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In My Bullet Journal: A New Gratitude Practice

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The recommendation to write down a list of things you're thankful for each day is all over the place in books, magazines and social media.  Even Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal system has an elegant way he records this daily.

When I remember, I write in my five year journal about something that made me happy that day, but I'm not very consistent about it.  As I was falling asleep one evening last week, I had an idea. Why not write an actual handwritten Thank You note, like my Mama taught me, to some of the people who have inspired me, helped me or changed my life in some way?

One Thank You note per week seemed doable, so I decided to call this (drumroll please) The 52 Thank You Project. (Yeah, I know. It's not that creative.)

My list of 52 people will be a list of friends, family, and famous people who will probably never see my letter. I'm fine with that - this is more of an exercise for me to really sit down and reflect for a bit on why or how that person has influenced my life. I also like the idea of sending a tiny bit of positivity out into the world.

I wrote and mailed the first three letters today. In a few weeks I'll "catch up" so that I'm just writing one per week.  I'm tracking this in my trusty Bullet Journal as part of its own Collection page in the back.

Writing these notes is something I can do in little pockets of time I find throughout my day (thanks to Laura Vanderkam, who's on my list), so I've tucked a stamped thank you card into the back of the nuuna notebook I'm using as my Bullet Journal.

Do you have a daily gratitude practice? Tell me about it in the comments!

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