10 Day Journaling Challenge: Day 2

Inspired by an accidental subscription to a Skillshare class taught by Emily Gould. Read her old blog here.


I’m thankful for the music outside my window. I’m thankful for the croak and creak of the beat, of simulated toadful orchestras and synchronized squatting. I’m thankful for the low-light ceiling dim bulb in my room. It’s almost a mood. I’m thankful for my on-sale Himalayan salt lamp. I’m thankful for its de-ionizing faculties, whatever that means, and how, when I put it on at night, I fall asleep feeling healthy and at risk of living a slightly longer life.

Today I noticed the woman in the flowers of a tearaway magazine shoot. Her half-obscured profile populated by pink and green hues of what I assume are cherry blossoms and their to-be-bloomed sisters. Today I noticed a lace accent next to a magazine illustration insert on my wall fits perfectly in the frame of an Instagram video somehow open unnoticed. Today I noticed the illustration is of a room and a window to an outside river valley landscape at night. Today I noticed I was hungry but did not eat. Today I noticed if I don’t eat I’ll still feel the need to pee and maybe even poo a little bit. Today I noticed the side of my jaw aching slightly where strings of surgery floss hold together the parts of my mouth where a handsome surgeon extracted two wisdom teeth last Sunday. Today I noticed a perennial truth, that sitting upright moves your bowels. Today I noticed two brief wifts of Eagle Brand ointment, dầu, in the air to my right – carrying on a breeze from the open window to my left.


Each day I’ll upload a post from the challenge involving the prompt “I’m thankful” or “I’m grateful” and “Today I noticed.” If you take up the challenge yourself, please share them with me! I would love to read and write together.

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