THAT GIVING THANKS TIME OF YEAR
Can you believe it? We are only 30 days out from Thanksgiving. I always feel like I have so much to be grateful for and this year is no different. In particular, I am immensely grateful for how far Jess has come in her maturity and her growth in her expressive communication skills. So, to what do I contribute this progress?
You. Good Ones. Jessica’s world has opened up like never before. She has made new and extensive social connections which has led to new connections being made in the wiring in her brain. For Jess, there is a name to what’s happening, and it’s called vlogging (aka blogging). Jess not only enjoys being a vlogger for the social aspect, but also because it is giving her additional structure, another job, a focus, a purpose. It’s important work. She’s changing lives.
THIS STATEMENT FEELS WEIRD TO MAKE
I’ll take a moment here to brag on myself.
We are finally in a really good place. How did we get here? Years of sacrifice and hard work is how we got here. When I first gave up my career to stay home and keep Jess safe and cared for, we struggled to pay bills, to even buy food, to celebrate birthdays and holidays. I was sad, depressed, and full of resentment. I felt completely alone, like no one else had any idea what it was like to go through what I had lived through.
I started blogging. It was a great outlet and quite therapeutic. There was a story I needed to tell, the story of how hard I had tried to make things work for Jess and for me. It was important to me to try to help people understand all that I had been through and tried, and that I hadn’t easily given up.
Something else happened, though. People that I had never known reached out to me through my blog to let me know that they could relate so much to the story I was telling. Over time, more and more people connected with my story. They let me know how much it meant to them to have someone to relate to, and others let us know that our story had inspired them in their own lives. Suddenly, I was not alone. To say it was life changing is a massive understatement. There’s much more to this story, but it feels a little weird to keep tooting my own horn.
WHY IS GRATITUDE SO MUCH EASIER THAN BRAGGING
Expressing our gratitude is something that often comes much easier than bragging on ourselves. Sometimes it just feels awkward to brag, and other times it’s really hard for us to find sometime to brag about because we can be so hard on ourselves.
Going into our third annual 30 day Bragitude challenge, I can say that it takes practice to find something to brag about on a daily basis. It can be done though, sometimes you just have to dig really deep.
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US
For the past two years, we have kept our bragitude challenge within Club Crispy because sometimes our brags feel personal – like a brag and a failure all at the same time. This year, we warmly invite to join us in our Bragitude challenge.
Brag + gratitude. That’s our definition of a bragitude. It’s a deliberate practiced balance of celebration and humility. Adopting a grateful mindset is one technique the ‘experts’ often advocate to help reduce stress and shift perspective. And brags? Well, in moderation, those can be good for self-confidence.
A 30 DAY CHALLENGE
Yep. 30 days! For the next 30 days, every day, share one brag and one thing you are grateful for. It’s harder than it sounds. For me, the brag part can be a struggle. So I give myself permission to celebrate even the tiniest victory.
Some days that’s celebrating a lazy day on the couch, or maybe it’s making the bed, or walking the dogs, or trying something new, or unloading the dishwasher (again), or a good social media post. No brag is too small. And, for gratitude, you can expect me to be thankful for an uplifting Instagram comment, or for sunny days, or for random acts of kindness, or an unloaded dishwasher (by someone other than me!). Anything goes.
Participation is flexible! If you aren’t up to committing to 30 days, try just a couple of days here and there. Or, just check in once in a while to see what the latest bragitude is on the thread. No matter how you engage, I’m confident you’ll be encouraged. And, if you do complete the 30 days of bragitudes, I predict your +30 day self will brag “I did it!” and you’ll be grateful to have forged deeper connections with virtual friends. Or maybe you’ll just be grateful you’re done the 30-day challenge :-). In other words, nothing to lose!
Bragitude Day 1
Brag – My Brag of the day is that I got dressed for the day before 9:30am! Since I work from home and don’t video conference or go live every day, there are plenty of days that I actually stay in my pjs all day.
Gratitude – This is a biggie!! I am immensely grateful to have the house all to myself this evening and overnight for the first time in almost 2 years! What will I do? Right this minute, I’m enjoying the silence hearing only the clicking of my keyboard, and since my windows are open, the occasional car driving by. I can also hear the fan in my room, reminding me that at least for today, I can head back and go get in my bed whenever I want. Later, I just may order my favorite pizza, have a light beer or two, and binge on Netflix without any distractions or interruptions.
If you’d like to participate, go for it in the comments below!