This is my Gratitude Journal - every day I am supposed to write five things I am grateful for in order to remain focussed on life's positives. I got the idea from a new (very inspirational and thought-provoking) friend on Facebook, Marike . I am grateful for inspirational and thought-provoking friendships. The journal is a lined exercise book with a firm card cover, wrapped in a really soft cloth that snaps shut with a very satisfying way. The pen is a Cross and has my name engraved in the centre. My husband bought me both for Christmas. I am grateful for a generous and loving husband who knows not only that a pen and a journal will please me but also that having my name engraved on the pen and choosing a book wrapped in soft cloth with the perfect snap makes the difference between a wonderful gift and the perfect gift. Did you notice that they are green? I find myself suddenly smitten with green, he knows that too - it is a relatively recent love affair, but h
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