The Jar of Awesome – Get You One!

jar of awesome

As I was skimming around on Facebook, I ran across an image of a jar filled with little pieces of paper posted by Jenny Pincher (see image above). The caption read:

This January, why not start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then on New Year’s Eve, open it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.

Note: I’m going to need a HUGE jar because I know my year is going to be WAY AWESOME! :-)

Why the Jar of Awesome is Awesome!

Wow, what a wonderful thing for us all to do! I mean, seriously, people often remember a lot of the ‘bad’ stuff or what went wrong. How about all the awesomeness that occured?

Let’s do a quick exercise right now. Think back over the past year about things that happened. How many of those things you quickly remembered were pure awesome? Did you have to think real hard about the good happenings? 

This exercise of using a jar to simply note the good things that occur over the course of a year ignites the brain so that you be more vigilant and intentional about the things you do and trains you to think ‘awesomeness’ more often than not. I’m sure that not only will you be amazed at all that you’ve accomplished over the course of a year, but you will also be encouraged and motivated to do even greater things! And don’t forget to get the family involved!

Today, go BE awesome because you already are! tweet-this

Over to you…

So are you up for the challenge? Will you start your jar of awesome? Unlock your inner awesome and join me. Pledge your commitment in the comments below!

Wassuper, it’s yo girl, Kesha and I believe we should Be the Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios because life is more interesting when you dare to be different! My personal mission is to enrich others’ lives through personal anecdotes, valuable resources, connection and inspiring messages. I also thrive on challenging what’s “normal” and encourage others to do the same. Learn even more about me and let’s connect!
  • http://www.relationshipsmatternow.com Denise Barreto

    Starting that Jan 1- no doubt. Thanks and I’ll be spreading that to my peeps!

  • http://www.keepthetailwagging.com/welcome Kimberly, The Fur Mom

    I love this idea. This has been a rough year for me and the idea of remembering the awesome moments is great!

  • http://adriennesmith.net/ Adrienne

    I love this idea Kesha…

    We did something like this for my Mom when we threw her an 80th birthday party. I made a fun jar and had everyone write something wonderful about Mom and put it in the jar. She got to read it when she got home and she so loved what everyone shared. Talk about making someone’s day!

    I love this and am spreading the word so that everyone can think of doing something like this themselves.

    Enjoy your week young lady.

    ~Adrienne

  • http://www.ramblingsofawahm.com Allie

    This is a great idea for families!! I am going to start one and have it in the kitchen for everyone to participate.

    Thanks for the idea!

    ~Allie

  • http://www.donnamerrilltribe.com Donna Merrill

    What a great idea to do Kesha!

    I find that in our fast moving lives, we tend not to look back and see some awesome stuff that has happened during the year. Lots of people think of the negative.

    This “Awesome Jar” is not only great for yourself, but I bet it would be a great idea for kids to do also. We have to teach them when they are young!

    I did something like this. I wrote down all the “accomplishments” I have done during the year. Off line, on line, etc.

    A funny thing happens when you do an exercise like this. We gain more confidence in our selves, we become more grateful and most of all, we lift our spirits.

    Donna

  • http://celestialways.com Celeste Smucker

    Great idea. I think anything that gets us focused in positive directions helps shift us and ultimately the whole planet. i’m getting my jar ready right now….and expect to fill up a bunch of them this coming year. Thanks!

    • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

      That’s what I like to hear Celeste – that you EXPECT to fill it with awesomeness – that’s the key. I already know your year is going to be fabulous just because of that statement! :-)

  • http://understandingyoursubconsciousmind.com Sylviane Nuccio

    Hi Kesha,

    What a great idea. I’ve got to get a jar and put everything that went well for me all throughout this coming year. Since nice stuff just happened recently too I’ve got to include it as well, just in case I forget.

  • http://onesleepymom.com Stephanie @ One Sleepy Mom

    I wish I had an awesome jar right now. I’d print this post and put it in there. Best idea I’ve heard all year! Starting one Jan 1st!

    • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

      Awwwww, Stephanie, thank you and I am ever so grateful for your feedback!

      Please stay in touch so we can keep each other mindful on filling up our gigantic jars! :-)

  • http://be-quoted.com Andrea

    This is a really good idea. Keeps you aware of your blessings. Visiting from SITS.

    • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

      Hey Andrea and thanks for stopping through! *high 5s*

      That’s my hope too – that people are aware of their blessings, continue to show gratitude (regardless of what’s happening in life), and remember the good life ;-)

      Send pics when you’ve chosen your jar!

      Hope to see you back soon,
      ~K

  • http://suejprice.com Sue Price

    Hi Kesha

    I love this idea. It is a good one. I am normally a positive person but having family challenges at the moment I have been a bit all over emotionally. This is a great idea I am going to do!

    Thanks Kesha

    Sue

  • http://pauline-bennett.com/ Pauline

    Hi Kesha
    What a great idea, sometimes we focus on the bad stuff that has happened so this will be a really good thing for me to do for the new year :)
    Thanks for sharing this, hope you have a great day!
    Pauline

  • http://www.richlymiddleclass.com Cynthia

    I love this idea. I am putting this on my shopping list today so I can start January 1st. The most beautiful message is “I know my year is going to be WAY AWESOME!” I am a strong believer that your thought are a direct impact on how wonderful your life will be through out the year.

    Cynthia

    • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

      Hey Cynthia, you are absolutely right about thoughts being a direct impact upon our circumstances. So this is just one method we’re using to help keep/steer our thoughts in the right direction. ;-)

      Grateful that you stopped in to share your feedback. Talk soon!

      • http://www.richlymiddleclass.com Cynthia

        I have my Jar. I am looking forward to starting. Thank you so much for this article. Happy Holidays!

        • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

          Me too! I found one while out shopping this past week. Now I’m gonna get out my scrapbooking supplies and decorate it :-) I’ll be posting pics soon too! Yah for us!

  • http://www.jaelcustomdesigns.com Jen Lawrence

    I love this… I’m on board! Can’t wait until Christmas Eve 2013! ;-)

    • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

      Girl, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with multiple huge jars of awesomesauce!!! I can’t wait either so we can share pics! :-)

  • http://AttractionMarketingConsulting.com Margarita

    Hey, Lakesha,

    Really awesome idea! We all collect change. Why not collect notes of wonderful things that happen to us. Those are tokens of gratitude for life. Be blessed!

    • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

      My sentiments exactly Margarita! Here’s to a lovely year filled with as much awesomeness as we can give!

      Happy new year!!

  • http://inspiretothrive.com Lisa

    I love this idea – I could keep one at home and at the office. On down days – take them out and read them. Have a wonderful 2013 and lets see how many we can add to that jar.

    • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

      Oooh very good idea Lisa (re: reading your notes on down days). This jar can definitely help lift a mood as you read through and see how much awesomesauce you’ve created! :-)

  • http://smartnsassymom.com Sheree

    This is excellent idea. I’d love to post something similar and share your post with a pingback. Thanks for the inspiration and idea for my family. Happy New Year!!

    • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

      Hey Sheree, girl yes, please feel free to do so! The more we spread the word, the more awesomeness people will create and the better off we ALL are ;-)

  • http://www.karincoger.com Karin Y. Coger

    This is a great idea Lakesha! I am putting this in effect for 2013. Don’t forget to remind us to open up our notes at the end of the year!

    • http://uncommonchick.com Lakesha Brown

      You bet I will Karin!! And it’s gonna be soooooo fun to do so…Excited about it already! :-) Happy new year!

  • Sue Neal

    What a wonderful, life-enhancing idea, Kesha – it’s amazing how we often fail to remember the good stuff.

    I’m off to search for a jar, right now!

    Thank you so much for sharing this,

    Sue

  • http://necessityofchange.com Mary Stephenson

    What a cool idea!

    You are right we would really have to figure this out for awhile and surely would miss some terrific moments that had happened.

    We usually have know problem remembering the bad things as they seem to tower over the great moments. We are inclined to beat ourselves up over our flaws and never really congratulate ourselves on our accomplishments.

    Mary

  • http://www.neamatproblog.com Neamat Tawadrous

    Hi Kesha,

    I’ve just been called over from Adrienne’s blog and I’m very pleased to have found your site. This post inspired me to find a jar and write all the great things that happens during the year and at the end of the year open it and read everyone of them to remember how much I was blessed and count my blessings.

    What an awesome idea. I’ve got to find a jar and put everything that went well for me all throughout this coming year 2013.

    Now, let me wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

  • http://www.endgamebusiness.com/blog Steve Borek

    Cute idea. Never heard of this before.

    The brain likes visuals and this is a quick reminder of all that great things that happened during the year.

    This is a take on the Saturday’s of marbles exercise. Determine the average age of your gender; take your own age and calculate how many Saturday’s you have left before you graduate to heaven; fill a jar with that many marbles, then each Saturday take a marble out of the jar.

    It’s like watching an hourglass.

  • http://mypocketfulofthoughts.blogspot.com Arelis Cintron

    This is such a great idea! I like the visual of the jar, but I have a few journals that would love some of my awesomeness throughout the year to be written its is pages!

  • Angel

    I love this idea! I’m getting a jar when I go out today! I’m expecting great things this year!

  • http://instant-life-insurance.net Roger

    I tried; I hardly recollect any good things or awesome things that happened to me last year. I had a really bad year and honestly I don’t feel like recollecting any of those memories. But, certainly my past has done one good thing for me and that is motivating me to make this year more awesome. I loved your idea of making chits of awesome things and storing in jar. I am definitely going to do it. Thanks for the share!