I began my 30 day happiness challenge writing about gratitude. This experience has been humbling for me and has reinforced the importance of gratitude. I have accomplished a lot over the past 30 days including this blog. For the past several months I knew I needed something else to help provide some sort of fulfillment. I really was happy, but believed I needed a change. But really what else could I need? I had my family, a home and a good job. Why isn’t this enough? Am I being ungrateful?
After hearing me talk about the changes I have made and my struggles, my sister suggested I start a blog. Why not share some of the changes I had made and maybe that could give me the fulfillment I needed. With no real direction, I started this blog. I knew I wanted to enocurage moms to take care of themselves and therefore the idea of the Mommy Happiness 30 Day Challenge began.
For the past 30 days I have spent some time doing something that made me happy every single day. Here is a short list of some of the things I did.
-eating healthier. I had a green smoothie everyday but one in May
-meditated at least once a week
-stepped out of my comfort zone and went to a moms night out with women I did not know well
-had a weekly in home date night
-attended a new moms group I had never attended before
-wrote this blog
This blog in the short 45 days or so I have been doing it has brought me a lot of joy. But more then that, it has reinforced that I love what I do in my two major roles in life. In my PAID work I am a therapist and I am a mom. So what do I choose to blog about? Things related to both… becoming a happier mom and hopefully encouraging other moms. However the experience does not end there. Because of this experience, it has given the courage to go into the private practice and start my own business. This is something that I never thought I would want to do, but really I wonder if I lacked the confidence and self-worth. If 30 days ago someone said to me I was going to start my own private practice I would have laughed. This blog has given me that strength and drive again. I have no idea what will happen in the future, but I am ready for the journey.
So I am ending my 30 day happiness challenge as I began it. Gratitude. We cannot have happiness without it.
Today I am grateful for my readers who have helped encourage me through this process
I am grateful that writing is so therapeutic (really you should try it)
I am grateful for my new found confidence
I am grateful for having such wonderful supportive people in my life
I am grateful for my family
I am grateful for my home
I am grateful for all our health and so much more