A Listicle. Or, 9 things I am grateful for.

This week, we celebrated Thanksgiving in the States. Traditionally, families come together, eat too much food, and share what they’re thankful or grateful for with each other. Gratitude has been at the forefront of what I’ve been thinking about. It’s unavoidable! But, why do so many of us need a major holiday to remind us of what we’re grateful for?

I’ve got to admit, I’ve not always taken time to think of what I’m grateful for. I mean I am grateful for the life I have, but there have been times where I haven’t practiced gratitude. It’s more natural for me to think of what could be better, rather than all the amazing things I have or experience. So, I’m making a mental shift - toward gratitude.

I read another listicle. Actually, there are a lot of listicles about gratitude. 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude. The 31 Benefits of Gratitude. 6 Ways Gratitude Rewires Your Brain. 10 Benefits of Gratitude. To be fair, I have no idea how many actual real life benefits there are [can we really measure it that specifically?] but there seems to be a lot of benefits.

9 things I am grateful for:

  1. My job finishing earlier than I expected. Who would be happy to lose their job?!? ME! It gave me the push I needed to step out of my comfort zone and start this journey to help others get unstuck.

  2. Sunsets. I haven’t met a sunset I don’t like. I’m grateful I have the opportunity to sip coconuts and watch the sun set almost every day while I’m in Bali. It recharges me.

  3. An amazingly supportive family. I’m not sure they all fully understand what it is that I do, or why I would want to spend time half way around the world. But they know that it makes me happy and they have been supportive every step of the way.

  4. I’m grateful my sister-in-law loaned me boots to wear in New York [my clothes are still being shipped from Malaysia, including pretty much all my shoes that are not flip flops!] Oh, and she let me borrow an umbrella. She’s the best!

  5. I’m grateful for the inspiring women I’ve met, especially in Bali. Many of my friends there are also on entrepreneurial journeys, and we challenge and hold each other accountable, sharing resources and general awesomeness.

  6. Warm pyjamas on cold winter nights.

  7. Long-lost friends and new friends.

  8. Nieces and nephews, especially when they’re not crying.

  9. A glass of good red wine, especially after babysitting the nieces and nephews.

What I do know, from my experience of 2 weeks of practicing gratitude, is that I feel less stressed when something goes ‘awry’ as there’s also a positive somewhere in the same situation that I can be grateful for. We forgot the corn at Thanksgiving dinner? No worries, I’m grateful we didn’t have too much food that was wasted and didn’t over eat [that much…] I feel a little more energised. I’m not going to sleep thinking of all the stuff I need to get done, or what I didn’t achieve. Instead, I’m happily drifting off thinking of all the positive things that happened in the day, like my feet stayed dry thanks to Claire’s boots. So, I’m going to keep at it, and continue to practice gratitude. Every day.

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