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Things I am grateful for...

I know that the title might seem a little cheesy but over the last week or so I've tried to take note of the things that make my day that little bit better; the little details I'm thankful for.  In the winter months I have to fight to not become overcome with malaise at the dreariness of the dark evenings, overcast skies, darker mornings and freezing temperatures.  When I feel bleak I find it helps to focus on the little things that make life more bearable and just noting and reflecting on the little pleasures in life helps them stay that little bit longer, I find.  Here is my current list;

What's making your Janaury that little bit more bearable?

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29 comments

  1. What a lovely post. I think one of the nicest things in the world is having a dog so happy to see you when you get home from work. My Max makes my day a lot better because of it :)

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  2. Really uplifting post :) Getting cosy on the sofa and reading my kindle is definitely keeping me going this Janaury, I think the Kindle is really good for discovering new authors and trying books that you wouldn't normally read.
    I also love Winter clothes - thick tights, pretty scarves and boots so that keeps me smiling!

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  3. this was so nice to read :) made me think too :)

    xxxxxx

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  4. Really your list has really cheered me up! Thank you x

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  5. This post made me smile. It's really great to stop and appreciate the little things. My one today was putting on a brand new pair of cosy socks!x

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  6. This made me super miss my mum, and especially my dad. I've been super appreciative of my relationship with them as it wasn't always that way, but living and working away from them makes me all the more grateful that we get on so well.

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  7. Aw this is really nice! It's all too easy when it's cold/wet/you're skint to think everything is doom and gloom and forget to take pleasure in the little things. Might make myself a little list...another thing I love to do! x

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  8. This post made me think about what I'm grateful for, so thank you! It's so easy to get down in the colder months.

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  9. Lovely post! I'm with you on the Lush baths. My brother got me a waterproof cover for my kindle for Christmas, so I've been spending a good half hour/45 mins in the bath reading most evenings! xx

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  10. Oh Rosie, thank you for number ten. xx

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  11. Sorry Rosie, pinched your idea! I hope you don't mind! Was feeling a bit sorry for myself before and now I feel very lucky indeed. Here's mine...

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    Ashley x

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  12. Wine and cheese platters, postcard sending, reading Vogue and candle burning. Your ideas are lovely!

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  13. I think at this time of year we should all take the time to write a list like this, it's too easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom and forget we have a lot to be happy about xx

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  14. I have always wanted to try surfing. Have you ever tried? I bet it's an awesome workout! I'm not sure about going so early in the dark though :)

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  15. I couldn't agree more with number 4 - I hate how early it gets dark in the winter months but always enjoy the guilty pleasure of getting into pyjamas right when I get in from work and curling up with a good book/film!

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  16. I'm all about the super cosy tights! xx

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  17. I've just started a 'gratitude journal' where I list the things I'm thankful for every day. It really helps to put you in the right mood before work.

    Been meaning to say how utterly AMAZING you're looking right now hon. Your hard work is definitely paying off. I need to spur myself into action xx

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  18. All this sounds amazing, especially the sitting at the table to eat breakfast, not enough people do this (including myself) as for the getting home and making a lovely meal after a gard day, I think it's all to easy to get in and just flake out, which leads to not so healthy choices.

    Inspiring post :)

    x

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  19. lovely post! as weird as this might sounds but one of the things that make me forget that I'm cold and miserable is the time when its getting dark outside and it all of the sudden starts to snow. It just immediately makes me smile and I have to go outside and enjoy a walk through the snow :)

    xx, S

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  20. I love your list...it really is the little things in life that add the flourishes! Some of the things I'm currently grateful for include the roaring open fire in my parent's house that makes me welcome the snow, landing my dream job against the economy's odds and my new nephews 400-watt smiles :) Just after chancing upon your lovely blog and I'm an instant fan!

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  21. This is such a lovely post, I'm inspired to make a similar list of my own now.

    Making the time to go on a little walk in my lunch break really helps to lighten my mood on dark drizzly days... I take a stroll down the river near my office, take in the pretty sights and just clear my head. Sitting round the open fire in my front room with plenty of red wine, friends and food is a pretty good shout too!

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  22. This little list is so beautiful!!xxxx

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  23. What a madman your boyfriend is!!! How does he motivate himself to do that?! I love these, I think this is a good habit to get into generally, to stop you falling into the habit of feeling sorry for yourself. I do this on a day to day basis but on a smaller scale. The boyfriend came home from work with birthday cake and marshmallows for hot chocolate. I was so so grateful, I cried (slightly hormonal!).

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  24. I started my weekly Rock The Week posts for this reason - to celebrate the little things in life that are wonderful but often go unnoticed. I love listening to Bon Iver at this time of year too - the melancholy is perfect for winter. Right now I'm grateful for a warm sofa, the evenings getting ever so slightly lighter and my friends and family.

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  25. This is so cute haha, cheered up my January!

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    x

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  26. What a lovely list! One thing making my january more bearable is my little dog Macey, could not agree more that it so nice to have someone so happy that your home!

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  27. This is really lovely Rosie and I definitely nodded along to most of these (especially the tulips - I have some on my window at the moment, and long chats/mothers magic!). I have a little notebook and for the past 6 years (!) whenever the mood takes me I write a list of 5 things that have made me smile that day. It's really nice to read back and remember, and take time to reflect on those little happy thoughts. x

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  28. I love this post Rosie. It really is the simple things that make life a lot better. xx

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