Pieces of Me

May ~ My Month of Grateful

My year always starts in a whirl wind. Summer holidays – family road trip – start of the new school year – AJ’s birthday – our anniversary – our holiday away sans kidsPJ’s birthday – my birthday – throw in Easter and this year Kidspot Voices of 2014 and I am well and truly exhausted by the end of April. May is like a welcome cool breeze that weaves its way into my house. May is when slowly there is a shift in the sense of anxiety and deadline. Calm enters the house and makes itself at home, rugged up in a blanket, on the couch. In some ways, it feels like I have been holding my breath for the first four months of the year and now I can exhale.


Gratitude seems to be the new black, if not in real life, certainly on social media. It is not a bad thing, fad or no fad. There are certainly many hashtags and many sites promoting our need to find gratitude in our every day. I have always embraced the idea of being thankful and finding that gratitude. Sometimes I forget how easy it is to get carried away with the superficial and the shiny, that stopping for a moment to be grateful can be a good way to find equilibrium again.


So I have decided to set myself a little challenge, nothing too impossible. Every day around three in the afternoon I always sit down to have a coffee. I usually sit and scroll through my social media or read the newspaper when I do. For the month of May, I am going to use this time instead to find something I am grateful for, whether it be that day or something far greater in my life. I will share my daily gratitude with you. No pressure to play along, but certainly feel free to join in if you want to.


I’ll post my daily gratitude on Facebook and Instagram, so make sure you follow along there to keep up with my #alwaysgrateful. Joining in can be as simple as leaving a comment or you can go ahead and post your own #alwaysgrateful – just use the hashtag or tag me so I can follow along too.

Either way, this is something I need to do. For a year that has started at a pace of a hundred miles an hour, I need to swing things back into equilibrium. I need to slow things down a little. I need to reconnect with the quiet and serenity that I had when I returned from my summer holiday. I seek to find balance and calm through gratitude and leave myself open to all the possibility that may come.

What are you grateful for today? 

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  • LydiaCLee

    First day of school – coffee machine at the repair shop – you’ve picked a tough morning for gratitude. I’ll go with, I’m grateful I will be able to have some time to finish a tax issue I’m dealing with (pile of paper work needed to be worked on since we returned). Also grateful there’s a solar eclipse and we might get to go and look at it (as Tuesdays we have no afterschool activities…)

  • AParentingLife

    Beautiful idea Josefa, I love watching people stop and be consciously thankful. Hosting Thankful Thursday and reading through all those beautiful thanks each week makes my heart swell. Leaving some fairy wishes and butterfly kisses from #teamIBOT

  • It’s been a hectic start to the year hasn’t it? I can’t believe it is just about to clock over to May. Great idea Josefa. Being grateful is about taking stock and just pausing for a moment. It’s so important in these busy days.

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com

    I’m grateful for my husband on our wedding anniversary today, and always (well I try).

  • It’s a great idea and I’ll be sure to join in! xx

  • great idea! I shall join in too, xS

  • Great idea Josefa! Today I am grateful for coffee, and lots of it!

  • I was actually thinking about doing this just the other day, I might join in too!

  • TeganMC

    Great idea and your pictures are gorgeous! Today I am grateful that I don’t have anything to do because it’s definitely a pjs kind of day.

  • Alicia-OneMotherHen

    I am doing the #100happydays, so I will add your hashtag for the month of may 🙂

  • The Plumbette

    I think you are going to feel even better for it than reading through the doom and gloom of the newspaper! I try to be grateful but I find that I’m thankful for the same things. I wonder if I practiced gratitude daily how my list would change and what it would include.

  • Love this idea Josefa. I started the year determined to #findthejoy in everything, but with the craziness of what’s happened, I haven’t done that as much as I thought I would have.

  • I love the grateful idea, I find it hard to do something everyday, but I managed to do the photo a day challenge and that is almost my daily grateful! xxx

  • Martine Oglethorpe

    Great idea. A few years ago I made my kids give me a sentence about what they were grateful for before bed. I really should look at doing that again as it is a great way for them to go to sleep with a happy thought . And us too!

  • This sounds super beneficial. It can never hurt swapping social media time with something a little more meaningful or soul fulfilling. I’m a bit like you. Thrown off balance, swirling in a fast paced lifestyle. This month I’m saying no and not doing any extra projects or activities. Staying in. Connecting in again. I’m grateful for the realisation that this needs to happen. Often I keep pushing and end up in some unhealthy place. I hope May is your month of sanity and calmness x

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    What a great idea, Josefa! I will definitely join in when I can. Hubby and I have gotten into a habit of doing something similar before we go to sleep each night. We tell each other the best thing that happened to us that day and what we are thankful to each other for.

  • Loree

    I am grateful for my family and friends. This is a nice idea and I totally agree that we should spend more time being grateful.

  • TwitchyCorner

    Today I am grateful for a few similar things. After over three weeks of kids at home and two weeks of husband on leave, I had my first day of empty house in a month. It felt AWESOME. Silence is indeed golden. Simple things, simple things. *Exhale* 😉 xx

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