Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Counting Your Blessings and Gratitude!!

Christmas is tomorrow and is a time to count our blessings.  

I've been back in NZ for about 3 1/2 months and have been working at a local English school for about 6 weeks. I'm renting a tiny wee studio apartment while I resettle into NZ life and think about where I want to live. As I look out the window while typing this, I see some trees - a far cry from the stunning ocean views I had in Oman, yet every time I look out the window I feel an immense gratitude for those trees. They are filled with life - birds are flying in and out, the leaves are blowing in the breeze, the grass around is all brown but the trees remain green. There are different kinds of trees scattered amongst the buildings, all with different shades of green. What a metaphor for life! We are all different types and shades and scattered everywhere but we are all beautiful, important and enough just as we are, bringing colour and life to the world.

Everything is falling into place, but I still really miss living abroad. Anyhow, as I transition into this new life, I count my blessings (in no particular order). I'm grateful for friends and family in my life - off line, online and yet unknown. I'm grateful that I have a job so I can pay for the rent for this tiny flat. I'm grateful that I work with wonderfully friendly and supportive colleagues. I'm grateful that I have great students in my class. I'm grateful that I work for a "humanity plus" company that is making a difference in the lives of many young people and refugees. I'm grateful that I have enough to eat and clothes to wear. I'm grateful that I have a reliable car, but live close enough so I can walk to work everyday. I'm grateful that I take good care of my health by eating healthily and exercising. I'm grateful for the beautiful summer weather that we are having. I'm grateful for the 3 birthday gifts I gave myself in May - (i) the gift of education (I have completed 5 short online programs plus reading books and listening to webinars), (ii) the gift of gratitude (writing in my gratitude journal daily and feeling grateful as I go about my day) and (iii) the gift of meditation (which I have practiced at least once, but mostly twice, a day since my birthday). Last but not least, I'm grateful to be alive. 

What are you grateful for?

PS, I am changing this blog. I am creating a coaching website under my name - - and I will have this blog as part of that site. This is me taking the next step to make my dream of having my own coaching business a reality:-) Watch this space!!

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