My lovely friend Kel, of EverydayJoy, wrote a post about Clean slates, Fresh starts and Birthday Resolutions only days ago that seemed to sum up quite nicely the process and excitment I have felt each year when I opened up my new diary and wrote that first entry.
For some reason that momentum has always fallen flat on it's face and even though I pick up my diary part way through a year with the intention of at least ending the year in a 'daily diary writing good habit place', it never happened that way.
What has made 2015 different? Why has this year been my year to change bad habits to good? How have I managed 6 months of daily diary writing?
Gratitude. That's what. I am determined to write something each day that I am grateful for and that means sitting for a few minutes each morning to think about the day before and the day ahead and be grateful. Some days I have repeated myself, like being grateful for my family, or my husband, or the wonderful village we live in and this duplication has highlighted what is most important to me.
After writing my gratitude for the day, I just keep writing. Some days it's not that interesting, on others it is. I can also be quite sentimental or open with my feelings on days where I need to unload my thoughts.
A few weeks ago I felt like I needed more pages as I had lots to say so I had to go into the next day.
And a few days ago I had so little to say that it only took up a 4 lines.
Just keep writing.
One day who knows, a novel perhaps?