Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. -M. Beattle
I found myself stressing about the upcoming holidays over the past few weeks. Wondering how I was going to manage to put up our usual 3 Christmas trees, host Thanksgiving dinner at our house, while also enjoying dinner elsewhere earlier in the day and what our plans were for Christmas. I admit I was not exactly looking forward to the next several weeks. The crowded stores, cold weather, full time job, travel and so on makes it a hectic time of year.
Then, I had an epiphany or what Oprah refers to as an 'a-ha' moment. I am blessed. I know that. I sometimes forget how blessed however. It's important to stop putting these self-imposed deadlines and expectations on ourselves. Christmas is not about having the cleanest, most well decorated house or buying elaborate gifts. It's not about competing with other bloggers who have had their homes fully decorated for the holidays since October or those who have finished their Christmas shopping, ordered holiday cards and planned their Instagram-worthy celebrations already.
It is about remembering all you have. It's about contentment, reflection and appreciation. It's acknowledging all of those who have supported you, the experiences that have shaped you and the lessons learned.
Instead of worrying about decorating, buying presents and allowing stress to consume me over the holiday season, I will instead focus on what truly matters.
My husband: my rock, my heart, my best friend and my partner in life. Not a day goes by that I don't thank God for him.
Our furry kids, who make me feel like the most important person on earth, when they greet me with tongues out, tail wagging love every single time I come home, even if I was only gone for an hour.
Having the strength and gumption to leave a company I love and respect deeply to chase a passion and take a chance elsewhere. New beginnings are both humbling and refreshing.
Our extended family for their unconditional love and unwavering support.
A beautiful, comfortable and safe house to come home to. A true shelter from the storm both literally and figuratively.
Friends to laugh with, cry with and enjoy copious amounts of wine with. They each inspire me with their talents and kindness.
The experiences we have shared this year. We were able to travel more this year than the past several combined. Seeing new places is good for the mind and soul. Never stop exploring.
What are you thankful for?