Are you truly thankful?

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What are you truly thankful for?

 
My thoughts on gratitude and being truly thankful. Not just this week but every week…

We are entering a week where a lot of people are talking about gratitude and sharing on social media and other channels all of the things for which they are grateful. I don’t know about you but I love reading about all of the things my friends and family appreciate in their lives.

I think its a breath of fresh air in an online climate currently flooded with negative news and politics. I think its a great way to learn more about my friends and gain insight into the things in their lives that truly bring them joy. I think it helps us connect to one another in ways we aren’t usually able to connect.

It’s funny to me that we only dedicate one single day of the year to take time away from the grind, spend quality time with those we love and share with others the things we truly couldn’t imagine living without . What if we all spent time each and every day to reflect on our lives and all of the things we are grateful for? It’s tough because there is a lot of suffering in this world but there are also many beautiful things many of us don’t stop long enough to appreciate.

One thing I have been working on in my personal and professional life is to take a few minutes each day to stop and think about all of the ways I have been blessed. Some days its easy. Some days my kids are well behaved, things go smoothly in our businesses and everything just falls into place. These are the days I feel like a total rockstar.

Other days it’s hard. Like really, really hard. There are days where nothing seems to go right. The kids are grumpy from the second they wake up. One thing after another comes up at work. The house is a disaster. I don’t have time to take one single second for myself. Negative thoughts creep in. These are the days where I find myself traveling down this dark and yucky abyss and for a long time, I’d let these kind of days control me.

Recently, I have started to use my thoughts and reflect on gratitude in order to take control over these sorts of days and situations that used to control my life. The days when the kids are insane, I now try and think about the fact that I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be a mom and help shape the future for these two innocent and sweet little humans. The days where business is stressful and nothing seems to be going right in any of our ventures, I focus on the fact that we have been blessed with opportunities to grow as entrepreneurs and support our family. The days where the house is trashed, I try and remind myself we are blessed to have a roof over our heads, in a safe neighborhood, surrounded by some pretty amazing neighbors.

You see where I am going with this.

Even in the hard moments it is important to find gratitude – yes, even if its something super small and seemingly insignificant. Is it always easy? Hell no! It’s really freaking hard and thats why it takes work! The crazy thing about finding gratitude in your daily routine is each and every day it gets you focusing on more positive things in your life and in turn you become a happier person. Practicing gratitude is just like anything else. It’s like a workout routine or making better choices with your diet. It takes work and consistent effort to truly make a change.

This year, as I reflect on the things I am grateful for, the number one thing I am grateful for in my life is the ability to find gratitude every. single. day. I have a wonderful and supportive husband who cheers me on tirelessly regardless of the circumstances. I have two beautiful children who bring me more joy than I could have ever expected. I’m grateful to be a part of a loving and generous family (both by birth and by marriage), one that has taught me to be gracious and loyal. I’m grateful for three thriving businesses. A safe home. Wonderful friendships. A body that has shown me I am stronger than I ever believed I could be. The list really goes on and on.

 

What are you truly thankful for? Share a comment, I’d love to actually hear some of the things that make you grateful!

 

So on this Thanksgiving I encourage you to hug your family tight. Take time to unplug and connect. Eat food and don’t feel bad about it. Drink whatever it is you drink. 😉  Move…whether its taking a walk with those you care about or running five miles. Make a pledge to yourself to practice gratitude not just on Thanksgiving but every single day of the year.

Thank you for being a part of my tribe and the taking time to read this blog. It means more to me than you may think!

xoxo, Tracie

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