2018 Overview: The Gratitude Journal

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As we wait patiently to usher in the new year, many of us take this time to reflect and make plans for the year ahead. I always find this time of the year very intense. Not only is it the holidays and my birthday month, I typically find myself in deep contemplative mood throughout December. The previous years I would have spent this time critiquing myself and pointing out all the thing’s that I have not achieved. However, this time around I made a conscious effort to show gratitude and celebrate my achievements.

I wanted to remind you (and myself) that whilst you consider what goals would like to achieve in the new year, it’s really important that we take the time out to acknowledge our accomplishments, even if they’re small. After all, celebrating yourself encourages you to continue making positive steps and builds self-confidence.

5 things I’m proud of in 2018:

1. Blogging- I started taking my blogging seriously at the beginning of the year. I can honestly say blogging has saved my life. It has given me a platform to finally express myself and use my experiences to help others. I owe a lot of my personal progress to blogging as it has allowed me to really look into myself and actively work on becoming a better person. I am extremely grateful for the continuous support that I’ve received and to all the people that I’ve connected with. I’m so thankful for this space and for all other bloggers who inspire me to do better.

2. Battling low moods- This year I did not allow my moods to stop me from living my day to day life. I was able to be more honest with myself about my moods and really sit with my feelings. I proactively did things to make me feel better. I minimized the number of times I used my mood as an excuse. This year taught me that I’m in control of my reaction and response to life’s negative events.

3. Moving out of my family home- I finally moved into my own apartment. I’m looking forward to the lessons that it will teach me (not so much about bills lol). I’m super excited for the memories that I will make in my own place and the solace it will bring.

4. Therapy- I finally came to the conclusion that I need to take my well being seriously, so I went to therapy. I’ve only had a few sessions so far but I already feel a weight lifted. I’m excited to see what revelations will come from going to therapy and how it will contribute towards my growth.

5. Travel- I traveled in South Africa and New York this year. I had an amazing experience in both places. I am happy I had the opportunity to immerse myself with the culture, the people and got to see such astonishing views.

My 5 hopes for 2019:

  • More self-discovery
  • Plant-based living
  • Improve my blogging
  • Experience lots of joy
  • Build fulfilling/positive friendships with others

A reminder to you

If you had a great year: Well done love! You should be so proud of yourself. You accomplished milestones and made some amazing memories. You have demonstrated that you can do anything you put your mind to. 2019 is going to the year where you reap the benefits of the seeds you planted. Cheers to a prosperous 2019!

If you had a not so good year: There is something you can find to be proud of achieving this year, like deciding to get out of bed despite your depression or making a new friend. This year for you created a foundation for you to build on. It’s through your struggles that you will make 2019 a better year. What’s below rock bottom? You’ve already been there- now it’s time to claim what’s yours in 2019.

What are a few things you are proud of yourself for achieving this year?

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

I wish you all a prosperous new year and see you all in 2019!!

Love Ash, xx

 

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Hello, my name is Ash aka recovering pessimist. Welcome to my blog! This site to all things Wellness & Lifestyle. Join me on my journey as I attempt to untangle my thoughts through writing. Love Ash, x

21 thoughts on “2018 Overview: The Gratitude Journal

  1. Wish you the same❤️💞..
    And I’m trying to be more positive this year. will try to love myself more this year😅..

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  2. I’m most proud of the time I’ve taken to discover an even deeper peace within my own being. I truly enjoy spending time with friends and family, yet often drive up the hill to my home feeling blessed to be back. Home truly is where the ❤️ Is, which I pray you’ll also discover in your new space.

    I’m also happy to be experiencing the true power of Choice. We all have it, but many rarely use it. This power to choose exercises the ability to make decisions that serve you. Service to oneself enables you to better serve the world. No regrets, disappointments, resentments, or mislaid expectations.

    There is awesome freedom in choosing how, where, which, and most importantly your why. I imagine 2019 will be a year of acquiring even more Zen Focus. For me, it will be looking at less surface visuals, and more about exploring deeper personal realizations. Very exciting!

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    1. That’s lovely to hear. I’m glad your prioritized inner peace and experienced joy with family and friends. Thank you I hope to find that peace too, I believe it’s coming this year 🙏🏿

      Wow that’s powerful. Your life is showing you the result of the choices you make. Sometimes when life events occur we often forget that we have a choice in our reaction/ response so it’s interesting you said that as it’s something I’m making effort to remind myself of on a daily basis. Yess more personal realizations! I love that. That’s what’s important. Thank you for sharing, you’re inspiring and have bought light to my morning reading this 💜

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