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Cultivate City Calm: Gratitude Journal

Updated: Dec 18, 2023


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Living in the city can make us forget the simple pleasures that are all around us. Cottagecore is a way of life that celebrates the beauty and simplicity of life. It invites us to slow down, enjoy nature, and be happy with the ordinary. One of the best ways to practice Cottagecore values in an urban environment is by keeping a journal.



What is Cottagecore Gratitude Journaling?

Cottagecore Gratitude journaling is a practice of reflecting on the blessings and beauty of your urban surroundings, incorporating elements of nature and gratitude. It's a way to connect with the Cottagecore aesthetic, even if you don't live in a rustic countryside.



What You'll Need:

1.A Journal: Choose a notebook or journal that appeals to your cottagecore sensibilities, whether it's adorned with floral patterns, rustic textures, or calming colors.





2. Writing Instruments: Opt for pens or pencils that add to the cottagecore aesthetic, such as fountain pens, gel pens with vibrant inks, or colored pencils for illustrations.



3. Natural Elements: Incorporate natural elements into your journaling experience, such as dried flowers, pressed leaves, or twigs, to enhance the cottagecore ambiance.


4. Gratitude Prompts: Use gratitude prompts to guide your reflections, such as "What am I grateful for in my city environment today?" or "What simple joys did I notice in nature today?"


Getting Started:

  1. Find a Quiet Space: Set aside a designated time and space for your cottagecore journaling ritual. Choose a cozy corner in your home, a park bench, or a tranquil spot in nature.

  2. Set the Mood: Enhance the cottagecore atmosphere by surrounding yourself with natural elements, playing calming music, or lighting candles with earthy scents.

  3. Begin with Gratitude: Start your journaling session by expressing gratitude for the simple joys and blessings in your urban surroundings. Notice the beauty of city parks, the chirping of birds, or the kindness of strangers.

  4. Embrace Nature in the City: Seek out and appreciate nature within the urban landscape. Visit community gardens, observe trees in parks, or admire potted plants in your home.

  5. Document Your Experiences: Use your journal to capture your cottagecore experiences through writing, sketches, or collages. Illustrate the beauty of city sunsets, capture the essence of a local farmers market, or sketch the architecture of a historic building.

  6. Reflect and Connect: As you journal, reflect on the connection between your urban life and cottagecore principles. Consider how you can incorporate simplicity, appreciation for nature, and a slower pace into your daily routine.




Tips for Beginners:

  1. Start Small: Begin with simple journaling prompts and gradually incorporate more creative elements as you become more comfortable.

  2. Don't Strive for Perfection: Embrace the imperfections and spontaneity of journaling. Focus on expressing your thoughts and experiences rather than creating a perfect journal entry.

  3. Be Patient: Cultivating gratitude and incorporating cottagecore principles takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the process of exploration and self-discovery.

  4. Find Inspiration: Surround yourself with cottagecore inspiration through books, blogs, social media, or even a visit to a local cottagecore-inspired shop.

  5. Share Your Journey: Connect with others who share your interest in cottagecore and journaling. Share your experiences, exchange ideas, and find support in your cottagecore journey.



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About Cottage Corner


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