Be Grateful and Stop Complaining

I’m sharing another experiment. The 30 day experiments, or challenges have been great at helping me get better in certain domains of my life. Although I’ve failed many times, each time I started a new one, I got a bit further, and I’ve improved on the activity I chose for the 30 day challenge, even when I didn’t complete it.

This November, I wanted to go a full 30 days without buying useless stuff. I would only buy groceries and essential personal hygiene products. This month’s experiment is kind of a continuity of the not buying useless stuff experiment because it helps being less materialistic.

I sometimes complain about the world, my situation, and I even about people… This is unproductive, a true waste of time. It’s also an energy drainer, at least for me, and most likely for the person listening at my complaints.

Time is limited. I want to use it to do and make great things, to become a better version of myself, and hopefully to change the world.

Energy levels will decrease proportionately with negative thinking and complaining. To become a better person, to change the world, and to do great things, I need that energy.

My experiment is simple: go a whole month without complaining and replace the whining with gratitude. Replacing the bad behaviour is important because a habit can’t simply be stopped, it has to be swapped with another habit.

The tricky part is to catch myself complaining.

I’ll keep you posted throughout the month. It won’t be easy, but like anything else, practice makes perfect.

Do you complain often? Do you want to take on this challenge with me? Leave a comment pledging you’re in!

You Give me so Much

Every day, I write in my gratitude journal. If you’d flip through the pages, you’d see that there’s a pattern, there are things that always come back. For example, the love I share with my friends and family, the opportunities to be and do so much this amazing era gives us, my fans, peace, and nature.

I limit myself to write only 5 things each day. If I didn’t, I’d probably spend the whole day writing things which I’m grateful for… I’d feel good, but not very productive because there’s so much to be grateful for!

Every day, even if I don’t write it down, I feel so lucky to have you in my life. You write me emails, send tweets and facebook messages, you comment the crazy thoughts on my blog posts, and through all of that, I can feel your love and appreciation.

So I want to take this opportunity to remind you that I’m immensely thankful for your love, words of wisdom, and for being your beautiful self. You’ve helped me grow throughout the 13 years I’ve done this wonderful job, supported me even when I didn’t believe in myself, and we’ve shared ourself in more ways than I could ever imagine.

I’m humbled and grateful to you for having showed me that most people, even strangers, can care.

Thank you so much <3