June blog – making a Memory/Gratitude/Positive Jar
To appreciate and reflect on positive moments in our lives, a personal jar or a ‘memory jar’ stores memories, and is so easy to make. If you are making this as a gift for someone you can personalize it by the way you decorate it, or you could make one for the whole family to enjoy – there’s a great deal of pleasure in emptying it once it’s full and together reminiscing on the moments you have shared…. Some people make them to remember all the things they’ve done for a whole year, but you could use it as a ‘wedding Jar’ where guests write their memories of your beautiful day, ‘Dad’s Moments to remember’ is ideal for Father’s Day, or you could use ‘Memories Last Forever’ when helping you deal with the loss of a loved one!
Another great use is ‘Brownie Points Jar’ or ‘Star Jar’ for children – you might want to use a smaller jar here though, as they might get impatient and the goal needs to be achievable! – let them decorate it themselves perhaps with stars, and when it is full of good points for good positive behaviour, see your child’s delighted face at the thought of a great treat as they have filled their very own jar – You could wrap the treat idea in shiny paper and ribbons and as it reaches the top of the jar full of good points, they get to reveal their special treat!!
If you are making your own ‘Gratitude Jar’ write at the beginning of each day what you are grateful for – this really sets you off on a positive note as your new day begins!
So, How this works!
You will need a large clean empty jar – screw top works best!
A smaller Jar if you are making a ‘Star Jar’ for children.
Some A4 sheets of paper – not card as you will need to fold these….. I recommend folding a piece of A4 in half, then half again, then again – this gives you 8 rectangles of the same size – ideal for you to fold later!
Colour paper is great for the children.
A pen or coloured pens if you want to be more creative.
Stars, shapes, hearts, photographs, string or ribbon to decorate the outside of your jar… glue if necessary!
Decorate the outside of your jar to suit the occasion…
If it’s for a wedding, you could use lace, and perhaps buy some ready-made decorative hearts from a craft shop, and if it’s for father’s day, perhaps buy some wrapping paper featuring golf, or footballs and cut out shapes to stick on the jar, or design your own label to personalize the jar for someone special…..
A childrens ‘Star Jar – you could cut out a star in card and write your childs name in the centre and then let them decorate the jar with stars, cars, unicorns!
You can complete your design by tying some ribbon in a bow, or craft string to the neck of the jar too!
HOW TO USE THE JAR
At the beginning or the end of each day, write on one of the pieces of paper a little note to yourself – or someone else something you are grateful for, thankful for, something that made you smile, this could be a drawing, or a message as all will be revealed when the jar is full!
To get you started – here’s some ideas from me:-
Today I loved the long walk in the sunshine with Julie
My baby smiled for the first time today
I am grateful for the beautiful sunshine today
I finally finished that job on my to do list
I met Claire for my first yoga session today
I am blessed to have a wonderful husband
I remember when I came here with my dad
The Peonies in the garden burst open today
Tomorrow is my wedding Day
Add a date, or a doodle, or a place too… you can even add memorabilia like a seashell from the beach, a specific chocolate paper, a receipt from something special you bought, a pressed flower….
It can be absolutely anything at all!
When the jar is full, or at the end of a year empty it, and take some ‘Time out’ to reminisce of happy moments spent, feeling thankful, grateful and perhaps thrilled on any positive steps or achievements you have made over the past year, and reflect on memories that make you smile!
I do hope you enjoy creating your very own jar for your very own purpose, or for you to give as a beautiful gift….
Be kind to yourself, feed your mind, and practise positive mental health by taking this little step and have fun whilst doing it too!
Enjoy, Namaste Ally xxx
‘Scent with Love’
Ally and Allumi Team…xxxx