Gratitude

Photography Credit: Celina Kenyon

As this is my last Green Room post before I jet off to New York, I’m feeling a little apathetic. I’m sure I’ll be coming home with a truckload of post-Blogcademy inspiration in tow but right now I’m just… tired.

Keeping up with life and work, getting things organised before I leave, it all piles up and sometimes it can feel like it’s becoming too much. I guess what I’m really trying to say is that I’m knackered and in need of a holiday. Badly. I can’t be the only one who’s feeling like this either. It’s probably a lot to do with the time of year, and if you work in the wedding industry you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. The Summer season can be rather mental all-round, and it’s swiftly followed by the usual October wedding fair circuit and new collection launches… AKA it’s exhausting.

But, I digress. What I really want to talk to you about today is gratitude. Or more specifically the purposeful act of being thankful.

I was actually talking to Gala & Nubby about this just last week. We’re all a bit overrun with work – our usual commitments compounded with preparing for The Blogcademy has all three of us resembling (perfectly accessorised) headless chickens. But then, through it all, came the moment of clarity that I so desperately needed. ”You know what though,” I emailed, “We all have the actual BEST job in the world. We get to do what we love and hell, we could be working in McDonald’s!” And right then and there I felt like the luckiest girl on the planet.

Today I am thankful for…

♥ my health ♥  my amazing husband who loves and supports me more than I ever thought any husband ever could ♥ my freakin’ gorgeous cats who crack me up daily ♥ my home, even though it’s an utter tip most of the time ♥ my BFFs ♥ the person who invented online takeaway ordering ♥ my job & the crazy exciting opportunities it throws at me ♥ PJs and the fact that I can sit in them all day if I want ♥ ridiculous outfits & stupid headwear ♥ lipstick ♥ warm baths ♥ the old ladies and little kids who compliment me on my hair on an almost daily basis ♥ glitter ♥ wine ♥ my family, who I love with all my heart, even though I don’t tell them enough (mental note: tell them I love them more) ♥ travelling the world ♥ having enough money to not only live off but to buy some little extras along the way ♥ my readers, my fans, my twitter stalkers… you lot, who support me so very much and have made my dreams come true ♥

So today, I implore you, stop for 10 minutes and think – like really think – about the things that you’re thankful for. And if you feel so inclined, I’d love to read about them in the comments below. Special thanks to everyone who shared theirs with me on twitter & facebook last week too. I was feeling rather bleeeeeugh and y’all put a huge smile on my face.

12 comments

  1. Jayne de Ville

    I’m thankful for people like you that remind me I need to get my arse in gear & get on with it. I had loads of inspiration for my vintage business after School of Rock but I’ve been rather knocked off course since then as my Dad recently died, which was a bit of a shock. Thanks for reminding me that life is too short not to do something you love. Vintage de Ville coming soon!

  2. Occasionally I chuck a hissy fit and throw myself on the floor yelling ‘oh the humanity of it all’ when it gets a little to much to handle, but then I pick myself up and remind myself to get an attitude of gratitude for being able to making a lovely living out of my passion and having a mini empire.

    Great post and wish I could be in NY.

  3. This is exactly what I needed to read this morning. I woke up feeling overwhelmed with work, angry at my partner and just in a sour mood in general. I try to be gracious in my daily life, but sometimes my inner grump gets the better of me.

    Thank you for setting me straight this morning!

  4. Have such an amazing time in New York Kat!! You deserve as much fun and rest as you can get.

    I’m grateful for my best friend who listens to me even when I repeat myself, who hugs me back just as hard and lets me share her dessert. I’m grateful for my boyfriend who’s stuck by me even with my crazy family and lets me cry all over him when I need to. I’m also grateful for dark chocolate, fun xbox games, companies that still produce film and that extra 10% off when I get them developed.

  5. I sooo know how you feel……

    This month has been especially crazy for us with launching a new website (in two weeks’ time yay!) and having upcoming weddings and photography workshops as well as running our other small businesses. It’s put a strain on us as individuals and our relationship.

    So firstly I would like to say a BIG thank you to you Kat, not only for this reassuring post but for continually inspiring us and largely keeping us sane in so many ways!

    Also a big thank you to everyone who has given us feedback on our work and those lovely comments that have just kept us going. Also a BIG thank you to all those people out there who have supported us, given us advice and relentlessly posed for us at various shoots….you know who you are! ;-)

    Lastly I know we are both grateful for the support of our families, the undiminishing desire so many cool couples have for our style of photography, internet photo ordering systems, the internet full stop, foxes biscuits and ginger tea.

    But all the above would not have been possible without the understanding, knowledge, reassurance, creativity and love of my awesome girlfriend Andrea, who without I would not be where I am today and our joint business venture would never have existed ♥

  6. I love that old ladies and little kids tell you how cool your hair is. That’s put a big smile on my face. OK sticking with the positives, here goes:

    Today I’m thankful for…

    Being in the countryside – that bird I can hear tweeting – passing my motorbike theory test this morning (go me!) – leggings – Lush – being able to do a creative job – friends – the internet which means I can have more friends – and a job – turkish delight flavour hot chocolate – the shop full of Christmas decorations I saw – everything my Grandma taught me – everything my step-kids taught me – hand cream, music, my iPad and sultanas.

    :-)

  7. I forgot one: my laminated studio floor and office chair with wheels. There’s nothing like spinning around the studio of an afternoon!

  8. Lovely post, it’s really important to stop and think about what you have to be thankful for every once in a while. It’s too easy to get bogged down in the negatives.

    What am I thankful for? Today, I am thankful for where I live. (Now that I’ve got over the stress and hassle of moving!). I look out of my office window and look across at the peaceful vista I see before me, I realise how lucky I am.

    Can someone remind me of this come next June, when it’s not quite so peaceful out there, and I wonder why I decided to move literally 700 yards away from the entrance to Glasto??!

  9. I am thankful for the fact I have my husband by my side and that we still laugh a lot and love after all we have been through together over the last 5 years – redundancies, bankruptcy, home losses, love one losses, eviction from the place we loved.

    Finding ourselves sleeping back in my families spare room while we get back on our feet, thankful for the family for the support and the shelter they have now provided us when things have gone wrong more than once.

    The fact that it feels like our luck might be changing and it looks like we might be in our own home before Christmas, and with it a new way of life and new opportunities.

    Thankful that we both have permanent jobs now, and my work has been flexible enough to allow me time to concentrate on trying to get my battered and confused but determined photography business back on its feet.

    Thankful for the people who tell me that they think my photography is good and urge me to continue what they think I am good at.

    to Belinda above me – when Glasto starts you can be thankful that you can wander around dressed as a lovely fairy and not look out of place or feel weird! ;-)

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