#365Grateful

Towards the end of last year, I stumbled upon a video while I was procrastinating on Facebook that really spoke to me. The video talked about a project called 365 Grateful, and Hailey Bartholomew, who started the project talked a lot about how it helped her to take a little bit of time every day to reflect and recognize all the things she was grateful for. I recognized a lot of similarities in her story and my own. With all the chaos of raising 3 boys, a husband, new job and volunteer work, inevitably my answer to anyone who asks how I am is busy, but good. I typically love the busy-ness of my life, but I have noticed more and more that I have not taken the time to reflect and be grateful for the gifts that I have been given. I find myself getting angry at my kids a lot, complaining about little things that don’t really matter, yet all the while getting frustrated with my kids that they don’t act grateful for all they have, while I was not setting them a very good example. So I thought that I would start my own gratefulness project. I started the project with 3 goals in mind; to take time to notice the small things about my life that make me grateful and happy, like the people around me, the beauty of nature, the wonderful things about where I live, to develop a hobby of taking pictures every day and to share the project with others.IMG_0857

In order to achieve these goals, I decided to share my #365grateful project through Instagram. I do a lot of work in social media and I believe that through this medium, we have the power to share good news and uplifting stories. There is a lot about social media that is scary, but I do think there is more that is good than bad and with social media, there is so much potential to use it in an uplifting way. I started the project on the 1st of January and it has become a great way for me to take time out of my day to recognize something that makes me smile, or laugh or that I am thankful for. It has proven to be a fantastic way to see the good in my life in amongst all the busy-ness, a good reminder to slow down and remember why my life is so full and to be thankful to God for all that I have been given.

IMG_0782I have not posted every day, I have missed a few days here and there, but I feel like the project is a success so far. I am hoping to keep it up for the entire year, and will continue to write about what this project has done for me. If you would like to take a look, you can follow me on Instagram by searching for @smilneciecko, or to learn more about the gratefulness project, you can follow the hashtag #365grateful or go to http://365grateful.com/. You can watch the video about the project here.

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I love being on the Outreach Committee at UCiM.  We have opportunities to go beyond our walls to reach out to the community.  And really, isn’t that what it is all about?

Cathy J.

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