I have learned that gratitude plays a large role in wellness. Being grateful for what you have in your life will fill you with great happiness and allow for “more”. I don’t know if I truly understood the meaning of gratitude before I walked through my experience. Growing up we are taught to say thank you for things that we receive, we are taught to be polite but that is different from truly understanding the meaning of the word. We say thank you to a server that brings us water and we say thank you to a doctor that has saved our life, the same word and really the same meaning but very, very different situations. We sometimes hear people say, it doesn’t seem thank you is enough when they address someone to express their gratitude because of this reason. It is a word that is used very often and taught at a young age. Jake says thank you, which I find adorable but I’m trying even at his young age of 3 to start to explain gratitude. Every day we sit together and talk about the people in our life we love, we say thank you for being healthy, happy and thank you for our fun day together. We wake up every morning, even if its raining and say that its a pretty day out! Now Jake does it on his own, he will open the curtains and say, mama its a pretty day! Even if its raining, our universe needs the rain and we can have fun at the movies, or a museum but most importantly it is a day that we are happy and healthy and can be together. I have found a deeper sense of gratitude in my life, I really try not to let little things bother me too much. I don’t take anything for granted, I am even thankful for the ability to walk up the stairs. I never would have thought about walking up stairs before but there was a time not too long ago when I couldn’t and every time I climb the stairs I take a second to be thankful, and to be thankful for my breath. I love getting my hair cut, I think most girls do. You walk out with a great blow out and feel great! Well, for a couple of years I didn’t wasn’t able to get my haircut because I didn’t have any hair. Of course logically I realize that as long as I’m healthy my hair is not as important but once you start feeling well and look into the mirror you don’t quite look yourself and it almost makes you feel sick, I tried to to feel strong instead of sick though- maybe a badge of honor. A couple of weeks ago I went to get my haircut, maybe the forth or fifth time and the guy washing my hair commented that my hair was so thick and long. He doesn’t even realize how much that compliment meant to me, since for so long its been more or less non existent. Most importantly I couldn’t be more grateful for my beautiful baby boy, my amazing husband, and very supportive and loving family. I feel beyond grateful everyday for my health and the health and happiness of my family. There isn’t one time that I don’t look at Jacob and feel so beyond grateful and so full of emotion of the beautiful miracle he his, for his great strength and beautiful spirit. There isn’t a morning that goes by and I don’t feel tremendous gratitude for life. I actually feel my gratitude through my whole being, I feel so excited, almost giddy everyday. I realize not everyday goes without challenges but instead of resisting I try and flow through challenges which makes the journey easier and happier. For example, as I have mentioned Jake is not a good sleeper. That could actually be an understatement, he is really not a good sleeper and for 3 1/2 years Jamie and I have not slept through the night unless my amazing mom sleeps over which she does at least twice a week to help. But, I have to say even though I am so tired hearing Jake scream mama at 1:30 in the morning feels so good. I am so grateful that I can be with him and give him the love and support and needs because I remember the time when I couldn’t physically be there for him and I know too well the feeling of that loss. As long as we are healthy, happy and surrounded by love I couldn’t feel more grateful. I feel so grateful to my amazing team of doctors, my homeopath Dr. Falkner and my team that has surrounded me with great love and support. I thrive everyday and I’m the mommy that I want to be because of all these amazing people that surround me. As I have mentioned I take moments of mediation during the day to be still and silent, I feel so great and very at peace after. Mediation has really helped keep me calm and grounded. I try to be more present and content in every moment which has brought such great peace. Its really amazing what a sense of calm I feel through my whole body by feeling content and grateful with where I am. I have also learned to feel grateful for knowing what I want to do but even more grateful being able to follow through with that knowledge. We are all here for a reason, we have to listen to ourselves because only we know what path we should be walking. Be grateful for that little voice because that voice will be your greatest guide. I feel grateful that I get to spend everyday with Jake because I know that when this time is gone I will not get it back. I can always make more money or do something else but I can’t always have this time with Jacob and you never want to be in a situation where you can’t have a do-over if you want one so follow your little voice because if you do, if you follow your heart you will never be wrong. Days become so busy with the little things that fill up our day but I challenge you to take 10 minutes and be still, think of things that you are grateful for. You may see that in the following weeks your days may look different, you may start to include more things that create happiness and love instead of stress. Its been said that we only have this moment for the last minute is gone and the next minute is unknown so be in every moment and be as happy as can be. I totally believe we can create the world around us and being grateful for what we have will only create more possibilities. I don’t worry about making sure the laundry is done anymore, my daily mission is to have the most magical day with my little man and to hopefully show him along the way how to celebrate life everyday!