Maybe this post will appear to be TMI for some of you. That’s ok because I’m going to assume most of you are like me and struggle with opening up, being personal, and exercising gratitude. Lately I’ve been trying to be more present mentally. I struggle with that more and more especially when it comes to technology these days. There was a time I would look at my wife and I wouldn’t even see her. Instead of a person she was more of an extension of me. I would treat her like I would myself. If there was something I didn’t like I’d fight to change it. Not thinking that I was trying to change her but trying to change a part of me. I would have these “ah hah!” moments where I would look at her and realize that for months I hadn’t actually seen her when I looked at her. I didn’t know how to change that. I didn’t even really know where that came from.
Recently I came across the page of a couple who do something like this every morning. They stop the routine of life and be present with each other first thing everyday. I admired and also envied what they were creating. I don’t usually open up or get super close with anyone personally. That includes my wife. I grew up in a family that doesn’t show affection and doesn’t have conversations about difficult or personal things. That was ALWAYS my excuse. My upbringing. Looking each other in the eye felt cheesy, uncomfortable, unnecessary, and a bit overwhelming. At first.
We all know gratitude is good for us. Many of us will exercise our gratitude privately while doing other things. For me, I get distracted, lose focus, forget what I was doing and go about my day ungrateful. Days, weeks, months and years go by and I never practiced actual gratitude. Imagine how everyone around me felt when years go by and I hadn’t once expressed an ounce of gratitude. I assume that’s normal for everyone though. We want to do what’s best but it’s hard. We have to go out of our way and therefore we skip it. I like to call this exercise active gratitude. You want to know how to end fights before they go too far? You want to know how to fight miscommunication?
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It’s been a minute since I’ve rolled out of bed for a Monday morning workout! But I figured if I was starting round ✌🏼 of 80 DO I might as well dive back into my morning routine. I always feel ten times better & am wayyyy more productive throughout the day. Plus it feels pretty freaking amazing knowing I don’t have to do it after work today. My goal for the next 80 days...follow the meal plan more closely on the weekends 😬 increase weights & the bands whenever I can, and stick to my morning routine. p.s. there’s still time to join us if you’re ready, just shoot me a message 😘
Monday morning motivation 🙌🏼 & the rule I’m following by!
I’m looking for like-minded people to join my team and work on living your best life 😉 If travelling is something you want to do or just even get out of the 9-5 world so you can have more time or freedom, send me a dm or an e-mail & I can send you more information on this opportunity.
I’ve always known that I need to be my own boss & not be told when I can have my holidays, so I took a break from work to travel. I’m so glad I found this opportunity that will allow me to continue to see the world at my own pace, I’m only just getting started & do not want to go home yet!
So fellow wanderpreneurs get in contact with me & join me in saying yes & learning later 🌍
Well this weekend is going to take some beating. On Friday I drove to Croydon Hall in Somerset for the first (hopefully annual...) #FleaRetreat . It was a two night blogging conference with such a great mix of bloggers, so many great sessions and time to relax too. It was just the weekend I needed and I've written about it over on the blog if you'd like to take a look.
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This picture was taken in Sedona, Arizona with #MarkTwain
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