#Bloganuary – I’ve never heard of this until I opened my friend, Deb from Deb’s World post this morning. It was timely as I had just listened to a meditation on Appreciation so the Universe was obviously sending me the message to ponder what I’m grateful for today.
What is #Bloganuary
Quoting from the WordPress.com site post New Year, New Success with Bloganuary post:
“We’re running a month-long blogging challenge in January and we invite you to join us! Each day, you’ll receive a new writing prompt to inspire you to publish a post on your blog. There is no right or wrong way to respond to the prompts. Take this opportunity to exercise your creativity and have fun. Maybe you’ll choose to respond with a story, a drawing, a poem, a photo, a comic strip, a recipe, or even a playlist. Anything goes!
By participating in Bloganuary, you’ll join bloggers around the world in the shared goal of creating and/or solidifying a strong blogging habit. You’ll get access to the Bloganuary community site where you can meet and get to know others working toward similar goals. You can share tips, learn from others, reach a new audience for your blog, and make some new blogging friends.”
I’m late to the party and I’m not sure I can commit to daily posts but it certainly is a way to encourage me to be creative with the daily prompts.
Day 10 prompt for #Bloganuary is Gratitude and I’ve written often about this subject. One of my favourites is How a daily Gratitude practice is the key to Self-Care.
BE-ing Grateful each day
My WOTY is ‘BE’. BE-ing grateful each day has such a positive affect on our mindset, health and well-being. It takes the focus away from the negatives in life which we can so easily focus on. Sure life is never perfect and at the moment we are facing another wave of COVID-19 with the Omnicron virus. Numbers are rising and anxiety levels are again rising. It isn’t really the start to 2022 that we all hoped for.
So let’s all focus on 5 things we a grateful for each day or try The Thank you Exercise which I’ve explained below.
- Observe – focus on each time you say ‘thank you’. Is it is just from habit with no thought? How are you feeling when you say thank you? Is your mind elsewhere? Are you rushing to the next thing or are you focused on truly being grateful?
- Pick one interaction a day. When you say ‘thank you’ stop for a moment and take note. Think intentionally about what you feel grateful for, Then say thank you.
5 things I’m grateful for today
Sunshine and blue skies
Since New Year our weather on the Gold Coast has been windy and rainy as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth. Not great for the holiday makers unfortunately. Today the sun is shining and Mr M and I have been for a walk.
No reaction to a COVID vaccination
My grandson had his first vaccination yesterday when the vaccine became available for 7 – 11 year olds. So far so good he has had no reaction and is enjoying a beach holiday with his family.
Receiving a surprise gift in the mail
I’m grateful for the thoughtfulness of a friend who sent me a gift and made a card using a photo of the first time we met back in 2019. I treasure our long-distance friendship
Having colour in my world
Since October I’ve been posting a daily photo on Instagram for my 100 day project #bringmorecolourintoyourlife. It is amazing how much colour is in our life if we just take time to look.
Beach walks with Mr M
I am so very grateful that at 64 I am still running, working out and going for walks with my darling Mr M. I don’t take my health and fitness for granted, especially with a family history of heart disease and various forms of cancer.