There are milestones. Times in our lives that mean something more than work and school and dinner and doctor’s appointments. Maybe you (like myself and many of my friends) are turning 40 this year. (I hear life begins at 40. I’m excited!) Perhaps you are newly married, newly single, you’ve graduated, changed jobs, chopped off your hair. Whatever your milestone, celebrate it. Document it. Remember it. Because the thing about milestones? Once you pass them, you can’t go back.
In honor of a friend’s 40th birthday, I wanted to make her something that would help her remember this year long after it passed. I created what I like to call the Jar of Happy. (Honestly, I’m not tied to the name, so if someone can come up with something a little less cheesy sounding, please let me know!)
For this project, you don’t need much. I used a vintage Mason jar but any other jar would work. As long as there is enough room to put small things and pieces of paper inside. I cut index cards into small squares and attached them together with a wooden clothespin. I also wrote up a little instruction card that I gave with the jar.
The idea is to keep the papers and the pen close at hand, somewhere you will see them, and to jot down anything you want throughout the year and drop it in the jar. This could range from favorite words, lyrics, funny things your kids or partners or friends say….anything that means something to you. Also drop in tiny trinkets throughout the year. Shells, rocks, gum wrappers, receipts, whatever.
When giving this as a gift, I think it’s a good idea to start the jar off with something. I wrote my friend a little note and cut a piece of the invitation to her suprise 40th birthday party and stuck them in the jar.
I need to create one of these for myself. After all, 40 only happens once.
Let us know in the comments what kind of milestones you would celebrate in your Jar of Happy! And please let me know if you think of a better name! I would really appreciate it.