RnR 2021 Gratitude Recap

2022 is finally closing in on us and though it already feels like 2020 2.0; one of the things we don’t want to do is shift the focus from the things we’ve lost and zero in on what we do have. It’s important to take the time to be grateful for the little things in life, especially with EVERYTHING going on around us. Being grateful for the little things, is just as important as being grateful for the big things. Take a little moment with us to explore what we are grateful for this year. Have a read with us and see if maybe you might grateful for the same things! ☺️


So much has happened this year. There were lots of ups, and TONS of downs! I wish that I could say it solely had to do with COVID, but that is not true. Life has its ups and downs, but being grateful in times of joy, as well as sadness is no easy feat. I’ve always been told that it’s important to stop within the chaos and be grateful for the good things that have happened. So take a look with me on what I’m grateful for this year.

1: Life: With everything going on around us these days, and the MANY lives that have been lost over the last two years, I’m grateful for the life that I have. It’s by no means perfect, but it was created for me. I know that we often hear people say “life is too short go and do x”, but it’s a lot more short than I realize. Things can change in a blink of an eye and it’s for that reason that I intend to give this life my all, because life does not often grant you a redo.

2: Second Chances: I’ve been blessed over the years to have people in my corner to help me, guide me and help direct my path, both with my education and life direction. Second chances do not come around often, but I have been given the chance to retake some courses and I do not take that opportunity lightly. I plan to take the “bull by the horns”, as the expression goes and give it my all and more!

3: New Beginnings: With a new year comes new opportunities. We never fully know what the new year will bring us, which makes it both exciting and terrifying. I’m a planner and yet I procrastinate in my own little way. I’m grateful for the chance to start over and do better and BE better, because it’s the least I could do. #CheersToNewBeginnings

4: Me-Time: I know that some of us might find this one a bit tricky, but I have been grateful for the times I took to focus on myself and leave the work, studying etc aside, to ensure that I took a pause and did something for myself. It allowed me the space to refocus, to breathe, to find my motivation and determination to complete a task, as well as give it my all. I will be the first to say that I often give myself to others and forget about myself and what I need, but little blocks of me-time force me to help MYSELF so that I can in-turn, help others.

5: Family & Dear Friends: I know that this one may sound like a cliché, but its true. Your family will show up when you NEED them the most and that is what helps to draw you closer to one another. Now, without trying to get too aggressive I wrote “dear friends”, because not all of your “friends” are dear to you, let alone friends. The older I get, the more I realize just how important the intimate relationships we hold, are to our well-being/impact our lives. The number of “friends” we once had, decreases and the small circle or single digit friend circle we now possess is stronger than the number of “friends” we have on FB. We only become aware of the importance od friendship(s) as time goes on. We have more acquaintances than friends, as time goes on and that is ok, because the smaller your circle, the more invested you. Our nearest and dearest get us through a lot more than we care to admit.

Growth is uncomfortable because you’ve never been there before.


I would be lying if I said that the back end of 2021 has not been a bit rough for me. For some reason this year in particular my anxiety and worry has been at a peak. And though I haven’t had a full-blown Zaidi attack I have been sitting awake late at night thinking about all sorts of things that are completely out of my control. One of the things that I found has genuinely really really helped me out this year, which we have blogged about previously, has been to maintain a gratitude jar. Focussing daily on the things which bring me joy and would give me gratitude has been some thing that has really proven to centre me. And although I know that a simple jar and writing stuff down isn’t the solution for everything or for everyone, but what I can say is that it has greatly helped me and my mental health.

1: Health: This had to take the top spot for me, personally as I had a mini health scare this past year and it put into perspective the importance but also how fragile life can be. With the instability of COVID and what seems like its never ending variants being and keeping healthy is literally top of mind. So, I am very much grateful for my health, for the health of my family members and for the fact that no one I know has been ill. All of it is a blessing which I don’t take lightly.

2: Love Again: Without disclosing too much and with just the right sprinkling of deets- my capacity for love has increased. I have been able to find love again, something I wouldn’t have thought of 2 years ago. Grateful that it is the slow patient kind (Lord knows I need it), but it is also the expansive kind. I already know it has changed me. I don’t know why, but for a while there I thought I was hard to love- it was something I was told and in moments of doubt, you begin to believe it. Like a lightening bolt to the heart it has been eye-opening in the best ways.

3: Creativity: This may not be a typical item on a list, but I am very grateful for the fact that I have a creative outlet and the means in which to put in the work. And it gave me the opportunity to launch my own candle side hustle, Maple & Nutmeg Candles and Co. Though the numbers aren’t atmospheric, they are steady and I am proud of myself and what I have been able to do. It’s not much, but it is something.

Kindness is a gift, pass it on.

4: Family & Friends: I know this made my list last year, but how could I have ridden out the year I’ve had without family and friends? Words don’t cover the depth of just how important they have been to maintaining my mental health. Having as many moments where I can be myself and simply relax and in some cases be taken care of is goals.

5: Peace: This might sound like an odd choice, but hear me out. Not only do I mean the fact that I live in what is classed as a 1st world country. What I am truly grateful for is the fact that I have a warm, quiet home with the things I need to keep me safe, sane and happy. Even if there are things which may need improving or if my ultimate goal is to eventually own my own home, I am at peace. With my past choices which brought me here. One of my goals for the new year is to simply choose the option which will be the least dramatic. The choice for me, but I mainly want peace. Avoiding conflict at all cost, because for the over thinker in me, it really does me damage.

This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.

Maya Angelou


Here’s to a NEW year. With new possibilities, joys, smiles, laughter and most importantly gratitude. Goodbye 2021, hello 2022 and all that it will entail!

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