40 Days And The Jar of Awesome

8 Mar

When he said it … I thought … dude. Yes! Why hadn’t I thought about that before.

So last Wednesday I revamped my search for appreciation in the little things, in addition to the big ones, during this 40-Day Fish-Stick-Friday Lenten Season. People are always giving stuff up, stuff that’s bad for you, but you can also give something to yourself or others, something that might be lacking or something you know you need.

I’m big on gratitude as it’s a daily practice of mine, because I’ve learned if you don’t appreciate the little things the big ones might lose their fluff after a couple of days.

But I learned this lesson as an adult.

I thought it would be great to get my kids to be mindful of moments and practice gratitude with me. I thought maybe I’d step it up as a parent.

So I got the idea from Mr. Tim Ferriss, and if you haven’t met or heard of Tim Ferriss, I stronggggggggggggggggggggly suggest you check out his podcast. He’s right on the mark, discovering strategies, routines, and stories that can affect change and help improve your life.  From Navy SEALs to Tony Robbins, to storytellers, to scholars, to actors like Jamie Foxx he covers it all and I’ve definitely picked up some good tips. Over 200 episodes and I found the one, well several actually, that gave me a moment … a pause … a shift that added something. This one in particular helped in parenting, helped with kids, could help with anything really, but thought kids would learn from this lesson.

The Jar of Awesome.

Just a regular mason jar with the word AWESOME written across it and any time a moment of awesome, big or small, took place, we’d write it down and put it in the jar so that we could remember. We’d write it down, so that when things happen, we can be grateful for them, mindful, we can remember things that were made to be Kodak moments of the heart, even when you don’t have a camera.


So we’re off on the mason-jar journey, and I’ve realized the kids enjoy being reminded of their awesomeness. They forget the little moments, but smile the feel-good smile when they’re reminded. And I know we’ve only just started, but I’ll be sure to take a picture of it once we’re at the end of our 40-day journey. Who knows? We might actually keep it for 365 days.

The Jar of Awesome … here we go.


6 Responses to “40 Days And The Jar of Awesome”

  1. bgddyjim March 9, 2017 at 12:35 AM #

    As far back as when I was just a youngster my mom would make lent about being a better version of ourselves. There isn’t much I can give up anymore, so I tend to be inspired that I get a chance to just be a better me.

    Great post, and enjoy that Mason jar.

    • The Guat March 17, 2017 at 11:54 PM #

      Being a better version of ourselves is what we try to do every day and Lent is such a great way to remember that message when things get out of hand. Jar of Awesome spreading throughout the country!

  2. ksbeth March 9, 2017 at 6:43 AM #

    excellent – this is great

    • The Guat March 17, 2017 at 11:55 PM #

      I totally saw this and was like YES! I’m ON it! Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Cayman Thorn March 10, 2017 at 12:06 AM #

    What a great idea! Stretch it out across the 365 though,Cali. That way, when you’re smack dab in the middle of a blah Tuesday afternoon somewhere down the road, you can look at that jar and it’ll provide a beautiful reminder of the possibilities.

    Great post, Cali!

    • The Guat March 17, 2017 at 11:58 PM #

      The Jar of Awesome iiiiiiis awesome! I do think it’s on a 365 mission, because the 40 days may not be enough. I think it’s a good way to help my kids remember and appreciate and just remember to give themselves a pat on the back … although sometimes they don’t need reminders 🙂

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