Friday, 3 February 2017

Five Things Friday ~ 5 Great Things I'm Grateful For

What are you grateful for? Here's my five greatest blessings

Sometimes we get so caught up in all the trials and tribulations of our world and forget to acknowledge the wonderful stuff we have in our lives every day. Maybe it's time to put the world on pause for a little while and take time out to think about the blessings we've been given.

Today these are the five great things I'm grateful for. I could probably sit and list another five without too much trouble, but these were the first to spring to mind. I wonder what other people would have in their top five - feel free to enlighten me in the comments!

1. A GREAT FAMILY

This is our family at Christmas - it was so lovely to be all together for the day. Having a family who care about each other and actually like each other is such a huge blessing.


My lovely husband and me (don't you love his tee shirt?)
My lovely husband and me (don't you love his tee shirt?)
  
Our daughter Erin and son-in-law Luke
Our daughter Erin and son-in-law Luke

Our son Jared and daughter-in-law Hannah
Our son Jared and daughter-in-law Hannah

Our darling grandbaby Sophia
Our darling grandbaby Sophia


2. GREAT FRIENDS

I have a wonderful assortment of friends who I share the ups and downs of life with. None of them would be thrilled to have their pictures plastered all over my blog post, but suffice it to say, they are etched in my mind and I value them beyond measure. The sheer joy in knowing there are people who "get" me and who want to share their time with me never ceases to amaze me.

3. A GREAT JOB

I've mentioned before that I had spent too long in a job I had seriously come to dislike, working with people who I struggled to understand. I took a leap of faith and left it behind me, found a new job and then an even better one and at last I feel I can say that I am working in a great job - what a blessing to be appreciated and to love what I do.


A little glimpse into my office space
A little glimpse into my office space


4. A GREAT COUNTRY TO LIVE IN

I look at the troubles in our world today, at the political upheavals and the wars, strife, and violence and I am thankful every day that I live in a country where acceptance and inclusion are so important. Australia is a long way from most places (a pain when you're travelling, but a blessing when you are at home). When I watch the news, read Facebook, or hear of the evil that is going on, I am grateful to live in such a wonderful country.


This is Busselton beach - half an hour from our home - white sand, sunshine and peace and serenity
This is Busselton beach - half an hour from our home - white sand, sunshine and peace and serenity


5. A GREAT COMMUNITY OF BLOGGERS

I am grateful every day to have discovered the joy of blogging. To have connected with a fantastic group of women all over the world who share a love for midlife, for counting our blessings, for encouraging each other and for sharing the fun of writing from the heart. I always wanted penpals - and this is one step further along in the process. I think blogging is a well kept secret that I am immensely pleased to have discovered.

What are you grateful for? Here's my five greatest blessings

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29 comments:

  1. I think it is wonderful you stopped and took the time to remember and write down what you are grateful for. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers.

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    1. I think it's really important to remember and appreciate our blessings Candace - it gives us a much more positive perspective on life doesn't it?

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  2. These are certainly wonderful things to be grateful for Leanne. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. They are indeed Sue - and I hope your weekend is great too!

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  3. It's really important to appreciate the things we greatful for ♡ lovely post

    Todaysouhaila.blogspot.com

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    1. It is really important isn't it? If we forget the wonderful things we have in our lives then we lose our happiness.

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  4. I am visiting from Blogging Grandmothers and am so glad I found you! Your family is beautiful. I am finding the same simple things make me happy now that I'm a grandma too. Family, friends, and a good safe country (USA) to live in. I never thought of it the way you mentioned - blogging friends are like the pen pals of older days! I waited forever for letters from Japan!

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    1. I had a Japanese penpal when I was in primary school too! And it's so lovely to meet you. I hope we'll become blogging buddies as time goes on - that's one of the great things about blogging - it's so immediate and distance has not impact x

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  5. What a great post! What a lovely family and yes--we ALL have a great deal to be grateful for. Thanks for sharing yours!

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    1. Thanks so much Beth - I do have a lovely family and I am so grateful for them every day - I just wish they lived a little bit closer!

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  6. I alway love your Five Things Friday, but I especially love this one...

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    1. Awww thanks so much Renee - this one was close to my heart and it was lovely sharing pics from Christmas. x

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  7. I am almost an empty nester (waiting on my 19 year old to leave) and then I can celebrate my new status. Being grateful for my sons- thanks for the reminder that we all have something to be grateful for

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    1. He'll be gone before you know it - and it will be SO quiet! I think the best part for me was not listening to police sirens anymore and worrying if my son was speeding or in an accident! It's so nice when they're that little bit more grown up and responsible :)

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  8. Leanne, I love your "5 Things Friday." They always make my week. Looks like you have a wonderful life and the good sense to appreciate it.

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    1. What a lovely thing to say Laurie - I was wondering if I should continue them, but two compliments in one lot of comments means I'll keep having fun finding five things each week x

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  9. Great post!! In our crazy times it is so important to acknowledge the things we are grateful for

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    1. I get so tired of all the belly aching and complaining Lori - I think we need to remember how blessed we are and focus on that. It makes life a lot more pleasant :)

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  10. Your posts are always so inspirational, what better to be grateful for than family, friends, your job, your homeland, and the bloggers you've met online :) Thank you Leanne for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothers #LinkUp #BlogParty. I shared on social media.

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    1. thanks so much Dee - I love all these things - and the blogging friends are just so special aren't they?

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  11. Yes, we are blessed indeed Leanne!

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    1. We could probably tick all the same boxes Janet - except your office is at home and mine's at a hospital!

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  12. Being grateful for what you have guarantees that you will be granted even more. At least that is what I believe. Loved this post. It made me feel good, and it made me stop and take stock. Thank you for sharing with Blogging Grandmothers.

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    1. Shared on my social media.

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    2. I hope you have at least five things you are grateful for too ReRe - life is great when you count your blessings

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  13. Thanks for coming to the Blogger's Pit Stop last week with your post.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

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  14. Hi Leanne,
    I loved your uplifting post. We should all count our blessings daily.
    Janice

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  15. Lovely things to be thankful for! And your grandbaby is ADORABLE. PS Can I come and live in Australia please?? We could be neighbors... I'll bring cookies! ;P #FridayFrivolity

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  16. Just wanted you to know that I sure enjoy your posts!! And, btw -I believe wholeheartedly that gratitude = happiness.

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