start monday with gratitude

week 17

Welcome to Week 17, lovely soul.

Below you'll find the video and video transcript introducing you to this week's quote and musings.

Scroll further and you'll discover this week's daily exercises, high vibe tune, and downloadable wallpapers.

Be thankful for what you have: you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never, ever have enough

Oprah Winfrey

video transcript

Wise words from a lady who came from very humble beginnings and is now a multi-millionaire.

But perhaps you’re thinking “it’s easy for Oprah to say that, she has plenty of money and needs for nothing. It’s easy to be thankful for what you have when you have plenty.”

And I totally get you.

When money’s tight, when love seems to be something you feel you’re constantly chasing, when your health’s not in a great place, when you’re facing possible redundancy because of a reorg at work, focusing on what you have can seem nigh-on-impossible because nothing seems to be going right and nothing seems to be falling into place.

But here’s the thing. There’s a little phrase that I often turn to in times like these and it’s “where focus goes, energy flows”.

No matter how difficult the situation, if you find the positive and focus on what you already have, not only will you realise just how much you already do have (and you conceptually end up having more), but more of the same will come your way (and you literally end up having more).

If, however, you focus on what you don’t have or only look at the negative side of things, then the dark gaping hole of ‘not-enoughness’ will consume you, and your vibration will revert to a place that can only attract other low vibrations and negativity. And, as a result, you’ll find that you conceptually and literally believe you don’t have enough.

So which would you rather? Would you rather look for and be grateful for everything that you have in your life already? Would you rather raise your vibration higher to one that resonates with gratitude and thankfulness so you can attract more of the same into your life; more to be grateful and thankful for?

Or would you rather focus on lack? Carry around a heavy vibration that repels anything positive and only leads to more lack and not-enoughness?

Oprah Winfrey didn’t start out as a millionaire nor was she born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She has had a challenging life but throughout her life she has focused on gratitude and shown thankfulness for everything she had, no matter how little that was, no matter how destitute she felt. And look where that has got her. Not bad, huh?

daily gratitude practice

Think of a household gadget that you don’t already have but which you would love to buy. A piece of equipment that would make life so much easier, so much more enjoyable, so much more luxurious for you.

It could be something for the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom.

Perhaps you’d love a dry-cooker so you could make all those treats you enjoy, healthier.

Perhaps you fancy a robot vacuum cleaner to save you extra work.

Perhaps you’d love an LED TV screen set above the bath so you can watch your favourite series while soaking in the bath.

Choose one item and spend some time thinking how much better it would make your life, how much fuller your life would feel, how much more luxurious your life would be.

Really go to town with this.

Today and for the rest of this week, we’re going to change our perspective. Rather than focus on what you would love to have but don’t have, we’re going to fall back in love with what you already have and gain an appreciation for just how much you already have.

So, let’s take a dander round your home.

Our first stop will be in the kitchen.

I invite you to open every drawer and every cupboard door in your kitchen.

Look around.

Are the cupboards and drawers completely empty or do they have ‘stuff’ in them? Perhaps they’re full of ‘stuff’?

Go to the drawer that holds your cutlery.

Take out all the clean teaspoons in your drawer and count them. Do you have any teaspoons anywhere else, such as sitting in a dishwasher? Count those too.

How many teaspoons do you have in total?

How many people live in your house?

Do you have more than 1 teaspoon per person in your household?

Now. What about food in your kitchen.

Do you have enough food in your cupboards, fridge, freezer to feed you and your family for today only?

Or could you rustle up meals for tomorrow, the next day, even the next day?

Can you see just how abundant your kitchen is and how much you have to be grateful for?

Let’s head back into the kitchen today, again.

Do you have a gadget or a piece of equipment stored away in a cupboard that you haven’t used this week?

Perhaps a toastie machine or a blender of some type? What about a beater or whisk?

When was the last time you used this piece of equipment?

Do you use it at least once a week or is it sitting there gathering dust?

I invite you to find a reason to use that piece of equipment on more than one occasion over the remaining days of this week.

If it’s a piece of equipment that has been gathering dust, find some enjoyment in re-using it again. If it’s a piece of equipment you still use once a week, give thanks for how much easier it makes life for you.

Have you ever said, “I don’t have anything to wear!”?

Perhaps you were invited to an unexpected job interview or to a friend’s last-minute party.

Go to your wardrobe and look inside.

Do you really have nothing to wear? Are there no clothes hanging in your wardrobe?

Your challenge today is to find an outfit that you could wear for an interview and another outfit you could wear to a party.

Put each outfit on in turn and admire yourself in a mirror. Don’t just look at yourself, admire yourself. And compliment yourself too.

Then express gratitude for all the beautiful clothes you have.

Go in search of an item in your home that is special to. An item that you enjoy using, an item that makes you feel special, an item that, perhaps, feels luxurious.

It should be an item that you use regularly, preferably daily.

Perhaps it’s a coffee-maker, perhaps it’s a juicing machine, perhaps it’s a state of the art set of cinematic speakers or a large flatscreen TV.

Choose one item and then think of life without that one item, that one item that makes you feel special that you use regularly.

How much easier and more enjoyable is life with that one item?

Can you discover a new-found appreciation for that item?

How fortunate do you feel having that item?

Today I invite you to spend some time sitting with an item that means a lot to you.

It could be a book you read months or years ago that you couldn’t put down, it could be an item belonging to a grandparent or other close family member or friend who has since crossed over, it could be a photograph of you having fun as a child, a day you will always remember.

Choose an item that, to anyone else, would simply be ‘just another item’ because it doesn’t hold a lot of financial value. However, it should be an item which, to you, holds so much sentimental value to you.

Sit with that item and remember and relive why it is so special for you.

Remember how you felt reading that book, not wanting to put it down. Or how you always knew when your grandfather put on that cap, he was planning on taking you out on an adventure. Or how that day at the park with your best friend was when you just knew you’d always be, and still are, BFFs.

Recall the significance of your chosen item in as much detail as you can.

And then give thanks and gratitude to the memories and experiences associated with that item.

You have spent the majority of this week getting reacquainted with objects that you maybe haven’t used for a while, simple items that you perhaps have taken for granted in the past, but which make you life easier such as the basic teaspoon, appreciating that you have much more than you realise, and spending time with an item that has sentimental value to you.

Now go back to Monday’s exercise where you focused on an item that you would love to have but don’t yet have.

Do you still feel the same way about that item? Do you still feel have a desire for it? Or do you now have a better appreciation for everything you already have, all the objects that already make your life comfortable and enjoyable?

and let's not forget...

Does this week's high vibe tune remind you that what you already have is exactly what you already want?

have gratitude wherever you go...

... with this week's gratitude quote wallpaper.

Note: details of how to download this week's wallpaper is provided below.

“Be thankful for what you have: you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never, ever have enough” ~ Oprah Winfrey





how to download your wallpaper

Before copying one of the pictures below, you'll want to quickly check your screen settings because the worst thing you can do is use a wallpaper with an aspect ratio that differs from the aspect ratio of your screen.

The aspect ratio of a rectangle is simply the proportion between width and height. The most common are 16:9, 16:10 and 4:3. And it will be for these 3 sizes that I shall provide you with your free wallpaper.

To find your screen resolution follow this basic guide. Steps for your computer may vary slightly but I hope this will give you some guidance:

  • Right-click the desktop and select Display settings.
  • Scroll down until you see "Resolution" (you may have to choose an "Advanced" option)
  • To find your aspect ratio, divide the width over the height. For example, if my resolution is 1920 x 1080 then I would divide 1920 over 1080 to get 1.778, which indicates a 16:9 resolution. Similarly, 1.6 indicated 16:10 and 1.333 indicates 4:3
  • When you've calculated your screen's aspect ratio, go to the picture below that matches that size
  • Right click on the picture and select "Set as Desktop Background"
  • Choose whether to "Fill", "Fit", or "Stretch" your picture - if you've chosen the right size "Fit" will be your best option
  • Select "Set Desktop Background" and you're done

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down on it until you see a menu.
  • From here, click the “Save image” tab, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by pressing and holding a blank area on your screen (meaning where no apps are placed), and home screen options will appear.
  • Select 'add wallpaper' and choose whether the wallpaper is intended for 'Home screen', 'Lock screen', or 'Home and lock screen'.
  • Another set of options will appear where you can choose where the photo you would like to use will be coming from, namely the Gallery.
  • If necessary, crop the image to a suitable size. Once satisfied, simply click 'Done'.

  • First, save the wallpaper image to your phone by pressing your finger on the wallpaper image and hold down for about 2 seconds until a menu appears.
  • From here, click “Save Image“, and it will begin downloading.
  • The next step is to set this saved image as your wallpaper by, first, going to the 'Photos' app and selecting the wallpaper photo you've saved there.
  • Click on the share icon on the lower left corner of the screen, then select 'Use as Wallpaper'.
  • Then choose to set the photo as either the lock screen, home screen or both.