Returning home after our year on the road proved extremely busy, which is one of the many reasons I haven’t been blogging. With Dan working reduced hours, I also shifted focus to start pitching articles again so we can bring in a bit of extra cash. Finally, I continue to do user experience testing, which I really enjoy. It won’t make you rich, but the extra pocket cash does help—and it’s fun!
The world looks quite different than it did three months ago. We have all had to adjust to a much different way of thinking, living, and doing business. Some of us have adapted well, some of us have refused to adapt, but all of us have been affected in some way by what’s going on in the world.
Books & Gratitude – Weekly Review
Sunday is the day to review the past week, both in terms of what I’m grateful for and in terms of what books I’ve been reading (or not reading).
Week In Review: Children’s Books, Gratitude, and a Taking a Break from Writing
We’ve had a lovely week with a lot to be grateful for, a lot to pray for, and a lot of soul searching about what will happen in the fall.
This past week has been a bit of a whirlwind, and I expect the next couple of weeks will be no different. As we prepare to move back into our home in Kingston, we’re trying to visit with family and friends before the packing frenzy begins. We don’t have a lot to pack as we have no furniture, but we do still have clothes, books, kitchenware, etc., so it’ll be good to leave the last few days we have in London for packing rather than visiting.
My Gratitude Practice: What I’m grateful for this week
This week, I’m grateful for a lot of things.
Gratitude and books… gratitude for books… week in review.
A couple of years ago I thought I’d write down everything I was thankful for on a daily basis. I was inspired by The Book of Awesome, which really is awesome, to recognize all the great things in my life. While I do still feel grateful for a lot in my life, the habit of writing it down has been lost along the way. I’m starting over, though I’m being more realistic this time. Rather than writing it every day, I’m going to be writing it once per week.
On our journey to living with more gratitude, the earth and what she offers should be foremost in our minds. The only planet in our vast universe to support life (as far as we know), the earth is an amazing place. Unfortunately, humans have never been very good at living out the gratitude we should feel for our home.
Sometimes, when you’re going through a rough time, or when depression may be showing its ugly face again, it may be hard to feel grateful for what you do have. It’s easy to despair when chronic illness causes debilitating pain, or when luck doesn’t seem to be on your side.
A long time ago, I had decided I’d write a quick post about something I was thankful for each day. Reality is that publishing this post every day just didn’t happen. But I do want to try this again, so I’m going to try and see if I can at least publish one post per week about the things I’m thankful for. And what better day to do it than on #ThankfulThursday?
If you’re trying to develop a gratitude habit, remembering your self-care is important. Although these two things may seem completely unrelated, they’re really not: self-care is a way of showing gratitude for your body.
Your body is the only thing you’ll know you’ll have for the rest of your life. Whether you have an amazing body that does everything the way you want it to, or a bruised, battered body, or a body that doesn’t always act the way it should, your body is yours. It carries you through this life and allows you to experience everything our earth has to offer.
Developing a gratitude habit sometimes takes effort, but if you start with your own self-care and being grateful for your body, it can become a little easier.
It can be hard to make time for self-care. That’s why I’ve written a simple document with 50 self-care ideas that take 10 minutes or less.
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