Reflecting on June has been a beautiful experience.
I am feeling so much love, connection, growth and opportunity right now and I wish the same for you.
Enjoy my gratitudes and do share your own 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 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 new connections. Although I have been quiet on social media, I have been spending more time making 'real world' connections and it has been wonderful and supportive on many levels.
I am grateful for taking days off. As an introvert and highly sensitive person, social rest is one of my most important and so I am grateful that I took a few days off after a very busy week and a social weekend.
I am grateful for finding a beautiful space for my hen do. Gathering 10 of my most amazing friends together is something I am very excited about, but finding an Airbnb with 10 single beds was proving challenging! But we did it and I'm so excited!
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
I am grateful for cider. Summer season is cider season for me, it's wonderful to sit in a pub garden, sun on my face, good conversation and a pint of Aspall's.
I am grateful for my engagement ring. This month was the anniversary of our engagement and one year on I still look down at my ring and smile.
I am grateful for our home. Owning your own place certainly comes with its own trials and tribulations. We have had ants, spider babies, malfunctioning dishwashers and now a new roof. However, none of that can distract me from how grateful I am that this is our safe space, our home.
"Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone."
I am grateful for open and honest friends. Planning my hen has meant I have had beautiful and sometimes difficult conversations with my friends about money, anxiety, and energy. I am so honoured that my friends trust me and are willing to share their true feelings and situations.
I am grateful for Alastair. One year engaged, nearly 2.5 years together, 10 years of friendship and I am so deeply in love.
I am grateful for my extending family, they are welcoming me in with open arms and lots of laughter.
“Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else."
I am grateful for my ability to reflect. Often I get caught up in what's to do next, and forget how far I have come. This month I have been given lots of opportunities to look back and I am so grateful that it has highlighted to me just how much I have achieved.
I am grateful that I naturally create a safe and welcoming space for others. Opening up to another is such a generous act of vulnerability and I am thankful that I create that feeling for my clients, family and friends.
I am grateful that I am exploring new opportunities. I feel that the last month has been a leap forward for my business and I am amazed and thankful that I am not letting fear hold me back. I am excited to see how these opportunities grow over the coming months.
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 its your turn, why not share your own 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.