lessons is happiness: gratitude is key

When little Leo was 10 months old I found myself at an all-time low. My health was failing, and I was unable to cope with the day-to-day stresses that come with being an at-home mom. As I lay in bed I knew that some changes were going to have to be made, if only I could find my way through the thick fog in my brain to figure out what those changes were

My first step, obviously, was addressing my health issues (I'll save that story for another post). But once I began to recover physically, I began to question why it was that I felt so joyless about my life. On paper I had an amazing life - wonderful husband, family and friends. A nice house and the opportunity to stay home and raise my children. And yet somehow I just felt trapped and bitter. Yet there was nothing else I'd rather be doing. Kind of a mess, you see?

So I turned to my beloved sefl-help section at the library and brought home Change Your Life in 30 Days. It was just what I needed to get me moving in the right direction. Like most self-help books, there were parts that didn't seem to apply, but the one part that really hit home described the importance of gratitude. One of the exercises in the book involved a commitment to a daily gratitude practice - a simple list written every night before bed of 5 things I was grateful for that day. I have been keeping my lists ever since. Sometimes written down, sometimes in my head as I drift off to sleep, but always in one form or another. And slowly since then I have noticed a change in my thoughts and attitude toward mothering. And for that, I am truly grateful.

LESSON: Gratitude is key.

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