I don’t consider myself a yogi at all, but there is something I really love about the practice (let’s be honest, I should probably do it a lot more). With all the craziness swirling inside my brain it’s so nice to set an hour aside to slow down, practice my breathing, stretch and sweat, and try to rest my mind. One of my favorite parts is setting an intention for that hour. The idea of setting an intention, does just that – makes you have to be intentional. And I really think that intentionality is something we could all use some more of.
So I’m choosing to set an intention of gratitude this holiday season. It’s so easy to fly through the holidays and not be intentional, let alone be intentional about being grateful. I can quickly start to compare my life to others, or wish I had received a different gift, or quickly speak hurtful words to myself. But this year I’m choosing gratitude. Because there is so much good in my life and so so so much to be grateful for.
I was talking about this with one of my best friends last night and she told me about something she recently heard in regards to living a life of gratitude. We can be thankful for things and we can thankful in things. Stop and think about that for a moment. I can be thankful for my family, friends, my dog. But I can also be thankful in more difficult things. I can be thankful in hard times, sad times, lonely times, busy times. Hear me out, I don’t have to be thankful for those things, but I can be thankful in those things.
What are you thankful for? What are you thankful in? Here is what I’m doing this holiday season to set an intention of gratitude and I would love for you to join me:
From Thanksgiving to Christmas I’m going to be writing a new sort of Christmas list (ask anyone in my family, I was the kid who had my Christmas gift list out in September, so they’re going to be shocked by this one!). Every day I’m going to write down two things: one that I’m thankful for and one that I’m thankful in.
Things I’m thankful for:
I am so incredibly thankful for my job. It allows me to do all the things I love and to do it for a cause that is so important to me. It gives the me chance to meet amazing people all around the world and allows me to get to build community with women like you!
Things I’m thankful in:
I am thankful in my brokenness. We are all broken messes. You’ve heard me say that before. It’s not easy to sit in that and yet there is also so much freedom in knowing we will never be perfect. This past year has revealed my brokenness in so many ways. It’s not an easy thing to walk through and yet because of it I’m stronger and I’m healthier and I’m living a life that reflects the things that are truly important to me. We have to be broken to let the light in.
So what are you thankful for and in?
I hope your holiday season is filled with so much gratitude. That you would be reminded of all the things you are thankful for and that you would lean into the messiness and be thankful in the things that aren’t so easy. I think when we can set an intention of gratitude in both those ways, we will really come alive. Let’s do this together.