. Anytime I'm feeling down I pull out a note and I always feel better. I've seen people do this for happy memories, and I think it's such a cute idea! Little jars always look so cute and decorative, and oftentimes you set them on your desk and see them a lot. I also just like the idea of being able to randomly pull out a note and instantly be able to remember one of the happiest moments of the year, especially since it can be easy to forget them as your schedule gets busy.

Make notes in your phone

Since you probably always have your phone with you, this is a surefire way of being able to jot down something that makes you happy. I sometimes do this if I'm walking and get an idea or have something I want to remember for later, and then transfer it into my bullet journal. This is also a good way to write something down if you don't have your journal with you. I'm honestly a pretty forgetful person, too, so this helps me remember things a little bit easier.

Take photos of happy memories

If you're a visual person, this is a great way to literally capture a memory. I associate objects with memories, so taking a photo of what I'm looking at helps me remember things pretty well. I think that's one of the reasons why I love my YouTube channel and recording vlogs so much, because I can more easily place myself back in those situations and remember how happy I was in that moment. It's also cool how you can insert photos into iPhone notes, so you can combine these last two tips and really capture the moment. Alternatively, if you have a Polaroid camera, this is a great way to take a photo and have it instantly printed out and you can hang it up on your wall. 


Focussing on the positive for 2018 is probably something we all need to do, especially in today's world. That's not to say we should ignore all of the bad stuff and not do anything about it; making a point to think about the good helps us have the courage to fight back against the bad. I like to think that change starts with the individual, and if we're all trying to make the world a little bit better, hopefully that creates a bigger wave of change in 2018  


  1. Hi! Nice post! I agree with all you've said. I like to keep a page or two in my bullet journal in which I write what I'm grateful for.

    Walking Freckle