At the start of 2016, inspired by a friend, I started a daily gratitude challenge – posting one thing that I was thankful for each day on Instagram. I enjoyed it so much that when I reached the end of that year, I carried on and have kept going ever since. Finding one little thing to be thankful for each day has now become part of my daily routine and I’ve loved seeing friends joining in along the way too.
Finding little things to be grateful for isn’t always easy, especially when living through scary and uncertain times. I have found though that trying to find something, however small and trivial, to be grateful for has helped me through some of the hardest days of my life.
My eldest daughter Jessica, who died in April 2018, was an inspiration to me throughout her short life. She had so much strength and such a wonderful zest for life. Her godmother described her once as a “joy carrier” and it was the perfect description for her. She was a little ray of sunshine, full of smiles and gave joy to all who knew her. I am, and will always be, grateful to be her mummy. She taught me to enjoy the little moments and to make the most of everyday because tomorrow is never promised. And even though having to live life without Jessica is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do, I will continue to look for those little things to be thankful for, and keep going with this challenge in honour of my beautiful brave girl.
Here are my grateful moments from the past week:
Day 243 – I am grateful for pretty sunsets.
Day 244 – I am grateful that the playground at the open air museum was nice and quiet.
Day 245 – I am grateful for a lovely last day out to finish off the summer holidays. I’ve loved having so much time with these two together. Will really miss Sophie when she’s back at school tomorrow.
Day 246 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed her first day in year 2.
Day 247 – I am grateful that Thomas had fun at the park this morning.
Day 248 – I am grateful for these beautiful sunflowers from a family member who remembered that it is Jessica’s birthday on Sunday and wanted us to know that Jessica is remembered with love. It means so much to know that others remember special dates too and I’ll be sharing these with Jessica when we go up to GreenAcres with her birthday cake.
Day 249 – I am grateful for finding lots of conkers in between Sophie’s dance classes this morning.