There is something very comforting in the things our grandmothers always said. Our grandparents lived through some tough times, too, and when people have experiences that are difficult they often learn life skills that, when shared, can help others when they hit a rough spot. One of the sayings I love the most is “Count your blessings.” Thankfulness, even in the darkest days, keeps our hearts strong by reminding us that there is still good in the world and that the sun will shine again. Today I would like to share some thoughts on thankfulness, in hopes that it will help us all to stay balanced and healthy. 

Keep a gratitude journal. The recent months may be weighing heavy on you, causing you to forget the good things that have happened to you in the past. Starting a gratitude journal can be a great way to remind yourself of just how good life can be. The very first page can be devoted to a list of things you are thankful for – even the tiniest things can lift your spirits. Do you hear birds singing as you read this? Put that on your list. Do you love pumpkin decorations? Jot it down. Are you able to get together with friends again? That belongs on your list. Perhaps your cat or dog is staring at you right now with adoring eyes. That would be at the top of my own thankfulness list, for sure!

Have positive conversations with yourself. Talk to yourself, out loud. Yep, you heard me right. When you get out of bed in the morning, remind yourself of three things you are thankful for. Say it out loud, or make up a little song! Why not? You’ll be surprised at the effect. 

Tell people you love them. Reach out to the ones you love and tell them how much you appreciate who they are and what they mean to you. Send flowers or a card, take them out to lunch, or go on an outdoor adventure together. Be sure to express your thankfulness for them and for the blessing that it is to you to be able to spend time with them. Not only will you fill your heart with gladness, but you will also fill theirs, too!

Looking forward to tomorrow, to all the possibilities and opportunities to come, is one of the best ways to stay on top of your game in the small business world. I’m AnnaVija McClain, and as a small business owner myself, I have known challenges of all kinds, too. Just like you. 2020 has been a doozy, that’s for sure, but we’re still standing. Let’s sit down and talk about all the ways in which we have had the victory this year and all the amazing things we can do in 2021 to make your business even better!