The Good Things Jar — emptying, reading, saving, starting anew

Last year I did a Good Things Jar — I got an empty jar, prettied it up with ribbon, and wrote good things that happened on pieces of paper. These things I put in the jar.

Last year's good things jar

I was not so diligent with it as I should have been, but it was still a great exercise. Today I emptied last year’s jar and read all the great things that happened to me last year.

Some of the good things that happened in 2013!

Some were small and simple (“Had a morning read with my coffee on the lanai”); some were momentous (“Got engaged!”). A few were in there twice! Especially the one where a friend sent me fudge. That fudge was delicious, man.

Putting them all into a folder, each year. A journal of how awesome life can be.

After going through them, I glued them all to some paper. They covered two sides of one sheet and then one side of another. I put the sheets into paper protectors and put them into a folder.

Then, I wrote out three Good Things — one for each day of 2014 so far — and put them in the jar. I’m going to be more diligent about putting things in the jar this year — maybe not every day, but every week definitely. Even if it’s just “I’m still breathing.”

Note #3 for 2014 Good Things Jar!

My first note was “Kissed Mr. Katje at midnight!“, because that is the best way to start off a year. My second said “Wrote double my word count goal today!” because I wrote 851 words yesterday (my daily goal this year is 411). The third thing I put in the jar today was the note that came with my sister’s Christmas gift to me. That’s me looking ridiculously happy, or just very loopy.

Next year, I’ll do the same thing, with the reading and the gluing to paper. Eventually I’ll have a journal full of all the good things that ever happened to me and my family. I plan on making this a family tradition. Even if it does make Ogre roll his eyes something fierce. It really was amazing to read through all the good things that happened last year, especially after how sour I was feeling about 2013. And throughout the year, looking at the jar is definitely a pick-me-upper.

Have you done a Good Things Jar? Do you think you might?

6 thoughts on “The Good Things Jar — emptying, reading, saving, starting anew

  1. savveir

    I think I might need to try this, sometimes it’s all to easy to focus on the negative things that have happened in the past year, and forget about the good stuff.

    1. Katje

      *nods* Yeah, it was kind of an eye-opening experience for me when I read through all my pieces of paper. “Oh, right, that happened! And that thing, too…” My brain likes to forget all the good stuff because it’s out to get me. I defeat it by forcing myself to acknowledge and remember the positive! 😀

  2. Crystal M. Trulove

    I love this idea! I think my daughter and I are going to do it. I think the best part of all will be getting to the end of the year and reading all the good things.

    1. Katje

      Hooray! I’m glad you’ll do it too. The best part definitely is seeing all the great things at the end of the year. 🙂

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