I try really hard to live my life as positively as possible. That’s why my Instagram feed is littered with positive and motivational quotes. I’m a writer and believe in the power of the written word. Making the effort to be positive and surround yourself with positivity does have an impact. It’s important to show gratitude even for the smallest of things. Gratitude helps to ground you and makes you realise how lucky you are. Everyone has something to be grateful for.
I also believe that you get out of life what you put in. My last non-makeup related post was a huge rant about the frustrations of being a single mum. Not exactly a positive post, but sometimes that’s ok. Don’t get me wrong, that post was needed at the time, I needed to vent. However, it was a very one-sided portrayal of my life and what I didn’t want to do was to let that negative feeling take over my whole life.
There are lots of positive things about single motherhood and if I’m honest, my life is pretty awesome now. But I wasn’t necessarily thinking about those last week when I wrote that post. So this week, I have forced myself to look for the good in my world and show gratitude for all the amazing things around me however small they may be.
1. My Health
This is an obvious thing to be grateful for, but sometimes I overlook it. The fact that I wake up every morning to start a new day is something to be grateful for. Not everyone gets that chance. But it’s not just that I’m waking up, it’s also that I’m well enough to do the things I want to do and spend time with the people that I want to do. I do have some health concerns but right now they do not restrict my life and for that, I am grateful.
2. My Daughters
Again, this is pretty obvious but I didn’t have too many difficulties becoming a mother; something that I am extremely grateful for having seen others experience fertility issues and heartbreaking losses. My daughters drive me potty but they are without a doubt the loves of my life. They bring so much joy and purpose into my life. Kids are hard work and aren’t for everyone but they are for me.
3. The Boy
He probably won’t read this, so I can be as soppy and as nice as I like. We didn’t have the easiest of starts but we’ve got there, and I’m grateful for his presence in my life. He just brings a calmness and stability that I didn’t even realise I needed. The Boy just makes my life easier, and after years of dysfunctional relationships, it’s nice to have a happy and uncomplicated relationship.
This week, I’ve been spoilt with time and love. Who doesn’t like coming home to an amazing home-cooked dinner and clean kitchen? There are big gestures too, but it’s the tiny little things he does (like pouring the Coca-Cola away so that can’t drink it – I’m not allowed to but am a secret Cola addict) that I’m so grateful for.
4. My Family
Today has been an amazing day. I spent the whole day with my girls and my dad creating memories. I’m blessed to have a really close relationship with my sister and my dad – we speak daily and live within a half mile radius of each other. I know they will always be there for me. I can call or visit at any time and they will always make themselves available when I need them. It’s clichéd but I am blessed with both my immediate and wider family because I’m surrounded by love.
5. My friends
All of them. The friends who encouraged me to start blogging and continue to encourage me. The friends I’ve cried to. The friends who have babysat my daughters when I’ve desperately needed a break. The friends who share my interests. The friends who keep me sane at work. All of them. Whether we speak daily, weekly, or monthly I feel their love and am grateful for it.
6. My car
I’ve been driving a very long time, but this is the first car that I’ve ever chosen and owned. It’s ancient and full of dents (I’ve been driving ages, I didn’t say that I was any good!) but it’s mine and I love it. I’m grateful for the freedom it gives me. I’m grateful for the fact that I could go to Ikea and fill it to the brim with the new furniture I needed for my bedroom because it’s huge!
7. My Job
For anyone who didn’t know, I’m a teacher and to dispel the myth, I do not work from 9 to 3:30. I wish! My job is hard but I love it. It gives me the opportunity to be myself and I love being in ‘Miss’ mode. As much as I’m not a fan of the paperwork (who is though?) I really have missed it whenever I’ve had to have a few weeks away for various reasons.
8. My Blog
I love the fact that this blog gives me a focus and a passion outside of my normal everyday life. Blogging gives me the opportunity to be focused on something other than the kids and to express myself. I enjoy being creating content for others to read and having a little part of the Internet to express myself.
9. My Readers
I read a lot of blogs and I appreciate the time that it takes to read and comment on blogs. I appreciate all of the likes, follows, views and comments because it helps me to have a purpose to my writing. I do like sharing my thoughts and knowing that people read my posts makes me smile. I can’t lie, I would love to have a hugely successful blog one day. But for now, having the opportunity to explore my passions is enough for me.
10. My Home
I’m in the midst of decluttering and clearing out all of the junk in my flat. It really is amazing what you accumulate with two small kids. Too many bits of pink plastic. I’m altering my home to reflect my changing needs as my girls grow, and I change into the person that that I am today. My home is becoming lighter in colour and for the first time I am able to get the things that I want to have. I’m grateful to be in the position to not only have a home, but to be able to redecorate and make my home nice and a reflection of me.
What are you grateful for this week? Have you ever written a gratitude list? How did it make you feel? Let me know your answers in the comments!