Gratitude, Holidays

Prepping for the holidays

I apologize that it’s been so long since my last blog post. I am hoping to get on a weekly schedule, but my husband has been editing my posts, and hasn’t gotten to the ones I’ve written yet. So, no weekly posts just yet. But hopefully soon.

In the Credit Savvy Diva community on Facebook we have been busy talking about gratitude, contentment and mindset.

November is a great month for getting into the right mindset. The holidays will be here before we know it and so getting into the right frame of mind is so important.

One of the best ways to get into the right mindset is to take time to count our blessings. I’m not talking about superficially saying “thank you” and moving on with our lives. I’m talking about taking time to truly reflect on those little things that add up and when life gets hard we can go back and look at those things and realize just how lucky we are. A lot of little things add up to big things when life gets rough.

Over the last year and a half I have been writing down the things that I am most grateful for. I write them in my planner, simply because that seems to be the best spot, and I try to make a list of at least 3-5 things every night before bed. Some days are harder than others, to come up with something original or something at all. But I do try to write something even on those hard day, even if it’s just to say thanks for the cup of coffee I got that morning or the sound of the girls laughing in their beds or the fact that everyone ate dinner that night.

Gratitude can take on a lot of forms. It can change us from the inside out. When we start looking for things to be grateful for, we take less time to look at what we don’t have. Gratitude allows us to serve others with a pure heart. It allows us to see the best in difficult situations. It brings out the sunshine on cloudy days.

If you do nothing else today, look at what’s around you and write down something your thankful for. Just 1 thing. And then tomorrow do it again. And again the next day. Until you have a whole list of things written down. At the end of the month go back through. Look back over your list. Then do it again next month. The more you do it, the easier it will get.