Thankful Thursday: Weeks 8, 9, and 10 of the Gratitude Challenge

Hello everyone!

It’s been three weeks since I last made a post for this gratitude challenge..yikes! I mentioned in my update that last month and the beginning of this month has been super busy and I had to take a short break from blogging. But here we are, back at it again and I am so happy to be continuing this challenge!

I did write the prompts out in my journal but didn’t get around to posting them, so today I am going to shorten and share the past three weeks all in one post!

Here we go….

Week 8: Express Gratitude to Three People

This week was extremely easy to write about. I am genuinely grateful for everyone in my life, all for a variety of reasons. I try to express my gratitude for them as often as I can, but I feel that sometimes I really don’t do that enough. I’m kind of cheating here because I’ve grouped all of my school friends into one section and my bosses in another, so it’s really more like 7 people that I’m expressing gratitude for. But as they say, the more the merrier right? Like everyone in my life, these people are wonderful and I am very thankful for them.

1.) My Sister: My sister is a unique and wonderful person. She is head-strong and sometimes stubborn, but she is passionate about her feelings, thoughts, and ambitions. We are four years apart and that has sometimes been an issue in our relationship as we were growing up, but I feel that it is starting to balance out again. My sister and I were very close up until I started university and I considered (and still do) her to be my absolute best friend. We used to have “sleepovers” in the living room and stay up late playing games and talking. We’d go for walks to the park and through the woods together in the spring and summer. We’d watch cartoons and cook breakfast together on Saturday mornings. We were quite inseparable for a long time and I am very lucky to have had such a great bond with her over the years. We talk about anything and everything and I am never afraid to come to her about what is going on in my life. Like other siblings, we don’t always get along and we’ve had our fair share of arguments, but we’ve had less of them as we’ve grown older. We haven’t been as close as we once were but I know that we will always be there for each other. With that said, she was my maid of honour and I was so thankful to have her by my side on the big day! Over the past couple of years we have been a bit more distant in terms of spending a lot of time together, but we still talk a few times a week at least. She will always be one of my best friends as well as my sister and I consider myself very lucky to have that kind of relationship with her.

2.) My School Friends: The friends I have made while being in university are some of the most wonderful, kind, and inspiring people I have met. They are all in different programs and have unique perspectives on life and university which has helped shape my own experience. I’m not as close with them as I had been at the beginning of university, but we still talk a few times a week and I try to visit them whenever I’m on campus and no matter how much time goes by, we are always able to pick things up where they left off and it never feels weird between us. They are an intelligent, hardworking, and extremely kind group of girls and I am so incredibly grateful for their friendship and their support over the past few years! They are a truly awesome group and I’m lucky to have them in my life!

3.) My Bosses: As I mentioned in my update post, I started a new job last month (technically at the end of November but I had my first official shift during the third week of December after a few training shifts) and my bosses are incredible. They are one of the nicest couples I have met. They are actually high school friends of my husband’s and they reconnected in the summer, which is when I met them. They had mentioned that they were taking over one of the restaurants in our town and after a month or so of getting to know them, they offered me a job! I’m so grateful that they gave me such a great opportunity! We spend time all together quite often outside of work and we have become close friends which is really great! They are really understanding, compassionate, and just all around great people and I’m fortunate to have them as friends and as bosses!

Expressing gratitude to three people this week was easy and it showed me how important it is to tell people as often as you can that you are thankful for them and that you love them. I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t want to hear that and I am making a promise now to do this more often than I have in the past!

Week 9: How Did You Do/Feel?

I’m not entirely sure if this prompt is directed at the previous week’s prompt or at the challenge in its entirety so I’m going to briefly discuss both ideas.

In regards to the prompt from Week 8, I think I did well expressing gratitude for the people I wrote about. I wrote down everything I loved about them/why I’m grateful for them and after reflecting privately about it in my journal, I made a point of telling them how grateful I was. It felt really great to let them know how much I appreciate their presence in my life and how much they’ve helped me grown and learn as a person. This exercise made me realize how important it is to tell people that you are thankful for them and how much you feel for them.

In regards to this gratitude challenge as a whole, I feel that I have been doing pretty well. Despite the three week break I took from blogging, I feel that I have been able to keep up with at least thinking about the prompts and trying to remind myself daily of the things I have to be grateful for. Participating in this challenge for the past 10 (technically only 8 if you go by how many posts I’ve made) weeks has already helped me to be more mindful about keeping gratitude at the forefront of my thoughts. I can’t wait to see how I will feel and think once I complete this challenge!

Week 10: 5 Things You Like About Yourself

This prompt reminds me of interviews or survey questions when they ask you to tell them what your strengths are. These types of questions always make me feel a little bit uncomfortable for two main reasons: 1.) I feel like I’m being self-centred/self-righteous when I talk about what strengths I believe I have or what I like about myself, 2.) Obviously there are times when I have not been the best person I can be and I struggle to hold up to what I say my strengths are which leaves me feeling like I haven’t been truthful…I’m usually pretty hard on myself so I just don’t handle these types of questions as well as I should sometimes. However, this is intended as an act of self-love and reflection, which I believe is important! With that said, I’m going to push away the discomfort and take the time to appreciate the things I like most about myself! Yay for self-love!

1.) I am a pretty goofy person once I am really comfortable with someone. I like to have fun and be silly and hopefully make people laugh as a result.

2.) I am a compassionate person. I enjoy helping others and reaching out to people and being kind as often as possible. People have told me that I am a big softy which is something I take as a compliment.

3.) I like that I have the ability to play the piano and to teach myself how to play songs by ear. Although I can read sheet music, I really do enjoy learning pieces by ear as well. I haven’t taken lessons since my first year of university, but I practiced pretty often following the end of my lessons on my own. In the past couple of years I haven’t played much but I am starting to incorporate more frequent practicing time into my schedule and while I’m a bit rusty, it feels good to play again.

4.) I know that physical attributes aren’t (or shouldn’t be) super important, but I really do love my eyes. I don’t have a unique eye colour or anything, but I have always received compliments on their colour (they are a blue/grey but they sometimes look blue/green). I love playing up my eye colour with makeup or wearing certain shades of blue to make them pop. It makes me feel confident when I showcase my eyes since I love the colour of them. I hope that doesn’t sound too silly!

5.) I like that I am learning to become more open to change and growth without being afraid. This is something that has taken me years to even begin to get comfortable with. Over the past few months I have been doing a lot more reflecting on my life and where I want to be and who I want to be and I have slowly allowed myself to change my perspectives and thoughts. It definitely isn’t easy, but I like that I am now allowing myself to be more reflective and open-minded and ready for change and growth without too much anxiety. I’m not all the way there yet, but I’m happy that I’ve made a good start.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! What are some things that you are grateful for this week?

Thanks for reading,

Sydney

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