gratitude

Hang on...it feels like freedom

Quote courtesy of  Sober Mom Tribe

Quote courtesy of Sober Mom Tribe

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night
— Edgar Allan Poe
Picture from a recent drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Picture from a recent drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Last night I found myself feeling SO grateful to just sip on some hot tea and cuddle up with the dog while reading and daydreaming before bed.

My husband had a beer with dinner and I had some mineral water and I just felt so free to not feel like I NEEDED a drink with dinner.

Several months ago, if I was eating dinner (which I do 💯 percent of the time) it was accompanied by at least two glasses of wine 💯 percent of the time.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with having beer or wine with dinner - but I felt there was something wrong with me feeling I NEEDED a drink to accompany:

  • EVERY dinner

  • every event

  • every celebration

  • every weekend night

  • every weeknight.

    And I’m just so happy I am in a different place. It’s very freeing - and I wish it for everyone who is looking for a break from alcohol. Do you have any questions for me? I’d love to continue the conversation, Kim

A gratitude journal to take anywhere

Listing out all the things I’m grateful for can be a great way to keep things in perspective.

Listing out all the things I’m grateful for can be a great way to keep things in perspective.

I’ve read the benefits of maintaining a gratitude journal - and writing down what you are grateful for each day. Marie Forleo even says, “the dividends are in the detail,” - and that, the more specific you are in describing why you are grateful for things, actually takes the benefits and practice deeper.

I’m on the computer all day for work - writing, posting, sharing captions, etc. - so the last thing I want to do when I unplug is log on to write out a list of things I’m thankful for. And I’ve tried big, bound journals, but they are heavy (in my already weight-bearing bag) and then the pages and corners get scuffed up because I’m reaching into my bag every second of the day because. Mom Life.

Space for gratitude, acts of kindness and daily reflection are all packaged in this pocket-sized journal from Pockitudes. I love how easy it is to carry around as a reminder to be grateful, kind and present in the moment. I think they would be a great idea for teacher’s gifts and stocking stuffers for the holiday season and more!

Thank you to the team at Pockitudes for being gracious enough to send me their pocket-sized gratitude journal to test out AND give away to one lucky winner. Designed to record daily reflections, acts of kindness, and items you are grateful for on the go, it also includes 10 go-to tips for a happier you! The giveaway is now closed but you can follow them on Instagram for daily inspiration.

Brought this little journal out with the boys while we were spending a lazy Sunday together.

Brought this little journal out with the boys while we were spending a lazy Sunday together.

My son loves to write in this little gratitude journal - and I'm thankful for the opportunity to talk with him about acts of kindness and being thankful.

My son loves to write in this little gratitude journal - and I'm thankful for the opportunity to talk with him about acts of kindness and being thankful.

Gratitude is my only attitude today
— Gabrielle Bernstein, Miracles May Occur