April 23, 2013

16/52 Weeks of Gratitude

52 Weeks of More gratitude. More hope. More love.

 Charles Schulz and the Peanuts gang sure knew what they were talking about. If you think about it  this life is pretty darn amazing but we must think it is before we can really appreciate it. I went for a walk earlier today to marvel at the thought of being grateful for everything? What did I find?  Aside from realising that if we practiced gratitude we'd probably all have permanent expressions of wonderment spread across our faces I also realised that if I turned my mind to appreciate and feel gratitude for everything, the smallest things jump out. A single blade of grass contributing to the softness under my feet, the complexity of my feet- how they ground me, enable me to dance, to move and to feel pleasure, the sun shining, and it goes on and on. 

This week it felt like I could feel a shift towards focusing on what I have, not what I don't. Being thankful for who I am rather than focusing on who or what I am not. 

The week was made pretty shiney with friends appearing in different ways. 
Monday I received the sweetest little note with a necklace I'd left at her place attached.  The note said 

Hello lovely
I've returned.
Please put me round your neck so I can feel close to you again (hehe)

And then I had friends visit from North and South. Friends I've known since High School, since I was about 14. There's a special bond that forms having known someone for so many years. My Dad recently turned 79 and he's known his best mate since he was 17.  

On the Saturday catch up with friends I was expecting a nice spread for lunch in the country side, but wasn't expecting to be treated to an absolute feast- wild rice risotto, crabs, prawns, gourmet sausages, salads and to top it off homemade pavlova. Fellow food lovers I adore you.

I am grateful that sometimes Dad has decent music taste (yes only sometimes) and that we both have a love of Johnny Cash. Thanks for the afternoon dance and for twirling me around Dad. It was a fine end to the week indeed.  

 Playing along with Maxabella for 52 Weeks of Gratitude. 


  1. Gosh - that pavlova looks....amazing!

    You can't go wrong with a bit of Schulz - a very lovely quote.

    Nina x

  2. What gorgeous friends you have, Nat. So, so lucky! x

  3. I just thought I would let you know that I literally look forward to getting these in my inbox every Monday (may be delayed because of the time difference-not sure). I didn't see it this Monday and was so excited to see one come in on Tuesday :) Thank you for sharing these!

    1. Thank you so much! Your message warmed my heart immensely xx

  4. I adore this post Nat! Came back to read it again because iPhone wouldn't let me comment last time. Keep thinking about that quote and the shift that comes even by considering gratitude for everything. I'm grateful for this post! Thank you xx

    1. thanks elisa! it remains one of my favourite quotes, it hits the spot every time for me.

  5. wow that feast sounds amazing, taking picnicking to the next level! xxxx


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