10 Things I’m Grateful For

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I woke up this morning to an email that I was tagged in a Medium post by N.A. Turner. In it, he outlines the 10 things he’s grateful for and encourages some other writers to do the same.

This popped up at a great time. Although I try to practice gratitude, I’ve been slacking off working out my gratitude muscles recently. These last 18 months have been challenging and fruitful at the same time. And I wouldn’t change a thing.

Today’s the start of the second half of 2019. What better time to take stock and to go attack the rest of the year.

Here are 10 things I’m grateful for:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey

1. Life

Waking up to face another day is a blessing. That means your story is not done. There are things for you to do, people for you to impact and a destiny to fulfill.

Lately, I’ve been feeling so thankful to be up and ready to face another day, but not expressing it.

Life is such a gift, and many of us have tons of goals and dreams we want to achieve. Every new day is an opportunity to get them done.

We never know when it’s our time.

2. Learning

From how to make money on my own, how to stop stressing out, how to manage my time, to how to deliver for clients. I’m constantly learning something new every day.

No experience should pass you by without taking something from it and applying it to your life.

I’m grateful for the ability to find the lesson in every challenge, opportunity, and failure.

3. Family

I have an amazing group of persons around me. My mom and sisters are always there, at the right time, to say and do the right things.

My 4 1/2-year-old daughter is my motivation and inspiration. She challenges me every day — half patience, half to be a better parent. But her smile, crazy sense of humor, and intelligence is infectious and I could not have asked for a better kid.

She will grow up in the blink of an eye, so I’m grateful for every moment I have with her as a child.

I’m also grateful for my partner who holds everything down and encourages me to try things. Without her encouragement, I would not have started on Medium, freelance writing, coaching, or left my last job and spent some time traveling.

She sees things in me I don’t see in myself and I’m forever grateful for that.

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4. My New Leadership Role

I started a full-time job about a month ago. It’s been challenging to say the least, but I can’t help but be grateful for it all. I’m back in a leadership role with a bigger team and more responsibilities.

With that comes the pressure I put on myself to succeed. When it comes to leading a team, I always want to win, so I tend to take it to heart when things don’t go well. I’m not sure where it will lead, but I’m so grateful for the opportunity.

I can’t help but know I’ll gain valuable experience, lessons, and strategies to make me an even better leader.

4. Medium

Medium has brought me so much in the last year, although I’ve inconsistent until recently. After spending some weeks in Colombia trying to figure out what to do with my life — while reading Medium articles — I decided to give writing consistently on the platform a shot.

So in the airport waiting for my flight to go back home, I wrote about my experience there, which went over well when I shared it with my friends.

Since then I’ve written over 100 articles and posts. I’m also celebrating my first triple figure month!

But I haven’t just earned writing practice and got paid to learn on Medium. It’s been the catalyst to motivate me to start an article writing side hustle, which has earned me thousands this year.

What’s more, I’ve been able to find new writers, share my work, and get encouragement from fellow Medium writers in some great Facebook groups.

Can’t talk enough about how grateful I am to Medium.

5.Progress

It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop — Confucius

Goals can be a gift and a curse. You have something to work towards, but if you look too far ahead you can easily get frustrated, defeated, and quit.

But stopping to take stock, you realize that you’ve made some serious progress.

I’m grateful for all the progress I’ve made in my career, my relationships, and even my financial goals. Knowing that I made steps forward, I can compare the effort I put towards them and gauge what I need to do to get where I want to be.

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus

So despite the fact that I’m nowhere near where I want to be, I’m grateful for where I am right now.

6. Calmness

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” — Robert Brault

I sometimes discount the fact that having a calm, peaceful mind is an amazing blessing. With everything happening around, it’s important to be mindful, present, and even-keeled.

Even when things don’t go my way in work, side hustles, or life in general, I take some time to bring it back to the present moment. And just be still.

That calmness is invaluable and I’m thankful I’ve been able to cultivate it.

7. Helping Others

I get immense joy from helping others. If I can help, I most certainly will.

Getting to see someone improve, figure out their problem, or just feel good knowing that someone cares makes me feel just as grateful as they do.

It’s the reason why I’ve been involved in customer service all these years.

Giving a little bit of your time, knowledge, and energy comes back in multiples. Just make sure to invest in the right people and problems to keep your own sanity.

8. Seeking Change

Sometimes it’s easy to just stay still and comfortable where you are.

But if you have big goals, you will need to make big, scary changes in your life.

Lately, I’ve been seeking out change.

Because I’m grateful to know that change is the only constant. That growth comes with change and situations are an opportunity to learn.

9. Common Sense

I may not be college educated but I’m happy to flaunt my degree in common sense. Common sense seems to be in limited supply as of late.

So I’m grateful to have the ability to ask critical questions before I send that email, post on social, have tough conversations, and make most decisions in general.

I’m also grateful to know that common sense constantly needs updating and I seek to keep my smarts up-to-date.

10. Writing

I never considered myself creative. I had this belief that creativity was down to arts, dancing, singing… you know, creative stuff.

I soon realized creativity starts with a blank canvas and a willingness to bring forth something. That canvas does not need to be a literal canvas. It could be a blank page to write code or a blank Medium page.

Writing has allowed me to bring forth my own version of creativity.

The ideas may not be original, but I express them in my own way.

And I’m grateful that I’ve found a way to do that.

What are you Grateful For?

It’s the simple things in life we forget to take stock of and appreciate. If you’re better off mentally, emotionally, and spiritually than you were last year, last month, or even yesterday, you’re golden.

Despite all the things we want, the frustrations over what we don’t have, and the failures, we should be grateful for where we are.

If we could compare it to other’s we’d see things aren’t as bad as they seem. I needed this reminder, so thanks again N.A. Turner!

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