Today we’ve got an extra special treat for you all, hailing from one of my favorite countries, Australia. We don’t usually have “guest bloggers” here, but knowing that we were going to be on vacation for a few weeks, we called on one of our blogger friends, Serena from Pretty Fluffy, to share a DIY project for you.
Serena Faber Nelson is the gal behind Pretty Fluffy, a guide for the modern dog owner. A television producer, writer and fluffy dog owner, Serena’s work has been featured on award-winning shows such as RPA, Selling Houses Australia, Harry’s Practice and What’s Good for You. She’s a passionate spokesperson for animal welfare and responsible pet ownership, and has been featured on MamaMia.com.au, Hope 103.2 Radio and in Dog’s Life Magazine. In other words, if you’re a dog lover, as we are, you need to be checking in on her corner of the Internet… right after you read this awesome DIY project she has in store for today’s post. Now I’ll hand it over to Serena!
As a big fan of 7th House, I’m so happy to be here today sharing my most favourite project of late with you all.
For years, I’ve been an inspiration board junkie. Planning a party? Lets make a mood board. Thinking of a career change? Up goes the motivational board. I won’t even start on how many inspiration boards I made in the lead up to my wedding!
And I’m not alone. You only have to click around Pinterest for a few minutes – ok hours, no one spends a few minutes on Pinterest – to see all of us collectively pinning our wants, hopes and dreams to our virtual pin boards.
Now while these inspiration boards are brilliant for motivation, cohesion, goal setting and aspiration; but I couldn’t help but start thinking if I was always looking to the future I was losing the good things I had in my life in the present.
Enter the Gratitude Board.
Instead of filling a pin board with images of the things you want to be, start pinning up mementos to remind you of the great things in your life you already have.
Some ides for your board could include:
- Photos of treasured memories and people
- Ticket stubs
- Old Invitations
- Thank you notes
- Gift cards
- Party decorations
- Ribbons from gifts
- Love notes
- Magazine and News Clippings
…You’re pretty much limited only by your imagination.
For those moments where you don’t have something to remember them by I’ve created these free printable ‘Gratitude Postcards’ (Download your free Gratitude Postcards HERE).
A co-worker might congratulate you on a job well done, a stranger might come to your aid, a child may brighten your day with a simple observation…For all of these times, simply print out postcard, jot down your experience and pin it to your board.
As your board grows it becomes your ultimate pick-me-up. Whenever you’re feeling blue, uninspired, beaten or frustrated, your Gratitude Board is there with a physical collection of everything good in your life.
At the end of each year, you can take a photo of your board, package up the contents and start again. Before long, you have a treasure trove of good memories to look back on that may have otherwise been forgotten.
Here are some more ways to bring the Gratitude Board into your life:
- If you have children, start a family Gratitude Board. It’s a great way to record the special moments.
- If you struggle at work, create a Gratitude Board at the office. Use pictures of holidays you’ve been on, experiences you’ve had and memories you keep all because you work to afford them.
- If you’re working on a particular project, such as a home renovation, include your favourite ‘Wins’ so far. That way when you’re in the thick of it, you can look at where you came from and be happy with what you’ve achieved.
- Too Busy for a real board? Try a virtual Gratitude Board on Pinterest.
So there you have it. A new spin on inspiration boards, where happiness comes guaranteed. Thanks so much to Ashley + Greg for having me today. This moment will definitely be going on this year’s Gratitude Board! Do you use inspiration boards? What would you put on your Gratitude Board?