Anyway I was browsing through the photography blogs in my Reader and noticed there was a link to 365 days of gratitude. Now this is something I'd be interested in doing. I've been looking for a ways to notice more of the wonderful things in my life and have the kids start noticing them too. I really like a suggestion by Dr. Christine Carter where each day she and her children name some things for which they are grateful. The idea is awesome, but the reality is that I don't make the time. The couple of times that I have tried to work it into our day the kids haven't been all that receptive. I know if I make it a habit that will help, but I just haven't. She has a lot of other really good ideas too. If you are interested check out the link above.
What I like about this particular project is the photo aspect. Yes, I know. I just said above that most 365's are about taking a daily photo. But it wasn't until I actually saw the blog post that I considered throwing the two things together. Since I have my phone with me at all times, and since I am taking a lot of pictures, and since I am trying to be more mindful of the positives in my life, and since I am on Instagram nearly everyday it just seems like a doable project for me. The kids are used to me stopping to take photos, and I often show them or ask for input on editing. Talking about why I am taking the photo and the reason I feel grateful might be a really good way to model the behavior I'd like for them to pick up.
I plan to post them daily on Instagram (I'm @justsarah) and probably cross-post them to Facebook and Twitter. I'll use the hashtag #grateful365. I also plan to do a weekly post here with the photos. I'll use one of my apps to add text to the photo so the message is all in one neat little package. I was thinking a regular Sunday post, but as always I may be a little bit late. I'm already behind on my weekly update from last week. *sigh*
I'm starting tomorrow. Anyone else want to do it with me?