May 24, 2018

Lovin' Life 24/5/2018: Kmart’s Stationery. My Gratitude Journal.

Kmart is having a moment right now in the world of journals and planners.  My blogging buddy, Leanne at Deep Fried Fruit is a keen fan of Kmart's work and reading her posts about her latest purchases inspired me to 'have a look' the other day.

No one reading here today will be surprised that I ended up leaving with a $4 journal with a marble effect cover, a pad of 'To Do' lists for $3.50 and a clipboard to hold the lists ($2.50).

A close of up of a sheet from the 'To Do List' pad.
In the weeks that have passed since making my purchases, I've put all three to good use.  The 'To Do List' system is working really well for tackling life admin at home. I add tasks as I remember them and spend a few minutes on the mornings of my non work days figuring out what I can tackle from the list that day.  The 'tick off' column at the end is the most satisfying section for me.  I still can't resist running a line through completed tasks after ticking them off, though.

As for my journal, there's a bit of a story to tell.  I've begun a Gratitude Journal on its pages.

Each day's entry in my journal begins with 'Today I am grateful for:'....  and I aim to write down three things or moments per day.

It's not been as hard as I thought it would be.  Ironically, I've had more to be grateful for on the days I thought would never end.  Somehow the very things that made those days painful ended up on my list as situations or experiences that precipitated a positive change in some aspect of my life.

The need to write about the good things of each day has indirectly helped me become more mindful.  It's hard to be frustrated, angry or cynical for too long if you're hell bent on filling your daily quota of three items to be grateful for.

Settling down at the end of the day with a pen and my journal is something I look forward to as much as my evening mug of peppermint tea.  In this world of e-everything (or should that be i-everything) and clouds of data, having something positive to hold and write in helps give my gratitude a physical presence and a kind of certainty.

I've found myself including quotes and excerpts from inspirational posts I've seen on social media as well as the events of my own daily life.  There's always been something inspiring or motivating to look back on when I flick through the pages I've already completed and literally highlighted this year.

Do you have a gratitude journal?

Are you a fan of the 'To Do' list?

Kmart.  Say no more.


  1. Hi SSG I love stationery and I was in KMart yesterday and saw their latest range. I'm a fan of gratitude as you know but keeping a journal doesn't come easy to me as I feel I have to write reams. I love your method and also writing the inspirational quotes etc you find on social media. I have a journal so you have inspired me to start using your method. Have a great week! xx

  2. I am also a huge fan of Kmart stationery (well, Kmart in general to be honest). I've got a beautiful planner from there which sold out quicker than you can say grey with rose gold accents. I also use their meal planner religiously, and totally agree with the simple joy of ticking things off when done!

  3. K-Mart has fabulous stationary and office supplies! I've spent ages perusing that section when I'm there. Good on you with your gratitude journal - it's a worthwhile way to spend time and really helps keep your mindset on the positive side, and being more mindful is always a good thing! #TeamLovinLife

  4. I keep my 'to do' list in my online calendar and look at or think of my 'completed' list at the end of the day as my gratitude journal.

  5. I have a KMart journal waiting in my desk for me to finish my current one - it's pink and gold and I can't wait to use it. Pretty stationery is such a great way to inspire us to write more isn't it?

  6. Ohh SSG, you read my mind. I need a new To-Do list booklet but I daren't head to a stationery shop because I know I'll get sucked in and come out having spent far too much. Yes, I love a paper to-do list much more than an online one.

  7. I write daily in a journal too. Sometimes it's just a sentence, sometimes it's more. I love the physical act of writing. #teamlovinlife

  8. Big Kmart fan here too! I haven't got any of the stationary though, I think once I start buying some I'd have trouble stopping, haha! I really like the gratitude journal idea, but I've never tried one. I did have a 'sentence a day' journal when my eldest was a baby, came in helpful when filling in the baby book! :)

  9. I like the idea of journals / planners etc but tend to buy them and never use them. I like the idea of a gratitude journal or similar though. I remember the gratitude jars being a big thing a year or two ago and I liked the idea of pulling out a piece of paper you'd put in there (when feeling good) on a day you were feeling like crap and being reminded of the good! #teamlovinlife

  10. I have a ridiculous amount of Kmart journals with random scribbles in them, that once started out with the best intentions to be gratitude/journals used daily. I love looking back through my thoughts. The other week I came across some goals I set at the blood (full) moon - maybe in late January (?). It's interesting to see how your priorities and ideas shift when your not consciously focusing on them.

  11. I wish there was a KMart store here in Savannah. Both stores closed and the nearest one is almost an hour away! Love to write in journals

  12. Look at you with your KMart note books!!! I do love a Kmart notebook. Also love a gratitude journal! Go you good thing. Glad my cheap arse purchases have inspired you :)


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