Hi there, Darling Hearts! I hope February has been kind and hasn’t dumped too much snow on you. It’s been a pretty mild Winter here. In fact, I’ve been fortunate enough to have some days with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, so I’ve even opened the doors and windows to let stuffy, doggy smells out. As an Aromatherapy Junkie, I’m always grateful for that! I’ve been thankful for lots of other things this month, so whaddya say we get this Gratitude Review underway with some highlights?
I’ve been getting lots of what I’m calling “guidance nudges” these days. Lately it seems like if I think about something I want for an extended period of time, I get a nudge to go check it out somewhere unexpected and it shows up even better than I imagined. I’ve wanted this hot, hot pink bag for over a year, and after a little guidance nudge to go to the store where I saw it and just look around, I found it on clearance for less than $10! I’ve also wanted to get back on my vegan nutritional shakes for a while (they give me energy and make me feel amazing), but I couldn’t afford the steep price tag while I’m paying for classes, so I had to cut them out of my budget. After some research, I discovered I could get a nearly identical product from another company for about half the price and set my sights on getting it. After one of my guidance nudges , I went looking for them while picking up some other items at Sam’s and discovered that they had just started carrying them and I could get twice as much for only a few more dollars. I saved a little more than $200 considering I now have almost a 2.5 month supply! I had the same luck while replacing a few items in my wardrobe and replenishing my essential oil supply this month, and I never would have found these things if I hadn’t heeded these nudges. On the heels of last month’s revelation about holding out on myself, these tiny splurges feel long overdue, too. I’m thankful for all of this, and even more thankful that I haven’t had to spend that much to take better care of myself. You can’t ask for much more, really!
I’ve had the pleasure of getting together with a few of my best girlfriends this month. I’m always thankful for the fellowship of kickass, beautiful, smart and supportive gal-pals. That’s not to say that I don’t get that same awesome support from my guy friends! I totally do, but there’s just something special about what happens when good women circle. I’ve been able to go out to dinner and lunch, and even work on a super-duper-top-secret-side-hustle with one of my favorite lady friends. I’m really excited to see something I daydreamed come to life with the help and expertise of one of the best people on the planet. When I had the vision for it, I knew she was exactly the right partner to work with and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
I’ve also had an exceptional month for writing. I went through what I thought was a dry spell toward the end of the year. My ideas seemed to get stuck and never fully came to form, but it turned out to just be a call to rest. I took that to heart and spent most of November and December taking a break from all things creative and only focused on school, and it payed off. Starting late January and all this month, the idea tap seems to be on full-force and I’ve all but wrapped up several things I set aside until they were ready for me again. I think that happens a lot more often than we realize. We haven’t become who we need to be to finish a project and we assume we failed, but eventually inspiration (in the form of growth) allows us to finish it, and it becomes better than we ever imagined. That’s certainly been the case this month. I’m endlessly thankful for the lesson to fill my tank and for the flow of creativity returning to me as a result.
What happened to you this month that you want to give thanks for? Did you have any creative breakthroughs? Did you bargain-shop your booty-off? Did you get together with anyone special? Tell me about it in the comments below! Let’s celebrate together!
Wishing You Total Well-Being,