It has been a week since my post on challenging myself to a thankful and grateful mind-set makeover. I wanted to share some things I have found during this week-long challenge. So, here it goes…
- The Challenge to Write it Down- The first few days challenged me to sit down at the end of the day and write out what I am thankful for. I wanted to just think about the things I would put on a gratefulness list, but then I remembered if I am going to follow through with the challenge, I needed to write it all down. So, here I am, trying to think of my ten things for my list. My head hurts, I am tired, and my youngest has such a bad cough that it would rival the loud snores my husband booms through the house on a daily basis. There will be no sleep for me tonight… but here I am making the effort to remember the ten things I wanted to write down on my list. Number one on my list today was STRONG COFFEE. I live on the stuff. Three kids, one teething, one potty training, and one with growing pains equals one tired, puffy-eyed mama. Cue strong coffee to the rescue. Number two on my list- those de-puffing eye-masks you can find at Target.
- There are Miracles All Around Us, We Just Need to Open Our Eyes to See Them- I have noticed so many little things I take for granted on a regular basis. Hot water in the shower, a hug from my child, warm clothes during this insane winter we are having. All of the small miracles deserve to be noticed and celebrated right along with the large ones. Take a moment and reflect on the small moments in your day that are the little miracles hiding in plain sight.
- Commitment- This is a commitment, and holding yourself accountable is the only way it will get done. I have been needing to write everything down lately in my planner. If it doesn’t get written down in my planner, it doesn’t happen. This challenge has shown me that in order for me to follow through and gain the benefits of this challenge, I need to make a commitment to myself and honor that commitment by holding myself accountable.
- Who I Am- The biggest take-away I have had during this challenge is getting a better sense of who I am, and what makes me happy. I know it sounds corny, but really when you write it all down and see what you are thankful for on a daily basis, you realize a little bit about yourself and what is important to you in your life. When you see what is important in your life, you get a better sense about who you are as a person, and I can see no greater benefit that feeling confident in yourself and who you truly are.
I challenge every one of you reading this post to try out this one week challenge to make-over your mindset. Write down three items you are grateful for in the morning and ten things you are grateful for that happened in that day. See where it takes you, and maybe you will learn a little bit more about yourself. You never know unless you try…