Thursday, 23 January 2014

DIY 2014 Memory Jar

In my last post I talked about my New Years Resolutions. One of my resolutions was to be more positive and enjoy every moment, one way I do this is by writing in a memory jar. Whenever someone or something makes me smile or laugh I write it on a piece if paper and put it in the memory jar. On New Years Eve, you open up the jar and read all the great memories from the past year. I did this last year and it was so great to look back over how great the year had been. The best part is that you remember the small things that you may have forgotten about and I found they were the best memories as it is always the little things that put a smile on your face.

The memory jar is so easy to make because you only need one thing, a jar! You can reuse an old jar that you have in your house, or do what I did and buy one. I bought this one last year because I really wanted to use a Kilner jar as I think they have a very shabby chic feel to them. I bought his jar for around £3 at a local shop in the crafts area, you can pick them up almost anywhere though.
If you want you can decorate your jar however I decided not to as I liked the look of the jar on its own. One suggestion I would make is that you put some paper and a pen or pencil in the jar as it motivates you to write something as you do not have to search for some scrap paper beforehand.
Now just fill the jar with notes. I like to fold the notes up and put the date on the back so that I remember when everything happened. You can write anything you want on the paper, last year I had everything from getting 100% on a test to seeing my favourite people in concert. The memory jar is meant to encourage you to focus on the positives whether they are small or huge and I guarantee that when you read back over them at the end if the year you will have a huge smile on your face.
And why not get the whole family involved, leave the jar in your living room and let everybody chip in, it will lead to a great family bonding session on New Years as you share your funny stories with everyone.
Are you going to make one? Do you have any tips on staying positive, leave a comment below because I would love to hear from you!



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