This week, my pal and eCourse co-teacher, Erika of Chimerikal, and I are hosting Happy Week! In honor of our upcoming eCourse (which starts next week ahhh!!), each day this week, we’ll be talking about happiness and how to achieve it. Today we’re hopping back on the happy train to discuss one of my favorite things – gratitude! I know it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve done a gratitude post, but I’m excited to jump back into it and share the things I’ve been grateful for lately as well as some gratitude homework for YOU! Let’s jump in, shall we?
If you remember, I always like to share what I’m grateful for and why this event happened which is a technique I’ve adopted that is supposed to help us feel even more fulfilled by our gratitude!
Lately, I’ve been grateful because…….
I am really thrilled to be working on Everyday Happy with Erika. I “met” Erika through blogging a few months ago and have loved getting to know her ever since. She is hilarious, silly, sweet, and I admire her thought processes and intellect. She is just a great woman and friend and I am lucky to be working so closely with her now. This happened because we both saw a need for something and decided to pursue our vision together, trusting each other even when we weren’t that well acquainted.
I got to meet Chelsea from Lost in Travels! Chelsea has been one of the most sincere supporters of me and my blog and I am so grateful for her friendship! We got coffee during her trip to Tokyo and chatted away the hours over everything under the sun. It was my very first time meeting a blogging friend in person and I am so happy it could be with her. She’s just as sweet as she is on her blog! This happened because we made the time to connect with each other during her trip.
My teaching job is only part-time. I only work about 20-25 hours a week, but usually classes or even days of school are cancelled and it has been a blessing in disguise. Without the flexibility of this teaching job, I’m not sure I’d have the time or energy to devote to my blog and graphic design endeavors. This happened because I worked really hard to get this job – attending several interviews and preparing in advance.
In the past month, I have made more money than ever in my life. I hope that doesn’t sound big-headed. More than anything, it’s just surprised. And I know it won’t always be like this, but seeing my savings grow is a reminder that I am achieving my goals, especially as someone who never really had enough money to start a savings account. This happened because I technically have four jobs/sources of income (my teaching job, Bumble + Buzz, this blog, and my eCourse, Everyday Happy). For the past month, I have worked basically since I’ve woken up ‘til when I’ve gone to sleep. But I absolutely love the work I’m doing and I know this is all happening because I am following my purpose and dreams without looking back on the fears that come with them.
Yesterday, Monja pooped in my apartment. An odd thing to be grateful for, no? He is potty trained, so going in the house is very unlike him. He just got over a little stomach bug, but as soon as I saw his little poop pile, I decided to clean my entire house. Do you ever get like that? One dirty thing makes you want to clean ALL the things? Well, I do. And now my house is pretty spotless. (I’m also of course grateful that the poor little guy is feeling better today).This happened because Monja crapped in my apartment and sometimes bad things can lead to good things. :)
Want to practice being more thankful in your life? It’s a proven technique to help you feel happier and more fulfilled! Do you remember our previous gratitude homework? You were supposed to share a gratitude letter with someone you’re thankful for. How’d you do? I’ll be honest, it totally slipped my mind until recently, but today I got crackin’ and sent a letter to someone who helped me in the past, but didn’t get a proper thank you. It felt wonderful and I hope it made them happy, too. By the way, when I first started this blog, I posted printable gratitude card freebies! You can download them here if you’d like some cute cards to write your thoughts in. :)
Now, this week’s gratitude homework is to create a wake up wall! Nicole shared this idea in a guest post on this blog and it was a total hit with everyone who read about it! As she described, a wake-up wall is basically the wall you see when…you know…you wake up. But instead of leaving it as a blank, white wall, you can fill it with pictures, quotes, or whatever makes you feel thankful in life. That way, whenever you wake up in the morning, you’re met with the very things that inspire your happiness and purpose. Sounds fab, right?
What are YOU grateful for this week? Are you going to make a wake up wall?
Don’t forget to link up YOUR gratitude posts with Erika! YAY!