• Katrina Julia

10 Things to Be Grateful for in 2020

Many people reflect on occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas. One thing I have learned in 2020 is to focus on gratitude moment by moment and day by day. This one mindset shift has impacted everything from what I focus on to how I react and who I create with.

Last year, when I shared 10 Things to Be Grateful for in 2019 I never would have imagined a year like this one. I know I am not alone. A global pandemic, racial unrest, and extreme economic instability wasn't on anyone's vision board. Yet, there are still miracles in every moment and billions of things to be grateful for.

When I started shifting my focus, it impacted me spiritually, mentally and emotionally in every way. In 2016, I started creating and sharing my 90 Day Plan: 7 Steps to Success including everything from the spiritual to the financial.

2020 hasn't been the easiest year by far for any of us. It has forced us to face ourselves like never before in every way from the inside out. Not only that, but things we often took for granted on a local, national, and global basis have been stripped from us in ways we never would have imagined.

Ironically, last year my word for 2020 was revealed to me exactly at this time - Joy. It has helped carry me in more ways than one. God has used it powerfully to shift my perspective. My word for 2021 is Love, and I have no doubt will impact every area of my life as well.

In 2019, my word was Freedom. I faced shifts in every way and every area of life to create freedom from the inside out. This year - focusing on joy - is doing the same. Last year, when I wrote this post on Gratitude, I literally sat pool side in Mexico.

This year, my environment at my desk in Atlanta looks quite different. Yet, I feel gratitude, joy and contentment like I have never felt for this year and for the future I am creating.

What are you grateful for this year? Grab a journal and write down 10 things you are grateful for now.

10 Things to Be Grateful for in 2020
10 Things to Be Grateful for in 2020

What do you want create for your life? How do you want to feel in 2021? When you think of gratitude what do you think of? How could you choose gratitude even and especially in the hardest circumstances?

How could you transform your mindset and look for hidden treasures? Are you celebrating daily? One new practice I implemented in 2020 included writing down gratitude twice daily in the morning and evening, as well as keeping track of my "Celebrates" daily.

What I've learned is the more I focus on celebrating, the more I have to celebrate no matter what.

You will love these reflections of 10 Things to Be Grateful for in 2020.

Gratitude for 2020

Whether you are a 9-5er, an entrepreneur, and/or a community creator building a brand, gratitude is will transform you in every way. I started practicing gratitude consistently in 2011 and my methods and depth have transformed.

The most important thing I have learned is to be consistent day in and day out no matter what.

I won't sit here and pretend it is easy to return to gratitude in each moment something happens. I get it. It isn't easy to deal with internal and external struggles. We aren't promised an easy life without tests and trials.

Yet, I do and we do have a choice to choose to turn pain to purpose. I remind myself to reflect on the love, joy, and abundance I do have and not the temporary challenge. I choose to reflect on how the trail is chiseling and cultivating my character. I look for the ways I am stronger and calmer.