I'm Bringing Gratitude Back: Part One

I'm Bringing Gratitude Back: Part One by Christine Barnes

The holiday season is upon us with tomorrow being Thanksgiving here in the US, 29 days until Christmas, and 36 days until we welcome a new year.

As we enter the home stretch of this year, I certainly hope it’s been a memorable one full of adventure, love, and laughter. I want to encourage you to make time over the next few weeks to take in your environs and give thanks so allow me to introduce this first post of a two-part series talking all things gratitude.

Gratitude is especially important as we enter this very special (and sometimes hectic!) time of year since the holidays can cause unintended craziness between expectations and different relationships. One of the best tools to carry with you is an attitude of gratitude because in truth, we’re all pretty lucky despite the commercialization and materialistic pressures.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
— Melody Beattie

I’ll start this off by saying that I haven’t always come from a place of appreciation and positivity so it’s been a long and sometimes challenging trek. But I am thankful for this path because it’s mine and it’s led me to this very point. I can remember days when I woke up feeling lonely and hopeless so I would fill the void with destructive behavior. I took everything as a personal attack and I found myself asking, ‘Why?’ instead of taking action and creating change.

Gratitude is simply the act of being grateful, but it’s so much more for me.

It’s showing appreciation for each day and whatever the day will bring.
It’s pausing in the midst of our busy lives to take that very moment in.
It’s choosing to see the good alongside the not-so-good.
It’s genuinely saying, “Thank you,” when warranted.
It’s celebrating as often as possible.


7 Things I Am Grateful for Today and Every Day

MY JOURNEY :: It’s unique to me and that’s a wonderful thing because I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

MY LOVED ONES :: Those who I am lucky enough to count as my inner circle and support system.

MY HEART :: It's fragile yet fearless, and humble yet hopeful.

PASSION :: A driving force behind how I live my life and I couldn’t—and wouldn’t want to—imagine it any other way.

MOTHER NATURE :: Endless inspiration as each season incites change and growth.

CURIOSITY :: A core value of mine because I want to try, learn, and see as much as possible.

THE FUTURE :: The opportunities, challenges, and adventures to come along with the unexpected bound to surprise me.


I’m diving deeper into what led me to seeking gratitude as well as sharing a few ways to curate and carry an attitude of gratitude next week so I’ll leave you with something to think about until then.

Who and what are you grateful for?

Wishing you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings and time together. Remember to do just that and take a minute to be together amidst all the distractions.