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Expressing gratitude

Expressing gratitude regularly is something I have focussed on a lot over the last few years and it has really helped to flick my thinking from that of ‘glass half empty’ to ‘glass is half full’ (or full to the brim, or spilling over!).

Expressing gratitude regularly is something I have focussed on a lot over the last few years and it has really helped to flick my thinking from that of ‘glass half empty’ to ‘glass is half full’ (or full to the brim, or spilling over!).

So here are a few things I am thankful for this week.

Old friends

I’ve been really out of touch since D’s accident 2 1/2 years ago (where the hell did that go!?), so with the arrival of the book, I’ve used it as an opportunity to reconnect with old friends by attempting to hand-deliver some of them.

Late last week I reconnected with the lovely Miss Simone, which left with feeling all warm, fuzzy, loved and sentimental.

I met Miss Simone way back in the day when we both worked at a large Telecommunications company in the Project Team – me as a stressed out try-hard Project Manager, Simone as a Graduate exploring the company as part of the graduate program. Simone went on to become an awesome Project Manager – against my dire warnings, and many years later we are still connected.

Although we don’t see each other a lot these days – the last couple of years because I checked out to focus on D and getting myself well – we still giggle like school girls when we meet, swap war stories, discuss our common paths, and celebrate how young we both still look – an extra blessing since being a Project Manager can really wear you down!

I know the last few years have been hard for my old friends to understand as I’ve become so seemingly distant…but I am oh so grateful for you who have waited patiently for me to check back in to life, and who have supported me from afar for many years, be it via social media or in spirit. You are a blessing.

The easing of financial pressures

Starting a business is frickin’ hard, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Sure, I got rid of one lot of stress, but financial stress, the degree of it, was something I didn’t mentally prepare myself for. In hindsight, I should have saved some mulla before quitting my job, but then again – knowing myself better than anyone – if I’d stayed I never would have started my own biz!

Anyhow, the last few weeks have seen my financial stress ease greatly as I’ve taken on a little part-time job to bring in a more stable income as I grow my business and take on clients who I connect with and who align with my values, as well as love projects. This also removes the pressure from selling my writing soul to make money. Something just wasn’t sitting well there for me, and I feel so much better now writing about things I love – for money, or not for money – and not things that are really hard to write about, take me FOREVER, or are just bat-shit boring!

Engagement photo shoot

My 2 loves – my fur child and my D-man

K and D get equal billing this time round. People have pointed out to me before how my little fur-child, K, is always higher in any list than D – and I point out that I don’t necessarily list things in any order…it’s just how they come out of my brain. Regardless, I am equally grateful for both of my loves this week 🙂


A few weeks ago I lost all the music on my iPhone because I mistakenly ticked a box when synching. It wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t corrupted my external hard drive a few weeks before that and lost all of my music and a lifetime’s worth of digital photos…

Turning a shitty situation around, I’ve used it as an opportunity to delve into new music, although ashamedly my favourite songs at the moment are from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Bruno Mars (oh – and the new Foo Fighters album of course!). What has happened to me?! I’m the grungy, alternative rock chick. Man I’ve changed!

Some of the people I have known for a long time may be screwing their noses up at me as they read this, or spitting out their coffee, but to be honest, I don’t really care. I’m no longer the alternative snob I was (and I’m not saying any of you are), it’s just that I don’t care anymore what genre it is, what the song is, or who the artist is (unless we’re talking about Kanye…DON’T get me started on that man!). As far as I’m concerned, as long as the music makes my soul sing, well, I’m happy! Hell, I’d happily even splurge for a Backstreet Boys ticket if I could afford to!

New friends

Ah, my new friends. I’ve got new-new friends (i.e. friendships that are months old), I’ve got ‘new’ friends (friendships that are 1-3 years old), and then there are my new online friends (we’ve never met but we connect on such an amazing level). You are all amazing and came into my life during a period of great turmoil and personal growth and change. You know and love the new me, and you know of the old me through the stories I share and my blog. Pretty much all of you are in disbelief that I used to be very negative and a quiet as a mouse introvert with depression and anxiety…gee, I can’t express how thankful I am for you.

Dreams coming true

I’m a published author. Say what?! Who would have thought?! Certainly not me! I’m still pinching myself but am slowly starting to believe it. My friends – new and old, as well as my family, are helping with that. Their excitement is contagious. Oh, and then there’s the WORLDWIDE release of Heart to Heart: The Path to Wellness scheduled for 26 February 2015. OMFG! I am SOOOO not writing like a published author in this post!

Heart to Heart: The Path to Wellness, a book co-authored by Janine Ripper


Ever since I ‘quit my day job’ I have had the most amazing dreams (whilst sleeping).

Sure, last night I dreamt about washing dishes and clothes, but I was rocking that washing! Other than that, my dreams have involved snakes and spiders (in which I have physically kicked D in bed, because I was kicking those darn spiders!), my teeth falling out, a visit from my Gran Ripper – who was happy and her house on the farm was filled with light (that never really happened in life), adventures, travel, me being a spy, a vampire, a vamps lover, a biker chick, an agent, and old-world damsel…seriously, someone needs to invent something to record dreams because my dreams would be best-sellers! I certainly can’t capture them when I wake up. I just know they are good because I want to keep dreaming!


You guys rock. We’ve had a hard life. All of us. We’ve all been through more shit than most families, but we are survivors, and we deserve good things. We just have to believe in ourselves, and disregard the naysayers – because there’s always bloody naysayers! I love you (and yes, I’m including extended family!).

Good health

So many people around us are suffering serious illnesses such as cancer – which is just scary. I’m thankful for good health, and when thinking of others totally dismiss my fatigue and stomach issues. They pale in comparison.

What are you grateful for this week?


P.S. I make gratitude a regular habit. Check out some of my other posts:

7 Things I Am Thankful For

99 Things I Love

A Touch of Gratitude

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  • Mackenzie Glanville
    February 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I love old friends too (and new one’s like you)! Once a year I get together for a girls weekend with two of my high school besties and we get a fancy hotel room, swim and hang out in our robes, we laugh and chat for hours, it is amazing how time doesn’t matter, true friends are true friends and understand life gets crazy. As long as we have each others backs it’s cool. I chose this prompt too. Great post!

  • Mama Obito
    February 26, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Hi Sarah, I am dropping off here from Wellness Wednesday. Good to know you from this linky party. I have been trying to write a list of gratitude but always failed. Your writing is very inspring.

    • Janine Ripper
      February 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you – I’m so glad you liked the article. You should try writing the list again!!!

  • [email protected]
    February 28, 2015 at 9:03 am

    What a beautiful list. So happy that you’re dream of becoming a published author is here now! I wish you great success with your book.

    • Janine Ripper
      February 28, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Thanks so much Debra! I am still pinching myself!

  • GinaB
    February 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Congrats Janine on becoming a published author! As today is the 27 I take it the book is on the shelves now. What a great accomplishment!

  • Rina
    March 1, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Starting a new business definitely adds pressure. We are still having the pressure as I start my own business venture this year and so stable income comes from my husband only. But I am keeping up my faith close, I know I can do this.
    Congrats for being a published author Janine, so happy for you!

  • Muriel
    March 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    What a great list! We have so much to be grateful for. When i start to lose my sense of perspective, I do a bit of charity work. It usually does the trick.

  • Maureen
    March 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Woohooo big congrats on your book! You are a published author! Happy cheery dance for you, girl! You inspired me to try and write more. So much to be thankful for and I just love reading this post.I am putting your book on my wish list, girlfriend! 😀

    • Janine Ripper
      March 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      You should Maureen. Its good for the soul and for healing. Write it out! The book is here when you are ready!

  • Marie
    March 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

    These are all great things you’ve worked so hard for. Congrats Janine!

  • Joanne T Ferguson
    March 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

    G’day Love positive posts that brighten my day and yes, there is always something to be thankful for and appreciate each and every day!
    Cheers! Joanne #ibabloggers

    • Janine Ripper
      March 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      I’m so glad it brightened your day! Thanks for swinging by!

  • Katriza
    March 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Congrats on your book! I love this post! A good thing to remember what we’re thankful for! I need to do this more often! Thanks for sharing!

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