I hope you are having a great week so far. Sorry for the tiny hiatus, I just started a new job and my schedule has been all over the place but I feel that I have a better handle on things. With that said I am doing another combined post today for the Gratitude Challenge since I have not yet posted days 7-10 (10 being today’s post)
Day 7: A song you’re grateful for
Music is something I love and am extremely grateful. I love that listening to upbeat music on a drive, playing a simple song on an instrument, or singing along to your favourite song can instantly improve your mood.
I was driving to work and I was switching radio stations when “Beautiful Day” by U2 came on and my mood was instantly boosted. It is my favourite song for many reasons, especially since the song itself reminds you to be grateful. I always feel uplifted after listening to that song and it truly does help me to see things differently. This song is a wonderful reminder that you can find beauty in everything, that you should take advantage of the day, and you should choose to make each day a great one.
I am grateful for “Beautiful Day” and its message. I love how it can make me feel and think more positively. I am thankful for the positivity the song promotes.
What song are you grateful for today?
Day 8: What tradition are you grateful for?
I am grateful for many traditions, and what better time than the upcoming holiday season (it’s a little soon to mention I guess, but I am already really excited)! A tradition that I am grateful for is a relatively new tradition for my husband and I to do together, but it is a tradition that my family has upheld over the Christmas season for quite a few years.
In my family, we would decorate the tree on (or near) my birthday and watch It’s a Wonderful Life while we decorate. My mom would make hot chocolate and popcorn for everyone and we would always have so much fun together. My husband and I had our first Christmas together as a married couple last year and I decided it would be nice to carry on my family’s tradition with him (and eventually our own little family). So last year, we did just that: we decorated the tree the day after my birthday and watched It’s a Wonderful Life while drinking hot chocolate. We had a great time together doing that and I am excited to do it again this year.
This tradition is as simple one, bit it has so many great memories attached to it and it really helped bring my family together over the holidays which is what they Christmas season is about. I love that my husband and I will continue this tradition together.
Day 9: What book are you grateful for?
This was a difficult question, as I love reading and I am thankful for quite a number of books for a variety of reasons.
In this case, I am choosing to talk about a series rather than a single book (although the first book in the series is the most important one in terms of my journey to loving books)…can anyone guess?
Harry Potter of course! I bet you saw that one coming. My mom introduced me to these novels when I was 10 and couldn’t seem to get into reading. She tried to give me many different series to get into and I just couldn’t seem to. She bought the Harry Potter series for herself to read (as the movies came out before I was old enough to watch them) and I remember picking the first book up and mentioning that I liked the look of the cover. So she gave it to me to read that night. I read five chapters that night and I was hooked.
I read the whole series over time and after that, I fell in love with reading. Thanks to this awesome books, I have expanded my interest in literature which has helped me gain many other learning skills. I am thankful for these wonderful novels and obviously for J.K. Rowling who wrote these masterpieces!
Day 10: What memory are you grateful for?
There are so many memories that I am grateful for. I have made quite a few amazing memories over the course of my life so far. Perhaps one of the memories I am most grateful for is the week I moved into residence for my first year of university.
I was so nervous about living on campus away from my family the majority of the time (although I went home on weekends). That first week living in residence were some of the best memories of my life. My roommates and I became really close and spent a lot of time together. I met so many great people and participated in some activities that I normally wouldn’t have.
That first week helped me feel more confident and motivated for my classes and I am thankful for all of the amazing memories and the amazing people from that week.
Thanks for reading!