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My ONE New Year’s Resolution

January 6, 2015
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Did you guys think I went on permanent hiatus from this blog?

Well … I didn’t (obviously, as you can see I’m back today).  I did, however, take a good long break from crafting, decorating, and DIY’ing.  Over the past couple weeks, we’ve spent some good quality time as a family, endured a touch of the stomach flu, several runny noses, did a bit of sledding, and a TON of organizing and purging.  And some more purging.  And then some lots of donating.  Goodwill probably needs a new aisle for all our stuff.  Seriously … please tell me how a family of 5 (three of which are tiny people) can gather so much ‘stuff’!!?!  And how in the world did we live in a 800 square foot condo just 3 short years ago?

Really, my one resolution for this year sounds like it should be SIMPLIFY, but it’s not.  I’ll keep that in the forefront of my mind this year, too, but my ONE word or my ONE resolution is something I think is even more important.  And hopefully, life changing (I’m feeling very dramatic today, apparently).

I’ve been wanting to post about this topic for awhile, but haven’t.  Maybe because I feel like it doesn’t fit with the usual stuff I post on here, maybe because there’s so much I want to say about this topic that I just couldn’t figure out where to start, or maybe because we’ve been so busy and I haven’t had much time get my thoughts straight (and they still might not be completely straight … so I apologize in advance).  But I’m finally writing this post now.  It also happens to be good timing with the start of a new year, and a good time to make a commitment.

So, my one word for 2015?

GRATITUDE. 

Lately, I feel like everywhere I turn I’ve been hearing about the importance of practicing gratitude.  And not just the importance … that sounds too un-exciting, but the ways in which just by being thankful and happy for the good things you have can completely transform your life (there’s that drama again).

Like I said, I keep stumbling upon articles in magazines, online, or podcasts that stress the importance of gratitude.  I swear, it’s like the universe is trying to tell me something.  So, I listened … and that’s my ONE (and only) resolution this year.  Not 10 like last year (which I should probably let you know that I was only about 20% successful on … yikes).

Gratitude Quote by Melody Beattie

Early last month, I opened my Real Simple Holiday Edition magazine and this quote above was the first thing I saw.  Let me expand, just a bit, on the lines above …

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and vision for tomorrow.”  – Melody Beattie;  The Language of Letting Go

I took note of this quote as I read it in that magazine, I even typed it into my phone so I would remember it, but that’s it.  It alone didn’t inspire any action on my part.

Something else I became slightly obsessed with over the past couple months is listening to podcasts.  Matt has been listening to them for years, and so I’m pretty sure he’s pumped about my recent hobby obsession.  My two favorite podcasts, however, both begun to reveal a similar theme throughout their episodes … that gratitude is key to achieving anything in your life.  Here’s where the concept of gratitude really began to catch my attention.  Maybe giving thanks should be done more regularly than once a year on Thanksgiving?  Imagine that.  

Then last week, I opened our Experience Life Magazine (published by our gym, LifeTime Fitness), and read an interview with Marie Forleo (who I didn’t know at the time, but have discovered is a huge ‘web celeb’ and entrepreneur).  She was asked what the first step to make positive change or improvements in your life, and she replied: (you guessed it …) Gratitude.  She simply states that if you have clean water to drink, healthy food to eat, and a roof over your head that you are very lucky.  More than a billion people on this planet do not have those things.  More information steering me to this gratitude concept.

And finally, I think the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’, so to say, was this article that a friend of mine shared on Facebook last week.  It’s from Momastery, and entitled, Give me Gratitude or Give me Debt.  It’s not brand new (from August of last year, I think), but she shares how much perspective can sway your way of thinking and your amount of happiness.  Go read it (after you finish up here).  It’s funny and so true and inspiring.

I told you it seems like the universe has been trying to send me a sign that I need more of this thing called Gratitude in my life?!?  It’s been coming at me from all angles this past month.  Because of that I’ve started to become more aware and more conscious of my thoughts these past couple weeks (prior to officially beginning this resolution to practice gratitude), and I’ve noticed I’m quite the whiner (at least in my head).  Here’s some of my recent thoughts (a.k.a. complaints):

“Ugh … I hate this freezing cold weather.  Why do I live in this state?”  When I should be thinking, “I am so thankful to have a warm house to live and sleep in during this time.  A minivan with heat.  A warm jacket, hat, and gloves for me and all the boys.”  Some people don’t have any of this.  And also, I should realize that living here … in this state, in this country is something others would drop everything for.

“What a great way to start out the New Year … a broken garage door.  We have to park outside … in the cold?!?”  When I should be thinking, just 3 years ago, we parked outside on the street every night, and would have loved to even have a driveway to park our cars.  Heck … 15 years ago we were just happy to have a car.

“I wish Ben would figure out how to sleep through the night.” When I should be saying, “I’m so lucky he’s a healthy baby and I should just savor every last minute I get with him … day or night.

“We need a new mattress SOOO badly.  This one is old and uncomfortable.  And too small.”  When really it should go more like this … “I’m so thankful to have a warm bed complete with a loving, supportive husband next to me, a bed-hogging dog at the foot end, and the occasional toddler (or two) sandwiched in-between.”  Again, some people would give anything for this luxury.

“Why can’t we keep this house clean for longer than 5 minutes?!?”  When I should just focusing on playing and being present with my kids … even through the messes and spills and all the dirt that seems to accompany three little boys (and one dog).

I could go on and on with some of my ‘complaints’ as of late, but I think I’ll stop right there because I don’t want you to really lose all faith in me as a human being.  I honestly DID have all of these thoughts, and now sitting here typing them makes me feel like the most ungrateful person EVER (and a little embarrased).  Jeez. What a crab, huh?  I guess I really do need to get serious about this gratitude thing.

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So, for 2015 I’m going to truly practice giving thanks for all that I do have.  Every day. 

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In a recent podcast on The School of Greatness, Chris Lee talks about how living an abundant life is just a matter of your mindset.  “Abundance isn’t about what you HAVE, it’s about how you see your world and who you are.”  Too often we focus on what we don’t have  … and we feel like there’s never enough.  Never enough time.  Never enough money.  Never enough energy, etc.  In this interview, Lee talks about focusing on what we DO have and being grateful for all those blessings.   Building this state of gratitude lays the foundation for everything else you want to accomplish in your life.

Gratitude Quote and FREE PRINTABLE!  A great reminder to give thanks.

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In all this gratitude talk over the past weeks, I also discovered Oprah’s quote on the matter …

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

And in that podcast with Chris Lee that I mentioned above, he talks about the law of attraction and how everything you put out there comes back multiplied.  Put out goodness into the world, and you’ll receive even greater good;  Put out negative thoughts, and you will continue to be plagued by negativity.   We attract who we are and what we do and what we speak.

So … that’s by very long winded resolution for 2015.  Sorry if I lost you half way, I know it’s not what I usually post about.  It’s these podcast, I tell ya!  Maybe this blog with evolve a bit this upcoming year (or maybe we’ll just stick with the craftiness … stay tuned)!

But make one promise with me …. this year, let’s live everyday.

Okay … deep Katie is done for today.  :)

Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing  |  Gratitude Quote

p.s.  The two podcasts that I’m currently obsessed with are Lewis Howe’s School of Greatness, and Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Radio (though this one sometimes gets a bit too technical for me).  Go check ’em out if you get a chance (and don’t worry … they don’t pay me for my plugs here).

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10 Comments

  • Reply Erin January 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Wow…what a great post, Katie! You had me on the edge of my seat for the whole thing. Loved it! I completely agree that we should live each day with more gratitude. Last year I started to focus on this a bit more (I still have a long ways to go), but I could definitely see a change in the way I look at most things. And I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction too. It really is amazing what starts to happen in your life when you simply change your attitude. I think this is a great idea to focus on in 2015. I wish you the best of luck and can’t wait to hear (and see) the impact this has on you :)
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    • Reply Katie January 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks, Erin!! I’m glad to hear that it’s been working for you! The more I read about it, the more I’m convinced that it is so important!! Thanks for your comment and Happy New Year!

  • Reply Kristi January 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I LOVED reading this Katie! Every single word resonated deeply! We could all use a little more gratitude for what we do have in life and how lucky we really are. What a perfect reminder! xoxo
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    • Reply Katie January 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Kristi! Thanks so much for reading and for your comment! I’m glad it resonated with you! I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I’m glad to finally have some of my thoughts down in this post! Happy New Year, and congrats and good luck with the move!! So exciting!

  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life January 7, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Yes, yes, and yes! And I’m so glad you added the podcasts at the bottom because I was so distracted hoping you shared which ones you were loving! This year I found Jess Lively & I have been loving her podcasts – if you need another in your free time :)
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    • Reply Katie January 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! I’m excited to check out this Jess Lively!! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Reply Andie Conn January 12, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Love this new resolution of yours! You should try reading 1,000 Gifts by Anne Voskamp. So good and very insightful concerning gratitude and the gospel.

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    • Reply Katie January 12, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, Andie!! I will definitely check it out! Thanks for stopping by, too! Hope your New Year’s is off to a good start!
      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Becky @dempsterlogbook January 24, 2015 at 10:12 am

    yes! I totally agree! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts at Motivational Monday! And I’ve recently become podcast obsessed so I will be adding those to my list!

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