30-Day Gratitude Journey

Hiking in Zion National Park

Hiking with my dear friend Scout in Zion National Park

So often, our lives on social media look perfect.

I’m here to tell you mine certainly isn’t.

Today I felt inspired to share some reality AND kick off a 30-day gratitude journey. And, I invite you to join me.

I will be posting one thing I’m grateful for every day, for the next 30 days. I was inspired to do this on today’s run as I was reflecting back on all the challenges I’ve faced in the past year and at the same time all I have to be grateful for.

First, some of the challenges lest you think I live a perfect life!  ;-)

These are not meant to garner sympathy, but rather to show that I’m no different from you. I have struggles, too.

In the past year…

  • I stepped away from the industry I called “home” for the past 7 years
  • I let go of my business (as I knew it) because it no longer felt good and have spent a lot of time wondering what’s next?
  • I let go of most of my income.
  • I lost my dog Maverick, my furry best friend of nearly 13 years.
  • I’ve dealt long-distance with my daughter’s health issues (as a mom it’s really HARD not to be there when they’re sick, even when they’re adults).
  • I’ve dealt with struggles with my son.
  • I’ve dealt with struggles in my marriage (yes, even though we’ve been married 30+ years and we’re soul mates, we’re human and it’s not perfect!)
  • I’ve watched my dad suffer through 4-way bypass and heart valve surgery, and embark on a difficult recovery.

Despite ALL of that I have much to be grateful for.

Here’s what I’m grateful for today:

  • All green lights on this morning’s run (and no traffic at the one red light!)
  • My new puppy, Hope
  • My husband’s support of me during this time of career transition
  • My husband’s job which enables him to support our family financially while I figure out what’s next for me
  • The money I socked away in savings the last few years that’s giving me the freedom to wait for what’s next
  • The simple yet very fulfilling life we’ve created that enables us to live comfortably on one salary
  • My friend Scout, who was the catalyst for a spontaneous and healing trip to Zion National Park to celebrate my son’s 21st birthday & Mother’s Day
  • My mom’s health and ability to care for my dad
  • My free schedule so I can be there for my mom, dad, son, husband, daughter, and puppy

What are you grateful for?

Please post a comment and share.

Hiking in Zion National Park

Hiking with my son in Zion National Park on his 21st birthday

 

About Debbie

Debbie is an author, blogger, online teacher, business owner, and mid-lifer. She's writes on a wide range of topics, from marketing, money and success, to finding meaning at midlife. If it's on her mind, you'll find her writing about it!

4 comments on “30-Day Gratitude Journey

  1. Hi Debbie,
    How interesting that you’ve posted this today.
    The past few weeks I have been contemplating my life and how grateful I am for the small things each day. I’ve read your book “Breaking the Spell…” and it has sent me on a journey of self-reflection about money, work and how I am living my life.
    A dear friend is battling cancer which again has caused me to reflect on what I want my life to be. What would I do if I were in that position. It motivated me quit a job I was unhappy in and do what I have loved to do for the past 30 years, but I feel I must step outside my comfort zone and continue down this new path.
    Your challenge will be an opportunity to stop and make a concentrated effort to solidify my gratitude for each day’s blessed givings.
    I’m looking forward to the next 30 days.

  2. I love gratitude journals. Every day I write at least five things I am grateful for that happened that day and then I write 5 or more things that I am grateful for that are happening the next day. LOVE IT, really transforms into miracles.

  3. Your willingness to share with us so openly and vulnerably is so refreshing and inspiring. So many people try to paint a picture of perfection and having overcome it all. Thank you for your honesty and authenticity.

    I have also been going through a “letting go” and “what’s next” which is both scary and exciting. I had been doing a gratitude journal for years – like Margaret writing a minimum of five things each day. I will definitely start that again as I think it it is always a great reminder that in spite of any negatives or challenges we still have so many things to be thankful for on a daily basis. Thank you for that reminder.

    I know your journey will ultimately bring you to what is truly right and perfect for you.

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