10 years ago (TEN!!), I launched a tiny website/blog called The Grateful Life. It was intentioned as a space of positivity, and as I scrolled through some of my oldest posts this morning (cringing at only a few, but maybe you just don't go searching), I’m happy to report that I feel it has stuck to that goal over the years. Whether I was posting regularly or with wide gaps between visits, I see my vulnerability, clarity, heart and grateful spirit grow, even in my more challenging days. As a mother, this made me smile.
In my very first post, I shared a note that had been emailed to me from one of the many spiritual “gurus” I’d been following at the time. It says:
"What if, my darling, loneliness was simply a feeling of impatience, telepathically sent to you by friends you've yet to meet, urging you to go out more, do more, and get involved so that life's serendipities could bring you together...Would you still feel alone?" - the universe.
This season of life has cracked me open like a pinata full of feelings. Y’all...if you thought I was emo before….Lordy. All the feels, all the time, is my constant state of being.
My daughter’s existence reminds me of the need for a gratitude practice daily. We have so very much to give thanks for, and it is important to us to share that good fortune with others, and to model these truths for Saylor. Motherhood requires connection, support, community. It demands so much of self, that it is absolutely paramount we go out, do more, get involved so that this life’s serendipities can bring us what and who we need. More than ever, I see the truth in motion over stasis. Meaning; One step at a time, curiosity led movement is the ultimate antidote to the festering fears + doubts so readily fed by stasis.
Because of this, I wanted to collaborate with a friend to create a mini bucketlist of sorts, to keep me accountable for this very intention over the holidays. I am sharing it here with you in the hopes you will join my family and I during the month of December by checking off each item on this list. Keep coming back to TGL for photos and thoughts on our progress, as well as info on various organizations we support!
Download our beautiful list for printing here or here. HUGE thanks to dear Katie, for doodling my vision to fruition. (You are truly an artist. Never stop creating!)
And finally, I would love to see your bucket lists in action. Please share your experiences on social media with the hashtag #TGLBUCKETLIST (or feel free to tag me @thegratefullifelab)!
With love and gratitude,