Today, I'm super excited to introduce a new monthly series; gratitude! I've been meaning to do this for a while now, and I actually set this as a
for this year to make sure I actually do it!
The idea is to make time in my life to sit down and reflect on things I'm grateful for every month. I find that I tend to be a bit negative when I get overwhelmed and since I unwillingly set a lot of expectations for myself, I'm also often disappointment.
I'm hoping by sitting back and reflecting on my life every month that I will be more positive and be able to enjoy the little things more.
I would love it if you joined me in this adventure by sharing the things you are grateful for every month. This way we can encourage each other and maybe even discover things in our own lives that we didn't even notice!
So here we go, the 10 things I'm grateful for in January are:
1. MY FAMILY IS HAPPY & HEALTHY
This is something so fundamental that it's very easy to overlook sometimes. I'm so grateful that everyone in my little family is healthy, active and happy.
2. THE SUPPORT OF MY LOVING HUSBAND
I've been blessed with a very involved
. I appreciate his help so much. He cooks, cleans, pick up toys, does the laundry, works, repairs stuff around the house, gives me massages, plays with the kids and gives them plenty of hugs and kisses... the list goes on and on. He doesn't do it all on his own, but he does so much that I often forget just how lucky I am. I love you so much!
3. REAL HUGS(the kind only children can give)
You can't know what a real hug is until your
raises his little arms and wraps them around you. The feeling is just so pure and yummy it's almost indescribable.
4. HAVING A JOB
I complain about how hard it is for me to work when all my heart wants is to be with my babies all day, every day. Sometimes I feel so guilty about leaving them at daycare that I forget just how lucky I am to even have a job.
I've been doing my best lately to focus on the positive side of snow. I get to cuddle with my kids more, enjoy my favorite warm drinks and do some pretty heavy exercise pulling my kids on sleds during walks (that's a good thing right?).
6. HAVING FRIENDS
Having moved around a lot in my life, most of my friends have always been very far away. For the first time in my life, I actually have friends that are close. To top it off, they're all true and caring people. I am so blessed to have them in my life. It makes me feel
7. BEING NEEDED
Until recently, I never stopped to appreciate how lucky I am to actually be "needed". As in, people need me. My kids, my husband, my friends, my siblings... can you imagine what it would be like if no one needed you?
8. HAVING A HOME
This one pretty much goes without saying when it's -15C outside. I'm also very thankful to have somewhere to go back to, somewhere I belong. I can't even imagine what it must feel like to be wandering the streets, lost.
I just had to add that in there. I just love coffee. I know, probably not the best thing in the world, but I'm still thankful it exists!
10. MATERNITY LEAVE
I'm really spoiled on this one, I know. Even though I dread going back to work, not because I don't want to work, just because I would rather be raising my children... I'm still very lucky to have an entire year to devote to them when they're born. This is my second maternity leave and I kept my oldest with me at home most of the time. All of you stay-at-home moms out there, you guys are so unbelievably blessed. I know it's not always easy, but I envy you! There are some women that don't even get a chance to stay at home with their babies at all, for that reason, I'm very fortunate!
Man, it was hard to just come up with 10 pretty obvious ones, can you imagine doing this every month! It's going to be quite the challenge. I'm really glad I'm doing this though, it's giving me time to reflect on my life, and how lucky I am.
What are you grateful for this month?