Happy Monday. I’m back! To be honest, it’s a little weird writing this blog post. Sort of like the first time back on a bike after you haven’t ridden in years. You remember how, it just feels a little rusty. (Not that I would know…since I don’t know how to ride a bike. But I can assume it’s similar).

Anyway, I’m sorry that I disappeared for a while. I went back and forth about how I would write this post, but decided that it would be best just to talk about it later. The good news is I’m feeling more or less like myself again. Last Friday I even tried out a new recipe. You might have seen pictures on my instagram or twitter. Don’t worry, I promise to post the recipe this week.

But for today, I wanted to write about something else. Something more fitting for a Motivational Monday. About a month ago, I lost two people who were very special to me. One was a teacher, whose classroom was directly next to mine during my second year. Not only was he a wonderful mentor, but a dear friend. Then literally within days of his funeral, I got the call that one of my best friend’s lost her father. It was also unexpected and very sudden. And I didn’t really know how to process it. It felt like someone in my own family had passed.

You must be thinking, “what the heck Rachel? How is this motivational?” Well I realized that sometimes it takes losing someone to realize just what you have in life. Something that was said during my best friend’s father’s funeral, was about how he lived his life always giving back. “Life isn’t about getting the perfect house or the perfect car. You can’t take those with you. Life is about the connections you make with people. It’s the people whose lives you touch that you leave behind.”

Hearing that really moved me. And inspired me to try something new. I’ve never done a gratitude journal, but the idea is interesting. Basically every day, you write down one thing that you are grateful for. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something big. It can even be just the fact that you looked in the mirror and liked what you saw. Or managed to make it home in time to see the sun set. Just pick something that made you happy.

Well I’m going to be writing one. And if you don’t already do it, maybe you should give it a try as well? It doesn’t even have to be with words. You could do it with pictures.

So here is mine from the weekend:

Lobster Beef

Friday night I tried a new recipe. And not only did it turn out well, but I got to enjoy it with Jake before heading over to a friend’s house for board game night.

best friends

Board game night was extra special because some good friends were in town from Michigan. And we got to celebrate their recent engagement 🙂


And they brought this little guy! His name is Weasel. And he is adorable. We spent a lot of the weekend cuddled up on the couch with each other.

Alright, now it’s your turn. What are you grateful for? What made you happy this weekend?  Are you going to try a gratitude journal? If you want to share it, feel free to instagram your pictures. I’m on there as painfreekitchen.

4 thoughts on “Motivational Monday – Gratitude Journals”

  1. I’ve been attempting to log 1000 gifts this year (inspired by the lovely book)…but life just keeps getting in the way. As soon as we’re settled again after the move, I’m hoping to get back on it.
    So sorry to hear it’s been such an emotional season, but glad to hear you’re focusing on the positive!

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