I have kept a Gratitude Journal since the start of 2016. Over that year it made a MASSIVE difference to my mental attitude; I now more naturally see the positive in things. My blog is a place to share thoughts and opinions. But more than that, it’s a place I record life so I can look back in the future and remember how things were. Whilst I will always have my private journals, I also decided to take a leaf out the books of other bloggers and create a monthly gratitude feature. Here’s what I am grateful for this month:
•• It feels like a lifetime ago, but we had such a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. We celebrated Christmas three times in the end with my family, Sam’s family and as our own little family of 3. I loved every single day and our families also had a great time with us.
•• Sam and I got a few days on our own over Christmas whilst Little H was at nursery. It gave us the chance to go to the cinema together which we never do. We went to see ‘Rogue One’ AND ‘Passengers’. Yep that’s right – Two. Whole. Films.
•• The beautiful alstroemerias that are brightening-up our fireplace. I bought them a few weeks ago and they are still going strong!
•• Sam wasn’t seriously injured after a cycling accident. He didn’t come off unscathed because he’s got his hand in plaster until mid-February. But it could have been a lot worse.
•• Little H has recovered from a horrible stomach bug and is now back to her normal self, including eating a tonne of food!
•• Getting my new phone. I try to avoid focussing my life around material possessions but my old faithful Sony phone developed a hardware fault. It became really hard to use which for a commuting, blogging mum was getting incredibly frustrating. So Sam encouraged me to just take a leap and get something new. It’s really cheered me up having a new fully-functional phone for the last few days!
•• Hitting my 1 year return-to-work anniversary after Maternity Leave. I’m incredibly proud of myself for having had such a positive year at work whilst also retaining balance at home. Doing reduced hours now feels really normal and whilst it’s not always easy (especially now with Sam unable to drive and do drop-offs) it’s just our way of life.
•• Little H talking so much now. I don’t want to steal thunder from her next development post but the sentences come thick-and-fast now. Also when she was ill recently with her stomach bug, she was actually able to tell us her belly hurt. That’s the first time she’s been able to explain an illness which makes a huge difference to us caring for her!
•• The quiet naptime sat on my own where I wrote this post! Over the last 10 days Sam and Little H have both been at home a lot more than normal due to injury & illness. Whilst I love being with them, they both made continual noise. Oh my, I missed my quiet and was starting to go stir crazy. This 2 hours has been bliss!
Want to know my reasons to be grateful for previous months? Well look no further…