A “Good Things” Jar for 2014

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goodthingsjarLast January I saw a project on Pinterest that involved making a jar to hold good memories for the year. From January 1st to December 31st, you were supposed to write down good things on pieces of paper, fold them up and stick them in the jar, so that on New Years Eve, you could look back on all the great things from the year.

I thought it was a neat idea so when 2013 hit, I found an empty jar in my apartment and wrote my first good thing of the year: Jake from Adventure Time had puppies!

That should have kicked off my project for real, because I was so excited about those cartoon puppies. Within a week, however, I decided to give up on my project. “Nothing good ever happens in my life,” I thought. “Keeping this jar is just going to make me feel miserable.”

So I stopped writing good things down for my jar, but I didn’t count on the idea sticking so firmly in my mind. I swear, I noticed good things happening all throughout 2013 and though, “If I still had that jar, I’d write this down.” Almost every day!

And 2013 was a bad year for me. The police investigation into my childhood abuse took a nosedive and fizzled out. I attempted suicide. I isolated myself more than I have in years. My psychiatrist left his practice. But even with ALL of that, some little voice in my head was keeping track of the good things.

So, making one of these jars and sticking with it is my plan for 2014. Any time something memorable happens or I get good news, I’m going to write it down and fold the paper and put it in my jar. Some days I might have three things to write but other days I might write nothing. I want this to be fun, not an obligation.

If you want to join in on this project, you can pick any kind of container to put your notes of paper in, but if you want to paint a special pretty jar the way I did, check out my tutorial video! It is super easy to make and you don’t have to have any talent whatsoever.

If the paint is taking too long to cover the inside of your jar, add more! You can’t use too much. For my big jar I used the entire bottle of paint, rolled it around, and then when the surface was covered, I poured out the excess. Simple!

Need some start off ideas? Write down any of these things when they happen to you this year:

– Something that made you smile

– A goal you accomplished

– A healthy choice you made

– Who you spent time with

– A memory or good story

– A lucky break or something that felt “meant to be”

– Nice weather

– A second chance

There really are no limits as long as you think positively! Feel free to comment below with ideas, input, and your own goals for 2014!

ErinA “Good Things” Jar for 2014

19 Comments on “A “Good Things” Jar for 2014”

  1. Cassandra

    I started one of these jars last year (actually using a large vase), and quit halfway through March. I kept the jar though, and this morning dumped out all of my little notes. I only had maybe about a dozen, but a couple were happy moments that I’d forgotten about entirely. I’m definitely doing it again this year, and already have a tiny list of good things in there from today. :)

    1. daisiesandbruises

      Yay! I hope by blogging about my jar I’ll feel obligated to keep going with it. It will be interesting to see how many notes I have by the end of the year. I wanted to aim high by doing a big jar!

      I miss you. *HUGS*

  2. tamarahelenelizabeth

    I love this! I just had a conversation with my 13 year old daughter about giving more energy to the qualities that she likes about herself, and less energy to the qualities that do not serve her in life. This is a fun and tangible way to do that. Thank you for sharing the idea and for sharing your beautiful self with us.

  3. Heather

    I just love your video Erin! I also really love glitter (what isn’t improved by glitter?) so I might make a jar myself.

    1. daisiesandbruises

      Thanks, Heather! I’ve always loved glitter but it can make such a mess, and I’m always afraid Digby is going to eat some (though the outcome of that might be hilarious). Glitter paint is so much easier to use than the loose stuff. I’m slightly addicted!

  4. Sue

    I love this idea Erin . I am already planning on how to decorate my jar. I love the idea on celebrating the small things . Added up they make a huge happy celebration !

  5. Kinnery

    This is such a good idea! I’m definitely going to try this. I know I’m less likely to keep up with this if I have to be at home with my physical jar to do it, so I think I’ll write them in my phone throughout the day and put them in the jar when I have time.

    Happy new year! Here’s to a 2014 full of health and self-care.

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  9. Kimmie

    Iv’e seen this idea before, and thought it a good one at the time but then forgot about it..I might have a go myself for 2015 :)

  10. Smilefinder

    What did you end up doing with all of those little slips of wonderfulness? 2016 is the first year I’ve done this, and I picked the Winter Solstice night to open mine. I hate to toss them! But I can see a new collection of jars of papers if I don’t figure out something else or some way to file. lol

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