Gratitude is more than just a #

What does the word gratitude mean to you? How does gratitude feel? Is it more than just an Instagram caption with a hashtag at the end? Is it more than a few lines in a journal once a month when you can remember? Is it just saying that you’re grateful and not really feeling it? Or are you someone who had mastered the important art of being a grateful person?

In my opinion gratitude is the most important thing you can practise and is the core of a happy life. It is a marathon, not a race, and needs to be worked on everyday. A life of gratitude, is a life of self fulfilment and personal happiness. Gratitude helps to create a balance between your body and your spirit in a way that they work together in harmony. If the mind is ungrateful the body is punished. Without gratitude we worry and we have doubts, and it is worry and stress that lead to sickness and illness. If we live a negative life of stress this can manifest into our bodies.

To live a life of true gratitude is one of my life goals. It is not hard to find things to be grateful for and is as simple as being grateful for the fact that you are alive today. Or for the fact that the sun was in the sky when you woke up this morning, or that it set at night. That you have good clean water to drink and food to eat. It sounds cliche but you can simple be grateful for today.

Lately I have found myself feeling like I am not grateful. It wasn’t that I was actually acting ungrateful or necessarily being an ungrateful person. It was just the fact that I was not being grateful for the things that I did have, and paying gratitude for them. I was thinking of the things that I didn’t have and focusing on the fact that I didn’t have them yet. I have so many things to be grateful for, and as soon as I stopped to think for even five seconds I realised that.

So the fact of finding things to be grateful for isn’t the difficulty, but the hard part is actually practising being grateful on a day to day basis.

In particular recently I had been focusing on my desire to have a third child, and the fact that this might take more time then what I would like in my ideal world. I had been so focused on that third child who doesn’t even exist, that I had forgotten to be grateful for the two healthy and happy children that I do have. To thank the universe, god or whoever for the things that I am grateful for. Isn’t that already a better place to live in, where I am grateful instead of full of worry and sadness.

So I had a realisation that this is something that I need to work on. I know so many people in my everyday life who need this same reminder. I see them acting negatively, and focusing on the difficult or challenging parts of their lives then all of the amazing bits in front of them. Perhaps you do this too? I’m not going to tell you how to be grateful and I’m not going to tell you the things that you can do to practice gratitude. I simply want to remind you to be grateful today, just as I have needed this reminder lately.

So… what are you grateful for today? Think about the, then think about them again tomorrow. I PROMISE you and your life will be happier for it.

Enjoy!

Note – my outfit in the photo above is from the gorgeous Bonnie and Harlo

10 quick things to know about me!

Here goes…

  1. I was born in the England and have three half brothers.
  2. I am scared of the dark, like can’t even put the bins out scared.
  3. I have always wanted to adopt.
  4. My grandmother was born in Malta, I was also baptised.
  5. I love planning parties especially children’s ones.
  6. I am an overly organised bossy boots.
  7. I have an obsession with travelling to as many countries in the world as I can.  I actually dislike going to the same country more then once.
  8. I try to exercise every day, it keeps me sane.
  9. I have a birthmark on my left hand.  My Mum told me that Mr Stalk bite me before he dropped me off!
  10. I became a vegetarian about 6 months ago and I love it!

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Little Miss Chatterbox

SO my Mum always told me that from the day I was born I never shut up… apparently I was some kind of nocturnal devil child who wouldn’t stop screaming from the moment she popped out. As a toddler I used to yell “Mummmmmmyyyyy” so loud that my voice used to reach some completely unnatural decible and I would literally loose it. In my first school report my teacher wrote “If only Natalie was a little more quiet she might be able to apply herself a little better.”

So being that I am a natural born chatterbox who has only a baby and a toddler to talk to all day, I do tend to go slightly insane some days.  So this blogs serves as an outlet for me to get everything off of my chest so that hopefully I can stop inundating my husband with every ” if, but, when, what, this, that, chitter, chatter, blah, blah” the moment he walks in the door.

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Also I have this thing called ‘confidence issues’ where by I basically feel like I can’t do anything on my own. I find it easy to just hide behind my husband and my children but as everyone knows it is important to have things of your own… so this is mine.  🙂

So so here I am.. pen to paper, finger tip to iPhone screen writing my very first blog post…

Whoever you are reading this I want you to know that I am so grateful that you are here. With love, Small-Signature-Nat