Start Your Own "Good Things" Jar in 2015

Last year I ate a jar full of gerkins, rinsed out the vinegar and washed it thoroughly. I put the jar away thinking I would need it one day for something. Sometime in early January (after I came home from spending NYE in Dubai) I  grabbed a Sharpie and wrote three words on the lid. I placed it on my desk and forgot about it...

Until something good happened.

When we went to a concert we loved, I tucked the ticket into the jar.

When I got ten 5 star Amazon reviews for Shy Feet I scribbled the date and this fact on a scrap of paper and shoved it in the jar.

When we popped open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate something, I wrote the reason on the cork and put it in the jar.

Our ski passes from the Italian Dolomites, our festival wristbands for Altitude Comedy Festival, a business card for a restaurant I went to with my parents here in Amsterdam. They're all in the jar.

And these are just the ones I remember.

Tomorrow night, over a dinner I will cook and a glass of something fizzy, NewMan and I will open up the jar and go through all of our "Good Things" from 2014.

Then I will change 2014 to 2015 and on 1st January I will start all over again.

I highly recommend doing it yourself if you're looking for an easy way to remember happy days in 2015.

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before starting a family with her Australian partner. Frankie is the author of three short story collections, and is a freelance writer for travel and creative brands. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her two young sons around Amsterdam.
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