Week 2 of Advent: Practicing Gratitude

image by Karen Salmansohn

I had a full-blown Advent make-over in mind…a complete overhaul of all my bodily, spiritual, mental, financial and house clutter. Of course I fell in the trap of DOING too much instead of focussing on less this Advent period and quickly started to feel an alarming sense of overwhelm.

So this week no tutorial from me of how to declutter your house or track your finances, but a heart felt nudge to keep it simple and just be kind and be grateful this season. Just be.


In honour of just being, and to set my intention on being grateful, I started a little Instagram Advent Gratitude ‘project’ with the hashtags:

#monthofgratitude #adventintentions on simple_inspired.

If you’re an  ‘instagrammer’ too, please use the hashtags as well, so we can be inspiring each other.

May you be happy, healthy and at ease today.


40 Day Devotional: Day 31: Overflowing Blessings


Psalms 23:5 KJV

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

I feel very blessed, ridiculously, wildly, extravagantly blessed by the God of surprises. Mostly because of immaterial things like friends, husband, relationship with Jesus, healing, happiness, joy…

Psalms 23:1 KJV

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

…but I also value the material things I get to use in this life, like my home, or my clothes.

Today I went shopping with my husband for supplies and decorations for our nursery. I feel a bit ashamed of my wealth. That I can just go to a shop and buy what I want (need?). But I choose to give thanks today and be aware of the rich blessings I received again.

Have a great day or night.