A Different Kind of Monthly Challenge

If you are just tuning in for the first time here is a fast summary.  The first Wednesday in January I decided to do a monthly challenge for the year.  My plan is to try different things from podcasts, crafts to just about anything!  Check out January and February challenges at the end of the post.

February was all about gratitude and acknowledging it in my gratitude journal.  My goal was 3-4 times a week to write down specific things I was grateful for that day or the day before.  I have to admit I wasn’t as successful as I wanted to be.  It is not that I don’t have things to be grateful for – I do.  The problem was remembering to write them down at the end of the day.  I’m thinking to create a habit maybe I have to do them every day, but then I’m not sure I wouldn’t get what they call gratitude fatigue.

When I did journal what I was grateful for it was easy to come up with 3-4 items.  A few where that I have a friend that checks up on me, that I enjoy my alone time, I saw Hidden Figures at the theatre, I had a beautiful walk to work after a snow storm and a friend sent me a package of art supplies in the mail.  I do believe writing down what we are grateful for can put things in perspective – no matter how bad our day was we can come up with a few things we are grateful for.  Like I enjoyed my coffee or the bus wasn’t late. Plus it takes us out of our negativity even for a few minutes.  I am going to continue to write in my gratitude journal on a weekly basis as I want to look back and see I had a good year.

This month I thought I’d give myself a bit of a break and do a craft.  I have always like those Sharpie crafts – you know write and/or draw on an item and bake it.  So that is my challenge and I’ll show you the finished project the first Wednesday in April.

Write an inspirational saying or draw a picture on a plate, mug, bowl or whatever. There are lots of instructions on Pinterest on baking time but the two things they are consistent on is after you use the Sharpie on your item wait 72 hours before putting it in the oven. The other thing is put the item in the oven and then turn the oven on so that the item and oven heat up together.  After that it is all over the place.

Destination Decoration tries various temperatures and time on her mugs.  Her winner is oven at 250 for two hours.  Something Turquoise has oven at 425 for one hour.  Once baked turn off oven and let item and oven cool off down together.

I would love to see what you create over the next month.  Happy Sharpie!!

February Challenge – gratitude journal

January Challenge – podcasts

You can always start now !


10 thoughts on “A Different Kind of Monthly Challenge

  1. lilhiddentreasures says:

    I like crafty things too! My favorite is making homemade cards. I’ve seen many crafts on Pinterest that involves Sharpie markers and baking but have never tried any of them. Let me know how it turns out for you Amelia!


    • Amelia says:

      Will do. I enjoy lots of different crafts.There is just something about working with your hands and creating that bring me joy and also mindfulness and balance (at least for that period of time). What are your favorite sites for homemade cards?


  2. emilypageart says:

    A friend and I swap emails once a week with everything we’ve been grateful for over the prior week. It holds us both accountable to keeping up with our gratitude journals. It also helps us keep up with each other’s lives since we don’t live near each other anymore. Maybe you can get a friend to do this with you to help motivate you to keep at it!


    • Amelia says:

      What a great idea. I have a friend I email weekly already. We pick a self-help book or inspirational book and we go through it together and comment, support and encourage. So adding a weekly gratitude list would be perfect. Thank you and I am so on it!! This is so what I love about blogging – the community!!


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