Best of My Days 2017


In 2011, I wrote the following in a blog post:

“Recently my husband needed a small gift to pass out to small group leaders at our church. Last year (2010) they did plastic footballs with logos on them. I made a few negative comments about the footballs and his response to me was instead of complaining I should come up with something better. Thank you Chris, point taken.

He needed something inexpensive and over 250 of them. The theme he was working with was regarding making the most of the time we’ve been given. I created a little daily calendar/notepad. The idea is simple: write down the best part of your day…each day. At the end of the day when I reflect on what was the best of my day, it is usually not “I answered all the emails in my inbox” or something of that nature. It usually involves still moments cuddling on the couch with a child or something related to relationships in my life.”

When I first shared the idea and a download for the notepads, I didn’t intend on making the again. 2012 arrived and so many of you reading this blog requested that I make them again. The same thing happened in 2013, 2014, 2015 and again this year. I’m not a graphic designer and there are surely other things out there now that are much cuter, but as long as you guys request these, I’ll keep making them!



  1. Download the file by clicking here
  2. Print the 4 sheets onto white card stock
  3. Cut out each month to be about the same width
  4. Punch a hole in the top corner
  5. Combine using a small ring
  6. Wrap cutely if giving as a gift


After 7 years of these, I am running out of ideas on how to wrap the up! Last year’s were pretty cute…


For more ideas on wrapping here are the past posts: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

These are super easy to make and slip inside a stocking, tie to a hostess gift or combine with a gift card for teachers. There are numerous ways to incorporate these into gift giving as the new year approaches. Cultivating gratitude in our lives is simple, but profound in its impact!

I would love to hear if you use these. If you are on Instagram tag me @underthesycamore if you post any pictures. Tag me on Facebook too – I love seeing how you use these!!


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  • Shelli - Thank you for doing this! I began in 2016 and this has been an especially tough year where the bad seems to outweigh the good. But every night, when I jot down the best part of my day, I’m reminded of all the good, too. Thank you.

  • Jennifer - What a wonderful idea! I will be putting these together for myself as well as for my family and friends. Thank you so much for sharing this. 🙂

  • Anne Eicher - You’re not a designer? Coulda fooled me! 🙂 I love these! Last year I gave them to my friends for Christmas gifts… Loved having something inexpensive enough that I could include ALL of my friends! I added a pen to each one (those that come 2 in a pack from target dollar spot). For a few of my friends I did a birthday calendar instead (same layout). This year they’re all getting “best of my days”! Thank you once again!

  • Momofthree - This year is my first year volunteering as a junior high youth leader. As I was reading this post I couldn’t help thinking of the kids who come to our youth group each week and what a good idea it would be for them to try. I hope you don’t mind that I have copied your idea. I used your layout as a template but added bible verses to the bottom of each month that I felt might be meaningful to them. I can’t wait to hand them out in a couple of weeks. I know that most of the girls will actually use them and at least a few of the boys. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Christine - I’m so glad you’ve made these again! I used them all last year — and gave several as gifts! — and they are quite helpful in remembering gratitude. Today I’m grateful for YOU.

  • Bekah Decker - Thank you so much Ashley!! I am going to make these for all of my family members, I love the idea so much!

  • Katherine Wall - Thank you! Happy Holidays!

  • byron - You had me right up to the “wrap cutely” part. Not sure I know how to do that….

  • { l y d i a } - These are adorable! I wanted to love them when I printed them a couple years ago, but I must need smaller handwriting and a super fine pen. I’ve got to find another way to accomplish the same goal. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Katie - Thank you so much for putting the download on here for free. I have been wanting to make these for the last couple years but haven’t taken the time. I finally did this year. They turned out so cute. I love your blog, Ashley.

  • Ellen Patton - These are so great. I work with the teenaged girls in my church (I’m a Mormon) and I’m going to make one for each girl. Thank you so much!

  • Rochelle - Ah, I love these! I snuck these into stocking for all my mom, mother-in-law, and sisters-in-law last year and everyone was so excited about them. I can’t wait to do it again. Thank you for sharing these with us and for continuing to have a wonderfully positive blog that shares love and light with the world! Peace and joy to you and yours this holiday season! ~Rochelle

  • LC - Thanks for making these again – it will make terrific gifts. Any tips for cutting them evenly?

    Maybe for next year – there can be dotted guidelines.

  • Michelle - I am excited for your free best of days download. As I cintinue my journey on chemo I will use this to log that one accomplishment each day that makes me stronger to tackle the nect day.

  • Martha M Bryce - Here’s an idea for wrapping them:
    dangle ribbons and ephemera from the ring at the top
    Wrap them with cellophane, a tag with their name on it
    Wrap them with graph paper, metallic ribbon, and a sylized letter
    Wrap them with primary colored paper scraps (or construction paper scraps), a couple of crayons and a tag saying Celebrate the Childlike Wonders.
    Wrap them vertically rather than horizontally
    Wrap them in red and black with chopsticks and a tag with a rooster ? 2017 is the Chinese year of the rooster
    Wrap them with brightly colored tulle bows with a mini ornament with their initial on it
    Wrap them in silver, gold, and copper with a candy coin attached wishing them the richest year of their lives
    If it’s for church, make twig crosses and wrap them with burlap and ribbons
    Wrap them with a nautical theme and wish them “smooth sailing through 2017”
    Just a few ideas! This is a great little giveaway! Thanks!

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