Each December flies by so quickly, I don't even have a chance to breathe.
This year, I want it to be different.
I want to stop rushing around, feeling like I'm always behind.
I want to see the sparkle in my little one's eyes when she grins at me.
I want to hear the crunch beneath my feet on newly fallen snow.
I want to take in the hidden beauty of the life around me.
I want to be amazed by my eight year old's ingenuity.
I want to savor each delicious bite without feeling guilty.
I want to feel the warmth on my face as I snuggle up next to the fire…
I want to notice the magic of everyday.
Because if we don't… we're missing out on our lives.
If you feel the same way, I invite you to join me in a challenge this month:
Simply practice taking notice and giving gratitude everyday for the next 30 days.
Why? Because I have seen how a moment of pause, to take in what's around me, has led to feeling more connected, more loved, and more fully alive. But it's easy to forget. So I'd love your support in witnessing my challenge, and I'd really love for you to join in with me. Let's keep it simple: No daily blogging. No mandatory check-ins. No pressure.
After all, the whole point of this challenge is to simplify life, reconnect, and to enjoy actually LIVING.
Take Notice - Throughout your day, look for the beauty that surrounds you. And when you spend time with someone, or step outside, or take part in a tradition, or experience anything else that you welcome into your life: stop for a moment. Take notice. Breathe, and take it all in.
Give Gratitude - Each night take a minute to write about one thing you're grateful for. Get specific. Why are you grateful for that thing, person, or experience? (Learn more about the power of details when it comes to gratitude with Marie Forleo's recent video.)
Witnessing and Contributing:
Like I mentioned, I want to keep this simple. This challenge is about really immersing yourself in life, which is impossible to do if you spend all your time online. So I have no set schedule to email you, or post on the blog, or any of that. If I feel inspired to share something, I will. And I invite you to share and contribute in any way that feels right for you.
Most if any of my sharing will be on:
Instagram - (perhaps some photos of special moments, or everyday beauty I find)
Facebook - (where I may share some of the experience, what I'm grateful for, and invite you to share as well)
Ready to take on the challenge? Why not start now by sharing in the comments what you're grateful for today and why. Continue practicing taking notice and giving gratitude throughout this month, and I'm sure it will transform the way you view and experience your life.
If nothing else, remember this:
Live your life.
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