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 334 – I am grateful for family time together at the park.
Day 335 – I am grateful for the delicate beauty of dew-covered spider webs on the washing line.
Day 336 – I am grateful for the excitement of getting to open the first door in the advent calendars.
Day 337 – I am grateful that Sophie got a ‘WOW of the Week’ for ‘being an excellent role model for the class’. Well done Sophie!
Day 338 – I am grateful for the little ways that Jessica is remembered by others, especially at this time of the year.
Day 339 – I am grateful for my lovely new car.
Day 340 – I am grateful that we’ve been able to have one festive day out this year at least. So strange not having a full calendar at this time of year but it’s nice not to be quite so hectic too. We had a lovely afternoon at Chiltern Open Air Museum and picked up a few Christmas presents on the stalls there too.