November is gratitude month, and I'm really looking forward to celebrating gratitude and taking the time to slow down and step back to enjoy life a little more. I don't know about you, but the last few months have been a little hectic.
Every year I designate a tree in my front yard as the gratitude tree. It's an opportunity to subtly get my community involved in giving thanks. At first, the project was about me. The first tree I put up was during a time of high stress in my family. We were going through a very emotional year full of a lot of hurt, and I was desperate to find some joy and peace. Thus the gratitude tree was born.
The idea caught on and it is no longer about me. Gratitude is a social emotion and this tree has become a creative way to connect with those around me both local and from afar.
I'm creating a movement and my tree is no longer enough. It's time to grow and that is where you come in. Would you be willing to create your own gratitude tree? In your yard or home, place of business, or other community gathering place.
In the past few years we have had trees in schools, yoga studios, a chiropractic office and homes.
There are creative and easy ideas out there if you want to bring your tree indoors. I've started a pinterest board for inspiration.
GRATITUDE TREE MATERIALS
- some form of tree (an actual tree outside, a branch in a bucket, craft paper, etc)
- shipping tags from an office supply store (or Amazon)
- sharpie markers
- container to house the tags and markers - I use an old tool box.
- signage letting people know they are welcome to participate - My first sign was on cardboard!
It doesn't have to be fancy or creative. It's about the process. my first tree had paper tags, and a cardboard sign in an old tool box, which I still use.
Put up your tree any time in the month of November.
The sky is the limit! Be as simple or creative as you want. All I ask is If you are participating, please let me know. I would love to showcase your story here on the blog. Just click the button below and reach out.
There is still time to sign up for the free virtual RAW Retreat this month. Spend 30 days inspired to practice gratitude. #30daysofgratitude2017