My First Post: Gratitude Journaling and Authenticity

Hello World!  This is the start of what I hope to be a blog that helps not only me but others that might wish to follow along with my example!

From a personal improvement perspective I really had a breakthrough today writing in my Gratitude Journal.  I have a notebook that I bought a year or two ago specifically for the purpose of journaling.  If you know me at all you know that generally speaking I would be the first person to tell you that if there is a close substitute, then there is no reason to spend the cash! 🙂  But in this instance I made an exception.  I bought a really pretty notebook that I thought would be inspiring to write in and and it cost… *gasp*… approximately five dollars I believe!  Sacrilege I tell you!


But I have been writing in it on and off for the past year some of my most dear thoughts.  I have been journaling thoughts of gratitude and also thoughts of my future hopes, dreams, and plans in it.  I have been trying to establish the habit of a gratitude journal with mixed success, but I made an effort today to really go for it.

And I’ll be honest, I have been wanting to establish this blog for a long time.  But I’ve had all these bizarre mental blocks associated with it.  I’ve started other blogs in the past, and I didn’t know what I should repeat, or not. I wasn’t sure what I’d write about. I wasn’t sure what my angle was going to be. What domain should I even use?  blah blah blah, and I’ve been just effort-ing and struggling my way through this.  But I finally had a break through.

I personally really respond to authenticity, and I don’t think I’m alone in that.  I think people want to hear true, real, unedited stories of people’s triumphs and struggles, and I think I have a story to tell.  I’ve had successes, and failures, and I’m sure to have many more of both, and I hope that I can help others with my own example of my life, and so why can’t I just blog about that?  Why do I have to make such a huge production of it all?  Why can’t I just start putting ME down on the page, and take it from there?  Why not indeed, right?

So that’s what ended up happening.  I nuked all the previous stuff, and I started over, period.  It was the fastest way to get to this part right here.  This post.  Which is now currently written, in stream of consciousness fashion, for you to read.  Is it perfect?  No, far from it, I’m sure.  But I am always telling those closest to me “Don’t let ‘perfect’ be the enemy of good.”  If I was constantly chasing perfect, I would never have started a blog, posted anything, I’d be nitpicking every stupid word and sentence into oblivion.  Instead, here you are reading this, and I hope you’ve found it helpful and inspiring. If not, well, tell me your opinion anyway, I’d love to hear it and also what you might be interested in reading from me!

So to sum up, I am hoping to blog about not only the different ways I have already managed to improve my life, but also the different things I continually try in that pursuit of trying to life my own best life.  So please subscribe and follow along as I stumble my way through this!


Leave a Reply