Do This Everyday

Happy 2014 friends!!! I thought it would be appropriate that my first blog post of the year be about something I’m planing on doing (*almost) everyday this year, to bring more joy and happiness into my life.

Let me start it off with a little story…

Once upon a time there was a man named Glenn Pickett. That man had a love for music, bike riding, and doing what is right. He had a strong sense of integrity, and shared it with his family and friends. That man is my dad. I get older and realized how darn blessed I was to be raised by a guy like him. This Christmas my dad gave my brother, sister, my sister’s fiance, my mom and my husband all a special gift. He gave us each a moleskin journal with a poem written inside. Each of the poems were written specifically for the person receiving it, about that person. It was a special Christmas morning as he one by one presented us with our journals and read the poems out loud to us. It was especially cute when he started crying while reading the poem he wrote for my mom. *cue water works!

But besides the poems, inside the journal my dad had written down 5 things he himself had recently committed to doing daily, with the intention of bringing more happiness and joy into his life. He asked us to join him in this exercise, using the journals he gave us to document the process. Next year, we will get together and share some of our highlights. We all gladly accepted the challenge.

So friends, I wanted to share this with you to offer it up as something you could do this year as well. No pressure to do it everyday (the exercise one is toughest for me!! Some days I count small things like 5 push ups as exercise!) I haven’t stuck to the everyday habit so far, but I try to do it almost everyday. It’s been awesome to see that there are always things to be thankful for, even on the crappiest of days. I’ve found on the days when I can not immediately think of any moment that would be worth reliving, if I search a bit harder, I’ll find one. Every time. Even if it’s as simple as that moment I looked out the window and saw that beautiful sunset.

I really think that living a life of gratitude leads to fulfilment and contentment in any circumstance. Being thankful for what we have is a habit we need to bring into our everyday lives.

So if you don’t have a specific New Years Resolution, (or even if you do!) join me in doing these 5 simple things each day. See how it slowly morphs you and brings you more joy. And when we are filled with joy, we can accomplish great things. You never know what could happen!!

I hope you all have had a great start to your year, 2014 is gonna be a good one. I can feeeeel it.

09. January 2014 by Joanna
Categories: Life | 26 comments

Comments (26)

  1. Joanna, that’s so sweet! I absolutely believe that by being grateful for what we have will manifest more things in our lives for us to be grateful for ( hello, The Secret )! So, I’m definitely going to challenge myself to do at least that part right along with you! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  2. Aww, this is really cute. My dad would never do something like this for me, so consider yourself lucky! This is a great idea — I think it’s a great reminder of what you have.

  3. Wow, thats a really great idea. I think I should start too.


  4. Ton papa est Merveilleux ! Un cadeau plus précieux que de l’or ! Une idée que je vais garder précieusement en mémoire. C’est si simple et si précieux à la fois. Merci d’avoir partagé avec nous. Je vous souhaite à tous une magnifique nouvelle année 2014 ! Happy New year 2014!

  5. Your dad has really awesome ideas! Writing peoms for your whole family sounds wonderful, too. It must have been a very special moment for everyone as it seems he doesn’t do this on a regular basis. What a great surprise! :)

  6. This gives me goosebumps (the heartwarming kind). I’ve been attempting to do similar things daily to feel joy and accomplishment but I love the idea of sharing that with your family!

  7. This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing, friend. :)

  8. This is such a simple yet powerful concept. Your dad is rad.

  9. Love you. Love your sweet family. Thanks for this inspiration. I love the exercise to write a paragraph about a moment worth reliving, and to write three things you are thankful for, every day. What a great way to look back across a year and recognize the things that we have been blessed with.

  10. What a beautiful gift!!! This is such a precious idea. What a wonderful father you have!

  11. That is such a great idea and so special that your dad did that for you all! Exercising everyday would be the hardest for me too :)

  12. What an amazing Father, you truly are blessed!
    I love these 5 things and up for the challenge. I have been exercising 5 to 6 days a week since August so I’m already ahead of the game on that one but it’s the others that I am particularly interested in. (Though I have found that daily exercise brings a great deal of joy to my life because it feels good to take care of myself and the endorphin’s released really help keep me in a happy state).

    Excited to try to do this, I think things like this are really so important. I’m going to try to get my husband to do it too. :)

    Thanks for sharing Joanna. xoxo

  13. Wow…

    I just saw this… Thank you. It means a lot to me that it meant a lot to you.

    I love you Joanna!



  14. wow, this is so amazing thing to give!!! Your father is really special, you’re lucky to have him! :) this is probably the most beautiful story I’ve heard in a long time!!!

  15. What an incredible Christmas gift! Your father sounds truly amazing and inspirational! Thank you for sharing his wisdom :)

  16. This is so great! I will definitely be joining you on this endeavor in my journal.

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  18. Hi Joanna,

    I haven’t read your blog in a while but this post touched my heart; what a beautiful expression of the Father’s love for us! Things are difficult with both of our families right now and we are praying and waiting. My husband and I hope to raise a loving and godly family like the one you have :) This is incredibly encouraging! I recently made a magnet for our fridge reminding us to start each day with grateful heart.

    Blessings to you and your husband and all the exciting things ahead!

    The Knisleys

  19. What an amazing gift!!!

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