This month I will me taking part in my own photo challenge. I have been wanting to take part in another bloggers photo challenge but I didn’t find one that I connected with so I scoured Pinterest for different ideas. I decided on creating my own 25 days of Christmas Photo Challenge. I wanted to complete a photo challenge since I recently got a new Samsung 8+ and want to learn to use the camera to its full potential. Taking photos with a phone or a camera is something that I am not super familiar with but since my blog is brand new I know that quality photos will help my blog to stand out, especially on Pinterest. I also want to start sharing more on Instagram so I can hopefully grow my following there.
I encourage you to take the time this month to challenge yourself to do something different. December ends up being such a busy month and goes by so fast. So, taking the time to pay attention to things around you and focusing on something small can help make you more aware of what is going on around you.
Here’s the Challenge:
- December 1: Your view today.
- December 2: Something treasured.
- December 3: Something red and white
- December 4: Glitter
- December 5: Something gold
- December 6: Clouds
- December 7: Stripes
- December 8: Scarf
- December 9: Something red
- December 10: Something green
- December 11: Tree
- December 12: A beautiful sight
- December 13: Something your reading
- December 14: Favorite Holiday Movie
- December 15: Favorite Ornament
- December 16: Favorite Holiday Song
- December 17: Wrapping Paper
- December 18: Outdoors
- December 19: Something that makes you smile
- December 20: Tree Topper
- December 21: Favorite Christmas Decorations
- December 22: Presents under the tree
- December 23: Outdoor Christmas lights
- December 24: How your spending your Christmas Eve
- December 25: Your Christmas morning
I will posting my photos on the Instagram account for my blog @curiouslyjacqui, so make sure you follow me there.
Since Thanksgiving is write around the corner I wanted to start thinking about gratitude and what I am thankful for.
What does Gratitude mean?
According to www.dictionary.com gratitude means the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Another website describes gratitude as an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has done. So gratitude is another word for being thankful.
How can you practice gratitude?
I found this awesome quote online: “Count your rainbows not your thunderstorms” ~ Alyssa Knight. This is such a good reminder to focus and be grateful for the good things in your life and move through the bad things.
Gratitude can help you see a sticky situation in a completely different light and may even make it more difficult to complain. Gratitude takes practice, so this month I will be taking steps to work on showing gratitude and I hope you will too. I found a lot of different lists online of ways to work on being more grateful, so I put together my own gratefulness challenge. For the month of November I will be working through the ideas below.
Keeping a gratitude journal and showing gratefulness through action. This could be daily or weekly.
- I want to take time each day to think about something different that I am grateful for. Here are some helpful resources with great ideas for things to write about each day.
Trying to see the day-to-day from a point of gratitude.
- Most people tend to let negative thoughts enter their mind before positive thoughts. This month I want to work on keeping all of the beautiful things in my life at the fore front of my mind. Taking the time to appreciate the things around you, even something a simple as the color of the leaves on the trees can help to keep those positive thoughts in the forefront of your mind.
Taking control of negative thoughts about someone or something and switching it to a positive thought about that person or object.
- When something or someone is irritating and frustrating I know we all start grumbling and complaining. When you feel your self start to think negatively about that person or object work hard on finding something positive about that person or object.
Give at least one compliment a day, this doesn’t necessary mean you have to give a compliment to a person but sharing your appreciation of something.
- Give a compliment to your spouse, your children, your boss etc. Take notice when someone does something extra and make sure they know that you appreciate them and notice them going above and beyond.
If you find yourself in a negative situation ask yourself: What can you learn from this and what will I be grateful for in the future.
- We can all learn from each and every negative situation. Take the time if you are in a bad situation to figure out what you can learn and what you are grateful for.
Try not to complain, criticize, or gossip for a week. If you slip up, just keep going. Hopefully we will notice how much energy gets spent on negative thoughts.
- Know I know this one might be a bit difficult for you and I think it will be difficult for me. Ask the people who are around you to help you stay accountable. If they hear you complain, criticize or gossip ask them to call you out.
When talking on the phone, sound genuinely happy to hear from people.
- By answering the phone genuinely happy you may help make the day of the person on the other end. Give it a whirl and see how you can positively impact the lives of those around you.
I feel like this challenge will really help me to work on my gratitude and showing my gratitude to others. I will try to post some follow-up posts on my Instagram page. Leave me a comment below if you are joining in.