I'm grateful for this moment of quiet, sitting in the dark. I'm grateful for the ocean waves crashing from my daughter's room and the sound of Autumn leaves rustling in the wind outside my window. I'm grateful for both these calming sounds. I'm grateful to just sit and be. I'm grateful for the changes that are coming and I'm grateful for moments like this that remind me there is still a peace here. I'm grateful to take this moment to connect.
As I had tea with a friend yesterday I confessed that this gratitude blog was not accomplishing my goal as it used to. It used to be that waking up in the morning, rather than writing a gratitude journal for myself with my Grateful 4, I would write it here, sharing my blog with everyone. It was a very positive and uplifting way to start my day. Yet since my daughter has arrived I have found myself in fight or flight mode from the stress of daily demands. My blog has become something I need to hurry up and get done in between feeding her and showering and getting to work. Needless to say when it becomes a demand and an obligation it does not always create the same positive atmosphere to start the day.
I am making a vow to myself. I am bringing this blog back to its purpose. From this day forward I am writing my gratitude as I feel it, as I have time for it, and as it supports me. I will no longer force myself to have it done by a set time and if that means I write at night instead of the morning, so be it. I do not know what changes will come of this vow but I know it is the first step in supporting my self-care.
Perhaps I will now have a new perspective and write my blog in the morning without stress. Perhaps I will change it up in some other way. But as sure as I can hear both the ocean and the Autumn leaves falling right now, I am confident that all things are possible. I am confident that supporting myself in my self-care will ultimately make for better writing and a more positive outlook.
Thank you for continuing to follow along. I'm grateful to all my readers who have come through so many transitions with me already. I'm grateful for all the feedback I have heard, especially when you share your own gratitude with me. I'm grateful to continue to write while allowing my heart and mind the supports it needs.
How can you support your needs? What is one thing you love that may now be feeling more like an obligation? How can you turn it back around?
May today support us in all our endeavors. May we listen to the cues from nature and be open to new possibilities. Have a beautiful day!