October Gratitude Photo Checklist

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Oh how saying 2020 speaks with a sharpness of the heart. The unexpected turns of this year seem to keep on coming and it is in these places that strength finds a way.

Throughout the grief and the losses of this pandemic year, there are still things to be thankful for. 

photo checklist

Being a photographer in the middle of a busy fall and approaching holiday season, my eyes are opened to the places where connections are an invitation for gratitude. 

For my own spirit to wage the war of fear and discouragement creeping its way into thought life, I compiled a gratitude photo checklist. This can be done with your iPhone, disposable camera, etc, or if you are artistic, then you can draw it! 

I know that when we think of gratitude it is typically wrapped around November and Thanksgiving. Yet, I sense the need to show up to this October with intentional pursuit that gratitude trumps pain and that peace can be found in chaos. Let us not wait to step into strength that comes from acknowledging beauty and moments around us. 

Get yourself a notebook/paper/journal that you can take images and print to tape in that space or make a folder in your phone/computer to store the images. This is a place you can revisit time and again when the stressors of this season attempt to siege your mind.

As you face whatever is being written in your story, may this focus on gratitude prepare your heart to continue seeking the goodness in your story amidst the “good hard” of this chapter. 

You can go through the photo checklist at any order you wish and just cross them off as you go. Be creative with it and give your heart the space for heightened awareness to focus on places of gratitude. 

Reminder of the Steps: 

  1. Establish a place to write (either your journal/computer/phone).
  2. Print this list below of moments to capture as a reminder so they’re easy to check off.
  3. Take a picture
  4. With the picture, write something that makes you grateful when you think of it.

Gratitude Photo Checklist: 

  1. Your favorite mug, full of coffee/tea/hot chocolate/your drink of choice
  2. Sunlight shining through trees in the morning 
  3. Weekend drive with windows down
  4. Favorite fall movie
  5. Pumpkin pie
  6. Fall bouquet 
  7. Roasted marshmallow 
  8. Hug shared with a loved one
  9. Your best friend
  10. Favorite sweater
  11. Bonfire with friends
  12. Collection of fall leaves
  13. Using the grill 
  14. Favorite scarf 
  15. Candle 
  16. A good book
  17. Cozy socks
  18. Selfie in a beanie 
  19. Grass kissed with dewdrops in the morning 
  20. Cheering on your favorite football team
  21. Fall walk
  22. Setting the table for dinner 
  23. Watching the sunset
  24. Cozying up under a blanket
  25. A warm fire
  26. Baking a fall dessert
  27. Halloween costume
  28. Handwritten letter to a friend
  29. Decorating a pumpkin/carving/or picking one out
  30. Sharing homemade soup/meal with a friend 
  31. Trees blowing in the wind 

May this time be an intentional investment in your spirit and your heart to receive the abundance that is still within your story, even through all that is changing and feeling at a loss.

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trishia
Hi, my name is Trishia and something that I value about my story is how my heart is outstretched throughout the world and I have many "homes" that fuel my soul. Being born and raised in Alabama, my southern roots remain a deep part of me. Living in New Orleans and then relocating to Cincinnati, post Hurricane Katrina, I learned how being exposed to culture and diversity can build empathy into a person. Married a generous, humble, hard-working man, Brett, from Cincinnati and then later moved to Kenya, Africa where our years spent working overseas has shaped my soul in more ways than I can articulate. We are now back in Cincinnati, investing in building a non profit organization, and after 11 years of marriage are raising a 6 year old adventurous son, a 5 year old joy giver daughter, and a 4 year old ambitious son. I value the diversity among the city and the ways I witness a community of efforts to build up the people. Jesus is my anchor; I love quality time, sharing heart to heart;, traveling the world remains a passion; witnessing community loving one another well encourages me; I value the love of health and fitness and Plexus fuels a stronger version of myself {shopmyplexus.com/trishiaralston}; and photography is a lens I use to invest into the hearts of others at T Ralston Photography {www.framethejourney.com}

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