There’s something good in everyday
Over the last year or so gratitude has been an important part of my life. I spend time each day being grateful. I think it is important to take note of things in your day to day life that you are grateful for. I have a gratitude notebook that I keep next to my bedside and most days I note down something that I am grateful for. Gratitude equals happiness.
Here are a few of the things I was grateful for in 2013 –
- Watching the snow fall silently from the sky
- FatMumSlims Photo-a-day prompts
- Discovering new art equipment and techniques
- Leonie Dawson for her “Create Your Incredible Year Workbook and Planner 2013”
- The AC where I met some great and knowledgeable ladies
- My Oracle cards
- Visiting family, breathing in the fresh sea air
- The Right Brain talks from Jennifer Lee
- My faithful Gelli Plate, found textures and other inspiring bits and bobs
- Spending time with Mum on our city break in London, going to the Ritz for afternoon tea, watching Let it Be and the Lion King
- Getting to play Lego with my nephew
- Going up the Shard for my birthday
- Tea from Danmala Teas, Lindsey Luna the wonderful tea goddess
- My heat-gun and making stencils without getting a blister
- Physic Garden in Chelsea, London and the marvellous salad
- Days out in London
- A weekend on a canal boat with Jenni
- Hot sunny days and blue skies
- Moving to the Isle of Wight and our new home
- My Dad coming to the rescue and mending things
- Country walks
- Swimming in the sea
- Watching a swan feather float towards me after asking for one.
- Herbs, tinctures and crystals
- Crafting it forward
- Walks with Mum
- My Creative Coach
- Sunsets over the houses and at Gurnard
- Helping out my mother-in-law painting a backcloth
- For my Mum getting me a gingerbread house to decorate with my Nephew
This is just a small sample of the things I am/was grateful for in 2013.
Here is a link to a great talk on gratitude.
I am grateful for –
Being packed and ready to move
New friends and circles
Having time to be creative
Realising not to compare
Spending time on ‘self care’
A few weekends back I stayed on a canal boat with Jenni a friend of mine who is a Reiki teacher, makes dream-catchers, grows her own vegetables and lives on a boat. I had a very relaxing time on while I was there.
I watched the world go by, it was great to spend time doing very little and talking lots. Jenni looked after me; making me lovely fresh salads and treating me to fairy cakes. The boat is called ‘Sanctuary’ and I think that is very fitting. She is moored about 35 minutes out of Atherstone on the Coventry Canal in the middle of the countryside, there is a farm shop a good half hours walk away and lots and lots of fields. It was perfect. The boat is a 10 minute walk away from a river that was covered in water lilies and we think we even heard a plop of a frog making a quick exit off a Lilly pad into the river. It was so tranquil, the birds sang from dawn to dusk. I had a great time. Here is a link to Jenni’s website.
This weeks mid week gratitude post is long over due as it popped into my head as an idea last week. This weeks mid week gratitude post is going to be for the women on the web that have inspired, encouraged and taught me new things. I am ever grateful to you all –
First up is Lauren Luquin I have been reading Laurens blog for a well over a year now. She is so inspiring and loves nature, creates amazing offerings; such as medicine pouches and jewellery. You can read her full bio here. She has also set up a safe haven for women on-line here at the Intuitive Heart Sanctuary. I attended the e-course last summer and I am planning to work through the IHS ebook during Spring.
Stacy de la Rosa makes inspiring jewellery and sends out cool newsletters that are full of loveliness and inspiration. Gratitude is high up in her list for 2013 and she was the one who inspired me to write this list.
Laura Emily runs the Apothecary Circle. The Apothecary Circle is a year long course and new members are being excepted now for the next starting date on 21st March.
“2013 is here, and it’s time to raise our vibration by returning to earth and engaging in growth, Spirit, and healing. Be there with us, love. This spring, sow growth. One year. Earth. Health. Community. ” Laura Emily
Moorea Seal is a jewellery designer, a blogger, a designer and generally a cool girl. I can’t remember how I found her but it was only at the beginning of this year and already so many of her posts have inspired me. I follow along with her 52 list project and have a backlog of lists that I need to post. I enjoy doing the lists so much and Moorea is developing a project from this idea. So that will be exciting to watch grow over the next year.
This is going to be an on-going list as there are still quite a few women that I would like to mention. I hope that you enjoy their work, offerings and their amazing spirit as much as I do.
This is a two in one post, I am taking part in Moorea Seals 52 lists, a list for every week of the year. Week fives list is – ‘List what you are grateful for’. Gratitude is high up on my list of things to-do for 2013. I enjoyed writing this list.
Thanks to technology I am wrote some of this weeks gratitude post from a car-park while I was waiting for hubby to pick me up. So I guess my first thing I am grateful for is technology. I love being able to share photos here and write notes to myself using this app ColorNote Notepad Notes To Do
Here is my gratitude list for this week –
- Technology, especially my phone. Never wanted a smart phone, now I could not live without it.
- FatMumSlim for sharing next months Photo-a-day list, (February already)!!!
- My walk to work, being able to gaze at the sky; cloud watch and find rainbows.
- Dark chocolate and detox tea, what a great combination.
- My new favourite thing – Coconut Oil. (Hair is looking less frizzy).
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
I think it is good for us to appreciate and be grateful for things in life however big or small. It is easy to take things for granted and not really notice how much joy they can bring, how often do you stop and watching the birds in the trees or how a leaf falls from the tree. These are some of the things I am grateful for.
This link on Tiny Buddha is a good starting point. I am going to sharing with you all what I am grateful for.