The Jar Of Joy

The Jar Of Joy

Author: Lauren Coleman

Happy New Year! I hope the commute back to work wasn’t too hellish and you’re feeling refreshed after the Christmas break.

Reflecting on Christmas, James and I aren’t big on exchanging presents however I was inspired by all the chat about advent calendars last year and so instead of one big present I surprised James with a daily gift. It sounds extravagant but let’s face it, chocolate money isn’t expensive. The gifts ranged from vouchers for a home-cooked dinner of his choice, a bag of his favourite coffee, a book recommended by my sister and on day 20, the jar of joy. A rather hastily put together, some may call it slap-dash, kilner jar inscribed with ‘joy’ across the front. (Not dissimilar to the jar sat next to Rebecca’s sink in one of our beautiful home tours from last year).
I’ve often toyed with the idea of having a gratitude journal and I think I’ve started one a few times but found it difficult to catalogue individual achievements. To be honest I go to bed so late at night that I’d rather get beneath the covers then spend 15 minutes running through my day. However a friend of mine does this on a daily basis and records all the things she’s appreciated from the last 24 hours whether it be as simple as clean sheets on a Sunday or as big as a promotion at work.

Looking back through other people’s annual Instagram highlights I wasn’t able to describe 2017 as my best yet, in fact far from it, I did however make slow progress chipping away at some long term goals. Looking forward to this year, I’d like 2018 to be the year I remember all the small things.

The joy jar is a place for us to scribble down joyous moments we’ve both shared or celebrated; hopefully memories, opportunities and achievements so we can look back at the end of December 2018 on what will hopefully be a better year than the last.

One thing that’s going into the 2018 jar is our home tour in Febuary’s edition of Ideal Home. It was shot back in April and I feel the house has changed so much since last spring, nevertheless I was very flattered to be asked to appear in one of my favourite interiors magazines and it’s great to see our house in print. Hello to anyone who has come over to Rock My Style as a result of seeing the article, you can see lots more of my home in the archives as well as my favourite room tour of our snug.

Hopefully 2018 will be a year filled full of joy, health and happiness for us all. Let’s make it a good one.

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10 thoughts on “The Jar Of Joy

  1. Can’t wait to see Feb issue of Ideal Home .my fave home mag too.Your house was one of the first I followed on Instagram such a beautiful home .Love the house tours on RMS too. I think most people remember stuff without all these gadgets and also with the use of mobiles you can snap away and save on a photo so easily xx Happy New Year Lauren x

    1. Happy New Year to you too Lorraine. We have an amazing home tour coming up this week on RMS. You’re going to love it 😉 x

  2. Happy new year. How exciting to have your home in a magazine, though I’m not surprise you have a beautiful home.
    Just making a little request that can we please have some new year fashion posts? I have Christmas money burning holes in my pockets, but no Inspiration of what to buy! Xx

    1. Thanks so much Claire.
      We’ll see what we can do. Is there anything in particular you’d like? Coats? Bottoms? Jumpers etc? x

  3. I was introduced to the ‘jar’ idea in a work context a couple of years ago and it has really helped realise how much I do achieve, despite being in the same job for six years. Every time someone pays you a compliment (no matter how small), each time you do something different, every time you complete a goal, even helping someone else to meet a goal etc etc – add it to your tasks and categorise it as Achievement. When the dreaded appraisal comes around each year your preparation is already there and even when you just need a boost it really helps.

  4. This is such a good idea – especially like Claire B’s suggestion of using it in a work related context.

    We’re about to embark on a mini renovation and I’m definitely going to document our progress so we can look back on what we achieved. In relation to this, I will definitely be picking up a copy of Ideal Home – love your style Lauren and hopefully will provide additional inspiration for our own plans!

    1. My friends did a big renovation a few years back and took a photo from the same spot every few days. Her husband put together a little video of it all and it’s so good to see the progress!
      Thanks for the kind words Jo x

  5. So excited to see your place in Ideal Home, Lauren. How lovely to be asked! I have to say, it’s def my fave interiors mag. I mean, Elle Deco & World of Interiors might look better on the coffee table but Ideal Home is a far superior read with brilliant ideas that actually feel achievable.

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