5. August 2014

Day 101 Friday 1st August

In preparation for Imbolc, a gentle reminder to take care of myself and to be grateful that I have a life to live xxoo

1 Aug 2014

Day 102 Saturday 2nd Aug

Imbolc is here and spring is returning. Yeah I know, it’s still snowing in Tasmania but have you noticed the daffodils are up?

Imbolc is a cross-quarter day midway between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and is the celebration of the banishing of winter, the imminent arrival of Spring and the stirring of new life in the earth. Imbolc recognizes the maiden aspect of the triple goddess – the fresh, the young, the naïve, the new – and is strongly connected with the Goddess Brighid. The Irish Goddess Brighid was associated with healing, smithcraft, prosperity and creativity.

At her sacred shrine in Kildare, Ireland, 19 priestesses originally attended her sacred flame, and when she was canonised, nine nuns took over this role. As I mentioned the other day, Brighid has been in my life forever and her influence has been enormous.

Today I would like to share a piece by Caitlin Mathews that has been a part of my rituals for many years.

Brighid of the mantle,

Encompass us,

Lady of the lambs,

Protect us,

Keeper of the hearth,

Kindle us,

Beneath your mantle,

Gather us

And restore us to memory.

Mothers of our mother

Fore mothers strong,

Guide our hands in yours.

Remind us how to

kindle the hearth.

To keep it bright,

To preserve the flame,

Your hand upon ours,

Our hands within yours,

To kindle the light,

Both day and night.

The mantle of Brighid

About us,

The memory of Brighid

Within us,

The protection of Brighid

Keeping us,

From harm, from ignorance,

From heartlessness,

This day and night,

From dawn till dusk,

From dusk till dawn.

Go raibh maith agait

Biodh sé amhlaidh

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Day 103 Sunday 3rd August

Congratulations to Laura Mead on her exhibition at Ghost Rock Vineyard yesterday. Beautiful work hun, you should be very proud. It was a huge turn out and I had a great time catching up with people I haven’t seen in years. In particular, Gypsy, we really need to organise a get together with the girls xxoo

A huge thank you to Karen for a wonderful afternoon/evening yesterday, I had a lovely time (as always ) and for helping me put my compost bin together today, I really couldn’t have done it without you, regardless of what Nicholas thinks lol.

It’s been a lovely weekend all round.

Day 104 Monday 4th Aug

Spring fever has well and truly hit me lol. Unfortunately I go into hospital on Wednesday so this is it for me till September at least. With a bit of luck the compost will be ready by the time I can get back into gardening. In the meantime I’m sure my wonderful kids will help prepare the gardens and the next lot of green waste  (I hope lol)

If you’re an experienced composter feel free to comment on my recipe and advise.

I’ve had a lovely day in the garden made all the better by the contributions from dad, (shredded paper) and the local IGA (vege scraps). As an added bonus, the box of vege scraps had a heap of potatoes that had started to sprout, so these have gone into one of the empty garden beds. You can never have enough spuds

A pretty good start to Spring

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Day 105 Tuesday 5th Aug

Well surgery has been postponed due to bed shortages (no surprise really). Not really grateful due to accompanying inconvenience however I am grateful that I get a reprieve from surgery/pain for a few more days and Karen and I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn.

Day 106 Wednesday 6th August

Extremely grateful for Wendy today who fitted me in on short notice for an amazing massage (as always) feeling heaps better.

Day 107 Thursday 7th August

Feeling grateful for singer/songwriters. I always seem to land on just the right song when I need it.

Day 108 Friday 8th August

Grateful for communication, laughter, stories, shared experiences, good food, warm fires; for loving and being loved xxoo

Day 109 Part A, Saturday 9th August Engaged to Karen

9 Aug 2014

Karen Christie So grateful you said yes baby

Annie Whitehead As if the answer was ever in question

Today Karen asked me to marry her. OMG!!!!! I know we have talked about this but I suppose in some ways I thought it might not happen. Old baggage can be hard to shake sometimes and even though I know she loves me and wants to be with me, I was still carrying a small fear of rejection. My initial response surprised me a little. I think what I thought she said was, ‘Will you marry me’ in the future tense as opposed to ‘Will you marry me’ like, right now will you marry me lol. My head was spinning as I tried to process what she had just said and even though I said yes the reality took a bit to sink in. I think I actually ended up saying that I wasn’t initially sure if she was actually asking me to marry her lol. When it sunk in I felt a grin spread from ear to ear and I just started saying YES, YES and laughing and hugging her. I am so incredibly grateful that we have found each other. Karen is amazing; she is kind and gentle, she listens to me and she talks to me about how she is feeling, she believes in me, supports me and shares the same family values that I do. I will be eternally grateful for her presence in my life and I know that in time other people will understand how it is that we knew, without a doubt, that this is meant to be. I love you baby, forever and always.

Day 109 Part B, Saturday 9th August
Have spent a wonderful day with Karen at Dip Falls and Stanley Hotel for lunch. Then home to tea with the kids and a relaxing evening in front of the fire #lovemylife #lovemyfamily — at Dip Falls.

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Day 110 Sunday 10th August

Mixed feelings today.

I’ve had an amazing weekend thanks to my beautiful lady, more happiness than I could hope for in a lifetime, but it has also been tinged with sadness.

A year ago today we said farewell to my other sister’s dad. Ken was a beautiful man, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and the loss of him so soon after losing my mum meant that the past year has been incredibly painful, for my immediate family as well as my adopted family. Maree, Terye, Graeme, Mark, Wayne, Darren, Stu and Greg, my heart goes out today to all of you, I know how much you miss him xxoo

Day 111 Monday 11th August

Well I’m taking this as a sign of today being a very lucky day for me. My numerology number is 1 and with all the ones in today’s date that’s got to be a good thing lol. I’m off to hospital in a couple of hours but I know that all will be good and I’ll be back on here before you even miss me. Right now my only gripe is that I want a coffee really badly!!!!!! Feeling very grateful for all the love surrounding me today. Love you guys, talk to you soon xxoo

11 Aug 2014

Day 112 Tuesday 12th August

Update from hospital…

Surgery went well but more pain than expected. Dr said it happens occasionally, lucky me.

Looks like I’ll be home tomorrow all going well. Today I’m very grateful for endone xx

Day 113 Wednesday 13th August

I’m home now resting up. A big thank you to Karen for all the running around this week and for keeping me company xx.

Thank you as well to Abby for the lovely flowers and spag bog that she brought in last night and for bringing Sam and Nick over to see me xx

13 Aug 2014

Day 114 Thursday 14th August

“At night I must take it off… It is dark. It is cold. It is lonely.”

The Happiness Suit by Tim. Says it all really xx

The Happiness Suit

Every day I wake up and every day the same things happen. This occurrence has been going on for as long as I can remember.

The moons sinks waiting for another night, the sun rises ready to brighten the day and I put on my ‘happiness suit’

I have worn this suit for a very long time and yet it still remains in pristine condition. After all I do put a lot of effort into this suit being as good as possible.

This suit fits well, actually it fits perfect. You might say it is custom made for me. With this suit I stand tall, my shoulders are back and my chest is pronounced. I feel an air of confidence now that I did not have before I put on this lovely garment.

After all, walking around in such an impeccable suit surely must make you walk with that extra spring in your step?

I catch a glimpse in the mirror. My hair now is well groomed yet slightly scruffy for the look I desire and a light stubble is apparent on my chin as I believe it must make me look more manly and rugged. Boy do I look good in this suit.

Yes I lightly say under my breath I am ready to tackle this day. Dive in head first and see what it brings. After all who would not want to be in this day, in this moment, strutting my stuff in this fantastic suit?

I meet people with a smile or a friendly nod and wave. When I meet them, I give a firm hand shake and a look in the eye to the men and light peck and token hug to the ladies. I carry on my daily duties well, accordingly, naturally and all the time wearing this amazing suit.

The people around me feel comfortable. They smile too. They might chuckle when I display a light sense of humour or nod and agree with a fact or point I make.

I wonder. Do they only do this because of this suit?

Do they only smile, nod, agree, shake and hug me because I am wearing this amazing garment?

Do they only wave at me when they pass me in my car because I am always wearing this suit and know it is a great suit?

Although this seems like such an amazing suit and surely everyone in the world must want one there lies one major flaw to it……

At night I must take it off.

You see this suit is what its name suggests. It is a happiness suit. Beneath the suit that everyone sees every day is not happiness at all. There is not a nice place under it.

It is dark. It is cold. It is lonely.

The suit shields everyone from this terrible place. It shields an amazing family. It shields amazing friends. It shields those whom I love the most.

Because I have worn this suit nearly every day for as long as I can remember no one really knows about this cold, dark and lonely place. I do and have tried to explain it to numerous people but in reality, I can try and explain it until the sun doesn’t rise and fall anymore and I still would not be able to get them to fully understand.

Only those that wear a suit similar to mine understand.

They understand it is imperative to put it on every day and show the world how good we look, confident and in control we are, how funny we can be and how big we can make our smile. ….

Unfortunately though occasionally even the best suit needs dry cleaning.

Some might have a backup suit not quite as good and shiny as their main suit getting cleaned in which they don on these days. A little less luster, but passable.

Some unfortunately don’t have a backup suit so when it’s getting cleaned they must hide at home in fear of being seen naked and helpless….

No one wants to be seen when not wearing their happiness suit.

These dry cleaning times are never fun. Sometimes there is a hold up, maybe lots of suits are getting cleaned? We may wait desperately for days or weeks…..

Sometimes it seems we may never see our amazing suit again. These days/weeks are truly dark and lonely.

For those that have gathered, this amazing suit is not in fact a suit at all. It is in fact the image I (we) portray on the outside of my (our) body for all to see. This image fits nicely over our skin.

This suit is the depression cover.

Depression is not something that goes away magically. Those that suffer it chronically always wear its burden. Even though the sun might be shining, the birds may be singing and we are smiling…..under the suit it is always there.

Please understand, respect and acknowledge people who suffer this terrible condition.

With more people being accepting, maybe the suit may be trimmed down a little to a shirt and pants or board shorts and singlet on a nice day.

It will always be there in some form, but the armour need not be as strong.

R.I.P Robin Williams

14 Aug 2014

Thursday 14th August extra— with Karen

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Likes: 111 Wow!!!!!!

Comments

  1. Jen – Congratulations, wishing you many moments of shared love, contentment and lust!
  2. Maz – Happy news xox wishing you many blissfully happy years
  3. Michelle – What a lucky girl you are to find amazing love! Sending you best wishes for a blessed and happy life together xxx
  4. Ray – Congrats to you both and hope all is going well, cheers
  5. Greg – !!
  6. Marg – Oh Wow! Congratulations – what a week!
  7. Lee-Anne – Congratulations wishing you all the best
  8. Jodi – Wow so exciting! Congratulations to you both!
  9. Moz – Woot woot!!
  10. Luke – Congrats, I wish you both the best
  11. Megan – Congratulations
  12. Annie – Thanks everyone, very happy
  13. Rhonda – Congratulations wishing you all the best xx
  14. Diane -congrats x
  15. Ellen – WOO HOO
  16. Belinda – Congrats, that’s wonderful.
  17. Christine – Congratulations
  18. Vicky – Congratulations
  19. Pheona – Hugs and kisses to you both.
  20. Craig – Congrats Karen.
  21. Vanessa – Congratulations Annie and Karen I’m so happy for you both xxx
  22. Danielle – Congratulations Karen so happy for you and your fiancée xo
  23. Sherie – Huge congratulations oxox
  24. Matthew – Congrats!
  25. Karen – Thanks everyone, we are immensely happy
  26. Lara – Wow how fantastic… Congrats Annie & Karen
  27. Joanne – Congratulations to you both.
  28. Carolyn – Perfect!! Well done guys
  29. Gavin – Congrats
  30. Fiona – Congratulations to you both
  31. Sue – Yippee well done. Congratulations
  32. Maxine – congratulations. ..
  33. Ingrid – Great news! Congratulations to you both! Xox
  34. Heather – That’s cool. Congrats.
  35. Kate – Congrats
  36. Graeme – Congratulations to you both
  37. Kim – Fantastic! Congrats
  38. Sharni – Wow congrats Annie
  39. Helen – Congratulations! Woohoo! All the best Karen for you and your fiancee, life of love and happiness
  40. Maria – Congratulations Annie  and Karen all the best for a beautiful life ahead together xxx
  41. Peta – Whoo congrats mate. That’s awesome news.
  42. Heidi – Congrats Karen, glad you guys are happy!
  43. Andy N Shell – Congrats to u both.
  44. Megan – Congratulations, that’s fantastic news
  45. Kim – Congratulations to you both x x
  46. Craig – Great news Karen!! Congratulations to you two xx
  47. Gypsy – Woohoo!! Go you good things!!! Enjoy the journey xxxxxx
  48. Michelle – Wonderful news Karen – congratulations!!
  49. Josephina – PARTY!!!
  50. Jen – Wow!! Awesome, very appropriate, lots of fab wishes from us xxx
  51. Deborah – How wonderful for you both xxx
  52. Debbie – Congrats
  53. Marilyn – Congratulations to you both
  54. Leonie –  xx
  55. Jo – Yay! much love and happiness for you both xxxx
  56. Julie – Stone Congratulations Karen. That’s wonderful news
  57. Cheree – Congratulations
  58. Matthew – That is fantastic news. Congrats!!
  59. Heather – Amazing news wishing you both all the love and happiness the world has to offer.
  60. Lucy – Congratulations Karen and Annie, all the best for the future. Lucy, Danny, Darcy, Eila & Elsie.
  61. Karen – Thanks Lucy, give my love to Danny and the kids. We miss you guys
  62. Helen – Yay!!!!
  63. Karen – Thanks Helen, I held out a little bit longer, managed to only get to 10 weeks though
  64. Helen – When you know, you know. Xox
  65. Karen – Indeed and we know that waiting any longer won’t change how incredibly special what we have is xxoo
  66. NikkiKeith – Congratulations Kaz and Annie, we are so happy for the both of you
  67. Tamalita – Congratulations to you two!! So happy for you!
  68. Krishna – That is fantastic. Congratulations.
  69. Louise – Congratulations to both of you xxxxx so happy for you
  70. Wendy – Congratulations Annie and Karen
  71. Rebecca – Congratulations! Very happy for you both!
  72. Jo – Congrats hun
  73. Karen – Once again thanks everyone for you comments of support and the 100 likes we have reached on this post alone. We realise how truly blessed we are to have so many great friends and family wishing us all the best for our future together
  74. Jayne – Congratulations to you both, I’m very happy for you. You deserve to be happy.

Day 115 Friday 15th August

Grateful that Karen is very patient and forgiving. Love you babe xxoo

Day 116 Saturday 16th August

What a lovely way to finish the day. It’s hard to be ungrateful when I’m surrounded by so much love and laughter. Thank you for sharing this delightful memory of Robin with me babe and thank you for your patience. I know I’m being a bit of a pain at the moment and I just want you to know I recognise that and am truly thankful for your support xxoo
Karen In tribute to Robin Williams, I introduced one of my favorite movies of his to my Annie. We have had a great night full of laughs watching The Birdcage. Where else would I be but beside you helping you through. I love you unconditionally and can’t wait to begin the next chapter of our lives together

Day 117 Sunday 17th August

I found this on my feed this morning and it got me to thinking about how little it takes to change the direction we are heading in life. For a long time now I’ve tried to live by the creed of ‘What would love do?’ when faced with a situation that could be handled in a multitude of ways and I am struggling with choosing the right course of action. Today I am grateful for the times I have stopped to reflect and choose my words and actions wisely. I also want to offer an apology to anyone who has borne the brunt of my carelessness, lack of thought or compassion and particularly, anyone who has been on the receiving end of harsh or cruel words. If I have ever hurt you I am truly sorry xxoo

17 Aug 2014

Day 118 Monday 18th August

The other day a young friend asked me if the gratitude thing helps. I replied, definitely!
I wanted to expand on that response, but needed to think through why I felt so strongly about this.
Over the last year I have noticed a huge increase of positive based feeds on my Fb account. Now I know that Fb is set up in such a way that the more we ‘like’ something, the more we see of it. But it got me to thinking about the broader applications of the laws of attraction. Although my feed is influenced by my likes, it also in turn influences my thinking. The more I read positive news, the more inclined I am to not only look for positive feeds but to also post positive feeds.
So how does this apply to my friend’s question?
I am currently on day 118 of a year of gratitude. When I started this I wasn’t sure if I’d last the first week. Not only was it hard to remember to post, some days it was hard to find anything to be grateful about. At that point I hadn’t realised how often I let negativity; mine and others, influence the way I thought, felt and behaved.
By the end of the first week I noticed a huge shift in my consciousness. Surprisingly I had remembered to post; even more surprising was the conscious act of looking for something to write about, changed me in a way I hadn’t expected. I started to see life differently. I have always been a lover of life and nature but stress and modern living had worn me down. Consciously looking for things to be grateful for very quickly went from being something I forced myself to do, to something I did automatically. And the consequence of that change has blown me away.
Over the last four months I have felt myself slowly reconnecting to the energy that surrounds us in a far more deep and permeable way than I have ever experienced. Where my past experiences were usually linked to specific events or places, this energy has come to sit within me and has not left. A deep peace, love and connection has grown within and continues to grow each day. No longer do I need to journey to spiritual centres to reconnect (although I do for other reasons) because these places have come to me. I have known my whole life that we are all connected, we are all One, but it has taken an active act of daily gratitude to teach me how to stay connected. I have a long way to go, but if anyone asks me again if the gratitude thing is worth it? I will respond with a most emphatic yes! Definitely!

18 Aug 2014

Roxe Annie i got into the habit last year of thanking Spirit and all my guides and protectors for my blessings. Initially I had days where I struggled to see the positives, but once I started I really got on a roll. Now I see positives and blessings at every turn and it has made the most profound change in my life! I’m attracting positive people and situations into my life effortlessly. I’m so happy to see others doing this as well. It’s changing the world, one person at a time.

Annie It is indeed Roxe and I know what you mean about the attraction of positive energy. That’s been gradually growing for a few years now but this year has just bloomed

Day 119 Tuesday 19th August

I have heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime and I agree.
Over the last 45 years I have met some amazing people. Some have only hung around long enough to teach me things about myself that I needed to learn and maybe to learn something from me. Some have made a brief appearance, touching my life with their individual uniqueness and then they’ve quietly drifted away like the passing seasons. Others have stayed and become friends that I will treasure for a lifetime.  The thing is, when you first meet someone, you never know what part they will play in your life; and as much as you might like them to become lifetime friends, the reality is that life doesn’t always play out the way we want it to.

I have a friend.
She is amazing.
She is beautiful.
She has guided me.
She has listened to me.
She is leaving.
And I probably won’t ever see her again in this lifetime.
And I am so sad about that.

I won’t name you here, you know who you are. I just want you to know that although you have only been with me for a season, you have touched my life and I will miss you. Take care beautiful woman. Till we meet again xxoo

Day 120 Wednesday 20th August

Struggling a bit today, so grateful for all the love and light surrounding me.

20 Aug 2014

Day 121 Thursday 21st August

I am so very grateful for everything you gave me; your love, your guidance, your acceptance, your laughter, your tears, but even though we had a great run I miss you so much and I want you back.

21 Aug 2014

Day 122 Friday 22nd August

Sometimes we have weeks that are just plain hard, you cry and wonder when it will end. And then sometimes you find something that puts it all back into perspective. Being washed by tears isn’t always a bad thing xxoo

Day 123 Saturday 23rd August

New addition to my bucket list. I want to fly in  windowless aeroplane.

Years ago I started a bucket list and I’m very grateful that I’ve managed to tick off a lot of wonderful experiences on that list. I’m also extremely grateful that the list keeps growing lol. So many exciting things to do in life xxoo

What’s on your bucket list?

Day 124 Sunday 24th August

I think everyone could do with being a bit more dog lol.

Feeling very grateful today for Karen. Due to recovery issues I’ve been confined to rest again and no driving and I’m going stir crazy; I’m not a cat in any way, shape or form.

Really appreciating all your support and care and for making me laugh at myself when I feel like crying xxoo Be more dog … great advice

http://youtu.be/iY5ULC2__3g

Day 125 Monday 25th August

I love it when people invite me to pages that they know I’ll enjoy. Thanks Maz, this is a great one. Lots of dream potential here

Read more about these natural homes built by women here: http://ow.ly/yWZoQ

Day 126 Tuesday 26th August

‘As long as you can laugh at yourself, you will never cease to be amused’

Horrendous hair day lol.

Soooooo….

I decided to try and lighten my hair.

What went wrong???

  1. I did it myself.
  2. Apparently, if you have red in your hair you need to use hair product that has ash tones as the blue/green base stops your hair from turning orange.
  3. I didn’t have enough product (which was probably a good thing lol)

Result

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1 st Photo – Bright orange/brown/black/grey brindle styled hair colour. I looked like our old whippet Tigger.

Thank you very much to my amazing daughter Abby for fixing my hair, 2nd photo

Very grateful and a little amused

Day 127 Wednesday 27th August.

I was lucky.

I started learning to cook at an early age and over the years I’ve discovered through trial and error a lot of the things mentioned in this info graphic. Mind you, there was a few I didn’t know. Like the fact that garlic is more likely to burn if chopped rather than minced. Anyway, it’s a handy guide that most cooks should appreciate. Thanks for the head start mum and thanks to the people out there who post great info like this.

http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/2014/08/26/infographic-common-cooking-mistakes-and-how-to-save-them/

Day 128 Thursday 28th August

When did “like a girl” become an insult?

I know for me it is an attitude that has prevailed throughout my entire life and I know has been present for countless generations before me.

Like a girl

http://youtu.be/UkTh_r66lDA

Roxe – I’ve seen this commercial before Annie and I had the same reaction as you. When did “doing things like a girl” become an insult??? It’s time to embrace the phrase “like a girl ” and transform it into a form of praise.

Annie – I agree Roxe. This also applies in reverse to comments like, “you’re such a boy’. Particularly when applied to men who don’t appear to be emotionally expressive. I personally find most men quite capable of expressing emotion if they feel safe to do so. Enough is enough. We are just fine the way we are. Different, granted, in some aspects but it would be pretty boring if we were all the same.

Roxe – I agree Annie. It would be boring if we were all the same. You and I are going to have to meet in the flesh one day. I think we’re kindred spirits.

Annie – Well if we’re kindred spirits we probably have already met lol but it would be cool to see how you turned out in this life

Roxe – lol!

Day 129 Friday 29th August

My marmee’s birthday

The following quote from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott sums up my mum to a tee.

“My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother”.

My mum taught me to trust in something bigger than myself. Even though as an adult my belief systems about God shifted, I have never lost that faith that she instilled in me as a child. She taught me about love, about beauty, about appreciation for all the little things in life as well as the big. She taught me how to forgive and let go, she taught me how to love unconditionally, especially when loving hurt. She taught me how to hold on to my own worth, how to strive to be more than I thought possible, how to appreciate my own innate goodness and how to share my love with other people.

She wasn’t perfect, God knows she made mistakes and it would be many years before she acknowledged them to me. But when she did, she taught me her final lesson. To forgive myself.

I miss you so much Mum. Thank you for everything — with Kris Morgan.

29 Aug 2014

Day 130 Saturday 30th August

Today I am grateful for waking up in love. Every day, in every way, I love you more than I ever thought possible.

Karen – Me too baby, and in so many ways

30 Aug 2014

Day 131 Sunday 31st August

A third of the way through my year of gratitude, WOW!

Time has flown by so fast and the fact that I am adding up the days as I go makes me highly aware of how quickly life passes me by.

Has it been easy? No way!

Some days the hardest thing I’ve done is sit here and write these posts. Some days I just want to crawl into my cave and say stuff this, I’m not feeling grateful for anything today, life sux, it’s too hard, I’m tired, I’m busy, it’s too late and I have other stuff to do. Some days I just can’t be bothered trying to find a positive in my day, some days I can’t find one and it takes me ages to decide what to write.

Some days I need a good kick up the bum

So why do I do it? Why commit to a whole year of gratitude? Most people are doing it for a week and that’s bloody fantastic and I’m really happy to see so many people taking it on because every bit of gratitude helps, so why a full year?

Because I need to.

Because changing a lifelong habit takes longer than a week.

Because I don’t want to look back on my life when I die and say, I wish….

Because deep in my heart I know that every day I have is precious and only by acknowledging these moments do I truly learn to appreciate that.

Because I hope that what I do might inspire someone else to embrace their life and live it to the full.

Because I believe that we teach our children best by example and some of the things I taught my children have hurt rather than healed and I want to try and rectify that.

Because every day I do this I feel a shift in my thoughts, I feel a little less pain, a little more hope and I know this is helping me grow and heal.

Because I know that everything I have experienced has brought me to where I am today. I am truly grateful for everything I have experienced in my life, for everything that surrounds me now and for everything that I am yet to face.

Julie Hey Annie, It might be a bit of a shake for you but……., What the Hell Happened! …. I have no idea and see you are hurting and healing. Can you give me some insight? You never know, I might be able to help. At the least understand.

Annie Just life hun. I don’t think anyone goes through life without experiencing some degree of pain and hurt xxoo

Karen Every day I am in awe of your commitment to this Annie. I love the days that I feature in your gratitude post and love the days when I don’t but learn more about the amazing person that you are. Love you baby

Jen Pat on the back for you…and more importantly it is great to see you be grateful for yourself and your life.

Annie I love you too baby

Annie Thanks Jen xxoo

Julie All good Annie, I spent 25 years in the Police and can be a bit cold to lifes pain and hurt. I’ve been released now! Like a prisoner I will need 25 years of rehabilitation to feel normal. Keep doing what your doing. Its cool

Annie Thank you