People keep saying to me 'it's December on the weekend! And then Christmas will be here, then New Year, and then the year will be over!'
Yes, this time of year the panic starts to set in and life becomes busier than usual.
Combined with this is the pressure to buy more stuff. Everywhere you turn you see ads for Christmas gifts and all the things you must buy others.
It can be easy to get swept up in the stress of it—to focus on what you don't have and what you need to do.
So in the lead-up to the Holidays I am inviting you to take a step back and acknowledge what you already have.
I feel like it is important for us all to stop and recognise things in life to be grateful for, beyond the commercialism that the holiday season brings. Especially as proven benefits of gratitude include: better relationships; better physical and psychological health; enhanced empathy; reduced aggression; better sleep; higher self-esteem; increased resilience.
I first ran the 21 Days of Gratitude in December 2017, then again in June 2018. The urge to run it initially came from a sense of myself needing to refocus and reconnect with my own gratitude practise. I chose to extend it to others as a way of sharing the experience, so others can experience the benefits.
From a personal perspective, giving myself this focus on gratitude brings more ease and joy into my life.
This is a chance for you to reflect on the small things. The good things. The things that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
The 21 Days of Gratitude starts on 1 December, and won't cost you anything except a few moments of your time each day. If you send me a list every day for 21 days, you will receive a free hour of coaching from me, as my gift to you.
What will happen
// Each day, for 21 days, you will receive an email from me that includes some insights into gratitude and a prompt for your gratitude list.
// Hit reply, and send me 10 unique things you are grateful for. These must be different each day (e.g. you can't say 'my husband' each day, but you can say 'the way my husband makes me laugh' or 'my husband cooked dinner').
// If you send me your list every day for 21 days, you will receive a free hour of coaching with me—my gift to you :)
If you don't want to send me your list every day but want to just receive the emails, that's more than okay.
// To be eligible for a free hour of coaching you must register to join. // Your list must be sent to me each day by midnight. // Your list must contain 10 unique items each day. These items cannot be repeated throughout the challenge (so you end up with 210 things you are grateful for—how cool is that!). // One list per day (no double-ups) except if you will be out of range (e.g. on a long-haul flight, camping out-of-range). This needs to be communicated with me in advance—just send me an email beforehand. // The 21 Days of Gratitude begins on 1 December and ends on 21 December 2018. // Your daily lists remain confidential. I will not share them with anyone, and will delete them after 21 December 2018.
If this sounds like something you would like to join, register here.
I hope you'll join us.