I’m so grateful to be able to share with you that finally, we’ve found HOME, in Whitefish, Montana. Wooohooo!!! After more than six months of looking, some part of me is fulfilled knowing that I can unpack and just “be”.
For those who have been following this blog, I owe you an apology. I disappeared for the last month, as my days were filled with packing, moving and unpacking. After months of “frustration and fascination“, we moved into our new home last week. We bought a home that was owned by a bank, having been foreclosed on more than a year ago. In this difficult economy, I’m sorry that the former owner lost their home, but I’m grateful we were in the right place at the right time to make this beautiful house our home
There’s a lot of deferred maintenance and our “to do” list is growing each day. We’re still unpacking boxes and trying to find things…. but in spite of all this, the number one thing I feel in this home is GRATITUDE.
When I pause to look out the window and appreciate the beauty of the forest, I feel grateful. When my husband makes a fire for me in our beautiful fireplace, I feel grateful. When I walk in the woods, I feel grateful. As I put the finishing touches on the guest room (knowing that my daughter and granddaughter are coming to visit), I feel grateful. When I just sit and listen to the sound of absolute silence, I feel grateful. Just writing this at the bar in our kitchen, surrounded by such beauty, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. For the first time in many years, I feel like I’m home, and I’m grateful.
Gratitude is powerful. Knowing that what we focus on grows, I’m choosing to focus on gratitude as a conscious part of my life. I woke up this morning with another idea- a gratitude wall. Too often we get caught up in life with all the things on our “to do” list, or we become overwhelmed by our ‘could have been’ or ‘should have beens’.
Many of us know the power of of a vision board… as what we think about, we bring about. To support this, we’ve created a vision board wall in our bedroom. I’m taking this one step further and creating a gratitude wall in my office. It’s still in the thought process stage for me, so I’m sure I will tweak this a bit… but for now, I’m planning to post photos/words of things that I am most grateful for in my life. Each time I walk by my wall, I will feel grateful and have a conscious reminder of the good in my life.
I’m guessing that some of the things on the board will change each day, while others will remain the same. My list today would include our beautiful new home, my husband, family and friends, Koda the WonderDog, my health and vitality, connection to Spirit, etc. I’ll also include things that will change, like snow, accomplishments (like unpacked boxes!), business successes, time spent with friends/family, etc.
We all have days when things don’t go as planned. Rather than focus on what went wrong, I’m planning to visit my gratitude wall and shift the focus to what’s already really good in my life. From that, not only will I feel better immediately, but more good things will line up to come to me.
I invite you to join me to create a gratitude space in your home where you can be reminded of the goodness around you. At the very least, I invite you to create your gratitude list of the top things that you are thankful for in your life. Please feel free to share how conscious gratitude works for you, in the comment section below.
Know that YOU are on my grateful wall, as I am thankful you are a part of our community. Please feel free to reach out to us any time.