Gratitude is something I feel like I’m always talking about, but that’s because I’m so thankful for the life that I have and I’ve had to learn to accept both the good and not so good parts of my life. It’s so easy to get consumed by everything that goes wrong. It’s easy to place blame on the things that happen to you or the little moments of irritation that we all face throughout the day. Sometimes even I feel so focused on the world we live in – the hustle of the day, who’s doing what on social media, and everything that is going on in just the world around us. To be honest, we live in a culture of entitlement and instant gratification and it’s too easy to being to take our lives for granted.
When I began my blog again I knew that I wanted this to be a safe place for myself and for others. I want to share what’s really going on and be vulnerable and I also want to spend some time equally sharing my experience and thoughts about so many topics that may be difficult to digest or really understand. I’ve been through so much and through my stories I really hope you’ll see why this topic is so near to my heart. I’m so grateful for everything. I’ve encountered near death experiences, saved lives (quite literally), and have overcome so many things that have changed my perspective on my life and how I want to live it. What’s important and really what isn’t. Even with the many things I sometimes wish were different, all I have in my heart is being so happiness because I’m thankful for what I do have now.
Here’s three ways I practice gratitude:
- Keep a gratitude journal and add to it everyday.
For me this is so important! I’ve started to journal everyday and one thing I make a habit to do is begin my day writing down three things I’m grateful for. I wanted to begin my day on a positive note and this is such a simple way to do it. Instead of seeking to occupy the first moments to the news or social media which is normally negative, I’m able to sit with my thoughts and reflect on all the great things I have in my life and also just the little things that bring me joy. Journaling is also so calming and therapeutic and it helps with my anxiety, so it’s been so helpful to be able to have a place to share my thoughts and look back on all the amazing things that make me happy.
2. Embrace Challenges and See Them as Opportunities to Grow
Life is challenging. It’s not always easy nor do things always go as planned. It’s sometimes extremely hard to see the light when you’re in such a negative situation or to feel like the world is against you, but growth comes from challenges. You will never grow by things staying exactly the same. I’ve learned to use my experiences as opportunities to grow as a person, to conquer fears, and excel in all that I set out to do. With so much life lived, I feel I’m well versed to be able to handle so much more than other people and the reality is if I could go back and change something I wouldn’t. These unique perspectives make me me and I’m so much stronger for it. More so, it’s made me appreciate my life so much.
3. Spending Quality Time and Nurturing Friendships
Focus on your friendships and loved ones by making times for the people in your life who truly care about you. Life is so short and for me it’s so important to create memories with the people I love the most and just have gratitude for the time I get to spend with them. This can include your family, significant others or your pets. I love to cook and share meals or go on fun day trips or events, but there’s so many ways to stay connected with those near and far.
I’m so excited to bring more heart-to-hearts to my blog. Thank you all for the love and support. I see it and I feel it. I’m so happy and grateful for you all.
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