Gratitude Journal 1

Joyce over at Sitting Idly (who I met through Blogging 101) introduced me to a new type of blog post called a Gratitude Journal.

Basically she explained to me that a Gratitude Journal is where you list 5 things you are grateful for, and then elaborate on each thing. They’re a great way to make yourself happy when you’re feeling down, and they keep you grounded.

So here goes nothing– my first gratitude journal!

I’m grateful for breaded fish and artichokes, and also my parents who make breaded fish and artichokes for me. My stepmom made this delicious breaded halibut the other night for dinner, and it was WONDERFUL. I’m not really a fish person– but it didn’t taste fishy, it was fresh, and the breadcrumbs were delicious.

My dad left to go on a business trip today, so last night before I went to bed (at like 11 PM) I noticed him cooking in the kitchen. It was pretty weird, because our family doesn’t really cook or eat all that late, so I asked him what was going on. He said that he was making me artichokes, which are my favorite food other than cotton candy (I know, they’re two weird food choices but whatever), for me to eat while he’s away.

I am extremely grateful for both of them (and the food they make me, hee hee).

I’m grateful for my sister buying me cotton candy at Summerfest. Summerfest is a festival in my town. It’s an annual thing, and they have a parade and little booths that sell food and jewelry. It’s a pretty big deal, and everyone in Croton goes. Summerfest is also the only opportunity to get fresh cotton candy in my town (and like I said before, cotton candy is my favorite food other than artichokes).

I recently got a job working as a page at a local library, and they scheduled me to work during Summerfest, all day. I was really upset. I wouldn’t be able to walk around town with all of my friends or buy jewelry in the little booths, or cotton candy.

The fact that my sister thought of me, and bought me and my friend Catherine cotton candy since we were both unable to go makes me appreciate her existence (and also the existence of cotton candy. I realized that my first two gratitude journals are basically both about my family and food. Basically that’s all I really care about).

I’m grateful that my friend Catherine works at the Jacob Burns Film Center. In Pleasantville, there’s a little artsy movie theater called the Jacob Burns Film Center. They show a lot of independent and foreign films– none of that mainstream, pop culture stuff. My friend Catherine works there, and she gets free movie tickets all the time as a work perk. Sometimes she takes me to go see movies. We just saw the movie Love and Mercy— the Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) biopic with Paul Dano and John Cusack (and Elizabeth Banks, who I LOVE but did not like in this movie) for free, and it was pretty great. I might write a post about it soon.

Thanks Catherine, for bringing me along and also for being my friend. ♥

I’m grateful that I have time to read again. My new job at the library gives me a lot of time to just sit down and read. I’m motivated to read because I have the free time to do it, everyone around me is also reading, and I have limited access to the Internet. Right now, I’m reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to read, and I’m grateful that I feel motivated to read on my own rather than for school.

I’m grateful for the new blogging community I’ve found through Blogging 101. Blogging 101 has introduced me to a lot of new blogs, as well as a lot of cool bloggers! Everyone I’ve met so far is so enthusiastic and open. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback as well as a lot of new ideas for blog posts, like this one I got from Joyce.

I’m grateful for the people that I’ve met in the Commons and on Blogging 101, and I’m excited to read all of your posts and grow with you through writing and blogging. ❤


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16 Responses to Gratitude Journal 1

  1. Danny Livingston says:


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    From: Amanda Under Construction Reply-To: Amanda Under Construction Date: Monday, June 15, 2015 at 2:15 AM To: Danny Livingston Subject: [New post] Gratitude Journal 1 Amanda Livingston posted: “Joyce over at Sitting Idly (who I met through Blogging 101) introduced me to a new type of blog post called a Gratitude Journal. Basically she explained to me that a Gratitude Journal is where you list 5 things you are grateful for, and then elaborate “

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  2. Eric Franzen says:

    I’m on a reading kick now a well! I’m currently reading Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier which I actually didn’t know was a movie until after I got the book. I had the same thing happen to me with Ender’s Game on the book before that as well haha

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    • Hi Eric! I’ve never read Ender’s Game, but it’s been recommended to me before. How do you like Cold Mountain?


      • Eric Franzen says:

        It has been a good read thus far (about 100 pages in). Charles Frazier definitely is going a long way to build and develop the characters so far, which i think is a good thing in this case. Interesting writing style how he’ll jump back and forth between “current day” and flashbacks.

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      • I like when writers do that though (jumping between the past and the present) because then the writing/plot is filled with suspense. Each part reveals a little bit more about the characters in it. I’ll be sure to check it out! The book I’m reading is a mix of flash backs and flash forwards, so it’s kind of like that. Happy reading! 🙂


  3. olea says:

    Hi Amanda~!

    I’m glad you decided to try out the Gratitude Journal. Sometimes it’s nice if you have no idea what to write about. I like that you’ve been reading for recreation. I really miss those times when I could read for fun, but nowadays it’s not relaxing reads – they’re medical articles and whatnot on my free time. It’s fun and exciting to meet people on Blogging101. It’s a bit difficult for me to keep up with it with my hectic schedule, but as you can see I’m making up for it over time. 😛 Can’t wait to read more of your entries!

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    • Hi Joyce! Thank you so so much for this idea. I didn’t realize how much I missed reading until I gave myself time to actually do it. And also– even if they’re not relaxing reads, you’re still reading. 🙂 I’m glad to have met you over Blogging 101, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing <3!


  4. I have to agree with all the things you are grateful for. Family and great food, good films, time for reading (which after this week I will also finally have again!) and this blog and blogging community.
    Artichokes are delicious! ❤

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  5. Sabina says:

    I love that you’re getting into the blogging community. It’s the best thing about blogging. Keep it up bb ❤

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  6. Your comment about only really caring for family and food made me laugh, it was/is so cute. Love the idea of a gratitude journal. Very nice idea. x

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