This week I turned 35. It was a bit of a milestone for me as the first five years of my 30s have been packed with ups and downs, challenges and changes. But more about that in a moment…
It’s been seven years since I started my first ever blog titled “28, 29, 30 ready or not”. It was a reflective blog as I headed into my 30s because my life was not how I had thought it would be. Now, as then, I still tend to reflect on the things I haven’t done or where life hasn’t turned out how I wanted it to, without stopping to celebrate the things I have achieved or to enjoy the things I am doing right now.
Seven years later and my life has changed so much. I’ve met my soul mate who I will marry next year, I’ve been through a life changing illness, retrained to become a Nutritional Therapist, set up my own business and moved house twice, most recently to start a new life in a new city. Again I’ve found myself dwelling on the things that are missing or the things I haven’t yet achieved. But,this thought pattern doesn’t bring me joy or even change anything. So I think it’s time to try a new tactic. Everything I’ve read about gratitude suggests being more grateful can help you be more present, boost happiness and increase feelings of wellbeing – both physical and mental.
“It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy.”
So, this year I am going to try and focus on being grateful, because I definitely have a lot of things to be thankful for. I find holding myself accountable to others a helpful way of establishing new habits and I hope that the healthy habit changes I make can also inspire you all. So I’m going to start with a seven day gratitude challenge on social media.