Last Christmas (2009), my sister bought me The Wonderful Weekend Book - reclaim life's simple pleasures by Elspeth Thompson. I immediately read it from cover to cover and full of excitement bought copies for all my friends and family.
This past week of enforced stillness saw me revisiting this book and enjoying all over again its ideas for recognising the good in all the little things. So many of the suggestions inspired me last year but it was the idea of a gratitude diary that I acted on and for the first time in my life I managed to keep a journal past January 4th.
An excuse to buy gorgeous stationery probably helped but day by day, without fail I managed to document three beautiful things that had happened in my life. As the days became weeks and then became months I realised that it was becoming easier and easier to spot the good stuff. Then simply by having it all there written down to go back to, I could be inspired, when I felt down, by how many wonderful things had happened in quite ordinary ways.
Looking back this week, at those daily lists, I was able to see the natural, organic way that those diaries had developed into this space. A desire to record the special moments and magical discoveries that are so easy to overlook, a place to treasure my children, family and friends and a place to document all the creative time I adore.