Hey Party People,
Today we all need to take a brief, nay, MAJOR moment to celebrate the fact that THE ATTITUDE IS GRATITUDE is one year old!!! March 22 marks the one-year milestone. Happy Blogaversary to me! I want to express immense gratitude to each and every one of you who has been with me on this journey so far. If you have read each post diligently, thank-you. If this is your first one, welcome. If you pull up a post when it calls to you – that’s perfect. No matter your connection to me or these weekly posts I hope my words have resonated with you and have encouraged you to live into the life you want. If you have not subscribed yet, it would mean the world to me if you did. I have something special in the works just for my subscribers coming soon. Something that I know will help you follow your heart nudge.
This is a special moment for me, and something I want to celebrate. I created this blog at the onset of COVID-19, at a time where the world legit felt like it was crumbling around us. To this day I’m still not sure why I started writing. It wasn’t something that I had been thinking about or pondering for a while, but something pulled me to just go for it. Walking along on a little country road next to my mama, I said it out loud, “I think I’m going to start a blog.” That evening I went home and figured out just enough to set up a site – nothing flashy, nothing technical, I just needed a platform. The same platform you can visit here. One year later and over 60 posts shared, THE ATTITUDE IS GRATITUDE is still here, and that is worth celebrating! *mini-wave in celebration!*
How many things have you started in life and never finished, or you set it aside, or simply just stepped away from? I’m sure there is at least one. We always move on to something else that someone else wants us to do, or that will please others, often leaving our wants and desires to be shelved. I say enough of that let’s do more of what we love.
It’s not easy to commit to something new, to start something from scratch, and to keep on doing it. There were many days I felt like no one gave an actual f*ck what I was writing (except my mama, #BiggestFan) and I questioned why I was even doing it. I had times where I questioned my worth for even sharing my thoughts and opinions, what right did I have to give other people advice? I almost quit writing less than 2 months into beginning. I wrote I Don’t Get an Opinion and shared this struggle but somehow found a belief in myself to choose hope and to keep going.
I am giving myself one damn big pat on the back for this milestone.
In celebration I thought I would take you back to a few of my favourite posts and some of yours (aka the most read) from the past year. Settle in with a glass of wine, a beer, a bubbly, java, or tea and spend some time with me 😊
Stop Doing Sh*t You Hate – “What if we all gave ourselves just a little more freedom to step outside the box, stopped being a follower and started being exactly who we were meant to be.” Selfish is NOT a Dirty Word – “ In my opinion, we all need to be a little more selfish. When we are selfish we are prioritizing ourselves and standing up for our own life…” The Unveiling - “Racism hasn’t gotten worst; it’s just being filmed.” George Floyd was murdered and the world took notice. My Eagle Feather – “How we treat people matters…. And you know why it matters? Because we have the power to lift people up or tear them down…” Is it Bravery or Stupidity? – Final days on the job and stepping to my next chapter, was scary AF.
I hope you had some time to spare to go back and enjoy some of those posts. I enjoyed the little reminders too. It even reminded me and proved to me, that since day one, each and every post I write comes from my heart. I had dark days last year just like many of you, days when I could have given up but I didn’t. I kept taking steps to get through the shitty days. This blog, and all of you, helped me in many ways I cannot describe. I found a sense of worthiness and purpose that gave me the strength to choose myself.
If you are wondering if you should take that leap into a relationship (or out of a relationship), build that website, learn that skill, quit that job, make that proposal, chop off your hair, whatever you are thinking about. Stop thinking so dang much and start taking some action. Baby steps will lead to big moves. I want you to get to the point when you look in the mirror you see your own hero looking back at you. Until then. I believe in you, even if you don’t just yet.
I thought a throwback Party Jam was appropriate for this week!
Pat Benatar - Hit Me with Your Best Shot (Spotify)
Pat Benatar - Hit Me with Your Best Shot (YouTube)
P.S. Here’s one final throwback to the post that started it all. One Week in the Life of COVID-19. This was the very first post on THE ATTITUDE IS GRATITUDE. Once again if you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up, I’ll have something special coming for you soon, to help you follow your heart nudge.