After all I went through in 2016, especially towards the end of the year, I have decided to start 2016 with a new tradition.
I saw this post come through my Facebook feed a few days after I had packed my things and parted ways with the McConnell household. I wasn’t feeling super happy about my situation and was wondering what I was going to do with myself. While there is still a part of me trying to figure that out, I want to start 2016 on the right foot.
In my things are a ton of empty jars because I wasn’t able to do a lot of canning this year. I thought that would be perfect for this project. But, as I walked past my collection of things I am still trying to sort and unpack, I noticed my music box jar.
I found this pretty music box jar on a trip to the antique shops with my mother some time ago. I just loved that the jar had a handle, and the leaves wrapped around the glass gave it such a special touch. I had no idea what I was going to use it for, I just knew someday I was going to use it for something special. When I picked it up off the shelf and realized there was a music box in the lid I just knew I had to have it.
Starting today and every day something good happens or I feel like I have something to be thankful for, I am going to place that on a piece of paper and put it in my jar. On New Year’s Eve I am going to sit down with my awesome jar and remind myself of where I was when the year started and how far I have come by the time the year ended.
So, starting with today, here is my jar:
and my first piece of awesome:
While the Awesome Jar directions say that one should write about good things. I plan to write good things that happen, but I also think for the days an event didn’t happen, I would like to drop little notes in there for what I am thankful for.
I should note that I am not a religious person. Spiritual, yes, I would consider myself that. I am respectful of all religions and beliefs so when I get gifts like the one below, I take what I can from it, and move on.
Back in July, for my birthday, my Michigan bestie gave my a book called Power Thoughts Devotional by Joyce Meyer. It is 365 daily inspirations for winning the battle of the mind. My friend knows how badly I struggle with my mental illnesses and she thought this book could help me through some days. I’ll admit, I didn’t begin reading the book right away, nor have I read it daily.
I did pick it up on the 28th and it had a passage regarding those things which you should be thankful for. Joyce went on to say “in order to achieve a new level of contentment in your life, I encourage you to make a list of everything you have to be thankful for.” Like I previously stated, I take one I can from books like these to apply to my life with what I believe.
While I did not sit down to make a list, I did journal about a few things and thought I would write more as the year went on and add them to my Awesome Jar.
At the end of the year there will be an update on the Awesome Jar and then we’ll start again next year!