When sharing lessons in gratitude and growth, I reflect on the birth story of my youngest daughter. My rainbow baby.
A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.
Often easier said than done. In the hustle and bustle of life, it takes a genuine focus and shift in our mindset to be thankful in all seasons.
I started off 2011 participating in the #OneWord challenge for the first time. I chose gratitude. I wanted to be more consistent and conscientious about be thankful for the little things. The things we often take for granted and overlook.
Once we hit adulthood, time seriously seems to speed up. I pinky promise swear I was just celebrating my 30th birthday! And now I’m at the mid-point of my 30s. Over the past few weeks I’ve been jotting down some reflections and thoughts and compiled this list of 35 reflections.
They are in no particular order – just thoughts that popped into my head as I started writing and thinking on where I am,
A few years ago I made a conscious decision at the beginning of a new year to focus on the positive. No matter life’s circumstances, I would choose to look at the glass as full and flowing over – even if to others it appeared to be completely bone dry. This was my new year’s “resolution” – my outlook on the year. January 1st I was ready and willing.
January 2nd my youngest uncle passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack.
Ever got in a mood where you just didn’t feel like being happy? Or thankful? Or positive?
Somehow I recently got into a funk and didn’t realize it until it was too late.
I was cranky. I was irritable. I was just plain BLAH!
I still went about my day-to-day life and put on a happy face. But it was only on the surface. I distanced myself from those that could tell the difference.
Have you thanked someone today?
I love the quote below and even though my children give me serious side-eye when I paraphrase it – they get it. I truly believe that we can always find something to be thankful for in our day-to-day walk.
Each day, great things come to us that make our life better in some way, if not today, then tomorrow or the next day. So it’s important to show gratitude and appreciation!
I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends. July is a month that is jam-packed with family and friends. Both sides of my family have annual reunions and my Divas make it a point to have a family cookout at my house each year. I’m unwinding from spending the weekend at the home of my mother’s parents – a home that holds countless memories and stories for me.
My family provides the support I need to reach my goals and excel.