• Attitude of Gratitude: April Journal

    Attitude Gratitude April Journal

    We’ve come to the end of yet another month.  April was another busy month; scrambling to meet deadlines and to get everything done. In saying that, it was an amazing month filled with lots of holidays which of course constitutes to spending time with family and friends.

    Before I get started, let’s just recap why I’ve started this series. I started my first gratitude journal in March. Journaling what I’m grateful for gives me a new perspective on what is important in my life and the things I appreciate and am thankful for.

    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie

    It is time for me to take a moment to step back and reflect on the month that was and the things that I am grateful for.


    For many Easter is a time for a break away, to have a feast, indulge in chocolate and to celebrate the time with family. Everyone observe this time in their own way. However, what many forget, it’s a time to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a Christian, I believe that the resurrection is the most crucial part of the Easter celebration. I have hope in the fact that our Savior has risen so that we can receive the gift of eternal life after death.

    Family and Friends

    Easter and the holidays meant spending quality time with family. The school holiday and public holidays that fell within this month was a blessing as it allowed for much needed time to communicate, laugh, joke and cry with those who mean the most to me.

    Birthday Celebration

    My husband is one of my greatest blessings from God. I’m thankful for another year that was bestowed on his life. The girls and I are forever grateful to have him in our lives. We are grateful for his love, support, encouragement, patience and that he is such an inspiration to us.

    Life and Life Lost

    April, 16th was exactly a year since my mother-in-law had a severe heart attack. It was certainly a very stressful time for the entire family but I thank God that she survived it. Her journey remains an ongoing process to stay healthy. She had to make major lifestyle adjustments but she has come a long way.

    There comes a point in our life when each one of us will suffer a loss. In my March journal, I indicated that I visited my dad’s brother in hospital. Sadly he passed away within the month of April after a long illness. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to visit him on many occasions.

    Time is a precious commodity, therefore it is important to appreciate life and be grateful and appreciative of those who are in our lives. Don’t take your health for granted; be grateful for your health, your able body and sound mind.

    Farewell to a Colleague

    Saying farewell to a work colleague when they retire or resign is never easy and is often a sad occasion. However I am grateful that I had the privilege to work alongside someone with good work ethic, integrity, who was hardworking and reliable. Her valuable contribution will be sorely missed. I respect her decision to leave and wish her success with her future endeavours.

    Freedom Day

    As a  South African born during the time of Apartheid, this day is so important to celebrate our country’s democracy and those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. There is no doubt that there are still many challenges and shortcomings in this country. However, I remain hopeful that these will be eradicated in decades to follow.

    Exploring Nature

    The older I get the more I appreciate the beauty of nature and observing the environment around me has increased. Exploring nature brings a sense of calm and peace over me.

    That’s a round up of my April journal. So tell me, what are you grateful for.






    1. May 1, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      It’s a great idea to focus on what you’re grateful for. My family is always top of my list! Along with us all being in good health. I always find thinking about positive things helps me to keep going when I’m having a bad day. Enjoyed reading this post.

      • Noleen Miller
        May 2, 2018 / 11:36 am

        I think it is important to reflect on what happened within a particular month and be grateful that we managed to go through the hardships, move forward and to focus on the positive. As humans we often just dwell on the negative and it can consume your life – so this is my way of just reflecting on what I’m thankful for. Thanks for reading.

      • Noleen Miller
        May 2, 2018 / 11:32 am

        Thanks Mel. We take comfort in the fact that there is no more suffering and that he is in a better place. Definitely, I think that we have become great friends over the years and will for sure stay in contact with her.

    2. May 2, 2018 / 10:15 am

      I loved reading this. It is so important to focus on the good as often as we can.Hope you have an amazing May and I look forward to reading all about it.

      • Noleen Miller
        May 2, 2018 / 11:30 am

        Thank you so much – May is another busy month. Hoping to get through it in one piece. Thanks for reading my post.

    3. May 2, 2018 / 11:56 am

      Looks like your April was a special time indeed. So nice to be reminded of gratitude. We have so much. #Sabloggerscafe

      • Noleen Miller
        May 2, 2018 / 12:18 pm

        Loved the holidays that fell within the month of April – it allowed me to spend quality time with those who mean a lot to me. May is yet another busy month so I’m already getting on with my journal. Thanks for reading my post #sabloggerscafe

    4. May 2, 2018 / 12:46 pm

      I love this. I’m always grateful for my three beautiful daughters, my husband and our health. I hope you have a great May! #fortheloveofBLOG

    5. May 2, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Focusing on what you have rather than what you haven’t is so helpful 🙂 Right now I’m really looking forward to Rev T’s sabbatical. He’s got loads of great things planned 🙂

    6. May 6, 2018 / 11:53 am

      This is so lovely and a gorgeous reminder to be grateful so what we have in our life. I don’t think we really pause enough to reflect. I’ll be doing this today. Thanks so much for joining us for the #DreamTeam xx

    7. May 8, 2018 / 11:17 pm

      It sounds like you’ve had a good and mixed month with lots to be grateful for. This month I’ve been grateful for friends and family, and lots of happy times. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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