Category: Gratitude

Snow Day

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“A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky – unbidden – and seems like a thing of wonder.”  ~ Susan Orlean

Snow Day

Nothing like getting winter all in one week!  As I’m writing this on Sunday morning, a cardinal, blue jay and several winter robins are eagerly pecking at the bird feeder outside my window before the next storm hits.

In summer, we have beach days. In winter, we have snow days. I love a good snow day when you are forced to slow down, snuggle up and take stock of what you have.

These impromptu vacation days for me are filled with things that bring me joy. It could be a slow cooked roast in the oven, watching a movie or reading a book by the fire, even working without interruption. There is no expectation of the day.  There is no plan. I don’t have to be anywhere at any time. Instead I get to create my day.

Take Time Every Week to Slow Down

How can we take the lessons of a snow day to our regular days?

  • Remove expectations – Prepare for your day and then let go. Recapture the joy of the moment.
  • Be honest with time – You can’t do it all, so focus realistically on what you can do. Watch stress melt away.
  • Schedule time off – Take your vacation. Plan your personal days. Put them in the calendar and honor them.
  • Treat yourself – Snuggle in bed and read. Set the coffee to go off in the morning so it is ready for you. Take a walk alone.
  • Slow down – It is not a race…it is a journey
  • Tell someone you love them…every day.

This week try one or two of these.  Or, let me know what you do to carry the feeling of a snow day back into the regular world.


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The New Year’s Blessing

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“The New Year’s bountiful blessing: three hundred sixty-five bright mornings and starlit evenings; fifty-two promising weeks; twelve transformative months full of beautiful possibilities; and four splendid seasons.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

A Personal New Year’s Day

It is so good to sit down and write this note to you after so many months, while watching the Patriot’s win the AFC Championship. It’s almost like, yes…this is the way things should be.

As anticipated, and as many of you know, the changes I knew would happen have come to pass.  Today my life, my family and even my home is not what it was prior to Thanksgiving. I entered a whole new world on January 1st. It’s like being reborn.

That is why I turned to my favorite new year quote from Sarah Ban Breathnach’s, Simple Abundance. It reminds me of the possibilities and wonder each day brings. It inspires me to stop and take a look at the moment, however joyous or sad it may be and celebrate.

This Week

Take a couple minutes and watch a sunrise, gaze at the stars, breath the fresh air and let yourself feel the refreshing energy of the new year.  If you set goals or resolutions on New Year’s day, re-look at them with these refreshed eyes.  Make the commitments that enhance your life, and celebrate this moment when you can take action.


 

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Be Grateful for Those Who Make You Happy

Be grateful for all who surround you and make you happy

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

Rejoice In Your Abundance

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Rejoice: He is a wise man who does not grieve for things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ~ Epictetus

Gratitude Transforms

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Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

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You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnaugh

What’s All The Stress About?

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This week I wanted to go for a walk, hike or play in my garden as soon as the sun came out.  Can you relate?

What did I do instead? Worked.  As the hours ticked by, I kept promising myself I would take a break and got outside.  Instead I worked and worked and worked.  By the end of the day I has exhausted, not by the work by the stress.

Wayne Dyer put it so well went he talked about how stress doesn’t exist.  He would ask his students when he was teaching that he would pass anyone after the first day of class who could come to him with a bucket filled with stress.  It is an impossible task.

Yet, if you are like me, you have days where all you feel is stress.  You have to run the kids to a million different places, present a proposal to a new client or perhaps have to have a difficult conversation with an employee.  You find your heart beating faster.  Your hands sweating. All you feel like doing is running.  Sure signs of stress.

What you can do is recognize it in the moment.  Take a quick breather.  Close your eyes, not while driving of course, and realign yourself with what is really important.  Your kids, your clients, your employee.  Then proceed.  See if that reduces the stress you feel.

This week try this simple technique and let me know if you reduce your stress.


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Spring – Good Work, Good Hair, Blooming Buds

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Spring has Sprung

It’s day three of my daily gratitude journey, and look what appeared after the snow melted away yesterday!  This is always the first sign of spring for me, the Grape Hyacinths have sprouted.  I can’t believe it.  There’s nothing more joy filled than seeing Spring arrive when you least expect it.  I was so excited I started planning to put out the porch furniture!

Today I’m also grateful for a good day’s work.  Because of all that is going on in my life, having a full day devoted to catching up feels like a treasure.  Although tired right now, it’s a good tired.

I also had time to sneak out and get a haircut today as well.

Finishing today with a satisfied sigh.  What about you?

Warmth – Soup, Home, Family

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Exercise in Gratitude

Today I’m kicking off 365 days (or more) of gratitude.  I’m the first to admit that although I believe in gratitude and expressing it, I am not always the best in doing so.  When I forget about being grateful, I notice things don’t seem as joy filled as they are when I do.  So I intend to make it a habit to express my gratitude daily.

There will be days like today, that I will write about my gratitude here.  But I know there will be days when I forget, don’t have time or get a little crazy.  What I will commit to is posting on Twitter everyday no matter what.  You can follow me at @JVsimplified or hashtag #dailygratitude.

One of the reasons I want to write about my gratitude is I find more power in exploring why I’m grateful.  You can’t always do that in 140 characters.  It also allows me to share my gratitude in more places like Pinterest, Instagram @JVsimplified, and Facebook.

Day One – Warmth of  Home, Family and a bowl of New England Clam Chowdah

Today is the coldest day of the year.  It was -10 this morning when I woke up and the house took 2 hours to get up to a reasonable temperature.  Brrrr.

I am grateful for the warmth coming out of my heaters and my fake fireplace.  I am grateful for the warmth coming from my oven.  I am grateful for my hot cup of tea and the warmth of my New England clam chowder I had for lunch.

Today is also the day my Dad came home from the hospital after nearly a week’s stay.  He was grumpy, but I’m grateful he is healing and for my sister and brother-in-law.  Their love and support is the biggest source of warmth in my day.

Sacred Space

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My Sacred Space

Most mornings I journal.  What I write about isn’t as important as writing.

This morning I pondered why this daily ritual was so important.  The truth is, my journal is my sacred space.  When everything seems to be moving at the speed of light, I know each morning, there is a friend patiently waiting just to listen to me.

A sacred space is an oasis in your life where you can sit back and reflect without interruption.  It doesn’t matter whether it is a church, temple, or the ocean going there reminds you to slow down and listen to the wisdom of your inner voice.

I often crave time alone to decompress.  Just like you, I have whirlwind days.  After a 12-14 hour day I thankfully flop into my bed falling asleep after barely closing my eyes.  Alone time consists of driving from place to place.

When I don’t journal I feel out of sorts.  I get grumpy and frustrated.  Give me some peppermint tea and my journal in the quiet early morning hours and all becomes right with the world.

This week notice what sacred spaces you have created.  They don’t have to be traditional. Cooking sauce from a family recipe.  Reading a favorite novel.  Watching a fire glow in the fireplace.  It doesn’t matter where your sacred space is.  All that matters is you recognize the wonderful gift it brings into your life.

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