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Celebrating Simple Life
I received the petite bright turquoise pockitudes journal in the mail and chose the Month of May to challenge myself to writing everyday to experience more gratitude in my life. The prompts on the page were easy to follow and allowed me to not only think back through my day and remember things I was grateful for, it also reminded me of big and small acts of kindness that crossed my path, making each day feel like it had meaning.
Spending just a few moments everyday, allowed me to pause and take time to be still, during one of the busiest months of my life. As an event coordinator, I always have a lot of projects and details on the go at a time and this practice has given me such a beautiful reminder of what can happen when I slow down. Slowing down, is not easy for me, but at a time when life felt really hectic, this practice brought an unbelievable sense of calm and peace to my day. I noticed myself seeing the world differently and thinking throughout the day about things that I was going to write in my gratitude journal as I experienced them.
This was the best part of the practice because it allowed my mind to thinking positively throughout the day. There were a few days in the 30 day challenge that the busyness of life got the best of me and I didn't fill out the journal. What is so great about gratitude is that it is always ready to be picked back up anytime, anyplace. This practice would benefit others by taking time to pause and notice the little things around you. It sounds so cliche but it really does make a huge impact on mind set and feeling better about life.
The pockitudes journal was so helpful because it was small and easy to pop into my purse, have on my desk, night table and just be available anytime something came to mind that I wanted to write down. This is a practice I plan on continuing every single day!
MARY LOU R.
This was a challenge I grew to enjoy and looked forward to. Last 10 months have not been easy so “forcing” myself to find what I found to be grateful was a blessing.
It reminded me that regardless of how awful a day could be, there had to be something no matter how minute that brought a warmth to my heart and shrunk the not so pretty moments.
Looking for the positive in life is definitely the motor to move us along one day at a time, this is what the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge did for me!
Thank you for the opportunity.
Hi! I've just completed my pockitudes a day challenge! I only missed 2 days during my 30 days... Normally I would have beaten myself up, but instead, I just moved on, grateful for the awareness. I wrote my gratitude at the end of each day before I went to bed. Even on my most horrible days, I was able to be grateful for something. I also noticed my consciousness if making sure I had at least 1 act of kindness....sometimes that meant not saying out loud what my brain was thinking!
Thank you for allowing my to participate... I've been in recovery for the last 23+ years. Gratitude is such a simple act of humility, a reminder of where I am today vs where I was.
It's such a simple way to take a moment, take a breath and appreciate all that I have, all the love that is around me, all that I am.
I used to do gratitude journaling when I was younger, particularly after I had my kids. Than as the kids got older we wanted to encourage positive thinking/outlook so we began a gratitude grace idea where we would say something we were grateful for each day before supper. As a result, I used this daily practice instead of my gratitude journaling. Now that the kids are young adults I decided that I should start the practice of gratitude journaling again as our gratitude grace is becoming less frequent. That’s when I was, thankfully, tagged by a friend on Instagram re: the Pockitudes Challenge.
It feels so good to be grateful. It’s amazing how easy it can be to focus on the negative parts of your day instead of the good. When you sit down and begin to focus on the good things I found I was frequently grateful for multiple things/people/experiences in a day. Getting reacquainted with gratitude journaling brought far more joy than I had remembered. I loved the portability of the Pockitudes journals and the addition of the Act of Kindness section. It made me a little more conscious of my actions throughout the day and I have always loved the idea of paying it forward. I have so much to be thankful for, even if it’s just the fact that the sun is shining, that should be recognized. Just like even the smallest acts of kindness like acknowledging people with a smile or letting them ahead of you in a line can have a big impact on someone else. All these little actions add up to something so much bigger and makes this world a better place to live in.
I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for this life changing challenge. I really enjoyed using your journals. I tend to write a lot (as you can probably tell from this wordy email lol) and was worried there wouldn’t be enough space for what I wanted to write but there was more than enough space. I intend to maintain my journaling practice and am hopeful that I’ll be able to maintain the regularity of writing daily as I have this past month (only missed a couple days). I enjoy it so much that I didn’t need reminders after the first couple of days because I found myself wanting to write my gratitude down. There’s something about putting pen to paper that’s so much more satisfying than if you were to note something on an app on your phone.
Super grateful for the opportunity to use your journals and I will continue to praise your product and the concept of maintaining (to borrow from Oprah) an attitude of gratitude on insta and with friends and family.
I completed the challenge!!! It was truly amazing and something I look forward to doing at the end of each day.
It has really helped ground me and, most of all, realize no matter HOW bad a day feels, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.
Wow, what perspective this has given me!!! Thank you for this opportunity.
Starting my day with Gratitude while riding on the bus to work creates a sense of peace and space to be present and caring in my position as a graphic designer at a law firm in the Marketing/Client Services Department.
The “Why” question helps me to go deeper into understanding myself and what brings me joy from the gratitude practice. It helps me get out of my head, thinking about myself.
Doing things for others is very gratifying and helps lift my spirits.
It was hard to do this daily but I think it can be very important! I started the month when I was on vacation and it was much much easier to do daily...as soon as I got back I found myself getting a day or two behind. The one question I had was that I found I was thankful for a lot of the same things. Not because I was too lazy to think of other things but because there are maybe 10 things in my life that I really feel so grateful for and they kept popping back up for me.
It did help me to try and do more acts of kindness too. I know from day to day I try to be kind and thoughtful but keeping the journal made me more aware of making sure I did something nice for someone/something everyday. For example when I was in Maine on my vacation I went out and picked up trash from the road by our cabin. It's such a beautiful place there and seeing the cans/garbage was bothering me so I made that my act of kindness for the day. Being back home and consumed again with work I found my acts of kindness were smaller but I guess not less meaningful. I read somewhere that if you see something in beautiful in someone make sure to tell them.
The one act of kindness was on my way back from vacation. We were at a reststop and a woman came in with really pretty tattoos. I was so sleepy from traveling but thought to myself, I think telling her that I think her tattoos are beautiful would be a nice thing to do. So maybe I wouldn't have said anything before, but keeping my act of kindness in mind I told her. I know thinking back in my life to things people have said to me, they might not have thought it was any big deal to them but to me it was very kind and something that has stayed with me for years. I guess the same can be said for negative things people say to you so words are very important.
Overall I found the practice helpful because it had me focusing on good things, positive things, finding things to be grateful for even on days that were tough. I know I was grateful for my bed on one of the days! It just makes you stop and think about how many things we have in our lives instead of focusing on negatives or what we don't have. It made me think about others who don't have even the basic things I take for granted daily.