Grateful For...


It is Thanksgiving tomorrow, and I am just thinking about everything that makes my life beautiful! A lot of people talk about gratitude around this time of year. The thing is that Thanksgiving means a lot of different things to different people.

I often choose to spend the holiday at home, my parents have a limited gathering and my older sister is always present. We have not been on speaking terms for many, many years and I truly think we are both to blame. As I look back on my life I have definitely made so many mistakes and I remind myself that everyone does sometimes. Forgiveness is so important and can also be challenging when people choose to keep you out of their life. I wonder if forgiveness is a two way street or if you can just forgive in your own heart even if someone else doesn’t respond how you want.

In Buddhism there is a belief that your greatest adversaries are also your greatest teachers, showing you what areas of your life to work on and how to navigate relationships in the future. I find it so hard to forget the past, but this year I’m working on letting go and being present in this moment, which truly is beautiful!

This year I really feel like I have so much to be grateful for! Right now I am on an inner peace kick and am honestly feeling more blissed out than I have in years. I’m doing the things that sound fun and inspirational and just setting aside anything that causes me stress. So this is looking like lots of laughter with my husband, reading whatever inspires from my Nook library, making whatever the hell I want to just because, spending lots of time with my cats…and sometimes reading aloud to Roman because it makes him purr deeply. My twin sister is visiting my parents in Wisconsin this upcoming February so I’m daydreaming about how much fun we are going to have together. Lots of delicious food and music and vanilla perfume to delight my senses.

I’ve decided to take the rest of the year off, to daydream and contemplate and just let ideas come to me. At the start of the year my life coach and I will hash out some plans for where to take my creative work. For right now I’m just gathering inspiration and enjoying these last incredible moments of 2018.

Have a fabulous holiday season! Do what makes you happy, set aside those things that stress you out, and delight in every moment of the journey. Life is what you make of it, and inner peace often comes down to a choice. Choose to let go, move on, forgive when you can and love with everything you’ve got!

Kathryn Sturges