5 Things I’m Grateful For This December (2019)

The final month of this year! Absolutely crazy how I’m halfway through my final year of university! So, time to reflect on my gratitude for this month…

[Check out my other gratitude posts here: September, October, November]

Spending time with family

Now that I’m on a break from university, I’ve been spending a lot more time with family. My second cousin from South Africa, whom I’ve never met before, is staying with us for three weeks and it’s been so fun to show her around London, Windsor, and our favourite places! She’s very similar to me and it’s honestly felt like finding a long lost sister. It was so lovely to have a Christmas Day full of family and board games and homemade crackers my cousin made (with funky socks and made up jokes that made me laugh so much). I feel so lucky to have a family that, although is small and broken up, I get along with super well.

 

Food

It’s safe to say Christmas is definitely a time of lots of nice food! I am a huge fan of roast dinner – it’s one of my favourite meals – and I enjoy tucking into feasts with family and friends. I’ve also done a bit of baking this month which has been nice! I made a chocolate and banana cake which was really delicious. I’m grateful that I have the ability to create meals and desserts and also have access to such a variety of quality food in the first place.

 

Lifelong friends

I feel very lucky to have a circle of friends who I can always count on to have a laugh, but equally count on to be supportive and encouraging.  I love that I have friendships that involve a lot of investment from both sides – we’re in it for the long haul – and sometimes I forget how rare this is and how lucky I am to have found such amazing friends. It makes me really happy, because I know for sure that I will not only take these friends into 2020 but, as cliche as it sounds, into the rest of my life. So I’m super grateful I have all of you – you know who you are 😊

 

Living in the Present

Over the Christmas holiday I’ve tried particularly hard to use my phone less. My social media usage has dropped down to under an hour, and sometimes even half an hour, each day and I’ve been messaging people less, which has been difficult, but it’s often nicer to call or meet up in person instead. As a result, I’ve felt my brain fog decrease and this has really given me a lot of hope. I feel grateful that I’m alive so I should make the most of living it.

 

Acceptance

I feel like this month more than any other I’ve tried really hard to accept situations as they are, without reacting to them. There’s been a few occurrences where people I consider friends have ghosted my messages and in the past I would have felt anxious, but instead I now just accept it. Whenever my mind tries to beat me up, I calmly speak back to it like I’m reassuring a friend. Even as I’m writing this now, I’m stuck at a train station waiting for a friend who got delayed by more than an hour. I could have got annoyed, but what would be the point? Instead I’m accepting it as it is and enjoying a sausage roll and hot chocolate. With acceptance comes gratitude for what is right in front of you, not anger and anxiety for what isn’t.

What are you grateful for this month?

Let me know in the comments!

 

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Christmas Day Socks with the family!

 

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4 thoughts on “5 Things I’m Grateful For This December (2019)

  1. I’m so with you on finding acceptance for those things we just can’t control. I think it’s wonderful that you got to spend time with your family & enjoy with food & the Christmas Day socks looks fun! This month I’m grateful that I got 2 weeks off from work. I think it really helped me with the rest and space I needed from burn out and just to realign with my why’s.

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