Right now, as I sit to write this weeks blog, I am full for gratitude! I have immense gratitude for my husband and children, as well as my extended friend family. Right now, I feel like the luckiest girl in the whole wide world! The amount of joy and love I feel for my family, and extended friend family is overwhelming.
I’m sure I drive those closet to me crazy! I can’t help it, if I have something to say, I generally say it. I believe and strongly encourage, telling the people you have in your life, how you feel. Life is short, and I have learnt; not expressing your love, thanks or gratitude to those closest to you in the fear of having your feelings hurt, always leads to regret. We don’t like regret, regret is negative and tries to bring us down. So, if you have someone in your life that you are grateful for, who makes you happy, who loves you for you, and that you love, tell them! Live life without regret.
I usually sit to write during the day; however, I spent today with my husband. We dropped our children to school, had morning tea at one of our favourite organic cafes here on the Sunshine Coast, and spent some much needed time at our local beach, before I enjoyed a much needed massage, that my thoughtful hubby booked and organised for me.
I am grateful for a relaxing day with the one person who I’m sure at times, knows me better than I know myself! (Sshh…….don’t tell Craig that I said that)
Today has been a reminder of the importance of just “being”. All to often, I find myself getting caught up in the daily grind of work commitments, family commitments, sporting commitments and everything else that life throws my way; it is very easy to overlook the simple things, and just “be”.
The simple act of walking barefoot on the sand at the beach was enough for my body and soul to have an “ahhh” moment. I am not a strong swimmer, and I have a fear of sharks, so when I go to the beach, it’s not to swim in the ocean (although,I would like to confidently and fearlessly be able to), it is simply to reconnect with myself. Watching and listening to the waves, soaking in the warmth of the sun, feeling the sea breeze against my skin, and taking the time to ground myself, so I have the clarity to put everything that is going on in my life, into perspective.
I am grateful and blessed, to live in such a beautiful part of Australia.
Even when it feels like everything isn’t going to plan, and I have had the rug pulled out from under me, taking the time to reconnect with my inner self, gather my thoughts and meditate always reminds me of what is important in life. I am a work in progress. I still need to remind myself that I don’t necessarily need to be a “people” pleaser, I need to be a me “pleaser”. It is often very easy to fall back into the habit of putting everyone else’s needs first and foremost, whilst neglecting my own.
As a mum, I obviously have my children’s best interests at heart. In saying that; I have learnt that I don’t want to be a tired, cranky, ranting, raving lunatic mum, and in my bid to be the best mum I can be, forget that I’m important, and just like my children, need my basic needs met, otherwise I’m not capable of meeting theirs. Each of my children have taught me, and are continuing to teach me, to be the best mum I can be in a way that also allows for my personal growth to continue and flourish. Every morning, and every night I give thanks for my children, for even though they are my children, they unknowingly, are also my teachers.
I am extremely thankful and grateful for my three beautiful boys!
What are you grateful for? Who are you grateful for? And, do these people know how you feel? If not, tell them!
Until next time, take care of you