As we draw near to the end of 2017, I’m sitting at my computer on Saturday 23rd December 2017 and thinking back over the year of so many great things that have happened during 2017.
Gratitude is so important in every day life, I am teaching Poppy how to be grateful and what it means. At the moment she says she is grateful for things that are coming (like Christmas!) which is not exactly what I’m getting at, but we’ll get there.
10 things I’m grateful for in 2017:
Poppy and my hubby
I am so grateful for Poppy and my husband. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have such an amazing little person in my life. These two make me a better human being. I can’t wait to grow old together.
This time last year December 2016, we had just reserved the house we moved into this year. It was all a bit of a whirlwind at the time, but we’ve been here for 8 months now and it’s starting to come together. As it was new build, there wasn’t much to do inside, except to make it homely and we’re gradually doing that (once the settling in cracks have been plastered over!). This house is perfect for us and we’re all loving life in this place. We’re totally in love with this house and so grateful that we’re here.
I’m so grateful that my family are so bloody amazing. I have a really close relationship with my sisters, brothers, mum, dad, even aunts, uncles and cousins – all of them I’m so grateful for, because I feel like I have a huge team behind me. They are all brilliant in their own right and I know how important family is. I’m also grateful for the family I’ve inherited from my husband, they all add something to my life that I’m grateful for.
My Friends (both IRL and online)
I’ve had my close circle of friends since I was in school, we’ve got the old, embarrassing pictures to prove it and I have added a few other friends along the way. My circle is small but it’s perfectly formed. They’re the people who are genuinely happy for me when things go well , regardless of what is happening in their own lives and they are there for me when they’re not going so well.
Since I started blogging I’ve also added lots of formidable and supportive women to my friendship group and they know who they are. They’re the ones commenting on my Instagram posts, reading my blogs and checking in on me if I haven’t posted in a while to see how things are. I’ve met lots of them IRL during 2017 and I will meet more of them this year.
Cheers to good friends, I’m so lucky to have you!
My Health (and the NHS)
This goes without saying. I am so grateful for my health and that of my family. Truth be told, I rarely get ill. I haven’t had a cold since in forever. However, this isn’t true for everyone of course and I am very grateful for the NHS that looks after everyone if and when they are ill, because it’s amazing, I don’t know what we’d do without it.
My Positive Mental Attitude
I’m going to be brutally honest, I can’t be around “doom and gloom” people for very long, but considering this is a gratitude post, I’m going to say that I’m grateful to them too because they remind me to stay on track! I’m a glass half full girl, I will have a rant when I need to rant, but the majority of the time I focus on what I want rather than what I don’t have.
At the moment my labour of love is my day job and my blog. You know what they say, “do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. I chose a vocation and an environment that I truly enjoy and I’m very lucky that I do what I love everyday.
My Financial Stability
It’s really important for me to be grateful about my financial stability. I’m so thankful for all of the lessons that I’ve learned and the current financial state that I’m in. It’s important not to take money for granted, especially if you want to make more of it. I am grateful that I can give some to charities to support their work and I currently support the NSPCC and RNIB and their life-changing work.
London has been through a lot in 2017, I’m grateful for the Capital’s resilience during some tough times with terror attacks for example. Politically, there were some difficult discussions around Brexit and we’re yet to see how that will pan out. But just strolling around London and seeing how beautiful it is and how courteous people generally are, I’m confident that things will get better. I’m really proud to say that it’s where I’m from!
I’m grateful that my Christmas is spent how I want to spend it, with our own family traditions which we’re cultivating along the way. Christmas dinner with a few too many of us sat around the table (is Christmas even Christmas without fold-out chairs?!) gorgeous food and fun and loving company. Silly games and gifts exchanged, I’m grateful that this is a great time of year for us all, because I’m aware that it’s not like that for everyone.
This is a different kind of post for me, but I think it’s important to at least round off the year by saying thank you for everything you have. What are you grateful for?