Just keep writing

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?

Diary page 6 months

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?

Happy days.

Ciao xx

My word for 2015

At the end of 2014 I settled on a word for 2015, and my word is GRATITUDE.

It is being grateful for everything I have in my life right now and everything I want in my life. It's saying thank you for everything I have been given and thank you for everything I want to receive.

I mentioned having read The Secret and The Magic and while I don't expect riches to drop on my door step I am using the power of the universe to live a better life. It's about a change in my attitude to the world around me that makes me a better person and makes the world around me react in a better way towards me.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I read these books. I had The Secret on my book shelf for years and although I had tried to read it I just didn't get it. I didn't get how all the things you want in life magically came to you by asking the universe. But it's not about asking to win the lottery or own a Lamborghini, or live in a 10 bed mansion. It's about changing your attitude towards the things you have and being grateful for what you do have now, even if that is not very much. It's about not worrying how you are going to live the life you want but rather loving the life you live. 

When you stop looking so hard for what you want, the answers and clarity on how to get what you want do magically appear.

I use the principles of The Secret in my everyday actions, from planning the day I want to have to saying thanks for the great day I have had.

As part of this plan, every day I write one thing that I am grateful for. I write it in my diary in the morning. So at the end of the year I will have 365 things I am grateful for.


I have seen some dramatic changes in myself that I had never expected, and changes in my relationships with others. There is always more than one way to look at a situation and I have opted to see things from a better angle.

This change in outlook and way of living is good for me, I am happier now than I have been in a long time and I am grateful!

Ciao C xx