Thank you for stopping by! My name is Stacey and I am a girl mom, blogger, ice cream lover and avid planner.
We live on the beautiful coast of Maine and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! Winters can get long, but the rest of the year makes up for it. My favorite place to be is at the beach with a good book (of course having 2 kids I rarely have the book in hand).
I design journals for adults and kids focusing on personal growth, wellness, gratitude, and goal setting. I am passionate about inspiring kids to express gratitude, self-reflect and connect with their feelings.
A few years ago I bought my seven-year-old daughter a simple gratitude journal on Amazon. When I first gave it to her, she wasn’t interested, but every night before bed I took it out and encouraged her to write in it.
I quickly realized that the writing part was challenging for her because she was still learning to spell, so we decided that she would do the talking and I would do the writing.
Before long it became a nightly ritual that we both enjoyed. She would think about her day and tell me what she was grateful for and the highlights of her day.
Some days my husband would do this with her and I found myself asking him what she shared because I enjoyed hearing her thoughts so much
Then we filled the journal.
I didn’t buy her another one right away and our nightly ritual stopped.
In that time her anxiety also increased, she became moody, and life for my sweet girl was challenging to say the least. My daughter is a loving, kind, and empathetic, however, she has struggled as a highly sensitive and anxious child her entire life. Having a positive mindset can be challenging for her as she navigates all the worry monsters who try to control her.
When I realized what an impact our gratitude ritual had had on her I decided to create a gratitude journal of my own.
I know it sounds crazy, but once we started again I could see a change in her mindset within just a few weeks. She was finding something to appreciate each day even when she was struggling. She was happier and saying thank you more.
Two years later I no longer recognize that anxious, scared child! Practicing gratitude and mindfulness has made a huge impact on our family
Sharing this practice has allowed my daughter to share things with us that she may not have otherwise mentioned. She talks about her excitement over something fun she did, her sadness when something happens at school and her gratitude for things like lunch, her family, sunny days and her favorite toys.
This year my youngest started engaging in our nightly ritual and we end each day reflecting on our day together as a family.
It’s my dream to inspire kids all around the world to express gratitude, set goals, practice mindfulness and develop a growth mindset that will prepare them to be confident, self-assured, goal-driven, positive adults.
Thank you for being part of this journey and supporting my dream!