Hello Dear Friends,
In light of many of the daily stresses that we have, Vess and I both have tried to develop a habit of Gratitude in our lives. To not only be more appreciative for the things around us but also to change our perspective and to gain clarity, especially when the stresses and worries of this world seem to choke us of our joy.
Here are some ways tips and tricks we’ve found to do with gratitude!
change your perspective, change your attitudes and change your life!
1. Wake Up with Gratitude
Waking up each day and perhaps making a little mental list of what you can be thankful for really places things in perspective. Today I am thankful because…..I have a wonderfully soft bed, I have an amazing family, I managed to get to the bus on time, I saw the most beautiful sunrise on the way to work…. The list is endless! By being aware of how much we actually have been given, it shifts our focus away from what we don’t have. And we instead focus on the abundance that is already present. It gives us joy, clarity and so much more appreciative of our lives and makes a great start of the day!
2. Say Thankyou to someone
Giving thanks, make people happier, stronger, more hopeful and resilient. Studies also show that thankful people are less likely to have stress and health problems! I find that the most wonderful gift, is the gift of gratitude. I have a number of wonderful friends that have given me a hug, a note, a text message, or a small card to simply say ‘thankyou’. These little gestures, not matter how small, really brighten my day and makes me more confident in who I am, who I want to be and who I am becoming. Perhaps you can do the same by messaging a friend a quick thankyou message to say how much you appreciate them in your life.
3. Notice the Little things
Gratitude means being thankful, finding joy in the little things and acknowledging everything that we have been given. It means we don’t take things, people in our life, blessings and circumstances for granted and we can really live in the moment. My favourite part of the day is the ‘golden hour’ (photographers would know what I mean here!) when the sun seems to make everything come alive with colour and even the smallest leaf seems to glow with life. I love going for walks at this time to see the different colours of the leaves, the trees and flowers. Find time in your day to go for a walk, a wander and find a place where you can really slow down and appreciate God’s creation and beauty!
Thankyou so much for the amazing response to Vess’ graduation photos and to our daily instagram posts of inspiration. It’s seriously such an honour and privilege to share our talents with so many people around the world. Everyday I feel so amazed that we can be apart of an incredible community of creatives, world changers and inspiring individuals who are creating a better world in a ‘BigPictureStuff’ sort of way!
Speaking of inspiring individuals Derrick Koo from Derrick Koo Photography provided us with his wonderful images. (Aren’t they great!) Head over to his facebook page for more magical landscape and portrait photos! You will not be disappointed!
Val and Vess
(words by Val)
An aspiring photographer with a passion for capturing and crafting beautiful moments in life. Having been featured in galleries, such as the City of Melbourne’s Snapped Awards, Derrick Koo is moving his way up in the photography world. Having a love for landscape photography, his eye for detail and clarity is so inspiring.
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VANESSA BONG -Typography
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling. She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer. Website / Instagram
VALERIE BONG Author
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Melbourne. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.