#12×17: May Gratitude
I challenged myself to express gratitude more often. Sometimes it’s something as simple as forgetting out Ps and Qs and other times it’s about finding the good in each day, because not every day is going to be good.
Each day I wrote down one thing I was grateful for that day. Whether it was a close friend to watermelons because they’re pretty great, right?
So did it work? I think I’ve become more expressive to my nearest and dearest to tell them how much I appreciate them and how amazing I think they are. Occasionally in extravagant ways, but I think it’s necessary.
It’s important to remember where you started on your journey and how far you’ve come. It’s easy to forget your “wins” when you’re focusing on the next goal and you can easily put too much emphasis on what you haven’t done. The day this picture was taken I was felt grateful for everything I had achieved so far in life – and everything that’s yet to come (in life, and in yoga).
Girl v London is a collection of prose, places and projects collected and worked on over the years, from London and beyond; for work and for play.
In 2017 I began a project called #12×17 in which I set out on a creative project each month in search of better mental and physical wellbeing, you can read all about it here.
I had hoped to share a video of me plunging into Tooting Bec Lido this weekend to help celebrate Spring – however giving blood kind of wiped me for two days and I’ve genuinely been in bed for 24 of the last 48 hours (as I said – health is a journey!) Luckily for me, I’ve done some Spring Cleaning in my flat this month that I can share with you.
When I bought my house I had dreams of it looking like a Pinterest board straight away, that I would magically amazing at DIY and no project would ever take longer than 2 hours. Unfortunately the reality is that I keep going to B&Q and buying the wrong supplies and neither my hands nor my patience are anywhere near as steady for the jobs I try. But I’m determined, if anything, to have a go at things… I’ve realised perseverance is the key – and whilst I’m not done we’ve come a long way in two weeks!
“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.” Emile Coue.
Spring-cleaning is not just physical! On the first beautiful Spring day of the year I take a walk (or run!) from Westminster to the Millennium Bridge, listen to 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up and try to do some mental spring cleaning! Every year I ask myself: is your heart full? Are you proud of the life you’re creating? Have you changed one person’s life for the better? Spring is a chance to create a new sense of self whether it has mental or physical manifestations. Whether it’s hitting 10,000 steps a day, taking up a new hobby or changing the world… Spring is always a good place to start.
There’s a sweet sense of satisfaction when you indulge your self doubt but the harder part is finding it in you to swallow the hard pill and keep on trying at something. After March 12×17 I did not know what to focus on for April, I felt like I was about to fail at even the smallest of tasks. Sam told me to think broad and then Spring came along… he told me to list down everything I thought about when I thought about Sprin. The first things that came to mind were the song “First Day of my Life” by Bright Eyes, renewal, spring cleaning, flowers and being outside (and then everything else)… what do you think about when you think about Spring? And how will you welcome some much needed renewal in your life this month? Oh, and does anyone fancy a dip in Tooting Bec lido?