Today our lovely guest writer Nikki from Earthway Parenting is chatting with us about gratitude lists and how they’re a beautiful way to foster some much needed self empowerment. Especially in the midst of the newborn haze or even whilst battling your feisty, driven toddler! Here’s Nikki…
2017 is upon us, for me I have made a conscious decision to NOT make ‘New Years resolutions’ to NOT ‘set goals.’ After reading ‘The desire map by Danielle LaPorte’ I decided that intention setting and creating core desired feelings was what realistically, as a mother, was far more achievable and less stressful.
Focusing on my intentions and my core desired feelings created a liberating kind of energy, an energy that allowed me to be ME as well as the mother that I wanted to be.
“Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life.” Danielle LaPorte.
Desired feelings for me are simple, to be able to love well and as much as I can, not only with my family and friends but to give love to everyone, to give generously & allow myself to also receive, to be kind & speak kindly, and to have gratitude for everything especially in difficult times. My list is long I could go on! Create your own, how do YOU want to FEEL? What are your core desired feelings for 2017?
Your core desired feelings can be as beautiful as just to LOVE, I know that as a mother when the love is flowing between us and our children the whole world seems to burst with meaning, life is easy and all of our hearts are overflowing. Why cant you set that as your intention for the year? When life aint so easy, isn’t that a glorious feeling to hold onto?!
These are a beautiful way to foster some much needed self-empowerment. Especially in the midst of the newborn haze or even whilst battling your feisty, driven toddler!
Gratitude lists are the creation of a ‘positive thoughts list’ and the start of focusing on what you have to be thankful for.
Look for things that create a stirring in your soul, what makes YOU happy? It can be as simple as a cup of tea, or putting some makeup on in the morning!
Create some space for YOU throughout January, to make a list of things that make your heart happy, that make you YOU. Because in amongst the beauty of being a parent we tend to forget ourselves a little, this list is a good reminder of who you are as well as being a ‘mum’ or ‘dad.’
Put your ‘Gratitude/Self-care’ list somewhere that you would look at regularly and make it as pretty or as inspiring as you would like!
*excerpt from my ‘Infant Care and Connection eBook (you can find it here)
These tools are invaluable, not only for me but for our girls. I strongly feel that parenting is vital work. Whether we as parents realise it or not, we are creating imprints of our love and our judgement on our children constantly. Everyday. With this thought in mind, my intention every year, every month, every week and everyday begins and ends with conscious thought, trusting my intuition and just loving….
Earthway Parenting provides a safe place for parents to share and honour each others journey’s. It is a space to come together and embrace the winds of change, to nourish each other’s soul with education as well as impart wisdom. It is about discovering and enabling conscious and intuitive parenting.
Nikki will start writes for us every month so be sure to keep your eye out for future posts. Previous articles include:
Tantrums – an attempt to communicate – view here.
Parenting Consciously – view here
eBooks & workshops
Nikki has 2 eBooks available. You can download the Conscious Parenting eBook here (FREE).
Or her Infant Connection eBook here ($14.95)
She also has Infant Care & Connection Workshops starting in February 2017 – see here.