Hello, it's currently the day before Thanksgiving and I just wanted to stop by and say I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Of course, I hope you get to share it with the people you love, and truly realize all of the wonderful things happening in your life. I think it can be really easy to get busy and caught up in life's stressors and forget about how fortunate our circumstances actually are. That's why I love this holiday, it encourages people to actually pause for a moment. To set aside complaints and give thanks instead. I hope this holiday you give yourself a moment to pause and truly give notice to all of the things you have to be thankful for and actually tell it to the people you love. I promise it will be worth your time.
I think its important to preserve moments and special times throughout our lives. Pictures are a great way to freeze time and remember it for years to come. Another way to preserve a moment is through writing. So today, I've decided to take some time to think about the things I am thankful for and write them down. A simple task that took a little time reflecting and years from now could be meaningful to me. This is by no means an exhaustive list of everything wonderful in my life, but its a few of the highlights that my thoughts are lingering on this year.
- My family. I am so fortunate to have the family that I do. I'm referring to my family by blood and the friends that I could never live without. I'm so fortunate to have every one of those people in my life and being the best support system anyone could ask for.
- Being an aunt to the two most beautiful creations I have ever known. I am so thankful for the birth of my niece Stella (1 week old!) and my almost 5 year old nephew, Wesley. They prove that the heart has an incredible capacity for love and how amazing it feels when it is full.
- My (growing) skills as an artist. I'm really thankful that I was given a natural ability to create. I know I am lucky to have something I am passionate about and I never want to stop learning and improving.
- Being in Wisconsin and living at home. This is something I don't always say, but this holiday season, I'm really glad that I'm here. I'm glad to be in this cold and snow filled state and spending my time with family. It won't be long before 2,000 miles separates us so right now I'll feel thankful that my parents are in the next room and my friends are down the street.
- The unknown. The unknown is my biggest stressor, my worst enemy, what keeps me up at night. Not knowing what my future circumstances will be is often scary and daunting but I'm always trying to look at them in a better light. So I'm choosing to be thankful for the unknown. I can't wait to see the opportunities that I know will eventually come and I'm so excited to see how it all plays out.
- Being inspired daily. It may sound cheesy, but that doesn't bother me. Being inspired is such a motivating feeling making me so grateful to feel it everyday. Inspiration can truly come from anywhere and it positively affects my life in so many ways. Having the ability to recognize the beauty this world is full of is not something I take for granted.
I hope you take a second to make your own list and possibly write it down as well. Being thankful doesn't need to be reserved for one day, so lets all try and make it a habit and give each day at least a little bit of the gratitude it deserves.