Gratitude Journal

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Today I am grateful for...

...the opportunity to play tourists... returning to Darling Harbour after some 15+ years... and experiencing brand new sights and sounds.

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Today I am grateful for...

...the opportunity to travel with friends and loved ones... stimulating and nourishing all our senses with infinite "WOW!" moments... pausing to absorb it all.

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Today I am grateful for...

...sweet juicy cherry tomatoes, luscious creamy avocados, crunchy nutty paleo toast, and indulgent crispy honey cured bacon... an oral symphony.

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Today I am grateful for...

...breathtaking sunrises that produce the most gorgeous colours in the sky; and pausing during the busyness of life to take it all in and ground myself.

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Today I am grateful for...

...quiet Fridays, soft jammies, comfy couches, series streamed on demand, yarns in neutral colours, easy patterns, and ergonomic crochet hooks.

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Today I am grateful for...

...opportunities to create hand-made gifts.  This one is only a small gesture, but one straight from the heart.  I hope the recipient will fee the love.

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Today I am grateful for...

...early morning card games with Miss Just Turned Fourteen.  I couldn't spend the evening with her, so we made the most of our morning together.

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Today I am grateful for...

...breathtakingly beautiful views from my deck.  The sky was absolutely gorgeous this evening.  How lucky am I too have found the time to enjoy it.

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Today I am grateful for...

...shorter days.  Early starts.  Leaving home in the darkness.  When most people are still in bed.  Its good to feel righteous from time-to-time.

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Today I am grateful for...

...ego-boosting surprises in the letter box.  I did NOT expect that.  At all.  I know I'm not supposed to strive for perfection.  But damn this feels good.

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Today I am grateful for...

...resilience and integrity.  I did the right thing.  If you're unhappy, you need to be prepared to do something to make changes for the better.

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Today I am grateful for...

...professionalism, integrity and respect for confidentiality.  None of which were evident this morning.  I felt ill.  I wanted to run and hide...

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Today I am grateful for...

...brand new shower heads with three different stream settings and bendy, flexible, shiny hoses that don't leak water before it reaches the head.

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Today I am grateful for...

...making it to Pilates for the second Wednesday in a row.  There is hope for me yet.  Although I'm not liking my chances of making it on Friday.

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Today I am grateful for...

...my daily indulgence of gloriously flavoursome tea cocktail.  Its hot, sweet, fruity, caffeine infused goodness awakens my senses and warms my soul.

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Today I am grateful for...

...variety.  Variety in exercises.  Variety in muscles being worked.  Variety that ensures full-body workouts.  Variety that prevents boredom.

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Today I am grateful for...

...bacon.  Glorious crispy bacon.  Accompanied by the freshest tasting creamy avocado and sweet juicy tomatoes.  Breakfast doesn't get better than this.

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Today I am grateful for...

...Saturday morning Pilates classes with my bestie beside me and our favourite trainer pushing us to our limits and beyond.  A great start to the weekend.

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Today I am grateful for...

...the completion of my final unit.  The infamous Whānau Unit.  The unit almost every student has to re-submit.  At least once.  Here's hoping I don't.

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Today I am grateful for...

...not having to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a daily basis.  I'm sure I'm a lot calmer and better able to enjoy the slow trip when its a novelty.

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Today I am grateful for...

...feeling rested and well enough to get up at stupid'o'clock and go to Pilates.  Wednesdays have been tough lately.  But not as tough as Fridays.

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Today I am grateful for...

...parcels.  Parcels containing fans.  Isn't this one beautiful?  I just might have a new obsession.  Of course, not at the expense of the shoe obsession.

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Today I am grateful for...

...Monday morning Pilates classes.  There's nothing quite like starting the new week having pushed your body to its limits and beyond.  Thanks Rach.

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Today I am grateful for...

...banana and blueberry muffins lovingly made by Mini Me.  Gluten free of course.  But we'll ignore the sugar content.  One has to live after all.

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Today I am grateful for...

...early nights that turn into early mornings; friendly, enthusiastic, motivational trainers; play dates; and days spent nourish my body and soul.

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Today I am grateful for...

...shoes.  Gorgeous, sexy shoes.  Shoes with heels.  Shoes with laces.  Shoes with zips.  Shoes with bows.  Shoes that make me feel sexy as hell.

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Today I am grateful for...

...nights out.  Late nights out.  Very late nights out.  Free from clock-watching.  Carefree.  Filled with singing, dancing, laughing, and gasping.

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Today I am grateful for...

...gloriously healing chicken soup.  Which I actually made for my gut as it is super easy to digest, but I'm now using it to fight off man-flu.

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Today I am grateful for...

...furry friends that watch over me and keep me company while I'm nursing the most revolving migraine I've endured in living memory.

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Today I am grateful for...

...having the get up and go to get up and go to the Pilates studio at stupid'o'clock.  My brain is ecstatic.  If only my body felt the same way.

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Today I am grateful for...

...breathtaking choral music.  My GOD I am in absolute awe.  The girls are sounding so grounded and we're only two months into the year...

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Today I am grateful for...

...sleep.  Time out.  Relaxation.  Music.  Laughter.  Crochet.  Conversations.  Movies.  Ice.  TV.  Cocktails.  Touch.  Internet.  Water.  Sleep.

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Today I am grateful for...

...having the wisdom to cancel my Pilates class in favour of enjoying a much needed sleep in.  Pain is exhausting.  Sleep is important.

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Today I am grateful for...

...shoes.  Specifically, shoes on sale.  And helpful sales assistants who locate and order in the shoes I've been wanting for some time...

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Today I am grateful for...

...placements that have been signed off by tutors.  Now I just need to get it signed by the agency ~ which I will do tomorrow morning.

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Today I am grateful for...

...a fantastic first meeting with my supervisor ~ she is warm, friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and supportive ~ all that I need in a mentor.

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Today I am grateful for...

...the final day of the "push/pull" focus... it has been less than awe inspiring and my legs are losing strength as a result... bring on the new month!

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Today I am grateful for...

...Sundays.  Sundays filled the nothing but indulgences.  Nourishing my body, heart, and soul.  Beginning with crochet and Scandal...

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Today I am grateful for...

...the experiences shared among a therapy group.  I've been challenged and supported; and the tears have flowed in great abundance.

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Today I am grateful for...

...peace and quiet in which to read, think, write, and SLEEP... if only my neighbours were considerate and respectful towards others...

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Today I am grateful for...

...awesome instrument repair people who fix loose screws and rods within minutes of me walking in and at zero cost.  Disaster averted.

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Today I am grateful for...

...days that end as they began... on the beach... nourishing my body, heart, and soul... beginning with exercise and ending with dinner and cards.

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Today I am grateful for...

...Tuesdays that begin with an early morning walk... Oh how I've missed my regular morning walks... May this truly be a new beginning.

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Today I am grateful for...

...Mondays that begin like any other Monday, but finish in a way that is completely out of the ordinary... its so nice to step outside of routines...

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Today I am grateful for...

...Sundays that nourish my body, mind, heart, and soul... beach walks and sitting in shady parks with great company... complete and utter bliss.

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Today I am grateful for...

...change.  My reformer is closer to the wall (not so great) but also closer to fans AND I can see myself in the mirror again.  Well, I could if I could see!

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Today I am grateful for...

...the ability to recognise how my beliefs control my behaviour; how my behaviour affects others; and how changing just one can break the cycle.

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Today I am grateful for...

...university papers that automatically send out all course materials without having to go through the process of ordering print requests.

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Today I am grateful for...

...small classes.  Today wasn't one of these.  And fans that point in my direction.  Today's did not.  And flowers that don't wilt.  The roses are dead.

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Today I am grateful for...

...scales heading in the right direction.  Three more kilos and I'll be back to where I was four years ago.  Anything beyond that will be a bonus.