What are YOU Grateful for?

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Written by Carrie Hamer-Jonkhout

Do you ever find yourself looking around, wondering why things are not going “right” for you? Do you ever feel like great things are happening for other people, but you’re left with nothing exciting happening for you?

If you do, take a deep breath, understand that it’s okay to feel what you’re feeling.  Then take action to can change that feeling.  One of the best ways to make things better for yourself is to truly appreciate what you already have. Why would things be given to you to make your life better, if you do not already appreciate what is already in plain sight?

Don’t worry though, I have the answer for you. It’s simple, it’s not time-consuming, and it will put you in a better frame of mind. It takes less than 10 minutes and I PROMISE it will make the difference in your life. You will feel better, you will appreciate what you have, and you will open yourself up to infinite possibilities.

So what is the answer you ask…?


What is a grateful log? It’s a list you create and add to each day. There are many ways to do it, many things you can add to it, and lots of ways to make it exciting.  Here is the step by step method to create one for yourself.

Step one: Write the date

Step Two: Write this sentence down at the top of the page, right below the date

“I am so grateful for these things in my life today”

Step Three: List anywhere from 1-10 things you are grateful for that day. You can keep it simple, or you can make it complex. That part is completely up to you

Step Four: Go back and read aloud what you have just written. Do you feel a smile on your face? If you do GREAT, if not, repeat step four again and again until you do.

Step Five: Write this sentence under the list that you have just created and fill in the blank.

“I am so happy that I accomplished___________ today”

Step Six: Read that sentence aloud to truly appreciate the fact that you accomplished something today. It may be something ordinary, and it may be something extraordinary. Either way, celebrate it!

Step Seven: Write down 1-3 things you love about yourself. This part may be even harder than step three, but TRUST me, it will be worth it.

Step Eight: Read aloud the things that you love about yourself. The more you say these things, the more you will believe it.

Step Nine: WALK AWAY. Just for 5 minutes

Step Ten: come back to your list and read aloud EVERYTHING you wrote down for today’s date. Take a moment and breathe in all that awesomeness that you have just reminded yourself about.

The universe is there to provide everything you need at the right time. However, you must be ready to receive it, and you need to be able to appreciate it when it arrives.

Please see below for an example of a grateful log. The more you make it your own, the more you will come to love it and embrace it.

Monday February 9 2015

I am so grateful for these things in my life today:

My partner

My fur babies

Having a working furnace in the cold

Healthy food at home

A job

I am so happy that I accomplished getting to the gym and getting through my whole workout before the snow started.

I love these things about myself today:

My smile

My willingness to help others

My increasing confidence


When being Grateful becomes part of your life, you will notice a significant increase in your energy.  The universe will provide you with what you need to move to where you need to be.



Carrie is a Level One Reiki certified practitioner. She has been working in the field of energy since 2011 and has a passion for helping others. After suffering from years of self-confidence, self-doubt, and feelings of insecurity, she found that through Reiki she was able to help herself.  With Reiki and the help of personal development courses, she is now able to share the wisdom she has learned with others to bring them an increase in energy, confidence, and happiness in their lives.  You will also find her working with animal organizations, namely the Collie Rescue Network, volunteering, fundraising, and offering healing wherever and whenever she can. If you would like to know more about Carrie, please feel free to contact her at hamer.carrie@hotmail.com.




5 Responses

  1. Jackie
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    This is an amazing article! Sounds so simple and very powerful. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Lucy Jonkhout
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    I have the pleasure of knowing this wonderful amazing person. Carrie you are truly an inspiration and I am glad you found that in yourself. I will defintley take this and put it in place for myself. I am so proud of the hard work and devotion you have in becoming the amazing woman you are!!! You have inspired not only the people around you but your family as well. Cant wait for the next step and or the next article.

  3. Shaunna
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    Love you girlie!! This is amazing

  4. Laura Romita
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    Carrie is an exceptional friend and I am so happy and grateful for her in my life. She is a very authentic person with such a great heart, always willing to help anyone anytime. So proud of her for getting this article on the web.. Way to go girlie luv ya xo

  5. Craig
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    A very smart and wise article with a very good connecting introduction. Great examples you give to guide us all. Thank you for the inspiration! 🙂

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