For as long as I can remember I have been dedicated to daily writing either in a journal, planner, fitness tracker, blog post or essay. Writing is powerful. What I have learned is that our thoughts hold an immense amount of power as well. While I may have been planning my day, tracking my speed on a run or drafting another post, I wasn’t always connecting with myself. Over the last three months I have been beyond overwhelmed with stress; from starting a new job, to a rocky three months of pregnancy to our house being under complete construction. There were days I was so overwhelmed I couldn’t see straight. I knew it was all good, but I was lost in sea of chaos.
Then I found the 5 Minute Journal. It was and is lifechanging.
Listen, life gets crazy. And I am fully bracing for the chaos of two little ones in a few short months. But there are times when the crazy stops being fun. The truth is, there is so much to be grateful for, even when we are busy, overwhelmed, stressed or lost, however, finding a place to center can be a challenge. In the past I have used different tools like yoga and meditation, which are fantastic for centering your mind and body. The issue for me is I don’t practice every day, or every week. Finding five minutes first thing in the morning and again at night is something anyone can make time for.
Recently, in the business of life, I got so focused on the difficulty of the climb that I lost sight of being grateful for simply having a mountain to climb. I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.
I started to make gratitude a daily priority. I went through the day looking for things to be grateful for, and something always showed up. Some days it is something small, like Phil preparing the coffee at night so it is ready for me early in the morning. (OK, not so small!) Or something big, like my first workout after being on bedrest. There are hundreds of good, wonderful, special moments and acts in a day, it is just a matter of taking a moment to notice them.
Focus on gratitude every day, you’ll be amazed at the results.
What do you do to stay focused and grateful?
What is your favorite part of the day?