For me July started low and built up to the last week, where all my hard work in the past 3 weeks paid off. My business turned 2, new clients joined me and I appeared on local radio all in that final week. Emotionally I can safely say it's been a rollercoaster, long may the highs last! As always plenty to be grateful for!
How has your July been? What are you grateful for? Please share in the comments.
“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily."
What is this post all about?
Each month, I want to spend a moment reflecting and sharing with you the things I am grateful for.
This serves two purposes.
Selfishly it provides me with accountability. Gratitude practices have played a huge part in my journey and I want to keep developing that in 2022.
This monthly post allows me to do just that by creating a positive routine that allows me a deeper connection with all that is wonderful in my life.
Secondly, I want it to inspire you to count your blessings so you too can harness the power of gratitude.
Melody Beattie said it best: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
Try It Yourself!
There are many ways to capture gratitude.
For my practice, I have chosen 4 headings and I invite you to use them too. They are:
These help me to focus my reflections and ensure I don't miss the little things.
I have also decided that I would focus on three things under each heading. Starting each with “I am grateful …” for ease of reading. For you, however, capture as many gratitudes as you can!
Also, I love lists. You may not.
So I want you to find a creative way to record your blessings that feels good to you at this moment.
Here are some ideas:
A4 page split into quarters
A long list
In a journal
Silently in your mind
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices."
I am grateful for 2 years in business. This July marked 2 years since I had my first ever paying client and now I have coached for over 100 hours. This is my dream come true, helping so many of you to feel confident in who you are and the choices you make.
I am grateful for speaking opportunities. I am at my best in conversation, that's part of what makes me such a great coach, so I am so grateful for all the speaking opportunities that have come my way this month, allowing me to share ideas and tools the best way I can outside of 1:1 coaching.
I am grateful for Bee Inspired. Coaching apprentices is incredibly rewarding and I am thankful to Micha for bringing me into the team.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
I am grateful for online shopping delivery. The yearly pass with Sainsbury's to get my shop delivered for free each week is a lifesaver when it comes to time management.
I am grateful for my kindle. I have always been and will always be a book worm and my kindle helps this passion to live on with ease.
I am grateful for a makeshift paddling pool. Not only did it help to cool me and my partner down during the sweltering days this month but it brought joy, laughter and childlike energy to our living room.
"Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone."
I am grateful for the podcast and radio hosts who brought me onto their platforms and make me feel so welcome. It has been a joy to meet you all and I so appreciate your insightful questions.
I am grateful for Melissa. Running a business can be a rather lonely activity, therefore I am grateful for all that come into my world to share ideas, learning, successes and failures. Melissa, I am so glad to have met you and to have formed this bond.
I am grateful for Amanda. My incredible copywriter and coach. I admire all the work she does and the incredible energy she brings to all she does.
“Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else."
I am grateful for processing my emotions this month. They seemed to be a little all over the place. Yes, I did at times fall back on distraction techniques but I also gave myself time to be with the emotion allowing it to share its wisdom and move on.
I am grateful that I joined a new community here in St Albans, it has already provided a lot of connection and opportunity.
I am grateful that I have stepped out of my comfort zone by appearing on podcasts. Although I am at my best in conversation. Talking about myself and the business feels uncomfortable but is so worthwhile to support my mission in making my piece of the world better off than when I arrived.
My Final Gratitude
I am grateful to you.
Thank you for your curiosity, your passion for growth and your desire to find what is good in this beautiful world.
Now it's your turn, why not share your gratitudes:
with me in the comments
with friends over a drink
with your kids at bedtime
silently with yourself as a form of self-care.
With Love & Gratitude
Perhaps more interesting for me than you, but here are all the reports so far.