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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Starting the year with Gratitude

The holidays are finally over and here we are on the first working day of the year. I am both excited and overwhelmed with the things that needed to be done including the work-related concerns that piled up during the holidays. 

This is actually the longest Christmas vacation that we truly enjoyed. School was on break starting December 13. Val did not have to report anymore and I was on-call as early as December 15 and stayed offline beginning December 20. 

If you are wondering how we spent our holidays? We had two hotel staycations which I am going to blog about soon. And the rest are all chill days either spent by going to malls to do a little bit of shopping or we just stay at home to binge-watch The Big Bang Theory

It was very simple but we had the much need rest to recharge for the upcoming year. Binge-watching may sound lazy but I got a lot of takeaways and lessons that we can apply in our real lives. 

In Episode 9 (Season 10) - Sheldon gets extremely jealous when his rival, Bert gets a grant of over $500,000 for his geology research. He was even more jealous to learn that Bert really did a good job and his paper was remarkable. The jealousy that Sheldon was feeling has negatively affected him that he was unable to concentrate on his own work and that he even injured himself. 

However, what struck me the most is the words of Amy (Sheldon's girlfriend) - Amy told Sheldon that he should appreciate the good things in his life. He has love, his health and a roof over his head. 

This is the same thing that we need to do in our lives. We must not dwell on what we don't have. Instead, we should learn to appreciate what we have. We are loved and blessed more than we will ever realize. Let me share with you one of my favorite essays: 

So, this 2020. I decided to Start the Year with Gratitude and here are some of the things and people that I am thankful for: 
I am thankful for a house full of fur. It means I have dogs who are playful, happy and love me unconditionally. 

I am thankful for the dishes that need to be washed, it means that my family and I had a good meal. 

I am thankful for a busy work schedule, it means that I have clients who trust me that I can help them with their business. 

I am thankful for the non-stop messaging notification sound, it means that there are people who values what I have to say. 

I am thankful for the delivery guy who keeps on waking me up so early in the morning, it means that I have packages from friends and family.

I am thankful for the medicines that I need to take, it means that I am alive and have the opportunity to heal and be healthier.  

I can share endless things that I am thankful for and this is the main reason why I am so positive that 2020 is going to be a great year.  How about you? What are you grateful for? Are you also willing to start the year with Gratitude? 


  1. Oh these are great! I think we all need more gratitude!

  2. IT's so important to start a new year off with the right mindset. I love that you're starting the new year off with gratitude. Keep it going!

  3. Starting the year with gratitude is a great idea! I am grateful for my health, family and friends.

  4. Kristine Nicole AlessandraJanuary 7, 2020 at 10:09 PM

    This is a very good habit to have - to practice gratitude. We must be thankful even for the unfavorable things, because they teach us valuable life lessons.