As 2012 comes to an end, I have spent some time reflecting on the themes that emerged in my life throughout the year. I keep coming back to one word… grateful. Not too much of a shock, except I’m finding gratitude in some unusual places. Instead of making a list of resolutions this year, I am resolved to continue to find ‘unexpected’ gratitude in 2013.
I am grateful for…
- the completely irritating experience at City Creek Mall because it reminded me to appreciate online shopping.
- the extra pounds I gained over the holidays because I will feel like a double rock star when I lose them.
- a messy house because it means that, as a family, we’ve been able to relax and enjoy each other.
- not getting an opportunity to move to Colorado because this children’s book may not have ever happened.
- waking up in the night to take our new fuzzy beast outside to pee because he is an amazing gift. Love. that. little. guy.
- the alarm clock sounding at 5:55 in the morning because it means that we have jobs and are able to support our family.
- the allergies and head colds because it reminds me not to take breathing for granted.
- conflict with the people that I love because it means we care about ourselves and each other enough to stand up for the things we believe, and know that unconditionally, our foundation will always be love.
- people who think I’m a little bit looney because it reminds me to surround myself with people who understand me and make me feel good (REALLY grateful for my intuition for this reason as well).
- the uncomfortably cold weather because it makes my warm home feel that much more cozy.
- mistakes that I make in parenting because it gives me an opportunity to show my kids that I am human and that I can mend mistakes by apologizing just like they can.
- high expectations (of situations and people) that lead to disappointment because it teaches me how to be an advocate for myself.
- the end of a year because an ending is always met with a new beginning.
When I wake up in the morning, I am granted 24 more hours to make this world a better place. Every single problem, each and every disappointment, can be reframed into something that carries a higher vibration and brings opportunities for increased happiness, kindness, and understanding.
Cheers to making 2013 the most AMAZING year of your life!