Gifts and Gratitude – Getting down and dirty with what really matters

I love you all! You know who you are ;)

I love you all! You know who you are 😉

Hey Ya’ll!

Again, it’s been too long since my last post! I have been putting other things first, and I accept that. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, and I (like so many other bloggers!) have been reflecting about it all day.

Many people live life in chaos. Or we are thinking about the end-goal. We might think: “when I get (insert thing here), I will be (insert emotion here)”. We are on a kind of auto-pilot or cruise control mode where the things we do or have in our lives drive us, instead of us driving our own lives. I think our society is so go-go-go, that most people don’t really slow down to enjoy the moments in their lives – the journey. We can easily get so caught up in how busy we are: running around, taking our kids to school, running off to work, running a business, a household, taking care of others.  You might think, I can’t wait to take that vacation in (insert time here), so that I can have a break. I’m guilty of it sometimes too. I am very busy, and I make sacrifices for certain priorities in my life, and sometimes wonder whether it’s worth it. Most of my time is spent on and in my business. Then studying for my Nutrition certification and exercise is another priority of mine, which takes up the second biggest chunk. The last little bit of time I have is to share with the people I love.

most people don’t really slow down to enjoy the moments in their lives – the journey

In saying that – I am not complaining. Sometimes I have to stop and remember that life is about the experiences we have, and share with others. It’s about a constant journey towards an ever-changing goal or dream. As we get closer to it, it becomes bigger, and more challenging, and we become stronger, wiser, and more experienced. Life is about connecting with people around us. Sharing emotions and experiences. It’s about feeling something. So even when I’m having a rough go, I like to remember that in 10 years I will look back and think “wow- Look how far I’ve come. Look at what I learned! Look at how I failed, and tried and then failed, and then tried again”. Reflecting on that keeps me going, and reminds me that I have chosen this path for myself because I have dreams and goals – and I am happy and to be on this journey towards those dreams – because it means I am truly living.

For right now, I want to slow down and reflect about what is important. I’ve been reflecting all day today about it, and I want to share with you the things I am grateful for:

1. My Health: This might seem obvious, but I am very grateful that I am physically able to do the things that I am most passionate about. Without my physical, emotional and mental health I would not be able to pursue my passion as a personal trainer. I would not be able to lead and motivate others by example in a field I believe in more than anything. My health is the most important thing in this journey, and I am so grateful that I have it 🙂

2. Support from my Friends and Family: I am tearing up writing this, but I am so thankful for my family and friends. When I told them about my dreams, and the decision to quit my stable, well-paying job, and told them I would be struggling financially for awhile to work part-time at a retail job while I built my business: none of them laughed at me, or gave me any reason to think that I couldn’t do it. I know they were unsure. I know they had burning questions for me about how I’d pay my bills, etc. Not once did they ever make me feel like I was foolish. I believe the exact words from both my parents were “I am so glad that you are doing something that makes you so happy”. Most amazing support system I could have asked for.

because of you, I have no fear for what’s ahead

3. Love In My Life: The last thing (definitely not least) I am grateful for is the love and connection I share with the people in my life. I have less time to spend with loved ones (temporarily!), but they have shown me nothing but understanding and support. They haven’t blamed me for not being able to show up to a party, for not being able to go for coffee each week, or to make the trip home for a family visit. They’ve understood when I’ve had to leave early to go to bed, so I can get up early and work or study. I hope all of you know that no matter how hard it might be right now, you are MONUMENTAL in my life, and because of you, I have no fear for what’s ahead.

I know that a lot of you are sitting down and reading, talking and hearing about gratitude. You can say that you are thankful for things, but I want you to really sit down and reflect. Strip everything down from your life. If you didn’t have all the “stuff”, the chaos, and the things that cloud us from what is real in our lives, ask yourself:

What is left that you are truly grateful for?

xoxo,

Leigh

1 reply »

  1. I am grateful for all I have and all I get to share it with. Sometimes it’s a good reboot to spend a couple of minutes reflecting on what’s truly important.
    Sending lots of Peace, Love and Good Karma your way!

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