A very rich and decadent dessert to treat yourself to, make for book club or make for any other gathering where chocolate and mint loving woman will be in abundance. You’ll be the hero!
What my heart needed
Back at the beginning of the year I wrote this post about not being sure about what plans to make for the year.
A couple of weeks into January I began taking note of, Alicia Theide (aka @gypsymama on Instagram). Frequently, Alicia would take a picture of herself and then list in the photo description 4-5 things she was grateful for that day. Often her words were so poetic and beautiful. I loved that she was paying attention to the good stuff…even when days were challenging.
Letting go of 2013
The year began and things weren’t feeling different from the way 2013 had ended and I knew I didn’t want 2014 to get away from me without having a paradigm shift in the way I was viewing my world and things that were happening.
How it started
On January 17th I took a photo of my husband and son doing the dishes together. As I photographed them I had a feeling of gratitude and love wash over me. In that moment, that everyday thing that happened, I realized I was missing things like the two of them working side by side and how wonderful that is.
That night as I prepped that photo for Instagram I knew that there were more things from the day that had been like that moment. What had I missed today? What had passed by me?
What I did
I wrote 5 things: Gratitudes inpsired by @gypsymama- boys who do dishes. long talks with Mike and Emmett. happy girls home from playing with friends. books that open my eyes. date night with Hot Guy. walks under the stars.
That one night opened my eyes and my heart to how stress and focusing on all of the ‘hard’ stuff had blinded me to so many beautiful little moments in my day.
What’s happened since then?
Since that day, I’ve posted a picture with 4-5 moments in the day that make me smile when I think back through my day.
Not everyday is bliss and rainbows. I’ve had some days where I get to the end and I’m not sure that I can come up with 4-5 things. Inevitably, as I begin writing, snippets of my life come vividly into view that I know are blessings.
At the beginning of the year I would fall asleep with my heart heavy and my mind full of worry. Since beginning this project falling into bed has changed for me.
Before I fall off to sleep my heart is happier and I have better perspective on my life and family. Gratitude has THAT much power.
This project isn’t the sole reason for more happiness in my life but I do believe that this project has set in motion many other opportunities and options that my heart wasn’t in a place to see before gratitude came to stay.
Are you going to start your own gratitude project on Instagram? I’d love to hear about it! Use the hashtag: #thankfulheart_2014 (join me on instagram: @davinafear)