For the past year and a half, when I wake up in the morning, I have been coming up with three things to be grateful for, three random things - mundane/silly things like ping pong balls, electric outlets and rhinos (not that I have a rhino, I’m just grateful they exist).
Starting your day with gratitude is supposed to trigger your mind into having a more positive approach to the day. It was working, then the pandemic hit, but I kept it going - driving my kids crazy, yet on mornings when I did not announce it out loud -they’d ask me what I picked for the day.
On the morning of November 30th this year, I grabbed this black & white marble composition book (which I was trying to turn into an art journal) and doodled the three things I was grateful for. It was Scissors, Winter Hats and Looking Out My Window. I took a quick photograph of the page and threw it up on Instagram and Facebook and a bunch of people sent me a note about what a good idea it was, so I did it again the next day and the next...
Then I brought the book into the shop and made this one, for Dec 4, having a bit of fun and a lot of people commented and sent me notes that their kids were loving seeing these and I should keep it up.
After all the positive feedback, I decided to keep doing it every day - and I kept it up until February 4th, which is the day I had root canal, which wiped me out. So, I decided to take a break for one week and then restart on February 11. Here are a few more of the pages. I will keep adding to this post as I create more pages and if I can figure out how to embed videos, I’ll post the monthly flip throughs I have been doing.
If you’d like to start your own gratitude doodle journal, here are a few tips.
Pick a sketchbook or journal that you don’t mind looking at every day, because you’re gonna need to have it with you all the time.
Come up with the three things early in the day - and sketch out the full page in pencil before you start committing to any pen work.
Get yourself a set of nice fine-line colored markers. I use the Triplus Fineliners. They come in a wide variety of colors and are perfect for doodling ordinary objects.
I’d love to hear from you if you start your own gratitude doodle journal. I'll be posting more pics as I continue on my daily doodles.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, but adults need time away from kids more than just once in a while. It needs to be structured and it needs to be a regular occurrence. Last few weeks of summer convinced me!
Thanks for scrolling all the way. If you’re in NYC area, come in for a workshop. If outside NYC, drop us a note and we’ll get back with ways to connect with your kids. Stay creative and have a great day!