Gratitude will Change Your AttitudeNovember 25, 2019
Earlier this year, I noticed that I was not being my typical, cheerful self. My life, like many others, is beyond busy. Busy is an understatement.
My typical day consists of getting up at 4:30am – yes, that is correct and not a typo. We are up before the sun rises. I make breakfast and pack lunches. My husband leaves for work at 5:00am. I then head to my office in the back of our condo to get some work done before waking the kids for school at 6:30am. We have three daughters under 6 years old that I help dress, feed, comb hair, brush teeth, and then drive to school by 8:00am. Once my 2 year old and I return home, we hurry to the lakefront for a power walk followed to our condo’s fitness center to strength train while she watches Puppy Dog Pals. I pass her to our nanny for some educational fun at 9:45am. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we go to a tot program together until 11:00am, head home and eat lunch, and then I work when she naps. I work everyday until 2:30pm and then pick up the kiddos from school. From 3:00-5:00pm, I spend quality time with the girls, either taking them to after school activities or heading home for a snack and playtime. Dinner is at 5:00pm and my husband is usually home by then and takes over. I finish up some more work, get everything ready for tomorrow, and we finally sit down to relax around 8:00pm and hit the hay at 9:30pm. Somewhere in between, I manage our household, doctor appointments, plan vacations, decorate our home, book holiday events, attend networking events, meet monthly on with the Streeterville chamber board of directors, chaperone field trips, and volunteer to host classroom parties.
Are you exhausted/bored from reading my schedule?
I rarely “stop.” I can’t. And I do enjoy everything that I do, but a “non-stop schedule” can be wearing on anyone.
Because I am obviously overdoing it, I noticed myself getting angry and easily frustrated. I remember complaining to my mom on the phone, and she said, that she knows how hard it is but these are the best years and before I know it, my kids will be grown. Then it hit me, “OMG! I have a good life. Who is going to want to talk to me if I am appearing exhausted, frustrated or always complaining?” I realized that if I am thankful for my schedule instead of resenting it, then my gratitude will change my attitude.
I immediately made a decision. I am going to start each day with gratitude. In fact, I am going to post on Social Media my Daily Gratitude everyday (most days). While laying in bed every morning, before my feet hit the floor, I say one thing that I am thankful for. Then I say “Today is going to be a GOOD day.” I bring positive energy immediately into my life. I am a firm believer of the Law of Attraction.
I have actually had people tell me that they love reading my daily gratitude posts and appreciate the positivity on social media. Being grateful for what you do have is so important. We can go on and on and on about what we don’t have. You should always strive for more, but while doing so, focus on what is good. There is always good. When we focus on good, the universe brings us more good.
Take the gratitude outside of YOU. Tell your colleagues or employees why you are thankful for them. We spend more time at work then with our families. It’s so important that we feel valued nd appreciated at work. Tell your boss why you appreciate them. I guarantee you that you will MAKE THEIR DAY! People who work in upper management typically hear the complaints and get blamed when things aren’t perfect. They are the ones that are more likely to get talked about behind their back. Even if their employees are grateful for them, a thank you is rarely heard. We are all people. We need to feel like what we do in this world makes sense and someone cares.
Tell your children and family members why you are thankful for them. Don’t just do this for Thanksgiving. Do it all year long. Make a daily gratitude journal and read it when you are feeling low. Let your own words lift you up. Hugs your family often and thank them often for the little things that they do. Your gratitude will not only change your level of happiness, but can impact someone’s life more than you know.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Thank you for reading this blog and all of our weekly blogs. Thank you to all of our customers and clients who let myself and my team do what we LOVE … Inspiring Healthy Lives!