The Gratitude Journal: April 20′

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Hello loves,

I hope you are well and staying safe. I haven’t been that active on my blog lately and I miss this space so much. Life has been so crazy. As I’m picking up more responsibilities, I’m trying to balance everything and somehow factor in self-care. I love interacting with you all and reading your posts, so I am going to make an effort to spread love on this platform.

This month’s Gratitude Journal is about finding peace in times of uncertainty.

The quote that inspired this post:

‘If you can’t go inside, go outside’ -unknown

We are going through a turbulent time in the world right now. These times remind me exactly why I decided to create a monthly gratitude journal. At times when it feels like all hope is lost in the world, it’s important to gain perspective and try to find the positives and all the lessons out of devastation. 

The world is changing, and we are being forced to adjust. This period is causing many of us to confront parts of ourselves that were unaddressed. The things you formally identified are being put into question. There are only so many distractions you can depend on to fill a void until you are forced to confront your feelings and reality. We are so used to running on autopilot, going through the motions of life and being consumed with our small selves. This has been a big wake up call for humanity that events may occur that are beyond our control that we cannot always predict or anticipate. This period has caused plenty of devastation that I don’t want to overlook- people losing their lives, jobs lost, economies going down. Society must be reconstructed after this and I hope that we all move towards the direction of creating a more equitable society.

I invite you to see all the blessings at this moment. Go within yourself and use this time to really explore what’s going on inside of you. Do the creative projects you’ve always wanted to do. Explore aspects of yourself that are often repressed through the day to day workings of life. Find peace in your silence. This too shall pass. Nothing lasts forever so use this time wisely even if that looks like resting. See this has as a long vacation indoors. Perspective is everything. You are being tested to make the best out of a difficult situation.

Question to You:

How are you coping with self-isolation?


Love Ash, xx


Ash Alves

Hello, my name is Ash Alves. Welcome to my blog! Join me on my journey as I attempt to untangle my thoughts through writing. Love Ash, x

19 thoughts on “The Gratitude Journal: April 20′

  1. I recommend reading a book called the power of now by Eckhart Tolle or listening to an audiobook version on youtube…
    Observe your thoughts and emotions and be present in the moment and aware …

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I’m definitely going to look this up. I’ve heard of it before. And I love that quote by Jung – that’s literally so true all we need is inside of us. We have to use this time to our advantage and really enjoy our solitude. Thanks for reading and sharing 💜☺️

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  2. I’m coping by reading the Bible. I’m happy to say I’ve really grown and I’m so at peace nowadays (which is far from my usual self 😄). I’ve been wanting to do a 30-day shred and this period has awarded me the opportunity (it’s the Bible reading plan I’m on). I guess there are blessings in every situation in life.
    Great post! Well done 💙


    1. That’s amazing! It’s so good that you’ve found solace in something. This is a great opportunity to strengthen ourselves spiritually. Thank you for reading this and have a great week ❤


  3. I am enjoying isolation, I have realized that I like working from home. I am finding more time to do the things that I like especially cooking – it is more fun when you have time to cook and try something new, I am also finding time to read more and also blog. So I am perfectly fine being home… 🙂


    1. That sounds amazing! I love that you’ve been cooking more. This is a great time to explore to learn something new and brush up on our cooking skills. I am feeling the same being at home. I hope you are well and thank you for sharing ❤


    1. You are so right Didi! If we can’t be happy with what’s inside, we will never find it on the outside. This period is allowing us to get back to ourselves and realize what matters the most. Thank you for reading and stay safe ☺️💜

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      1. Thanks, dear Ash 🙂

        Indeed it makes us think what really matters. May we develop through this more understanding, kindness and help to each other. Man needs a new and better perspective.

        All the best, my friend
        Inspite of the difficulty we face right now, have a happy time 🙂


  4. I love the learning curve that comes from this space we created. In that space I am learning how much I simply don’t need to live my life and how acceptance and gratitude change my view. Stay well.

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    1. Amazing Bryan! This time is really helping some of us reevaluate what matters the most of us. I hope we can all come out of this period more grateful & strong as ever💗

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  5. We seem to be going in the opposite direction: we had solitude and introspection before tough times. Now, we have a house full of people and feel unsafe doing internal healing work. That is a story about until now. Maybe We can make now into something else. Thanks

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