Hey there, Well-Beings!  It’s the last Sunday of the month, and you know what that means.  Time for another Gratitude Review! I’ve had a fairly eventful month, which usually doesn’t start happening for me until September when the temperature begins dropping. We’ve had some unseasonably cool days and a lot of rain, which hasn’t done much for the humidity, but things are so green and pretty right now.  It’s given me a reason to plan another photo shoot before we trade the summer blooms in for fall leaves. I’m excited because I may get to team up with a talented photographer friend for a day trip to some of my city’s best spots, if the weather continues to cooperate.

Speaking of cameras, I finally upgraded my phone a couple of weeks ago.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I have been hanging on to my previous iPhone for nearly 5 years! It was time for a better plan and a better phone, and the camera on this thing is making me so happy.  I’ve been testing its capabilities on everything from flowers to flat lays and while I’m still learning how use all of its features, I sure am having fun with it and I’m so impressed with what I’ve been able to do with it so far.  I think it’ll be a great tool to help me with product photography for my business, so I’m thankful that I made the investment.

I had the pleasure of listening to an incredible speech this week that was such a welcome kick-in-the-motivation. I think even the most diligent artist or entrepreneur can lose their fire if they aren’t strategic about fueling it on a regular basis.  It helped me realize how much I’ve let my self-improvement habit slip under the stress of the last year and it helped me recommit to doing something every day that teaches me something , sharpens my skills, helps my business, or allows me to remove roadblocks from my path. I also ended up with a few new books, which was my favorite part of being in the self-improvement habit before.  I’m always grateful for a reason to read!

I also committed to a new process for eliminating clutter which has been really helpful, and I tend to be a bit of an unruly collector. Thanks to a brilliant post from Be More with Less that showed up in my Facebook feed last Friday, I have just completed my second Decluttering Burst. The goal is to let go of 100 things in less than an hour. It sounded difficult at first, but once I got going, it was so freeing. I know so much of this is dependent on the size of the things you are parting with, but I was shocked that I exceeded my goal by 12 items and I didn’t even fill an entire trash bag.  To be fair, I parted with a lot of things like receipts and small broken items that I knew I was never going to repair, but the high from getting those things out of my home has made me want to tackle each room in that way.  It went so well this morning, I just might give it another go before the day is done! I’m so thankful for this useful and easy practice.

What has August given you that you’re grateful for today?  Cultivating gratitude gives us a chance to purposely seek joy in moments that might otherwise pass us by. Leave me a comment below with your favorite moment of the month. Let’s celebrate your wins and walk into September ready to create a whole lot more of them.

Wishing You Total Well-Being,