Day 31 of My Month of Gratitude

This is the last post in my Month of Gratitude. I have loved the idea of this keeping me accountable to myself to actually post and I feel a great sense of achievement for the fact that I actually got the full 31 posts up – not all in time, but I’m not worrying about that – life gets in the way and instead of letting it get me down I am looking at the positive side of the fact I did get so many up in time!

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. Support
  28. Community
  29. Handy-man Skills
  30. Having More Than Enough
  31. Being Grateful

Possibly sounds like a silly one.

I am grateful for being grateful.

But this is one thing that I love about myself. I can see so much to be grateful for, in my life and all around us. In general I see the silver lining of things, and when something horrible happens I tend to automatically reply with a “At least…. insert silver lining…”.

A few years ago a very close friend was going through her divorce, and I can’t remember how it came up but she said “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the positives” – my at leasts, or looking at it from another angle, weren’t helping – she didn’t want to hear it, and so it made me realise people didn’t want the silver lining or alternative view, so I tried to tone it back. Purposely tried to not say positive things when someone was upset. It was hard! I do understand when you’re going through a crap time you don’t want to hear an annoying upbeat person saying its not so bad, you just want them to empathise with how crap it is. But the whole situation made me second guess myself, and I still do now. I said it to my husband the other day, I think that friend broke “Positive Me” lol.

But it is my automatic default in my head to look at the silver lining and the positive out of the situation. Particularly for other people. I do find it harder for myself, I tend to beat myself up more. Again though, think that is natural!

I see how much I have in life to be grateful for, I am grateful for everything that I do have and I feel so so lucky to have so much in my life and to be so lucky to have this life. I know how much I have to be grateful for, and I am grateful for everything I have. I am grateful for having this outlook and for realising how much there is to be grateful for. This is something that I want to instill in my children, it is so important to be grateful in life for everything that you do have.

 

Day 30 of My Month of Gratitude

I’m a bit behind again. Life gets in the way. I know it is now April but I have had the last two in my head, but I had my baby girl in the hospital last night and it was so late getting home that it was already after midnight and into April so I said I’d finish these last two this morning!

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. Support
  28. Community
  29. Handy-man Skills
  30. Having More Than Enough

I think all the above things show that we have more than enough of everything we could want or need. Obviously there is always more that we want to have or to do, but I am so thankful for everything that we do have.

In every aspect we have more than enough of everything – when it comes to basic needs like heat, clothes, food, money or further needs like entertainment and love – we are surrounded by so much. We really have more than enough. We are so lucky, and I am so grateful for it.

Day 29 of My Month of Gratitude

This one I’m not sure how to phrase in the list… but it is one I’ve wanted to add all week. The short title would be my husband, again, but for a different reason this time…

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. Support
  28. Community
  29. Handy-man Skills
  30. .

As I said the easiest would be to say my husband again. But it is actually also my dad, or myself at times too. But this week it has been my husband time and time again.

At the weekend, my husband serviced my car and changed brakes and things like that. I am thankful that he is able to do it all himself and we save on all labour costs when it comes to the car! This is something I am very grateful for.

At the weekend, my husband did some work on our “extension” thing out the back. We are building a covered patio basically, that we are putting walls on too so that we can use as a dining room for family events. I’m not sure how the room is going to be used in honesty, we both have high hopes for it – but it is a slow slow process, as we haven’t had the funds to buy the materials we need. Last week my husband got some of the timber we need, so he did some of the work starting to build the walls and we were able to put in the windows. So now we have the patio doors (that have been standing there in the middle of the concrete for about a year now!) and two windows and hollow walls! Which is wonderful progress.

It made me realise how lucky we are that my husband can do this work himself, so again we save on labour costs. I was also brought up building things and making furniture along with my dad, so I would always think of how we can build or create a piece of furniture for our spaces and I would think of making it before buying it. I am grateful for this frame of mind, and that I have the resources and the skills (between us all) to make and build what we want and need!

 

Day 28 of My Month of Gratitude

Today is a special day for my daughter, and for me that my first child is almost finished in primary school.

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. Support
  28. Community

Today is the day of my daughters Confirmation. I’m not going to discuss the religious side of it, because its not really my thing but there are lovely aspects to it that come up from the whole event. There is a lovely family aspect of the day, as it brings family together to celebrate the childs day. There is also a lovely community around the event, particularly between the school and the church. It is lovely when you go to Mass on a Sunday and you bump into a selection of people that you normally would not see. The school put in a lot of work to get the children prepared, and our parents association is hosting a tea and coffee morning after the confirmation mass. The whole day is a lovely example of bringing people together.

Community is a lovely thing to have. Years ago I was in a situation that I was living in a town that I didn’t really want to live in, I hadn’t grown up in a town like it and everyone wanted to know everyone else’s business and I hated it. I remember a day I was in a friends house and we were both giving out about the town and living in it. I realised that day leaving her house that it was a conversation we had had over and over again, and that there were two choices – either make a change, or accept it and be happy with it. I wasn’t in a position to leave the town, my step-children lived here and it was important that their father lived nearby and so I also had to stay here. So I decided to focus on the positive things about the town and one of the main things I focused on was community. That aspect of wanting to know everything about everyone also creates a place where you are known and linked back to the people in the town, and into the town community. That was at least ten years ago, and now I am happy living in the town and focus on the positive aspects of it. The friend I was with that day left the town a few years later and set up a great life for herself in a different town, and it made a huge difference to her. So we both one of each of those options – I got happy with the town, and she got out. It made a huge difference to both our lives. If we had just stayed going over and over how much we hated the town, we would still be giving out about it at this stage and nothing would have changed.

I am thankful for the community that is around us, in the town, in the school, for the kids in the church, in the babygroup and from our friends and family. Community is important, and really does add to the feelings of well being for people.

Day 27 of My Month of Gratitude

This is one that I am so grateful for time and time again!

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. Support

There is a lovely feeling when you are getting ready for an event, and your family and friends realise that this is something that is important to you and your family and they offer their support in their own ways.

Tomorrow is my daughters Confirmation, a Catholic celebration where she confirms her faith in the Catholic church.

I have Atheist friends who have sent a card for my daughter and have been checking in with how all the preparations are going (on my side – as in the clothes and planning!) My step-children have all taken the day off on Thursday, a work day, so that they could be there for the day with their little sister. They have offered help with things for the day. A family member who is definitely not a fan of the Catholic church sent my daughter money, but didn’t want to buy a specific card because she didn’t want to be seen to be supporting the church but did want to support my childs choice.

I notice this support at so many different times of my life, at Christmas, at birthdays and at all events that come up. And it gives a huge warm fuzzy feeling to have so many supportive people and so much support around me. I am really thankful and grateful for the loving support that I have around me.

Day 26 of My Month of Gratitude

Can I choose coffee again?! I love coffee.

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. .
  28. .

I have become borderline obsessed with podcasts in the last few weeks. I downloaded a podcast player because one of the inspirational people I was following on Instagram (karlhenrypt) had a podcast and kept posting about new episodes. So I downloaded it. And listened to basically a full year of his weekly podcasts, one after the other. I loved them, and the health advice and topics he was discussing and his guests.

When I finished his years worth of podcasts, I then had to go to find other people to listen to. I started with inspirational guests that I had enjoyed on the Karl Henry podcasts, and I am loving the common-sense health advice, nutritional information and scientific research into health that I am hearing about.

My treadmill routine now is I put my ipod in to play the music on through the treadmill and then the earphones to play the podcasts directly to me. Only problem with this is that there are times I would like to write down some of the points they make, but I can work around that. I am loving the fact that I get my quiet time out on the treadmill with no one bothering me, I am getting my exercise in and I am learning things too.

I am loving podcasts at the moment, and I am grateful for finding them! 🙂

Day 25 of My Month of Gratitude

The month is nearly at the end. I love how this month finishes on a Sunday, so it is a neat looking last week and the next month starts on a Monday!

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep

Sleep is all I can think of at the moment. Because I did not get enough of it last night. I am exhausted. I am sick so was awake coughing, the baby was up and down all night too, and I am like a zombie today. I was like this yesterday too, but my husband was home so I was able to go back to bed for an hour when the baby did and it made a huge difference. Today I have two kids home sick too, so not an option.

It reminds me though of how grateful I am for sleep on a normal basis. I adore sleeping. I never go to bed in time though, but I love being snuggled up in my bed and asleep and I struggle to get out of bed in the mornings! I really hope that I get back to having good nights sleep again soon, because I love my sleep and I am grateful for the fact that it is generally not a problem!