November has flown by, which in turn means we’ve reached the end of Karen’s (Yankee Doodle Paddy) 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge. This is the second year Karen has hosted this challenge vis her Snap Chat channel (Blissbakery), though she openly welcomes participants to join in via all social media. Referred to as a challenge, but really not challenging at all, it is a genuine joy to join Karen on a daily basis and express gratitude for something. It really does the soul good.
WiFi! Seriously, where would we be without it these days? Right or wrong, we have become so reliant on constant access to the online world.
I am grateful for music. So many songs represent points in time in our lives. I actually wrote about this earlier in the year with The Playlist of My Life.
I am extremely grateful for online shopping. The Tesco man is my saviour. Small children aren’t bothered shopping!! They don’t want to be going up and down supermarket aisles seeking out bargains, and they make their feelings very clear about those menial decisions such as rashers, sausages or both??
Who doesn’t love a little magic? Our Elf, Jingles, paid a quick visit recently. He left a note and everything the small children needed to write their letters to Santa. Their excitement was infectious. Pure magic; one can’t put a price on that.
My name is Nicola and I love hugs. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I don’t go around hugging random strangers. My husband and children, I do hug, lots! A hug from my husband fixes almost everything.
When you hug someone you love and they hug you back just a little bit tighter…
I’m extremely grateful for nature. It forms the world around us, changing with us, embracing us. I have a little girl who tells me nature is one of her favourite things. She ensures we leave food for the birds, gather sticks into piles for the bugs. She gathers bits and pieces depending on the season for our seasonal bowl. She has made me much more thankful for Nature.
I’m up early every morning, some mornings before everyone else. I am extremely grateful for those quiet few moments to gather my thoughts for the day ahead.
We celebrate Christmas as a season as opposed to just one day. The children lead us and they signal the start of the Festive Season for us. Their excitement is infectious. We try and spend lots of time on ‘festive fun’ such as our annual Santa Letter Writing Party, going to see Christmas lights, crafting, watching Christmas movies. The list is endless, the season is magic!
For most of my life, I didn’t think very highly of myself. I never felt good enough, not worthy enough. I could list my flaws in a heartbeat but struggle to find my good points. Well not anymore! I’m a nice person, I am kind, extremely loyal, I’m a good mother, a great wife and I love fiercely. I am good enough. I am worthy. I am grateful to be me.
I am extremely grateful to Karen for hosting #30DaysofGratitude. I initially met Karen online via SnapChat and have been so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet her offline too. What you see is exactly what you get with Karen. She is warm, kind, generous, wears her heart on her sleeve and she is a delight to have in your company. Her zest for life is infectious and I am so very thankful for her friendship.
November may be over but I will be forever thankful.