05 October 2012

Week 39: Grateful for positive things

Did you know that October is Positive Attitude Month? I only just found out this week. As much as I try to be positive, there are days when things or life gets me down.

What hasn't helped is that we've had a horrible year with both my girls being really sick (you name it, they've had it), plus my Dad is battling cancer and been in & out of hospital 3 times in as little as a month which has been hard on Mum.

Then an old friend of mine recently died of terminal cancer, which came as a complete shock to me. I hadn't been in touch with her for a very long time, so I took the news hard.

I know there are people who are worse off, but it just seems that things keep knocking me down, and making life difficult, which then makes me feel tired, stressed and not feeling at all positive.

As I wrote in yesterday's post ("30 things I love about myself") I haven't been happy with my attitude for some time and need to make some changes.

So my first step is to be grateful for the positive things that have occured in my life recently:

I am grateful for:
  • The 1st birthday party we had for "Cherub", which turned out lovely.
  • "Cherub" who is finally crawling (I know it's strange to be grateful for this, as it means she'll be in to more stuff!) but she's been a bit slow with some milestones, so it's great watching her crawl around the place.
  • The gorgeous spring weather we've been having. It's been so nice sitting out on our back deck eating lunch with the girls and watching "Popette" jump on her trampoline and blow bubbles.
  • My Dad who is finally at home, although he's not 100%, he's got enough strength to walk around on his own.
  • An upcoming holiday that's been booked for later in the month, I can't wait, I'm counting down the days until Hubby is off work!

What are you grateful for today?

I am linking up with Maxabella Loves at Kidspot Village Voices.


  1. Hi Julie, reading your post, I really feel for you & everything you've been through. I've felt like that before, it's understandable that you feel knocked down, but good on you for getting back up and not letting it defeat you. Sounds like you also have lots to be grateful for:)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Sam, and for your kind comments :)

  2. Julie, what an overwhelming year you have had. Best wishes to you, it was lovely to read your gratefuls. I am looking forward to my husband being off work soon too (although we are having a "staycation.")

    1. Thanks happylan much appreciated :) I hope you enjoy your "staycation", and spending time with your hubby.

  3. That's a lot to have to deal with, Julie. Some years just seem a bit cursed, don't they!? I had no idea it was Positive Attitude month this month. I try to be positive most months, but this month I'm really struggling! Ironic! I will try to rally.

    Have fun with your little crawler! I love this stage. x

    1. Thanks Bron, it's been a hell of a year, hopefully next year will be better! I'm looking forward to a much needed break :)

      Just think about Paris, I'm sure all those memories of the beautiful food & scenary will put a bounce in your step :) xx

  4. Such a tough time so i think most people would struggle too - glad you tapped into looking for the positives to bring you out of the negative focus. I hope your holiday is the perfect antidote. may you end the year on a much greater high than you began with!


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