I love seeing people succeed. I especially love to see women thrive and carve out a business with their authentic, original selves at the heart of the magic. I interviewed a friend who has successfully turned around her business in the space of just six months from cancelling events due to not enough participants to selling out in January – normally the quietest month! Today, I am grateful for the Marie Forleos and for the Laura Hollicks of this world, and closer to home, for the Judith Morgans and countless others… I am grateful for intelligent women, living abundant lives, who inspire and support other women to create successful businesses from their passions and strengths. I know I may seem a little naive here… that in some cases, there’s a lot of $£€ in it, but that is no bad thing… I genuinely believe that their work comes from a good place… from the heart and from a desire to help others and see others succeed… and if they can make a good (fantastic) living from this, then good for them… long may they flourish! Who doesn’t want that as well? Seeing their success gives me the confidence to step up my game… to take bigger risks and bigger leaps than I might otherwise have done.
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Thank you ladies… you are an inspiration!
Today, I am grateful for the joy a smile can bring. It costs nothing, but says everything.
I am not talking about the toothy grin prompted by “say cheese” in the high pitched cry of a camera wielding parent intent on capturing a certain something. I am referring to that wonder-full moment when eyes are alight and a feeling in the heart is revealed. It’s contagious that thing. Pure. Spontaneous. Magic. I am grateful for witnessing the spread of a smile today… the joy passed from friend to friend, as the party began and from small boy to big brother, to (me) mother, grandmother, and on…
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I am grateful for the joy of friendship. I am grateful for my own precious friends and that my small son, 5 today, already has some truly kind, loyal and loving friends. I am grateful that in watching them today, jumping and giggling, I was reminded of my own happy childhood parties and my old school friends. I am grateful for family and for the fact that whilst ours is no longer intact, we remain close and are able to share these special occasions, extended family included. I am grateful for the sound of children’s laughter… it rang out today and is music to my ears. Grateful for the sound of silence now that our day is over; the presents opened; the cake eaten. I am grateful for peace at last and for the feeling of joy in my heart that each of today’s memories, lived and re-lived brings. I am grateful that tonight, I feel abundantly blessed. My heart is smiling.