So we’re almost 2 weeks into the new year, and for some, the “new car smell” of 2013 may be starting to fade. I’m honestly still pretty hyped (….but I’m that way in general about a lot of things), yet I still have been challenged to maintain my normally positive attitude when faced with negativity & opposition. Grrrrr!!! So when I came across the idea of starting a gratitude jar, I jumped at it! A gratitude jar is an idea that has been circulating around the interwebs (largely thanks to Pinterest) that basically involves writing down at least one thing that you’re grateful for everyday on a strip of paper and placing that paper slip in a jar. At the end of the year, you dump out the jar and revisit all of the things that you were grateful for. How cool is that?! This challenge doesn’t have to be limited to the entire year, for some it might be better as a monthly activity. I like the idea of doing it for the entire year (but reading periodically when I need a reminder) – provided I can find a jar that’s pretty and big enough to hold 365 slips of paper 😉 Let me know if you’re already a gratitude jar veteran and how practicing this exercise has impacted your life. I’m hoping that the constant reminder of the blessings that are in my life will completely obliterate any negative thing that may try to get my attention. Also, if you’re feeling the cutey-patooty jar pictured above – visit this Etsy shop. Have a fabu hump day!