Welcome to another week of The Gratitude Challenge! I'm writing about one thing I'm grateful for, every week for one year. Check out previous weeks here.
Good morning! I'm writing to you from the comfort of a ridiculously soft hotel bed in Niagara on The Lake. A happy confluence of circumstances has allowed me to come to my midwifery association's annual conference. First professional conference! Such adult! I'm having a lovely time and doing very adult things like drinking free wine and networking. Okay, let's get into it: gratitude challenge time! Last week I talked about why the gratitude challenge was worth doing (and continuing.) This week's topic is 5 Things Your Grateful For About Yourself, which is probably coming at a good moment considering how down on myself I have been feeling lately.
Okay, real talk: that list took me longer to come up with than I care to admit. Self-gratitude is kind of tough...but I think that makes it more important. Writing this post brought to mind a quote I am sure you are familiar with:
the longest relationship of your life is the one you have with yourself, so make it a good oneAmen. If you don't appreciate yourself, how will you know when others do? #TheRealQuestionsOfLife. On that note, here are five things I am grateful for about myself:
1. I am grateful that I love to read and am able to do so with ease.
2. I am grateful that I know how and love to cook (feeding yourself is p great, in case you haven't heard)
3. I am grateful that I have a steady hand with a nail polish brush #manicuresathome
4. I am grateful that I have unique tastes and interests. Doctor Who! David Bowie! Bunnies! Midwifery! They all make me who I am.
5. I am grateful that I have unruly and reckless curly hair. As my friend Emily one told me "You wouldn't be Syd without that curly hair"
Feeling grateful for yourself is a bit of a weird thing to consider, and certainly not a habit I have cultivated, but I think on some level it's a good one to get into. Gratitude helps us appreciate what is already in front of us and though it may feel egotistical/self-centred/selfish/[insert your preferred term here], each of us probably (hopefully! Definitely!) has lots to feel grateful for about ourselves, right?! Think about how many great people you know, I bet there are lots! Wouldn't you wish for them to see how truly awesome they are? Self-gratitude can be a gift...an awkward one, but a gift none the less. So go do it!!! I believe in you!
Until next time, xo
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