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Gratitude List #1

When I sat down at my computer to write a blog post a few days ago, I never intended the outcome to be a post about writing gratitude journals and gratitude lists.

I had been feeling down for the best part of the day and it was affecting my ability to write. It was like a dark cloud following me around.

I have been struggling with depression since last year but I’ve been making a conscious effort to try and see the positives in everyday life. Hence the rebrand from Stressy Mama to Serenely Sam. But sometimes, that dark cloud still rears its ugly head, especially when my Endometriosis is causing me problems.

The post came from within the dark cloud. I needed to get rid of the cloud and the best way I could think to do that was by writing a list of everything I felt grateful for at that time.

I’ll be honest and say that because I was feeling down, it was hard to come up with anything I felt grateful for. There were the obvious things like my daughter and having a nice house, but other than that I was stumped. I told myself I was making too big a deal of it and to not be so deep. I just needed to have fun with it. It is my gratitude list, after all!

With that, I decided that as well as the deep things, I am also going to add silly things that make me happy at that particular moment.

So, without further ado, here is Gratitude List #1

  1. Molly, my daughter – After struggling with infertility due to having Endometriosis and PCOS, she really is a miracle
  2. My house – It isn’t massive and it’s in need of decorating, but it’s my family’s home. I am truly blessed to have a home filled with love and laughter. My sister lives across the road too which is brilliant (mostly!)
  3. My fiance Chris – He loves me unconditionally and is a brilliant father to Molly. He works hard and it’s thanks to his support that I am able to stay home with Molly and build my own little empire, starting with this blog. If it wasn’t for him I would probably still be stuck in my 9-5!
  4. My phone and computer – So I can blog whenever I want
  5. I am forgiving with a kind heart
  6. I am proud of myself for rebranding my blog and starting my life over
  7. Lemon curd swiss roll (seriously) – I have just tried it for the first time and it is one of the nicest cakes I’ve ever tasted. I am easily pleased.


That’s everything for my Gratitude List #1 for now. Do you keep a gratitude journal or write a gratitude list? What is your process? Do you only write about the deep things or silly things like cake too? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. If you want to read my other gratitude lists you can find them here.

Sam X

Mission Mindfulness


  • Alice | Letters to my Daughter

    Gratitude journals are great! i started one but I’m terrible at keeping it up to date. Instead, I just try to acknowledge the good things to myself whilst I’m going a long – especially when I’m having a bad day or the car breaks down etc. etc. Well done for the rebrand – it’s a lot of work but the blog looks fab! #thesatsesh

  • Hayley @Mission: Mindfulness

    I love a gratitude journal – I don’t put pressure on myself to keep it everyday but write it maybe 2 or 3 times a week. The trick for me is to notice the small things to be grateful for – being precise about a specific moment in the day and writing it down can be very powerful. Thanks for linking up to #thesatsesh xx

    • Sam

      To me, the small things are the best things to be grateful for. Its easy to sometimes overlook the small things but they are usually the things I look back most fondly on. X

    • Sam

      Oh really? Is it any good? I picked it up in Waterstones the other day then put it down again. I agree it’s better to focus on the positives. Thanks for commenting. X

  • Fridgesays

    #thesatsesh sorry for the later comment, this is totes up my street! before bed my son and I share 3 things we are grateful for in the day we just had, it does wonders for the soul and its a great reminder of the small daily blessings. I can’t wait to keep reading your lists 🙂

    • Sam

      I love the idea of sharing things you are grateful for with your son. I think I’ll start doing that with Molly each night before she goes to sleep. Thanks hun x

    • Sam

      Oh wow thank you. I hope it helps her. I am in the process of writing about how endometriosis has affected me personally, so that may be of some help too. Hopefully it will be ready to be published on Friday. Thank you again lovely x

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