Monthly Gratitude – January 2019

I started this monthly gratitude series last January but ended up having a break for most of the year after the first few months as I was a bit up in the air about all things blogging related. But in sha Allah this year I will complete the full 12 months. We should never forget to be grateful.

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.” [Qur’an: Chapter 14, Verse 7]

January always seems to be a bit of a strange month. After the Christmas holidays it can take a bit of a while to get back into your routine but I am one of those people that is grateful for a bit of routine so we usually get back into the swing of things quite quickly.


January started off with being grateful for my dads health which has been stable for almost 2 years. We got to celebrate his 79th birthday with cupcakes and also it was my parents 50th wedding anniversary alhamdulillah. Considering that even the consultants were losing hope we are so grateful that dad is doing as well as he can with his condition.


If I am honest my health isn’t at its best right now. I have an annual diabetic review and I haven’t been taking care of myself. My sugar levels have gone up and the nurse asked if I want to go on medication. However as I got my levels back down when I was first diagnosed she was happy to give me 6 months to get them under control again with diet and exercise. My Vitamin D levels are also low but alhamdulillah for the ability to check them and then alhamdulillah for the medication to help.

I have also finally signed up for Kick Boxing classes which are going well. I have been wanting to sign up for a while but the timings didn’t suit. So alhamdulillah for finding a morning class and actually managing to go and enjoy it! It will also help to keep my sugar levels under control in sha Allah. This is the start of me losing weight again and getting fit.


Both girls are doing well at school. Bee’s teacher told me how proud she is of Bee and the eldest received a good checkpoint report alhamdulillah. Bee has also been picked to perform with a group of Year 1 children at the drama festival. We are so grateful for that as last year she was picked to do an individual piece but due to the snow the event was cancelled. So in sha Allah she will get to experience it this year.

Monthly gratitude


What are you grateful for this month? Do join in with the blog hop below.




  1. January 28, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    It’s good to hear that your dad is much better!
    What a relief.
    Good work for the girls. Sure they are as happy as you are.
    May february be full of positivity.
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  2. January 29, 2019 / 4:29 am

    Wow ma sha ALLAH, congrats on your father’s 79th birthday and your parents 50th anniversary.
    I hope you feel better by the next month’s post in sha ALLAH 🙂

  3. January 30, 2019 / 12:54 am

    Maa shaa allah you are able to listen to your body and follow the checkups right now! In shaa allah everything will be fine soon! May Allah give you too much of blessings on health in shaa allah! And I love kickboxing! I tried them last fall and had to stop due to few reasons! Thanks for writing this to motivate others to be grateful for what almighty has given to us!

    • February 1, 2019 / 12:00 pm

      Ameen! JazakAllah Khair

      Yes Kickboxing is pretty fun!

  4. January 31, 2019 / 7:49 am

    Mashallah, this is a good idea. looking forward to next months post. Its good to look back, it helps us to reconnect and ponder about our lives, There are blessings everywhere if we take the time to ponder and be grateful, jazakallah khair

    • February 1, 2019 / 12:00 pm

      It certainly is a good idea to look back…it is so easy for us to take things for granted

  5. February 5, 2019 / 12:57 pm

    Love this type of post, makes you reflect back on your own month and appreciate all the good moments. Alhamdulillah your dad is feeling better 🙂

    • February 8, 2019 / 11:06 am

      You should join in with the linky!

  6. February 6, 2019 / 1:31 pm

    It’s really good to know that your father is better now… And it’s very good to know that your parents have completed 50 years together. May Allah bless them with good health. You’ve joined kickboxing class that’s the most amazing thing. Take care of yourself too. Due to busy schedules mothers always neglect their health.

    • February 8, 2019 / 11:05 am


      Yes we do neglect ourselves and we shouldn’t

  7. February 12, 2019 / 3:37 pm

    Ma shaa Allah! May Allah bless you more. Gratitude is so important.. it puts a great impact on one’s perspective of life. SubhanAllah. Alhamdulillah ala kulli haal

  8. February 15, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    It is always an inspiration to read posts like this…I am glad to know that you started taking care of health….at the end of the day….health is wealth….do take care…my wishes to your parents….

    • February 19, 2019 / 4:15 pm

      Health certainly is wealth!

  9. February 16, 2019 / 6:04 am

    I am so so glad to hear your dad is doing better Alhamdullilah! And Kickboxing sounds amazing! I really want to do it too for anger issues!

    • February 19, 2019 / 4:16 pm

      Thank you! Yes it certainly can help with anger issues too!

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