Gratitude – The Quality of Being Thankful

  grat·i·tude

noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

It’s a snowy, crisp Monday which means the beginning of a new week, which I know holds endless opportunities for all of us! I know Monday’s can be difficult, as a new work week begins and the weekend of adventure is behind us, but let’s re-create Mondays, in fact every day, through one simple action, let’s practice gratitude. I will start by sharing that this Monday marks one week of my blogging journey and I want to focus on my feelings of gratitude and extending my thankfulness to each and every individual who has supported me and  jumped on board!

In starting this food blog venture, I hoped to maybe inspire a handful of individuals to get into their kitchens and create food that is whole and nourishing – not just for the body, but mind and soul as well. I hoped to have perhaps sparked a creative outlet for your lovely souls in the kitchen, to bring love, warmth, vitality and comfort to your tables at home. I hoped my blog and posts would transport you into a different world temporarily and perhaps bring a slight smile to the corner of your lips. I truly wasn’t sure what to expect the first week of my blog, if my hopes would become reality and what would transpire, not even remotely!

Well, I am speechless, (for once in my life) by all the love! This is where I want to humbly express my absolute gratitude to each and every of of you (yes you!) for your unwavering support, endless positivity and transpiring my dreams into reality. During the last week I have graciously received countless encouraging messages and phone calls, had beautiful, deep and inspiring conversations regarding body image, nourishing food choices, and how to balance every day real life with a maintainable healthy lifestyle. I’ve been continuously inspired by your feedback and comments, your confidence in my abilities and encouragement of my recipes/pictures and blog posts drives me. Your outreach has been immensely appreciated and know I genuinely thank you and appreciate each and every one of you. Your feedback, big or small, is a stepping stone in the foundation of A Pinch of Nurse! I’d more than love to stop and chat, answer any questions and I’m always up for a discussion surrounding recipes/health/lifestyle/travel at any moment, please contact me!

These feelings of gratitude in my heart fuel and fill me with happiness, which led to me thinking, I need to hold onto and cherish these emotions somehow! Then a light bulb went off and well… I realized these feelings transpired from being grateful and thankful for the people and relationships in my life, not things in my life. So, I decided to write you all a gratitude letter and I hope to practice gratitude daily to continuously find happiness in such simplicity. I would be elated if you wanted to join in on this daily practice!

Now… let me show you my love the way I know how to, through food!  Uh huh, finally, food talk! This recipe came to my mind and heart immediately when I pondered what recipe to share next and express my gratefulness through. It is the epitome of warmth, comfort and pure bliss! I aspire to bring to your table tonight my, Guilt Free Butter Chicken, a recipe that is packed with soul filling flavors, without the hours of labor. I spent many nights perfecting this recipe and filling it with authenticity, I hope you fall in love with it as much as we do in our home!

 

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

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