Sunday, 13 December 2015

Reflections, gratitude and a Giveaway!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, welcome back after a bit of a hiatus. If you are a new reader, welcome. Gratitude is the main theme of my blog, I aim to be in a constant state of gratitude, to live each day with an underlying attitude of gratitude, grateful for every day and each experience. In previous blog posts, I have spoken at length about why I do this and my daily practices that help keep me in this mindset.

I always like to take a moment every day and reflect on what is in my present moment that I am grateful for. When life's challenges invariably come up, I always try to balance the negative with acknowledging those people, circumstances and experiences that I have to be grateful for. So, to this end, today marks a day of reflection and immense gratitude, as well as my contribution to paying it forward and expressing my gratitude to others.

Today I reflect on all of the experiences I have had over the past 12 months and longer, all the new people I have met and all of the interactions with my friends and family.

This year held so much with the most significant, a month long adventure with my beloved, to the UK and France, experiencing different cultures, visiting beautiful castles and chateaux, learning so much about their history and way of life. We basked in the warmth of the British and French people, always welcoming, only to happy to show us another part of their beautiful countries. We lived in a 6th floor Paris apartment, imbibed with the locals in Paris at sidewalk cafes and ate pizza while sipping on wine by the banks of the river Seine, wandered through the Louvre, took in a sunset over Paris from halfway up the Eiffel tower and generally soaked up the Parisian culture. We drove from the bottom tip of England to the north of Scotland, immersed ourselves in the history of Kings and Queens, took in the spectacular scenery of the Scottish highlands, visited all the stone Circles I could and followed the Outlander trail.

Art wise, this year was so very fulfilling, my continuing art journal classes with a fantastic group of ladies, my foray into the world of You Tubing, and a continuing daily practice of Lunchtime Art Time. Acceptance in my local councils, Emerging Artists exhibition was a highlight and just last month, being accepted to hold month long exhibition in the Council Chambers at the end of next year means a busy but exciting 2016.

Last night I celebrated with my family and closest friends, sharing stories, laughing over old photos, and reflecting on our time together. All in all I consider myself blessed, lucky to live in such a beautiful country, surrounded by people that have and still enrich my life in so many ways. I am lucky to have made connections with people all over this vast planet and, while some I may never meet face to face, still share a bond and friendships that I cherish.

Today I turn 50 and what better way is there to celebrate than to give presents.

So to that end I am having giveaway today as a thank you to everyone who has taken time to sit and read my ramblings, as a way to spread the love and share positive energy, as a prompt for everyone to sit and reflect on what is important.

All you have to do is tell me what you are grateful for today. Leave a comment and in a few days I will draw a winner and send them something arty

****Thanks to everyone who entered, the giveaway is now closed but if you would still like to tell me your grateful thoughts please feel free to comment.***

thank you for your presence




Tanya G said...

Today I am most grateful for my son's oncologist. He did what our doctors at home didn't. He took my son's symptoms seriously and took steps to get his diagnosis started and get him feeling better. We found out today that our 8 year old is 1 year cancer free, but has Crohn's Disease, while it isn't something I wish he had to deal with it is great to finally know what's wrong and have a plan to manage it with medication.

And wow Lee, I had you pegged for late 30's, maybe, if that.

Kim Stone said...

Today I'm grateful for my children, they give me so much love and purpose

Rita said...

Today I am grateful for my husband who knows I'm not feeling well. He did the shopping and cleaned the kitchen for me. We have been married almost 39 years. He is retired Navy and even tho we have spend many Christmas's apart, he always tries to make each one special.

Visit said...

I am grateful that people try to
* see hope where there is despair,
* experience joy where there is sadness,
* acknowledge peace where chaos is present,
* believe in something, someone or SomeOne where trust has been pulled out from under them
* and express one thing/one person/one experience about which they are grateful - at least one, each day. Guess that's why I love the idea of the Gratitude Jar. :-)

Jo said...

I am grateful for my family, especially my sister. My mum raised us both to be strong but it wasn't until watching my sister care for our dying mum I realized how strong. I grateful for having the time to listen to mum in her finals days these thing make me grateful for my life and those in it who make it so much richer


Anonymous said...

I am grateful for each and every day that I wake and are given the chance to continue this journey called life with my beautiful family and friends especially at this time of the year... Even though one of my children has decided to not have anything to do with us, I know one day he will come to his senses and come back to the family that love him. Helen Vella Yole

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