Necklace from my shop.

I’m a big fan of gratitude. I love the quote “gratitude turns what we have into enough” and I believe it to be true. We live in a world that tells us that the more we have the happier we’ll be. The problem with this theory is that no matter how much we have, there will always be something we don’t have. There will always be someone out there with more. If we believe that having more will make us happier, we can never really be satisfied because we can never have quite enough. I believe that great happiness comes from learning to appreciate what we already have and modifiying our definition of “enough” to suit our true needs, rather than what the world around us tells us we “need”. In doing this we may just realise that we already have enough or, at the very least, that “enough” is less than we originally imagined…

All of this sounds pretty preachy, but I know that when I’m feeling down or pining for things I don’t have, it really does help to take a step back, look around me and take note of all that I already have to be thankful for. So what am I grateful for on this cold and rainy Saturday?

I am grateful for this earth which, though sometimes dark and frightening, is also full of magic. I am grateful for having been born in a prosperous country where I have freedom, peace and opportunity. I’m grateful for having received a good education. I’m grateful for having never gone hungry. I am grateful for winter sunshine, flanelette sheets and warm socks. I am grateful for family who love me and have always tried to do their best for me. I am grateful for a partner who is more kind, supportive and wonderful than I could ever put into words. I am grateful for op-shops and flea markets. I am grateful for a house that, though shabby and cold, shelters us from the weather and is ours. I’m grateful for Sebby, Poppy and Daisy, our fur babies, who fill our hearts with joy and make our house a home. I am grateful for mugs of tea. I am grateful for electricity and running water. I am grateful for my fledgling business and every lovely person who has supported it. I am grateful for my good health and my body which, though far from perfect, allows me to walk this beautiful earth. I am grateful for the difficult times in my life which have taught me valuable lessons and helped me to grow. I am grateful for fresh produce from the farmers market. I am grateful for my sense of humour. Finally, I am grateful for this space, which allows me to share what’s in my heart. I am grateful for each one of you, for reading and caring and sharing your own thoughts…

What are you grateful for today?

Katie x

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21 Responses to “Gratitude”

  1. Julie July 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Beautiful sentiments Katie. Come pay day, I’ll order that pendant. I’m coming more and more to understand those words as I find myself drowning in clutter from too much “stuff” Blessings and good luck to your business venture. You are doing something that you love so you cannot help but be successful
    Julie x

  2. Bec July 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Too true and sweet Katie. Taking a step back is so important and, yet again, you have written this post at a time that I need to remember that! Thanks for the reminder that my house, family, amazing friends, heater and fat happy cat are enough and a lot more than some others have x

  3. Penny July 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Oh I really share these beautiful sentiments Katie, you are wise for your years. This gratitude will continue to blossom as you get older, keep it going. Your sweet necklaces are very heartfelt and beautiful xox Penny

  4. Jess July 13, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    What a beautiful post Katie. Something that I try to be more conscious of but something that it is unfortunately all too easy to forget! We could all do with taking a moment to appreciate just what we have to be grateful for x

  5. Carla July 14, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    What a wonderful post. We are ” rich” in this country for sure. So much to fill our hearts with gratitude and enough left over to share with those less fortunate. Blessings on your day

  6. Hesta July 14, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    I love reading what’s going on in your world Katie! I so agree with your sentiments about gratitude. I can add that I’m very grateful for my three sons! They are miracles and the loves of my life. And I’m grateful for being me – I’m at that stage in life where I’m content in myself, accepting that I’m becoming the person I’m meant to be. And off course I’m very grateful for creativity!!
    Keep on writing! Your house is going to look great even if it’s a work in progress. Reuben’s garden is going to give you pleasure and your jewelery is very creative!
    Xxx hesta

  7. Ali July 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Dear Katie, I am so grateful for your beautiful blog, I am also grateful for my amazing necklace, everytime I wear it I think of you & your “nerves” before going on Etsy 🙂 I see that Dear Delilah is going extremely well. I am grateful for the health I have & the ability to type this comment !!!! xx

  8. caroline July 15, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    Thank you for reminding everyone to be grateful for what we have!!! You are very wise!! I love reading your posts!! I am grateful for being able to go for my walk this AM & warm bagels for breakfast!!! Have a great day!!!

  9. Annemieke July 15, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Thank you Katie , for your beautiful blog . Being grateful keeps me with my feet on the ground. And enjoying the simple things in life. Every evening i try to name 5 things I’m grateful for. And like your necklace says ” the best things life are free”
    Much love and warmth for you over there in Australia , greetings from a sunny and warm Holland!

  10. Cara July 15, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Thank you for such a lovely post! This is a fantastic quote. I feel the need to have it plastered around my house as a constant reminder. We are so lucky to have been born to such freedom in these fertile lands. Thanks for reminding us to appreciate the little things. And congrats on your difficult decision to go sponsorship free x

  11. Claire July 15, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Dear Katie –

    Thank you for such a lovely post. I needed this this morning as a reminder that I too have so much to be grateful for. I went through a really difficult period at the end of last year where I had to stand up for something I believed in and something that aligned with my values and ethics, and in doing so, lost something else that meant to the very world to me (my career).

    Because of this I felt like I lost who I was and began questioning everything about myself. But I’ve come out of that now. And I know I did the right thing. And the best part of all of this was seeing how many people came out of the woodwork to support me. Which I am eternally grateful for.

    And I am grateful for you Katie, for reminding us about simplicity, and kindness, and how good the world is, and about gratitude.

    Love Claire x

  12. Carrie July 16, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    I am grateful for my health and my family’s health. A friend suddenly passed away on Saturday and it makes you thankful and humble that we are all fit and healthy.

  13. gill July 16, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    Reminds me of words out of a Cheryl Crow song “its not having what you want, but wanting what you’ve got”

  14. Linda Davidson July 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I just came across your blog and I love it! I enjoyed reading your lovely post on gratitude and seeing the beautiful gratitude necklace!

  15. Jane Y. July 17, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    these are really great sentiments. thanks for the wonderful reminder..

  16. V July 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Beautiful and important post 🙂

  17. Nanna Chel July 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Hi Katie,

    Just letting you know that I have written on my blog about the pendant I bought from you this week. I did comment here during the week to say that I had received it and how lovely it was but my comment must have gone into cyberspace.

    Thanks so much.

  18. Winnie July 20, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    Enjoyed reading your post today. I found you in Artful Blogger, and enjoyed learning a bit about you just by knowing what you are grateful for. I keep a gratitude journal and it helped me through the loss of my first husband to see “beauty” and “good” things around me each day instead of focusing all my thoughts on the negative and sad feelings.

    Just finished your article on blogging, and I have just passed 1.5 years into my blog. It is really fun and makes me so happy, so as long as I am having fun and sharing with people, I will continue, and just enjoy the now. I have made lots of blogging “friends” and learned so much that I would not have and have read on subjects new to me etc. My blog isn’t for business, so ads, or things don’t matter to me. But I sometimes am put off when I go to blogs and am not sure if something is really “good” or if the blogger was paid to say it is..

  19. Natalie July 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Hey! I’m loving being a new reader of your blog. I’ve been practising gratitude for a wee while now and your sentiment is so true. It’s about our outlook on life. And such a rich life it is. Nat x

  20. Allie July 24, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Wow….I needed that now! I’m sooooo thankful to you both and for finding your site! I’ve been very down lately (wallowing in my own misery lol) and you just totally reminded me that no matter what hard time I may be going through right now….it IS only right now, and things WILL get better. My life is NOT as horrible as it could be. You have to fall in order to be able to get back up, right? You have to fail in order to succeed. You have to be sad in order to cherish that which makes you happy. You have to cry so you can love to laugh. And you have to crumble and get buried up to your neck in “fertilizer” so you can finally grow into the person you will become…..tho me thinks that one NEVER is done become who they are. Thank you for your inspiring words and for taking the time to share your lives, thoughts, creativity and love with all of us.

  21. Kim Cerise August 7, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    I cannot tell you how much I would love to hop in an RV and just travel! I hope I will win the book to see how others have done the same. Love your Blog!! Kim

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