Mindful Monday – Gratitude and Affirmations: A Powerful Pair by Marianne Coyne

Hello, everyone! It’s a joy to be with you here today on Silver Threading. When Colleen asked me to guest post about gratitude journals on Mindful Mondays, I was pleasantly surprised and quite honored. My first guest post – I was excited and raring to get to it! Then I sat down at the computer with my cup of coffee and thought, “Where do I begin?” Hmmm…I don’t seem to have this problem when I write posts for my blog, Leisure Lane. So I decided coffee wasn’t going to cut it, I better get out the big guns – CHOCOLATE! Ah, that’s better – you know what I mean?

I’ve always read that it’s good to write down what you want in your life, or the things you’re grateful for. I had never been one for writing in a daily journal. I think because it seemed like too much work. But I had no idea what too much work was until circumstances forced me into my present job.

Prior to getting this job, seven years ago, I had been on a four-year intense and wonderful spiritual journey. For the first time in years, I was experiencing peace, joy, and contentment. And fear, which had been my constant companion, had been nearly completely wiped away from my consciousness.

Marianne Coyne

As an artist and writer, this job was not really what I wanted to do with my precious time. But I had learned quite a bit on my spiritual journey, and so I decided that I would take my peace and my joy into this new job, and perhaps make a difference there. Boy, oh boy, was that naïve! Peace? Joy? That’s not what this grocery store ordered. They weren’t going to have any of that. Just stand in your spot and don’t say a word to anyone unless you’re selling the product we tell you to sell. That was their motto, and they were sticking to it. Needless to say there are a lot of discontented employees there, and little by little I was becoming part of that discontentment. The negativity is so thick you really could cut it with the proverbial knife.

After years of working in that harsh, negative, unforgiving, and demanding environment, I was losing everything I had gained within myself. I began to join in the grumbling and complaining. And a day off here and there was not enough to refill what was being sucked out of me. I was not only exhausted physically and mentally, but I was turning into something I didn’t recognize or like…a very negative person. And to make matters worse, I had cornered myself into this sort of retail position.

Then three years ago, I knew I had to do something. So I decided that every night when I got into bed, I would write down one thing…just one thing I was grateful for. I didn’t care what it was, just as long as I recognized a blessing somewhere in my day. So I found a little spiral notebook, and one evening I began…My Gratitude List.


I found out that I could think of not only one thing, but two or three – from a cool breeze, to the life and breathe of my son. Then the next night, I was grateful for air conditioning on hot days and heat on cold days; for my good health; for clean water…the lists began to get longer, as I began to find more things to be grateful for.



As this progressed, my gratitude journal began to turn into an affirmation journal. Gratitude and affirmations seem to go hand in hand. I began affirming not only the good that was already in my life but the good I wanted to come into my life.



Well, three years and four journals later, I still appreciate and affirm in writing. And I enjoy going back and reading the older ones. I can see what has come to pass, or happen upon something that I need reminding of.

If you have a gratitude journal, please let us know how it works for you. If you’ve never written a gratitude journal, I encourage you to begin now.


You can write in different colors, draw pictures, or cut and paste pictures from magazines that help you to envision the life you want, or things that make you happy. I’ve even added scripture verses, personalizing them with my name, or the name of a loved one.

Make it your very own. Utilize it whenever you desire…in the quiet of the morning to set your day; in the afternoon to refresh your day, or at night to meditate on your day. Don’t stress yourself about it. If you can’t write in it once in a while, be fine with it, and just do it another day.

This is your life, these are your blessings. Recognizing them, and engaging your gratitude and emotions in them open the door for more to come through to you.

The store hasn’t changed, but I’ve learned how to adjust my thoughts and emotions. Through keeping a journal, I’ve learned what I need to do to take better care of myself in that situation while inviting new and creative opportunities into my Life. That store will not always be in my life, but gratitude will be. Affirming the positive with our thoughts and words is what we’re built to do. We flourish and thrive from it. And that’s truly something to be grateful for.

Thank you for joining in on Mindful Mondays, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


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Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

I want to give a very special thanks to Marianne for sharing her gratitude journal with all of us. I know that I am going to start my own gratitude journal and I hope you will join us! Have a fabulous week everyone!


  1. That was a wonderful inspiration by Marianne! I too wrote gratitude lists. I did it on a weekly base for more than 2 years and exchanged it with a friend. That motivated me to think about even more things to be grateful for since I wanted to inspire him too. In whatever place I was when I started writing I always traveled to a place of happiness , love, peace, and pure appreciation for what is as soon as I stared writing. Gratitude journals bring you into the energy of what you want and how blessed you are. From this place you focus on what you want and you have the power and energy to go for it.

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    1. Erika, you have said it all. I started my own gratitude journal and it has been enlightening. Focusing on the positive really helps me realize how rich my love truly is. Thank you for sharing about your journal. I love this journey. 💗💗💗

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        1. How nice of you to say, Patricia. Thank you. You know, I think it keeps me more positive to do so. That is a good thing. It is easy for introverts to retreat. When we think positively we are able to project our thoughts better to the world. That’s my hope at least. ❤

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  2. Quite an inspiring post. MariAnne has some good and creative ideas.
    I’ve never had a gratitude journal. However, when I’m having a tough day and negativity seems to be a constant, I try to think of something good usually it pertains to simple stuff like the weather, but as long as it it’s positive thoughts then it helps me through the negativity of that day.
    Hope your week is filled with positive thoughts and smiles. 🙂


    1. Hi, E.C. Yes, I really enjoyed reading about Marianne’s gratitude journal also. Such a simple thing can bring so much joy. It sounds like you are on the right track. It sure is about getting rid of the negativity. Stay away from the news, LOL! ❤ Thanks, E.C. I am glad you enjoyed her article. ❤

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    2. I’m so glad this has inspired you, E.C. Having those positive thoughts is like filling in the cracks of the mind so that all those negatives can’t come seeping through.

      Enjoy a positive day,

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  3. Colleen, this looks beautiful!! I am so very grateful for this delightful and wonderful opportunity to share my thoughts on your blog. This means so much to me. How wonderful that you’re doing a gratitude journal (I’m still making my bed! 🙂 ) I know it will blossom into something wonderful for you.

    Thank you, again, and I love your Mindful Mondays. I’m also looking forward to participating on your Writer’s Quote Wednesday. There are so many wonderful things to do and participate in, and God always places the right people in our lives to help us do so.

    Blessings for a happy day,
    Marianne ♥♥♥


    1. Hi, Marianne! Sorry it took so long for me to respond. My husband had Dr. appointments this morning. Your article looks fabulous. You did such an excellent job. Thank you for sharing your spectacular idea with all of us. We are so much richer knowing that something so simple can bring us so much joy. Thank you for making Mindful Monday so special! You are such a dear! ❤

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  4. Reblogged this on Leisure Lane and commented:
    Hello friends…

    Beautiful Colleen, from Silver Threading has posted my guest post today on her Mindful Monday segment. I hope you enjoy it. And while you’re there, have a look around her delightful and inspiring blog. “Silver” will be more than happy to give you a tour.


    1. Thank you Marianne, for sharing your wonderful thoughts on a gratitude journal. From your inspiration, I have started my own gratitude journal. Thank you again for helping to grow in ways I did not know were possible. ❤


    1. Marianne, I would be so honored to be in a feature on Leisure Lane. I am a crafty girl too. I crochet old fashioned doilies with thread. I loved visiting cottage-creek. What a spectacular blog. I am quite boring, compared. ❤ Thank you for asking me. Just let me know what you will need from me. ❤


  5. This really inspires me. Sometime I have to write manually and share instead of typing. to be honest, handwriting will help learning better than typing so that we can absorb what we have perceived with the longer period. ; ))


    1. Jade, that is so true about handwriting instead of typing. Even if you print the letters instead of cursive writing. I still take notes by hand when I want to learn something. I have started my own gratitude journal and am enjoying discovering how truly blessed I am. ❤

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    2. Thank you, Jade. I absolutely agree with what you said about writing things down by hand. It keeps us in that moment longer, and is more relaxing.

      Enjoy a delightful day,

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  6. What a wonderful, inspiring post. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Marianne. I’ve never written a gratitude journal. The only thing which comes close is that I say what I’m grateful for in my prayers each night. I like the idea of writing a journal, and will find my best notebook and begin. The first entry will be my gratitude for this wonderful community we belong to 😀

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    1. Your comment makes me very happy, M. I think there really is something to be said for writing down some of our grateful prayers. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I’d love to hear how it works for you. And don’t forget to affirm something that is important to you, but hasn’t manifested as of yet. Many good things are right around the ‘corner’.


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    1. Simply begin again tonight, my dear! And look back at what you’ve written in the past…it will be a delight to you. Thank you for your comment. I’d love to hear how your journal is progressing.

      Best wishes,


  7. A lovely post Marianne , although I keep a daily diary maybe a line maybe a page it is not purely a gratitude journal which is a lovely idea..I did do a similar post but it didn’t include a journal but was about happiness..if you wish to read it, it is entitled… Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open on my blog. 🙂

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    1. Hi, Blondieaka. It is great to meet you. I will have a peek at your blog and your happiness post. I really like the idea of keeping a gratitude diary. I see no reason why we can’t adapt it to fit our needs. That is what it is all about. Thanks for sharing. ❤ 😀


      1. Great to meet you too and yes it’s a really good idea and I could adapt mine as I do have two diarys on the go anyway so it would be quite easy . I hope you enjoy my post on happiness 🙂


  8. Colleen, I’ve started journals before and after a few weeks, they fall by the wayside. I’m going to try it again and start a gratitude journal. Maybe I can stick with this one. I enjoyed reading about Marianne’s journals.

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    1. Michelle, that is wonderful! I started one last week I was so inspired. I put quotes in there and things that move me from the blogs. I affirm what I am thankful for each day. It has been excellent. I will follow up in a few months to see how we all are. 💗😊

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