A New Year Of Gratitude (#324)

On the last day of 2018, I made a point to read back through my journal. I touch the pages remembering each night I spent writing out my thoughts and feelings.

I realize I was wrong about a lot in my journal. My expectations and assessment of each day didn’t meet the reality of my current situation. I’m lucky to have learned so much over the course of the year. Life is about perseverance. It’s about how we respond to missteps and adversity within our lives. I’m grateful for the people who helped me get through it. I’m grateful for a year full of opportunities and a chance to reflect. This blog has been an important piece of my 2018 and the chance to reflect emphasizes that for me.

Thank you to everyone who continues to read and engage with the Gratitude Journal. May the new year bring you love, laughter, and more opportunities to grow.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Leadership lessons
  2. The warmth of the California sun
  3. Patient positivity
  4. Time for journaling
  5. Honest communication
  6. Teaching CORE at UMass
  7. My amazing supportive friends
  8. Letting go
  9. The science of gratitude
  10. The sound of rain
  11. Safe travels
  12. Learning through adversity
  13. Mentors and role models
  14. Walking meditation
  15. Embracing change
  16. A clean room
  17. Signs from the Universe
  18. My cat, Ned
  19. Opportunities for growth
  20. Good health
  21. My continued education
  22. Nights in Acadia with Julie
  23. My family
  24. Tools for my mental health
  25. The precious present

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Featured image from a year ago!

Author: Jacob Ames

Feline father, perpetual graduate student, sport enthusiast, pancake expert, and gratitude writer. Using this blog to keep my life organized and to develop a platform I can one day use to share baseless conspiracy theories about the robot uprising. I enjoy writing!

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