Embrace the seasons

 

seasons_bannerHow amazing is it that the world around us transforms every 3 months.

There’s the scorching heat of summer,

The magnificent colours of fall,

The bitter coldness of winter,

and the welcoming rebirth of spring.

I’m not going to lie, I live for long glorious hot summer days spent in with friends at the beach. But why is it there are only certain things we do when the weather tells us to.

Summer is the season that always seems to go too fast, it’s the one filled with the most adventures, exploration and good¬†vibes.¬†Everything¬†is just perfect¬†when you’re in that moment of laughing with friends over ice-cold cocktails after you’ve spent the day learning how to surf whilst topping up that everlasting tan!
When that sun sets on the horizon and that orange glows, breathe it ALL in and I promise you summer will always be inside you.

The dreaded passing of our summer adventures into fall doesn’t have to occur if you continue to create new ones!
The beach is still there, the ocean might be colder as the days start to get shorter but the healing powers of the salty shore and the charming shells can still be collected.
Explore on road trips with friends out to the forest, hills, countryside and¬†look around at how this transformation provides an awe-inspiring backdrop to your¬†next Instagram¬†photo, if you don’t believe me just look at¬†Boston, Massachusetts during the fall!

The feeling of isolation during a cold, bitter winter doesn’t have to be as dark as¬†the sky¬†looks!
Light those fireplaces, not for warmth but for the added coziness of inviting your closest¬†friends round and slowing right down! That cup of hot chocolate can be made on the stove whilst listening to the rain pour down on the window. Be thankful that you’re inside in your warmest pj’s and let your mind and body re-set. Read those¬†books by the candle light and sip that perfected mulled wine.

By the time spring comes round, you’ll be feeling re-energized and refreshed!
Open those windows and let that¬†slightly warmer, fresh air through. Watch the gardens defrost and start to bloom¬†with new life!¬†You’ll be inspired¬†to do the same, shake of the winter¬†stillness with a spring clean¬†in¬†your home¬†and starting¬†turn those soups into salads.¬†Summer is almost here . . .

Gratitude: What I Know For Sure.

GRATITUDE; ňą…°rat…™tjuňźd/noun
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, recognition, acknowledgement.

After reading¬†Oprah Winfrey’s book “What I Know For Sure” last Christmas I made the change! There were a number of points I haven taken from the book and happily recommend it to anyone who listens, but this one part in particular hasn’t faded from my mind.

In one chapter Oprah spoke about her Gratitude dairy that she has written for a number years, decades even! Three things she’s thankful for each day. Seems easy doesn’t it? I thought why not give it a go myself! So as the first day of the New Year approached I got out my new diary, loving the atmosphere and celebration of a brand new beginning, the excitment of 12 whole months ahead of me! I was ready to begin!

As my journey commenced it really opened my eyes to how much beauty there is around in every single moment of our days! I felt more happier, excited and colourful even! Sure there might be days were you feel like nothing’s going your way and there’s a big dark rain cloud hovering over you, but did you notice the hug your mum gave you this morning? The nudge your dad came in to give you to awaken you in time for work? That smile the person at your local coffee shop gave you? The bus driver who saw you running towards him and waited? The person who held the lift door for you as you hurried in? That “rainbow” on your kitchen floor has the afternoon sun hit the glass window? The smell of your neighbours garden flowers as you walked by? The beautiful butterfly that also joined in? The uncontainable happiness, excitment and joy your dog has when he sees you approaching the front door? The joke your brother told you at the dinner table? The softness and comfort of your own bed and pillow at the end of the day?

We all rush through our days self absorbed and forget to look around, stop and smell the roses as they say! We countdown the days to Friday afternoon, the weekends with our family and friends but what’s wrong with RIGHT NOW? This very moment we’re in, our friends and/or family sitting next to us watching the TV, reading their book, staring at their iPhones, sharing stories of their days and ¬†laughing amongst each other. These are the true moments that need be cherished, we need to show our gratitude for the fact they are all still with us, healthy, happy and safe!

The universe works in mysterious ways and everything we come across in our lives is there for a reason. Good or bad we need to be thankful for the lesson it teaches us, something’s might not even have a meaning or lesson behind it but it provokes something in you. Why is that you and your best friend connect closer than your other friends? Why did you fall in love with your partner and not anybody else? Why was it that you got every green light in peak hour traffic? Was it to keep you out of an accident? Whatever these reasons are we’ll never know but let’s all take a minute just to say thank you!

Thank you for allowing me to wake up and face another beautiful day which someone else didn’t get gifted with today.

Thank you¬†for the friends and family I laugh, share and cry with and the fact that I’m not facing my journey alone.

Thank you for the fresh air, warm home and food that I have been fortunate to have knowing the fact that there are some out there who will never get to experience this.

And here’s to us starting on our Graitude journey to pause, take in and see the beauty around each and everyday!