October is a very special time of year for me.  It’s extremely reflective and beautiful to me.  First of all, my birthday is in a couple weeks.  It’s also my daughter’s birthday a few days after mine.  Twelve years ago, I was in the hospital on my birthday, waiting for her to be born.  She was born 11 weeks early and was in the hospital for two and a half months after her birth.  The first six months of her life were tough.  I am grateful she’s a vibrant, healthy, wonderful girl. I have so much to be grateful for.

Gratitude is a daily practice, a conversation of being grateful.

I grew up saying grace before dinner daily.  It was simple and boring, saying thank you to God for our food.  It was the same exact thing every night and became automatic and meaningless.  I really like the act of waiting till everyone is seated at the table before we begin our meal together.  Honestly, it’s a pet peeve of mine if people begin eating before the cook (usually me) is seated.

As a child, I was not familiar with the word – gratitude.  As an adult, I practice gratitude daily as part of my internal dialog.  I am grateful for so much in my life.  Recognizing my gratitudes makes my life shinier, extra special and I feel filled with an abundance of love for everything.

I am grateful for my super supportive husband who does whatever it takes for me to pursue my dreams.

I am grateful for my darling, charming, loving son who gives me sporadic hugs often.

I am grateful for my sweet, helpful, smiley, happy daughter who makes every effort to make me smile when I don’t feel like it.

I am grateful I was a stay at home Mom when my daughter was born so I could maximize my time with both my children.

I am grateful for the beauty that surrounds me daily at this time of year.

I am grateful to the women who brought me food twelve years ago as I was visiting my daughter daily at the hospital an hour away from home.

I am grateful my husband is employed.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be my best self.

I am grateful for all the mentors in my life.

I am grateful for life.

I am grateful for feeling love.



Are you grateful for the Fall foliage, for the sunshine, for your friends?  Be grateful for a week.  Come back to this page at least three more times this week to share what you’re grateful for.  It could be one thing, or many.  Try it on and see if it adds a little extra sparkle and shine to your life.