January is out. How are you holding up?

Happiness, Quotes, Gratitude

We were just singing Auld Lang Syne a few days ago and here we are in February getting ready to share boxes of chocolates, roses, cards and all what not for the love of Valentine.

Two things this brings to mind are; the shortness and speed of time as well as how we must harness our time optimally.

Some of us probably set out major goals and may be taking a look at how far they’ve gone with it. While some didn’t bother with it. Whichever spectrum you are in, it’s all good.

Remember that the most important thing is that when you set major goals, always appreciate the minor accomplishments that brought you to your goal even when you are falling behind your set goal.

Celebrating those minor accomplishments boosts and motivates your drive to keep pushing forward. Castigating oneself over failures most times has a reverse effect.

Today, as I took my brisk morning walk, I did a mental account of all that I’ve been doing with my time and I am thankful for the consistency in keeping with my plans. I am thankful for the zeal to wake up each day with peace and a positive frame of mind.

There are mornings that the joy I feel inside literally flows like a river. What my experiences keep teaching me is that the greatest success we can achieve in our lives is contentment, peace, and joy.

Since I came to the understanding that my happiness is my responsibility and doesn’t lie in anyone’s hands, or in material gains, I’ve found that happiness easier to hold on to.

There’s always something to be grateful for, all you have to do is to look inside. Be kind to yourself and others.


If you wish to participate in a gratitude challenge, there are several gratitude/thankful platforms in the blogosphere that you can tune into and get your ithankful going on. I can’t express in words the enormity of Joy and fulfillment that comes from having a heart of gratitude. Please check out Maria’s blog, Colline’s blog and Bernadette’s for thankful/gratitude challenges.

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18 thoughts on “January is out. How are you holding up?

  1. Well said Jacqui! We should hold ourselves accountable for our own happiness. Of course sometimes there are events beyond our control but it is our attitude that can make or break a situation. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  2. Sweet! Yes, it is said, time flies when you are having fun and drags when you are not!? I have not kept up my New Year resolution but will re-edit it to make it more doable! (If it is too hard to start with it is less likely to succeed: the old saying pof how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…).I have joined a house group this year of Christians from a church I do not attend but was invited by a couple I already knew well and I enjoy giving thanks in this group, so really agree with your encouragement for all to be more grateful! Thanks for this, take care and best wihes 🙂

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    1. I love your comment. A bit at a time guarantees success and having that supportive group that you joined is such a good thing. Truly, I’ve experienced that our gratitude takes us far. Thank you so much for visiting.


  3. Jacqui, you stated the way I feel so well that I want to share your post on my blog, giving credit to you. I love the title of your blog, a cooking pit and twisted tales! Will read more soon!


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