Welcome to the time of year to live in Gratitude!

Did you know that being in gratitude can boost your energy and keep your stress levels down? You can’t be stressed and grateful at the same time. Being in gratitude means you are living in the present moment rather than regretting the past or worrying about the future.

Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Followed by Christmas and a New Year before you know it!

While that New Year is always a fresh start for people, you don’t have to wait that long. You can start to work on your own fresh start. Why wait?

Take a minute to think back on your year. Did you accomplish what you wanted to accomplish? Did you have some setbacks that you didn’t expect? Did you have any unexpected, but pleasant surprises? What needs to be accomplished to finish the year well?

What are you looking forward to in the future? Is there something you want to change about what you are currently doing? Do you know the steps you need to take? Do you have a plan in mind for moving forward in the direction you want to go?

In life and with our career, we start out with all our wonderful ideas and prayers that things are going to run smoothly but there are highs and lows all the way through.

It is important to know who your support team is too, so when you hit those highs and lows you have people to celebrate with you, or brainstorm ways to help you fix the things that are not working.

It’s sometimes hard to see the good in the setbacks until we look back on them later.  Maybe you had a new opportunity arise coupled with a “setback”.  However, the setback you experienced may have allowed you to take advantage of the new, completely different opportunity.

Sometimes our accomplishments seem so small.  Maybe we got through a whole day focused on work without distractions. Maybe dinner didn’t burn when we were cooking. No matter how big or small your accomplishments are, don’t ever diminish their significance.

Even if it is just that you spent 10 minutes taking a walk to clear your head or 15 minutes of yard work, that is a wonderful accomplishment.  Everything that you can do is an accomplishment.

Remember to celebrate accomplishments and setbacks each day.  You never know the gift hidden in the setbacks and you can’t forget the gift in the accomplishments.

In my planner, at the top of each day there is a sentence that begins….  “Today I am grateful for ________________.”  I challenge you to complete that sentence each day for the rest of the year!  Use your calendar, white board, journal, post-it – you decide! Complete at the beginning, middle or end of the day!

If I can help or if you want someone to brainstorm with, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I am here for you!