How to (really) feel grateful

Hello gorgeous,

I was reminded recently of the importance of feeling positive, in order to create more positive in our lives. When everything is going fine, it is easy to feel positive and grateful for what you have, and then everything flows. But when that is not the case, it can get (in my experience and I don’t think I am alone here) really difficult to focus on the good things and to really feel it inside. I probably told you already that I had a journal in which I was writing 3 things everyday I was grateful for. But I don’t think that’s enough. I think what is really necessary here is to feel that grateful feeling deep inside your heart. Even if it’s for one second, it is already good. But obviously, the more it lasts, the better!

What I would like to do is to give you some prompts, to help you become conscious of all the good in your life, so that, instead of restarting a list everyday, you can simply add to it, and the bigger the list, the easier it is to feel the gratitude (well at least that’s what I am hoping for!)

  • Your family: if you still have your parents, can you feel how blessed you are that they are still there and that you can still talk to them, love and be loved by them, you can be there for them as they were there to raise you… If they are gone, can you think of all the things they passed on to you (love, education, values etc…) and how blessed you are for having known them? If you have kids, think about all the love you can give and receive, how you get to give them your best.
  • Your relationships: even if some have stopped, for those, think about all that it brought you during the time of the relationship, all the support you have given to each other, all the laughs you shared, all the good moments you had together, the moments you really were there for each other… And for the current relationships, what do you love about this person, what do you bring to him/her and what does he/she bring you?
  • Yourself: that is probably the most difficult… Even though there is so much to appreciate about ourselves, we tend to be very demanding with ourselves and to take everything about ourselves for granted… Don’t we take our body for granted for instance, and the fact that it is supposed to function well (if we treat it well), think about being able to eat, sleep, drink, see, hear, talk, feel, smell, move, walk, run… And how about our brain? How about our skills, abilities? How about our character traits, our qualities?
  • Your work: what makes it a good day for you, is it feeling useful in your work, supporting others, interactions with others…? Do you go to work with pleasure in the morning, knowing you will enjoy (if not al, at least good parts of) your day?
  • Your current house: did you get to choose it? Is it yours (or partially yours and partially the bank’s)? Do you like it? Does it fit your needs? Is it beautiful? Is it at the right place for you? Do you like the decoration? What do you like most about this house? Can you remember happy moments you had in this house?

Gratitude is the wine

I hope my prompts will help you make that list and get into the gratitude feeling, let me know! 🙂

Take good care of yourself and enjoy life!

Much love, Madeleine

My gratitude list for 2017

Hello gorgeous,

At this time of year, it is a tradition to look back and feel grateful for all that the year has brought, as well as look forward and think about (and visualize, and make a vision board) what are our objectives for 2018.

I would like to share today what I am grateful for in 2017 (in no particular order!):

  • Having had to make some (tough) choices wrt work
  • More work-life balance as a result
  • New job opportunities
  • New relationships forming and developing
  • New lovely clients
  • A happy and healthy family
  • A big party for my 50th birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary
  • Kids doing well at school and growing into beautiful and kind humans
  • A lot of learning, on intuition, money, drumming and kinesiology
  • The same beautiful house in the same beautiful and sunny region
  • A lot of crocheting (am particularly proud of my big cactus) and DIY-ing
  • Having earned more money this year than last year
  • Managing a bit of sport this year (yoga and cross-fit)
  • Tackling my health issues…and getting rid of my carcinoma after 2 surgeries
  • And probably forgetting (again) a lot of things on this list J

If you managed to start (and continue with) the gratitude jar last year, this time of year would be a perfect moment to review it!

And if not, maybe you could start now J: use a big jar, decorate it so that you feel great just by looking at it, and use small pieces of colored paper to write the things you are grateful for, and make it a habit to do that (remember, it takes as much as 66 days to get a new habit installed, so keep going!). You could do it in the evenings before going to bed (like if you were to write them all in your gratitude journal instead), or do it together as a family on Sunday evenings to look back at the week…

I want to end this post by wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a blissful, joyful, healthy and wealthy 2018.

Joy & Happiness are born of Gratitude

Take good care of yourself and enjoy life!

Much love, Madeleine

My gratitude list for 2016

Hello gorgeous,

I first want to thank you for your understanding, for still being here with me, and for asking me when the blog posts would be back ;-).

I had to take a break, because I just could not handle everything at once (Remember, we can do everything, but just not everything at the same time ;-)). While I still can’t, I felt the urge today to send you a quick note and to feel into how grateful I am for 2016 and what it brought to me, and I hope to you as well.

I am grateful for having (in no particular order!):

  • New relationships forming and developing
  • Run a few women circles and enjoyed it thoroughly
  • A lot of work and new clients
  • Gone back on the motorcycle and enjoying it!
  • Been able to go to Barcelona for a long week-end to celebrate our friend’s 50th birthday
  • Adopted a 2nd Golden Retriever
  • A happy and healthy family
  • The opportunity to learn constantly
  • Learning new things, on circles, intuition, drumming and kinesiology
  • A beautiful house in a beautiful and sunny region
  • Expressed my creativity in many ways
  • And probably forgetting a lot of things on this list 😉

So, while we are at it, why not start the new year with a gratitude jar (instead of a gratitude journal), by taking a big one (or even a vase), decorating it, and using small pieces of colored paper to write the things we are grateful for when we feel it (and so that we can review and feel even better when we are feeling a bit down, or at the end of the year for a good review)?

I want to end today by wishing you a blissful, wonderful and delicious 2017.

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Take good care of yourself and enjoy life!

Much love, Madeleine