The Attitude of Gratitude

American Thanksgiving has recently passed, although we should make sure we are grateful everyday, and not just one day a year. This week there have been serveral things I have been grateful for. We had a big snow storm roll through the prairies this week and with it the temperatures plumetted. I was grateful for a snow day, as my car (which I nicknamed Santa’s sleigh) was in the shop. We braved the weather and picked it up in time to have for our winter driving.

I was also grateful to have the majority of our basement insulation finished, and also grateful for our furnace. There are still many people in our community who are without at least insulation, and a few still without furnaces. I am also grateful to be in my own home.

Whenever I have felt like I’ve been dipping into a downward spiral I start going through a gratitude list. Even if it only one small thing I can think of, it can often times turn a bad day into a good day. A good friend of mine was really struggling this week and was heading deeper into that spiral. I told her to think of at least one little thing to be grateful for. Even if it is something silly one of her kids did. And it helps.

Too often we forget to be grateful for the simple things. Even being grateful for being alive. We are where we need to be in each moment of time.

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Look within!

In our busy lives, many of us probably wish to have someone hand us a silver platter to take all our troubles away. Just snap your fingers, wiggle your nose, and say some magic words, and POOF! no more trouble. We often times forget the strength that lies within our selves. To remind ourselves this is only temporary, and we will get through it. Whether it be dealing with our troubles, running a half-marathon, trying to pass a course, or any other challenge life may throw at us.

Meditation is a great way to calm our minds to find our inner strength. I’m not one to sit on the floor cross-legged for hours at a time. Instead I find other ways to meditate. It could be going for a walk or a run, while having a soak in the bath, one of my favorites was while breast feeding in the wee hours of the morning (although I’m past the breastfeeding stage with my girls).

I know most days I’d rather be in my nice warm comfortable bed instead of getting up early. Although I’d have to say my most favorite time of day is in the early morning when everything is quiet and still. Find a quiet time to reflect. If anything, start a gratitude journal. If you’re not into writing in a journal, or are like me and are very sporadic at keeping a journal, then pick up a stone to become your gratitude rock. Hold this stone in your hands for a few minutes each day to reflect on what you are grateful for. Put it in your pocket and each time you put your hand in the pocket and feel the stone, think of something you are grateful for.

Gratitude will help lead you to the path of abundance.

I am grateful for my followers and for any new visitors to my blog. I am grateful for my family and all their love and support. I am grateful for my children for the joy they bring to my heart. I am grateful for my husband’s budgeting skills to keep our family budget on track. I am grateful for my and my family’s health.

These are a few things of what I am grateful for. What are you grateful for?

Slow Down!

Have you ever had one of those moments where the universe keeps trying to send you the same message? That was how I felt the other day. First, I started off my day by quickly checking my emails. I love reading my messages from the universe to start my day, and this was what it said:

Fast takes longer when you hurry. Keep calm and saunter on, The Universe – TUT…A Note From the Universe, tut.com

I was later browsing Pintrest when I happened along this pin:

  via abduzeedo.com

 

I didn’t feel like I was rushing or racing, yet I have certainly experienced the slowness of quickness from time to time. Overall I think it was the universe trying to tell me not to rush the moment. We have had to do some altering to our lifestyle in the last month, and perhaps it was a message reminding me that life takes time to happen.

Until then, enjoy the ride.

No Regrets

On my way to work this morning I was listening to some tunes when Tom Cochrane’s No Regrets came on my iPod. I thought to myself, how fitting right now. When you reflect back on your life, ensure you have no regrets, remember the good times you had.

As many of you know already, I ran another half-marathon on the weekend. I would have to say this was the most difficult run I have done to date. I now also know what my husband means by a “blown run”. (Fellow runners, you may also know what I mean by this term)

I was running with a great friend of mine who was inspired by my running when I did the Melissa’s road race last year. She was as much of an inspiration to me as I was to her. She wanted to finish the race in under 2:45, and her husband told us to start with the 2:30 pace bunny. We were keeping good pace for around the first 5-7 km when we heard, “runners on  your left.” Jenn looked behind us and said, “are you the 2:45 pace bunny? I can’t possibly finish at 2:45.” I told Jenn to go ahead, that I’d be fine. I stuck with the 2:45 pace bunny, or just slightly back, for around the next 7 km. By the 15 k marker, my legs said they had enough. The devil on my shoulder was telling me to quit, lie down on the road and cry to my heart’s content. The angel was telling me not to quit, that Jenn would not quit. The angel kept telling me I could do it. I’d done that race before, so what was different. The angel even reminded me of a similar situation I was in when I had my second daughter. I was exhausted and getting frustrated about breastfeeding. The pediatrician asked if I breastfed my oldest. I told her yes. She asked for how long. I told her for 11 months. She then told me I could do it, and to not worry. I went on to breastfeed our youngest for 14 months.

This race was not for me. I was there to get Jenn where she needed to be. In fact, life has a funny way of working out. It was about 4 years ago I got the inkling to even want to run a half-marathon in the first place.Yes, that first one was for me, yet it inspired Jenn who had never been a runner in the first place to lace up and find a new passion.

I did finish the race, and ended up walking the last 5 km. My husband was waiting at the last turn with my 2 beautiful daughters in the stroller, and as a family we all came in together. I couldn’t have done it without my husband, and without Jenn. I’m proud of us all.

I’m dedicating today’s blog to all the people who are fighting a battle with cancer, have fought a battle with cancer and won, and those whose battle was lost. You can do this, you can reach the finish line.

A moment to live for…

What is the moment you live for everyday? This was a question posed to my husband. I really liked this question, and I loved his answer, to stand in the doorway of our daughters’ bedrooms watching them sleep for a few minutes before going to bed himself. I would have to say my moment would be coming home from work and having my girls run up to me to give me a hug while yelling, “Mommy! Mommy!”

I read this quote on Pinterest today taken from tumblr.com,

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean

Many times we become complacent in our lives. We start to take people and situations for granted. Don’t fall into mediocrity, life is an adventure waiting to happen! A friend of mine had introduced me to this song, One Life, by Hedley. It has some powerful lyrics about living life to the fullest. Here’s the chorus:

It’s a great big world and you’ll see, It can pass you by at light speed, You got one life, one life, Don’t stop, live it up, live it up.

Everyday, find your moment to live. It can be great, it can be small. Enjoy the small wonders and gifts the universe provides. Take pride in the few minutes you peer at your sleeping children. As Hedley sings, “(life) can pass you by at light speed…don’t stop, live it up.”

What is your moment to live for???

Have an awesome weekend filled with the moments to live for!

Jen

You can do it!

Nothing is ever impossible if you set your mind to it! The thrill and rush of adrenaline as you cross that finish line is amazing. You have completed something special, and no one can take that away from you!

When you feel like there is a hurdle in your way, jump over it! Knock down those walls.

Keep in mind these lyrics by Marvin Gaye, …ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough… to keep you from reaching your goals!

Aim for the moon and shoot for the stars!

Don’t worry, be happy!

As the above song title suggests, Don’t worry, be happy!

My morning email from the universe gave me a great reminder this morning:

Happiness always returns.
You know, in case you should ever sense it’s absence. The Universe – http://www.tut.com

Last week I realized a fundamental; I forgot to have fun. I had an awesome weekend spending time with my loving husband and 2 daughters. It had to have been one of my best weekends in awhile.

Remember to relax and figure out where your priorities lie.

Have an awesome, happy filled week!

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