Remembering Gratitude – Tackle It Tuesday

by Lolli

Tackle It Tuesday

Consumed by my to-do list

As a busy mom, it’s easy to become consumed with my to-do list. I have shopping to do, dishes to clean, dinner to cook, laundry to wash. On top of that, I’ve got a busy job – which I love – but which keeps me constantly on my toes.

Surrounded by the burden of things to do I regularly neglect to set aside time for myself, and recently I’ve even found that it’s hard for me to remember what I used to do when I HAD time.

Despite all of my challenges, I have so much to be thankful for. I just don’t stop and think about those blessings often enough.

This summer, I was challenged to start a “Thankful Journal” and I immediately accepted the challenge. I bought a blank book that I had seen at a book store a few days before and wrote my first entry.

gratitude journal

The Thankful Journal

Today I am thankful…

  • that I could find a pair of jeans to buy for TJ (and that he found jeans that he actually liked!)
  • that the weather was refreshingly perfect for an open-window day.
  • for two packages in one day!
  • for buses, car-pools, and short walks that get all 5 of my kids to and from school each day.
  • for being able to watch TV and fold laundry with my kids….and just having that time to be with them.

My entries have been simple: every day I think of five new things that I can write down. It’s not a huge commitment, and it doesn’t take much of my time before bed. But the exercise of writing down a few things each day that I am grateful for has been a perfect reminder for me.

I am remembering to be grateful. It’s as easy thing to forget.

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail linky:

And here is a basic linky if you prefer your linkies the good old fashioned way!

 

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.



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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Susan October 4, 2011 at 2:32 am

Such a good idea to take a few minutes to write out those simple blessings. I really ought to do that.

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2 Lolli October 4, 2011 at 9:31 am

It’s amazing how taking just a few minutes of my evening helps me keep the good things fresh in my mind. :)

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3 Patty October 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

Being grateful amongst the chaos is challenging. Good for you for stepping away and seeing your blessings. And thank you for reminding me to do the same!

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4 Barb October 5, 2011 at 10:40 am

My dh & I were just talking this week about why I’m so tired at the end of the day. Of course, I have 5 kids which is tiring, and yet, I do take care of myself with diet, exercise, sleep, and vitamins. My dh suggested that I’m emotionally tired, not so much physically. I think take stock of my day at the end might help me feel less tired and more ready to wind down with the kids. Thanks for the idea!

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