In my final post of 2015, I mentioned that I’d be focusing more on the blog. And I’ve been thinking about how best to do that in a way that both adds value for you guys, but that I also enjoy – otherwise what’s the point, right? (Besides which, my logic is thus: if I ain’t having fun writing it, you sure as H ain’t gonna have fun reading it!)
So one of my new regular posts is essentially a Gratitude List. And as it will be going out on a Thursday, and because I am totally inspired and witty, I’m calling it Thankful Thursday. Bet you didn’t see that one coming, huh?
I sometimes struggle with anxiety and stress. I want to raise my daughter to be more like her dad in temperament: laid back; serene; POSITIVE. I want glass-half-full to be her default attitude. And I know that one of the best ways to keep my demons at bay is being mindful of the reasons that I am, in fact, very fortunate.
The theory, then, is that this will enable me to demonstrate the benefit of a relaxed, optimistic mindset. Or, at least I won’t have to feel too guilty if she winds up being as equally up-tight as her mother…
I can try my best to show her the way, but I can’t alter her DNA.
That sounds even better than I intended because it rhymes. I expect I’ll be using it again; it will likely become a blog catchphrase.
So, I’m kicking off the first of the series with five things from 2015 for which I am thankful:
- Staying home with my daughter at the end of my maternity leave makes me grateful Every. Single. Day. She truly is the light of my life.
- Having a fabulous husband, who pulls me up – specifically out of my PNA last year.
- Reaching the point where our daughter’s sleep is acceptable is quite momentous!
- Reconnecting with a couple of old friends has been lovely.
- Finding an unofficial mentor who has helped me enormously with this blog and given me ambition, direction, and drive! (Yay!)
- Finding out I’m going to be an auntie again in 2016 was wonderful!
I couldn’t stick to just five, I’ve a feeling that may be a common theme. And I’m okay with that because it means life is GOOD! Although in fairness, I had 12 months of wonderful memories and madness to select from. My weekly lists may be more about stopping to smell the flowers – figuratively, or even literally. I have a toddler after all.