I’ve kept a gratitude tin for a few years, with little slips of paper that I write on to record what I’m grateful for, but I’ve found it to be too messy and disorganised for my taste. I love the idea of reminding oneself regularly about all the things there are to be grateful for in life. I think I take so many things for granted or I’m rushing about with work and I don’t stop to think about what’s gone well or what I have to be thankful for; I want to pay attention more often.
So, I’ve decided to ditch the tin and every term (I struggle to move away from an academic calendar!) I will write a gratitude blog to acknowledge the gifts I am given. Some of it will be the deep and meaningful stuff and some of it will be the things that have simply added a bit of sparkle to my life.
In no particular order, this summer, I’m grateful for:
L for booking us this lovely holiday booked in Cyprus. We have our own balcony and pool, with beautiful views and peace and quiet, and that’s all I wanted this summer. One week in and I feel my mind, body and soul starting to recuperate from what’s been an incredibly challenging year. I can feel my creative juices flowing again, which makes me so happy! Thank you, L!
The parents who wrote me such thoughtful thank you notes at the end of the school year and acknowledged the hard work put in by me and my team. It felt so nice to be appreciated.
The progress that all my children and staff have made at school this year. I’m so very proud of their many achievements! I love my school.
My printing teacher and the friends I made on my evening art course last term. They all really helped me to get my confidence back and start to believe that my art is pretty ok. I can’t wait to go back again in September!
My little watercolour box of paints that I use when I go away. It gives me so much pleasure. I’m still a beginner painter, but I do love to dabble with the colours.
All the beautiful flowers I’ve received in the last few months that people have so kindly given me.
My family for taking L into the fold. My uncle and aunt threw him such a sweet birthday tea when we went to visit them last month.
Getting an “Outstanding” grade from Ofsted in my first school inspection as a headteacher. It was one of my career goals and it’s a great acknowledgment of all the hard work everyone in school has put in over the last couple of years.
The new additions to my jewellery box. I’m a bit of a magpie.
The friendships I already have and the new ones that have slowly been developing this year. I’ve never been one for being an “insta-friend”, I like to take my time to get to know people. I love that I have friends who I don’t get to see very often, but when I do, it’s like we were chatting only yesterday.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog! xx