On Gratitude

Thankful for thankfulness? Gratitude? Gratefulness? Yes. I have a lot to be thankful for, most of all my family. I’m happily married to a fellow entrepreneur, and we have a 3 year old and 4 month old.

This year giving thanks means something different to me. For the last 6+ months I've been working with Jane of Tionchar. When I was growing a baby, a toddler AND a business I became really overwhelmed with how to manage all the upcoming change in my life. I began working with Jane because I wanted help dealing with all the change that was coming my way. A new baby, a toddler adjusting to being a big bro and a growing business (which comes with a LOT of changes).

From the very beginning of us working together, Jane had me do daily gratitudes. At the end of every day I was to list 5 things I was grateful for, and 2 of those things had to be about me. I was VERY skeptical that this would have any impact on me. I complied only to be polite.

To say I was skeptical of all this mindset stuff is an understatement.

When I began listing my "five things" it was a bit of a chore and I always struggled to get to 2 things about myself that I was grateful for. Some days I would forget, but in order to fulfill what I told Jane I would do, I would list my "five things" the next morning.

After about a month of this, these daily gratitudes became a time I looked forward to. I had no trouble going from 5 things to 8 and then to 10. I could even list 2 or more things I did that I was grateful for.

Today, I can say with confidence that these daily gratitudes Changed. My. Life. AND My. Business.

Throughout the day I find myself being grateful in the moment for all kinds of things. I feel happier and more present. I am more in tune with myself and that makes me more in tune with my kids and my clients. Being grateful for who I am and what I do has helped me express my personal brand more confidently too.

So, on Canadian thanksgiving I am grateful that I was a polite Canadian who followed through. I am grateful for all that these gratitudes have done and continue to do. We don't get to eat turkey or stuffing (the best part of the meal in my opinion) every day of the year, but we can take the sentiment of the holiday - GRATITUDE - and practice it each day. Trust me, it's worth giving it a shot!