Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving and the holiday season is a wonderful time for reflection, but we shouldn't make this the only time we are thankful for what we have! I challenge you, as I'm challenging myself, to set time aside every day and be thankful for something. 

Do you have a private journal? If not, perhaps you should think about starting one. Journaling can be a safe and therapeutic way to relax. It's also a wonderful tool to use when you need words of encouragement. Use your journal to read about a time when things were different in order to lift your spirits or be thankful for your life in the present.

Challenge: Write down the things you're thankful for each year, and compare them to the year prior. What's different? What changed? Here's my list. I'm starting this year, too.

In 2014, I am thankful for...
My Family. Being a mom can be difficult, but the reward is amazing. I'm also grateful to have a supportive husband and best friend. My parents, brothers, and niece are a huge part of my life, and I'm happy to be living closer to them this year.  

My job. Since beginning my work as a Christian Educator, I have the opportunity to make it part of my daily life experience to reflect. I'm also utilizing my degree, talents, and I'm growing as a professional. My love for teaching and confidence while leading is growing. It's awesome.

Being a Birth Doula and having an awesome support system of other doulas. As a birth doula, I meet and support women during one of the most important, challenging, life-altering, and spiritual experiences a woman can have. I am proud to be training with an organization that provides doulas, numerous other resources, and birth professionals for all women who want and need support.
My church. My family and I started attending our church shortly after I started a temporary position working there. We decided to become members, and I later moved into my current role. I can't say enough good things about our decision to join the United Church of Christ. One of my highlights from this past year is when my daughter and I were baptized together.

Good luck with your reflections!
May your holiday season be filled with joy and happiness.