• Attitude Gratitude – October Journal

    Hey peeps! Can’t believe it’s actually 1 November. How quick has this year gone by? It’s crazy to think that we literally only have 2 months left of 2018.

    October has been a bit of a laid back month for me. I can’t quite put my finger on it because it had the same busy routine as all the other months, perhaps I just took things in my stride. Sometimes it’s good just to slow down and let all the craziness just unfold around you.  Also we have been experiencing adverse weather patterns with a heatwave that swept through the Western Cape last week; so that could also have been a contributing factor to my unperturbed attitude.

    Here is a summary of what I was grateful for during October:

    Medical Aid

    Medical aid in South Africa is very costly and many don’t have this benefit. Driving past the day hospital every day and witnessing how people queue in a line at 06h00 in the morning for healthcare makes me appreciative for what I have. I am extremely grateful that my family and I have the benefits of medical aid which allows us immediate access to health care  More so that I work for an organisation who provides this benefit to its employees at an affordable cost.


    I recently attended a Vision Board Workshop as part of a blogger collaboration with Sonja McKaiser from The Creative Space with Sonja. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and that I was selected to participate in this workshop. Attending the vision board workshop gave me a new perspective on my future goals. During this process I recognised my dreams, hopes and fears and the things that are holding me back.

    Kind Gestures

    This month there were two incidents that made my heart happy. The first incident was when my daughters and I went shopping and we were at the fruit and veg section. A customer by accident let the whole cart of apples fall over. Instead of walking past, my daughters assisted by picking up all the apples out of their own free will.

    The second incident was when a colleague unexpectedly treated me to lunch. Sometimes people surprise you when you least expect it. I  am grateful for the generosity and great working relationship.

    Shared Knowledge and Skills

    We had a bit of car trouble and thank goodness I have a husband who is hands on. Even more so that I have a dad who is a retired motor mechanic. Although my dad is getting old and is doing things at a slower pace; I am thankful that he can still share his knowledge and skills with my husband. They managed to fix the problem.


    If you don’t know by now, I gave up alcohol for a month. Not that I’m a huge alcohol drinker and get completely sloshed – that happened in my 20’s. But I do like socialise with a glass or two – ok make it five. Different countries have different campaigns associated to this challenge. In the UK the campaign is in support of cancer and in South Africa it is to raise awareness about alcohol abuse. My reasons for abstaining from alcohol was in support of both cancer and alcohol abuse.

    Let me just say that my entire October was filled with social events where great food and of course alcohol was served. So it was a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless, I resisted the temptation and am grateful that I had the strength to persevere and follow through with this challenge.

    Trusted Confidant

    I am grateful that someone trust me enough to share their personal problems with me. Sometimes all they need is someone to listen, empathize and encourage them without giving advice. I am thankful and honored that this person feels safe sharing their personal struggles with me and that I can give the assurance that what is shared will stay confidential.

    Time with family

    Time with family is always special for me. It is something that no amount of money can ever buy. I am grateful for the laughter, the conversations and memories made.

    I hope you all have a fantastic November!


      • Noleen Miller
        November 6, 2018 / 9:13 am

        Oh no I would never be able to capture a perfect pic of a bird – the photo credit goes to Andrea Reiman and I got the pic from Unsplash #globalblogging

    1. November 5, 2018 / 2:16 pm

      Listing your monthly gratitude is a wonderful practice. Your daughters sound like beautiful people to me, willing to help a stranger without being prompted. They must have some thoughtful parents modeling kindness! 🙂

      • Noleen Miller
        November 6, 2018 / 9:10 am

        Thank you – we try our best to raise them to be responsible and to be kind.

    2. November 5, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      Resolve, gratitude and self reflection. I love these posts of yours! #globalblogging xoxo

      • Noleen Miller
        November 6, 2018 / 9:09 am

        Thanks Lisa #globalblogging

    3. November 6, 2018 / 12:50 am

      Well done on the dry October, not one I’ll be following, that evening glass is probably my biggest vice, but I admire those who do. Family is always one to be grateful for and medical support is so easy to take for granted when you are used to it being there. #GlobalBlogging

      • Noleen Miller
        November 6, 2018 / 9:08 am

        Thank you. It was a challenge but I managed to go dry for the entire month and it actually felt good but I must confess having a gin and tonic this past weekend was the best #Globalblogging

      • Noleen Miller
        November 6, 2018 / 9:36 am

        Thank you

    4. November 8, 2018 / 12:14 am

      What a great month, and how amazing that your girls helped a stranger without any incentive! Those are the kind of humans we need in this world. #DreamTeam

    5. November 8, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Lovely month. Helping others is probably one of the most worthwhile things we do.#Stayclassymama

    6. November 9, 2018 / 2:01 am

      I love your list, especially the kind gestures, how sweet of your daughter to help of her own free will. It is a nice feeling when someone trusts in us to open up it shows the sort of person you must be. Really enjoyed reading this feel good post, #StayClassyMama

    7. November 9, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      What a wonderful and positive list so much to be be proud of 🙂 X #stayclassymama

    8. November 9, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      How lovely that your daughter’s helped out like that, must have made you feel so good.#TriumphantTales

    9. November 10, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      Such a lovely list. Always wonderful to be grateful. Thank you for sharing with #TriumphantTales

    10. November 10, 2018 / 11:56 pm

      I can’t believe how fast this year has gone either! Congrats on lasting a whole month without alcohol despite all the events. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

    11. November 11, 2018 / 11:46 pm

      I’d have been so proud of my girls if they’d stopped like that, great job! Sounds like a great month all round. Thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday

    12. November 12, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      How wonderful of your daughters to put others first and show kindness to strangers. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

    13. November 13, 2018 / 4:25 pm

      loving the Gratitude Attitude !! It’s something I need to do more of . Accessible healthcare is something we all should be so , so grateful for here in the UK #blogcrush

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