10 Things I am Grateful For

I was chatting with my mom last night and was complaining about something and mom said, instead of complaining about things that you don’t have or things that are going wrong, be thankful for things you have.

That really made me think. We get so caught up in things that we don’t have that we forget all the blessings bestowed upon us on a daily basis.
With that in mind, here is my list of 10 things I am grateful for. I’d love to see your list too 🙂

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1. My family
Family is always first. Mom, dad, Hubster, Sisbug…I love you all more than I can ever express and I am extremely thankful to have you in my life.

2. Health – seriously health is everything

3. Good Friends
I am blessed with so many wonderful friends in my life.

4. Love of learning
My parents have instilled a love of learning in me that I am extremely grateful for!

5. Life experiences
I have lived quite the life in my 29 years on earth and I am thankful for every single experience, both good and bad.

6. Books
I mean for real though! Thank the lord for this!

7. The ability to feel
I am an extremely emotional person but I am beginning to realize that is a strength and I am embracing it fully!

8. Career
I have a great work fam and a career I love!

9. Food, Water, Safety

10. Love
I love therefore I am.

P.S: I am back from Vegas! So I will be getting back to my normal blogging schedule – all day errry day!
Should I do a Vegas recap post on here?

6 Things I am Doing in 2017 for my Personal Well being

Each year I come up with some lofty goals that I don’t end up sticking to because well I get lazy or the goals take a back seat in my mind in light of all the life going on around me.

And they always, without fail, have to do with things I want to achieve in my career. Well, this year things are different… I am finally getting around to care for myself and my well being.

I am making a list of 6 things that I can easily incorporate in my daily routine for my person well being. They won’t take longer than 30 minutes each day and as long as I stick to it we should be golden! personal-well-being1. Getting some Headspace every single day

There is this app on the app store, called Headspace, that I have been using for 3 weeks or so and it is wonderful. With 10 minute guided meditations every day I feel like a brand new person! You can do these first thing in the morning or at the end of the day.
I usually alternate between morning and night meditation. I love doing meditations after a nice, warm bath. Makes me feel really pampered.

Go ahead and give yourself some headspace.

2. Taking a Novel Writing Course

I have been wanting to write a novel for as long as I can remember and this year I am taking my first step to learn more about novel writing with Don Gillmor at University of Toronto! Needless to say that I am pretty stoked!

3. Creating a Happiness Jar

I have set aside a mason jar in which I’ll be depositing one positive thing a day – something that made me happy or something I accomplished that day. And then read them all at the end of the year

4. Blogging Every Day 

Two of my goals for 2017 are to get more consistent at writing and expressing myself more. I can’t think of a better way to do it than blogging.

5. Managing my anxiety by not criticizing myself 

I have this sick need to be perfect in everything I do. I don’t compare myself to others, well not mostly, but I do compare my work to what I have accomplished in the past. It is extremely debilitating and leaves me feeling completely overwhelmed.
Though I am good at hiding my anxiety, I really need to stop beating myself over something just because I think it isn’t perfect.

This is also the first year ever that I am admitting that I do have anxiety.

6. Going for a walk every day 

Even if just for 10 minutes. Walking really calms my down and helps me clear my mind. Not to mention that exercise is really good for you. I am putting this in my calendar today so I get a reminder every single day.

What are you doing this year for your personal well being?

Hope

She was afraid at first, for there was an all too familiar feeling; dread.

Yes, dread was it. She didn’t know what was happening but he was getting into her head and her heart and there was no denying or stopping it.

She tried to block him out at first.

Once, while holding her, he told her that at the start he was trying to push her away, intentionally. She wanted to laugh and say, ‘well that makes the two of us.’

He wasn’t the only one hiding secrets. War scars is what she called them. We all have them. For all of life is a certain type of war, is it not?

Some of us show our scars, while some of us try to conceal them and we get so good at hiding them that we even fool ourselves and doubt their existence.

Around him, she could not hide them anymore and it took every single particle of her being to stop herself from loving him. She was attracted to him like nail filings to a magnet and there came a point when she stopped fighting the feeling.

Around him, she could be herself. Around him, everything became easier.

She could just tell him her deepest, darkest secrets and not be afraid that he would tell anyone. Not be afraid that he would betray her, or so she hoped.

Hope; it keeps us going does it not?

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