Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. “ A.A Milne
I bought myself a gift back in October and today I finally opened it! My newest Gratitude Journal for 2023.
Inside are pages of inspiration, uplifting quotes and astrological moon charts. And 365 empty pages with each day a chance to record a new story. Somehow in 2023 it feels more significant than ever, a new opportunity to expand, create, evolve and open up to remember more of who we truly are.
I’m excited to start this new journal but, like any new book, don’t know how it’s going to unfold. Nothing is picture perfect, guaranteed or written in stone. BUT we can begin with an attitude of gratitude.
I AM grateful for all I have and all I am. A work in progress who doesn’t quite know where she’s going, yet trusting I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.
We’re currently at Lyonville near Daylesford, doing more work at my sister in law’s place. In the past month we’ve been away to South Gippsland and, more recently, spent five days in Mildura celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. Christmas was with family at Macedon where our van’s been parked amongst the roses. I’m still having mouth/tooth issues. But beyond that, it’s a blank canvas.
Everything feels different and some days I wonder what the heck we’re doing. But I trust in the path we’ve chosen. I am grateful for all I’ve let go of, for in letting go I’m allowing more to enter my life. I’m grateful for my family, for my friends, old and new, and all who read my words and all whose words I read that touch my heart. I focus my energy on the here and now.
Looking back at this year, I wrote every single day, in my Gratitude Journal and for myself. Publicly I published 22 blog posts, most of them from the road. The first one, fittingly, was called “Gratitude for the Journey”.
I had 18 articles in print, in magazines like On the Road, 4×4 Australia and Caravan World. This is my latest column in the current Summer edition of On the Road Magazine. In it I recap my journey this year and look ahead to new adventures in 2023. I’m thrilled each and every time one of my pieces are published.
Forging a path in 2023
So what lies ahead? The last three years have been like a roller coaster ride: challenging, emotional, tumultuous and life changing. It’s a ride that’s kept humanity hypnotised by the ever changing mainstream narrative. But amidst it all I feel a gradual and profound shifting and a sense of finding ourselves.
Life rolls on and one day something happens and we stop and ask those big, deep questions about who we are and why we’re here. We search our hearts for what’s important. These three years have awakened me more than I could have imagined, to a whole new perception of reality.
It’s been one of the most transformative periods of my life and it continues every day.
Dana Mrkich describes these paths:
“This 3 year journey has been one of revelation and migration, seeing clearly the two pathways and choosing which one to be on. In our day to day life it isn’t as black and white as that. You may feel in total alignment with the new pathway, but have to participate in the old for one reason or another. This is why the old pathway seems stronger and more populated – most people are dependent on it in various ways.
Yet millions are slowly migrating over to the new, emotionally and energetically. Millions of souls are anchoring to the new, gradually becoming a silent, unseen, invisible majority. It is inevitable that one day, sooner rather than later, there will be a Tipping Point, a flip, where the new pathway becomes the dominant reality. There is less and less energy available to hold the old.”
What a time to be alive on this planet. What a time to be forging new paths. May the year ahead be one of focused intention, where love and kindness paves the way to greater clarity and where we can put to bed any old heaviness and wounds and start anew. Amongst the ups and downs, the lessons and learning there’s always something to be grateful for, every day of our life.
Look up and be thankful. Look down and connect to Mother Earth. Above all, look within and find that divine connection to yourself..
Sending love and good vibes your way and ending the year with one of my favourite songs by Josh Groban.