Goal of Being Grateful

Last day of 2021. I woke up this morning so incredibly grateful for this past year for all I learned.

I learned that I don’t necessarily need a gym to workout. I walked 965km, learned Tai Chi, practiced yoga and lifted weights weekly. 🧘🏼

I learned that we don’t need to (and more importantly shouldn’t) wait for the government to do “something” about injustices in our country by starting the Circle for Indigenous Relations, Airdrie & Area with others, meeting and working with absolutely incredible people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. 🪶🙏🏼

I learned to appreciate nature even more by going out and listening to the wind, the trees and the birds every day. 🌳

I learned to embrace being an introvert and not feel guilty about how much I enjoy my own company and being quiet. ☺️

I learned just how valuable family and friends are and that phone or video conversation can be just as good as in-person if you accept it. 💞

While visiting my son and his girlfriend in Nova Scotia this past year, I learned just how much my son has grown into a kind, loving and independent man and how richer my life is being Mom 2.0 to his partner. 👩‍❤️‍👨

I learned how much in love I am with the man I married 20 years ago and how good life is with him. 💕

Thank you 2021 and welcome 2022. My goal is simply to remember this and to be grateful every single day. 💖

Choose Joy

It may feel like we don’t have a lot of choices right now with so many restrictions on what we can and can’t do. But there are important choices that we always have control over.

It is always our choice where we place our focus, how we respond to a situation and while feelings come as they do, we can influence those too.

If you are anything like me, you spent the first part of the pandemic watching the news, searching the internet for stats and generally living in a state of fear and anxiety. Perhaps you are still doing that? While it’s important to stay informed, it’s equally important to live life as well.

I choose joy.

You may say that is impossible as tragedy has come to your home. It has with us too with the death of a beloved family member and others fighting cancer. Of course we grieve. But then we choose to connect with each other, share loving stories and photos and help where we can.

I realize that sometimes it’s hard to stay positive, and we may need a little help. That’s where the choice of focus comes in. There are a few things we can do that make a huge difference in our mental state.

These may feel too simple to make a difference, but I encourage you to give them a try and see for yourself.

  • Get out in nature (even if it’s your own backyard)
  • Go for a walk and listen to the bird’s sing
  • Play your favorite music
  • Sing as you do your daily tasks
  • Move your body – stretch, lift weights or dance!
  • Watch a funny movie or video
  • Do something fun every day
  • Connect with a friend
  • Read a good book
  • Share something funny or uplifting on social media
  • Smile (it activates neural messaging that elevates your mood)
  • Sit quietly with your eyes closed and take a few slow deep breaths
  • Remember how strong you have been in the past
  • Make a list of what you are grateful for in life

Most of all, give yourself permission to feel joy.

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