Butter & Sugar are two of my favourite ingredients. They are often used at the start of many wonderful, deliciously sweet recipes. Without this magic combination the end result just isn’t as enjoyable. I think grace and gratitude are like butter and sugar (I know it seems like a strange analogy but stay with me). I believe that grace and gratitude are also a perfect combination and I think they hold the secret to a more enjoyable, sweeter life.
Unfortunately these ingredients can’t just be bought from the shops and whipped together easily; grace just has to be accepted but gratitude has to be learnt and then put into practice. Many of us can get stuck in a downwards spiral of negativity. The sad truth is that these thoughts only lead to loss of hope, broken relationships, low self-esteem and fear of the future. Having a negative mind set is really just ripping ourselves off from pure goodness; hope, love and joy. I want to see these things bloom in my life and yours, which is why on the eve of turning 30 (eeeeeek!!) I’ve decided to start a new challenge and I would REALLY love it if you all jumped on board.
I’ll be spending the next 365 days focusing on learning more about grace and gratitude. I’ve bought myself a journal and each day I’m going to write down anything that I’m thankful for. The things in my journal probably won’t mean much to you and that’s ok, we’re all in different places of our lives which means we will all have different things on our lists. I’ll also be posting photos on Instagram and using the hashtag #learninggraceandgratitute. Please join me so I can follow your journey too and we can encourage and inspire each other.
I was walking on the beach a few weeks ago, reflecting on the past and thinking about my future. The last 2 years were by far the hardest of my life, but I have found an incredible amount of joy, love and hope in actively being more thankful. I use the word ‘actively’ because naturally I’m quite pessimistic however I acknowledge that is not a good thing and I want to change.
I look around me and I see too many people suffering from anxiety and depression, I hear too much criticism and self doubt, and I feel too much pain and worry. Imagine tuning into the good instead of the bad; Noticing the rainbow not the rain, enjoying the fact we have food not being critical that it’s not our favourite, remembering the laughter not the tears, being thankful we have legs to walk not complaining because they are tired. We have SO much more to be thankful for than to complain about.
I’ve realised that when I forget to be thankful I am actually forgetting to connect with God and therefore I miss out on the strength, joy, hope and peace that comes from him and only him. They are qualities that I need each and everyday and I really can’t afford to go without.
Living a grateful life and living under grace is the way God intended it to be so let’s start living! Grab a notebook and start writing down anything (or everything!) that makes you smile and that you are thankful for… and remember to hashtag #learninggraceandgratitude if you share your photos on Instagram.
I’m so excited to see how learning grace and gratitude will impact our lives, our relationships and our world. x