Expressing gratitude is something that comes relatively natural to me most days. What I have learned to appreciate in my 50th year on the planet, is that having happy grateful thoughts isn’t enough. For me to truly deepen my gratitude practices, I’ve had to pay more attention to the tone of my internal dialogue, particularly in amongst chaos. That’s what has become my litmus test to measure my attitude of gratitude.

Helping my parents move out of their family home in Yeppoon and relocate to a lovely little ground level duplex.

Going across states to my sister’s Masters in Research graduation ceremony.

Watching our granddaughter take her first steps. 

Sharing time with my parents in Darwin and supporting them to transition into the next phase of their lives.

Meeting Dr Kerry Howells – author of Gratitude in Education and learning more about how to deepen my attitude of gratitude. 

Giving myself permission to go away on a self imposed silent retreat

Turning 50 and celebrating with family.

Losing some friendships and gaining deeper connections with others. 

Helping clients achieve their goals and exceed expectations. 

Having confronting conversations and strengthening family ties.

This year has been epic! Jam packed with major life challenges, I thought going to Bali mid year for a break was a landmark trip. It was the first time on my own and I loved it, but little did I know I was about to take another trek back up “Fear Mountain” in October and November to face some of my worst professional fears to date. Mantras I teach clients became my own: “What other people think about you is their business. What you think about you is your business”; “People who feel good about themselves do not behave badly” and “This too will pass”. I’d like to think I moved through those few months relatively gratefully, maintaining my dignity and self respect. And you’ll never guess what the bonus was! It motivated me to focus on what I have effectively avoided doing for 3 years, and that’s launching my online programs. So, like I’ve said before, when my back’s against the wall, the best comes out in me. And I know how to convert sh*t into fertiliser! 

Wishing you all the very best for 2013 New Year celebrations and look forward to sharing time and space with you in 2014!