Graditude

Christmas 2016 year my beautiful Mum gifted me a diary, a horoscope (Leo) diary targeted at teenagers. Bless her. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. Given that I’ve never really used a diary for a whole year, I had little faith that I’d use it! However, this one has been different. Not for the horoscopes, I will admit when I do read them, every now and then and their nice little messages from the universe.

Prior to the year finishing a good friend recommended that I listen to Hugh Van Cutlenburg – the resilience project! and wow, I could write a whole blog on his mission and probably one day will.  So, I knew what I needed to do with this gift, and from the 1st of January 2017, every night I made a commitment to write 3 nightly gratitude’s. I had been living in a state of it, why not writing it?

I will admit that sometimes I’m grateful for the smallest things, my blender, for having fresh smoothies on summer mornings to the fan above my room keeping me cold at night.

My journey through gratitude has brought forth so many lessons, it’s become a part of my daily routine to now look for the little things in each day to hold a deep sense of gratitude for.

It’s not all happy joyful gratitude’s. The ugly, negative stuff is noticed to! Sometimes I’m writing things that I’m not actually happy about, but, I am grateful for my reaction toward the situation.

I recently caught up with a good girlfriend- she is on an amazing journey of self-discovery and self-reliance and she was saying

The hardest part was ….

My response to her

The best thing that happened was …

Because you see, the shittiest things that can happen to us are just situations; what happens after is, realising that is was in fact usually it’s the best thing that happened. If we get caught up on the negative, there is no room for its opposite ‘the positive’

Everything has an opposite good/bad dark/light, up/down, left/right, hot/cold.

One cannot exist if we didn’t have the other.

Sending you, love and light x

Elle

Today’s Mantra – I have everything I need, all else is a desire.

 

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Create ‘Me Time’

Create Me time

You’re busy, I get it. But you ain’t too busy for you. You actually have time. You’re just not a priority. Ouch. Yep I said earlier I was giving it to you straight this month!

I work around the clock, I also have 4 paying jobs, not including my own business, I study and I’m a stella friend.

But I create space. Wednesday or sundays are block out days for me, Each week I have one or the other and I DO NOT schedule or plan anything, unless it involved something that I love, like paddleboarding with friends, beach hanging or brunch dates and waterfall chasing.

Reminder, I’m 28, single and can happily say, right now. Dating is not necessary a priority at the moment and I choose to date myself.

But I have very good Mumma -friends who also ensure they schedule metime, they talk to their partners about how and why it’s important and they’re partners respect that! They’re partners are also happy to know that it’s someway that they can help.

Weather it be a 20 minute bath, or reading your book, make a homemade face mask, or go to the movies with the girls. It’s your time.

I know for me, I take to nature. I always have and I always will. There is nothing better for me then standing barefoot on some grass, standing not smoking, but everything has its place, If rolling a marijuana cigarette is what gets you off, I and noone for that matter should stop you!

When will you create your own ‘MeTime’ ? I’d love to have you on this journey, reach out on Instagram and lets inspire each other.