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A Letter of Gratitude + Good Mood Update

A year ago today, I was lying in a hospital bed, scared for my baby’s future, and struggling with a lot of pain that my mind had convinced me to be true. The following 6 months proceeded to be the darkest emotional period of my life.

Looking back, it all seems so far away. A blurry memory from the past.

I am a believer that things happen to us for a reason, and that reason is a gift –often disguised as challenges- that helps us grow and to fully experience the beautiful subtleties of Life. If nothing else, at least to remind us to appreciate the good in our lives, which we often take for granted.

Today, our 4lb preemie baby is a healthy, happy, active, and very curious little boy. Ryan now has 8 teeth, is in the 90th percentile for height, can stand on his own, and can crawl faster than I can catch him.

My friend Derek thinks we should stop calling him a “preemie”, and instead call him “advanced”. He was so eager to learn about the world, that he came out of the “oven” 8 weeks early.

And myself? Today, I feel like I’ve reached another peak of personal fulfillment and Joy. I am happier, more centered, and more grateful to the little gifts of everyday life. I have learned so much through this past year.

Things aren’t always smooth (as with everyone’s life), but today, I am better able to re-adjust the sail of my emotional boat than ever before. I feel that I am much more fluid at accepting and adapting to the fluctuations of daily life, which we all encounter.

I wanted to take a moment to thank YOU, from the depth of my Being, for being so supportive of me over the past years, and months, and weeks, and days.

Thank you for being patient with me, when I was too disturbed with my own struggles to write. For being the most outrageous cheerleaders, when the good mood blogging contest was going down.

Thank you for pointing out my typos and spelling booboos. For encouraging me with words of comfort when I needed it. For participating and sharing openly about your life on our facebook page.

Thank you for being uniquely you, and for reminding me to be uniquely me.

You guys, truly rock my world.

I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for us. And I have a hunch it’s going to be something extraordinary! Something that will bring us even closer together – a community of happiness soldiers, spreading messages of joy and conscious living in a massive way. I can’t wait!

I’ve converted the Happiness Team email list (originally created to remind people to vote) to a Think Simple Now thought of the day mailing list – where I share, casually, some thought that inspired me each day. I do my best to send something daily. The messages are immediate, unpolished, and frequent. If you’ve enjoyed our regular Think Simple Now articles here, come by and have a look at the Thought Of The Day mailing list. See you on the inside!

From my family to yours, wishing you abundance, happiness, and laughter. I love you.

Good Mood Gig2 Blogger Contest Results

In other news, I just got a call from the SAM-e Good Mood Blogger contest people, and the verdict is: we won!

*happy dance*

When I took the call, I was standing in the middle of the grocery store, holding several packages of frozen goods. My heart was beating so loud –as if it was bouncing 5 meters out of my chest- I could barely hear the representative’s voice.

I was so nervous, I don’t actually remember what she said. The only thing I remember now is that I had won, and the sound of my heart beating loudly. And now, I can finally release the breath I’ve been holding for the past 2 months, and begin to breathe and function like a normal human again. *smiles*

During the contest period, I was deeply moved by all the support from you, all the emails with words of encouragement and wisdom, and for everyone going out of your way to get your family and friends to vote. I am sincerely grateful.

I’ve written about this in the Daily Emails. To summarize: I’ve received so many gifts as a result of this contest, that even if we didn’t win, I would have walked away feeling like a winner – after all, winning is a psychological state in our own minds.

Through this time, I got to connect closely with so many of you. I got to hear your stories. And through your transparency, and heart felt writing, often your stories would bring tears to my eyes.

I have so much to learn. And I’m glad we can do this together.

The other big gift I received as a result is reconnecting with my voice, which I thought that I had lost after diving into “mommy brain” mode for several months.

I’ve enjoyed writing the daily emails to many of you in the mailing list – for those who wanted daily vote reminders. I learned that good articles don’t have to take 20 hours to produce. The conditions don’t have to be perfect. I can write, or do anything, whenever I set my mind to it. It’s all a matter of intention.

I’ve also become unexpected friends with a finalist from last year, Suzanne McMinn – who was so generous, and shared so much wisdom with me; not just about the contest, but also some much needed advice on how to become a better pro-blogger.

Until the new year -when I start to post daily snippets of happiness on the good mood blog- you can join our daily conversation on facebook (I’d love to see you there), or sign up to receive the Thought Of The Day email.

I thank you again, from the wholeness of my heart.

Have a beautiful week!

Enjoy the Holidays.

Tina

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Tina Su is a mom, a wife, a lover of Apple products and a CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) for our motivational community: Think Simple Now. She is obsessed with encouraging and empowering people to lead conscious and happy lives. Subscribe to new inspiring stories each week. You can also subscribe to Tina on Facebook.

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74 thoughts on A Letter of Gratitude + Good Mood Update

  1. Tina:

    I am soooo happy for you!! Congratulations . . . you will do amazing at this!

    Blessings!

    Carrie

  2. Filis

    Great news! congrats

  3. Hi Tina,

    Like you I also believe that things happen for a reason. It may be hard to see the bigger picture when bad things are happening to us. But during these dark days it is important to persevere and not to give up. Only then would all our efforts be worth it and repaid twice over.

    I am glad to see that you have successfully weathered all the challenges that the year has had in store for you. Your story and example is a reminder to us all that things turn out for the best in the end if we keep on persevering.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. It has been inspirational. :)

    Irving aka the Vizier

  4. Monique

    I’m so very very happy for you! There couldn’t be a more deserving person!

  5. Yay Tina! I’m sooo happy for you, on all counts. It’s always amazing to see what’s possible and how to take things in stride. I love the idea of an advanced baby, it’s definitely true in your little one’s case. :)

    Cheers & all the best in the new year! :D

  6. Varsha

    Congratulations!! Keep the good work going and spreading the smiles!!

  7. SVL

    Congrats Tina .. !! :)

  8. Anhtuan

    Hi Tina,

    Just wanted to shoot you a quick note and congratulate you on winning the next good mood gig.

    Once phase II started, my wife and I sat down and watched all 20 videos. When we got to yours, I figured you would end getting picked. Nice work and congratulations!

    Congrats! I’ll be reading!
    - Anhtuan

  9. Tina,

    Just wanted to send you a note and say congratulations on your Good Mood win! I voted for you every day and I was so happy to see that you’d won. Awesome!

    I hope you have a very happy holiday season.

    Dani

  10. Wonderful post and news!

    Enjoy that Happy Dance . . . you deserve it!

    BTW: Did you ever find your missing puppy?

  11. Natalie C

    In a way, I feel like I’ve won as well. Your mom asked me (and everyone she knows, I’m sure!) to vote for you. An offshoot of voting was that it led me to check out your blog. And I am so happy that I did. Until recently, there was only one blog that I followed…well, now there are two!

    You and I are in different places in our lives in terms of age and circumstances. However, the topics in your blog are timeless, universal, and yet speak to people on a very real, practical level. I am so impressed with the depth of your wisdom, your humour, and your willingness to share deep parts of yourself and connect with others.

    I have gone through (read: devoured) almost all of your posts, and have been touched and inspired by what you’ve written. I have been going through a major emotional shift, and don’t believe that it’s an accident that I made my way to your site. Like you, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Thank you for being willing to put your thoughts and feelings out there, in a big way, so that the rest of us can benefit.

    Wishing you and your family a joyful and love-filled 2011.

  12. Dani,

    Thank you!! We did it!! I could not have done it on my own without your help. Awesome!

    Saw your guest post on Tiny Buddha. Cool!

  13. Leah

    Great post! :) Love the photos!

  14. @Natalie C

    WOW! What a gift of a note Natalie. I’m here reading this with tears with my eyes. Thank you for providing that for me. I sometimes get lost in the mist of problems that we all encounter, and I forget who I am. But I will save this email, put a special tag on it, and read it when I’m feeling lost, because it helps me to reconnect, to regroup back to why I am writing in the first place. :)

  15. Lynne G

    Congratulations Tina!!! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  16. Awesome Christmas Picture. I am glad to hear that things have been better. Life isn’t always easy and you are lucky to have such great readers who support you. Any update on Blacky? I am sad he didn’t make it into the picture.

  17. Amai T

    I am so happy for you Tina!!
    I knew you would make it :)
    Keep all the good work up, you deserve the best! and you know it ;)

    By the way… FELICES FIESTAS!!

  18. AZmegs

    Life…Oh, beautiful life…Tina, we are all so blessed to have you, amazing isn’t it, how we all come here to seek solace from and of one another, and how much hope, faith, and service we are to and for each other…in times of distraction from our higher good, in times of anger, pain, joy, desire…we commune here together…and are one in spirit and energy through your words. Thank you, sweet Tina, for being that portal and offering up such love to be sough, gathered and spread to others. Indeed…happy happy New Year and every moment. Your blog, your words, your voice is a soothing balm for our universe. x

  19. et

    I wonder if you would be willing to meet a group of parents who have lost their child/children and say: “things happen to us for a reason”?

  20. @ et:

    Unfortunately we have an ego, and aren’t all grounded enough to understand this concept. We are human after all…

    I think the take home message here is to stay positive. Mourn as you should, for as long as necessary… then try and find a message, or lesson in every situation life has to offer.

    I believe we are all here for a reason, and once that reason is fulfilled, we moved on to another state.

    Dying for me is a blessing, that can be celebrated. It’s a new ‘birthing’ of sorts. The first one being from womb, to this world… second from this world, to the next.

    Our body is a shell holding our spirit, and when it’s time to move on, we do.

    The 2 day old baby that dies in the hospital may have had a purpose to bring their parents joy for 48 hours. Once that goal has been fulfilled, the baby moves on.

    Thinking of ‘loss’ like this seems to make sense to me, and makes it more inviting, and easier to understand.

  21. Javier

    It is possible that now you want to do money and you deserve it, but do not forget that we want you as you are.

    Think happy now !!!!

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