5 Days of Thankful : Day 5

To round out my 5 Days of Thankful I am thankful for this life.

It might seem cliche but I really am thankful for the hand I have been dealt in life. I have grown and been made stronger each and every day. Even when I think I am down and out I know there is always something that I will pull me through. I know that when I feel like I want to give up there will be something that I can reach for.

Recently I have been in a slump… more stressed than I should be…cranky over little things and just straight struggling to get through the day. I have been down on myself and it has affected every part of me!

So this week has been nice to sit and really think about the things I am thankful for because it reminds me of all of the reasons I have to smile, all of the growth I have made in my life and all the change that is still yet to come.

I have to remember to be thankful for the change in life! With out it I wouldn’t be where I am today and I wouldn’t be as fortunate as I have been. Remembering to be thankful for everything… the people who come and go within my life, my husband, the little things, my family, and most of all this crazy life I am living!

So on this final day of thankful I hope I have inspired you to remember all of the things you are thankful for and when things seems to be not going right that you take a minute and remember to be thankful! It can be challenging to come out of a slump but taking a few quick moments to write down, think of or remember all of the things you are thankful for will make all the difference in your mood!

Be thankful and have a fantastic weekend!

5 Days of Thankful : Day 4

Today is Thanksgiving.

We are having both our parents over to our house for dinner. I am nervous and excited at the same time to be cooking my first big meal for the family. I haven’t cooked a turkey, or yams and I haven’t made deviled eggs before but I am so excited to try!

But today I am most thankful for the amazing family I have! The funny thing about family is that you can’t pick them. They are part of who you are and how you are raised. They make you into the person you are. Learning from your parents and your siblings and your grandparents and your aunts and uncles and cousin. They each are teaching you something whether it be how you eventually want to be or if there are behaviors and traits you don’t want to take with you as you grow older.

It’s an incredible thing family! They are the support system, the cause of unneeded stress, the people you want with you for the big moments and the ones that you need space from. I know what it is like to have the huge disagreement with a family member and how hard it can be on your heart! I have watched my own family go through this too many times. But each time though we might get a little smaller in our inner circle we also grow closer to the people we need and love the most.

I know the holiday’s can be a difficult time for those who might not have a family or who are a odds with their family and that’s OK! Because the beauty of it all is that you can pick the most important people in your life and that’s enough to make a family for the holidays!

I am thankful I can surround myself with the people that make me the most happy and that even when they stress me out I know that even in the hardest of times they will be there for me! I am so thankful that when I need a person to talk to just for something as silly and the craziness that was my day I always have someone to call no matter what.

Today I am most thankful that I have an amazing family that will continue to grow as we grow older and that one a day like today we get to spend time together!

 

5 Days of Thankful : Day 3

Today I am thankful for the little things.

It is the little things that really add up to make life one big happy thing!

The little things like waking up with both my dogs cuddled on the bed with me waiting for the time to get up.

Like getting a simple text first thing in the morning from my amazing husband.

Having someone bring you cookies for no reason.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee.

My job that introduces me to so many new and different people.

My mother-in-law thought to make extra enchilada’s for us to have for dinner one night this week.

The sound of the rain on the window outside.

The smell of cinnamon coming from the kitchen.

Getting to spend time with family!

Friends who are always so excited to see me!

There really are so many little things that add up to one big happy life and I am so thankful for every little thing!

5 Days of Thankful : Day 2

Today I am thankful for the amazing man in my life! I was fortunate enough at a young age to find the love of my life! I really never thought that would happen for me. I was awkward and I was tall and I was out spoken and when I was younger boys were intimidated by me.

But who knew that in the most unlikely of places I would find a kind soul with a huge heart that thought I was just as cool!

We were 18 when we met and I really think we found each other at the exact right time that we needed each other! We both were in strange situations, struggling in different ways but for everything we have been through we have stayed by each others side. This coming December marks 5 years of being together and almost 1 1/2 year of being married! And I can’t imagine my life with anyone else!

Do we fight…HELL YA we do! Do we argue…YOU KNOW IT! Do we stress…MORE thank we should! But the best part of all of this is that we have someone to challenge us daily to grow and to change and to love!

I am so thankful that I have found this amazing man who loves me for me and makes me feel so incredibly special even when I am down on myself! My favorite part is that we took the quote ” Marraige: Getting to annoy the same person for the rest of your life” seriously and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I am thankful for the little moments with him and the time we spend together but also the time we spend apart because it helps us to remember how much we love each other!  I am thankful that he loves our 4-legged fur babies as much as he loves me and I am thankful that he wants to better himself to help us toward our future!

I love this crazy man and I’m so thankful for him!

5 Days of Thankful : Day 1

In the month of November many people like to post to different social media platforms something they are thankful for each day. I really enjoy this idea because I find it makes us take a moment to really thing about and remember to be thankful everyday! Now I am not very good about remembering to do things like that every day for a month but I thought I would try doing a week! So here is Day 1!

Today I am thankful for the people who have come into my life even if it’s for just a brief time. I have learned something from each and every person whether it be learning about myself or learning from the situation.

It has taken me some time to understand that every person enters my life and leaves my life for specific reasons and that it is up to me to determine what exactly it is that I am supposed to learn from each interaction. Some are so easy, others are more difficult and I have learned that there are some times that I have entered a persons life because they are learning from me. Talk about humbling!

I find that the difficult people in my life aren’t always there to be negative but to help me grow a certain part of my personality. When I am frustrated by a persons actions or with how they are handling a situation I have to work much harder to have the patience to sit back and find another way of handling myself with this person. It’s not easy to change the ugliest parts of ourselves and I find that when I deal with difficult people it brings out the ugliest parts of my personality but as I am learning more and more patience I am learning that these difficult people are helping me grow and change that part of me and I am thankful for that!

Then there are the amazing people in my life! These are the ones I say were put there by the grace of god. These amazing people are also having the same affect on me as the difficult people but in a different way. They make me want to be better, do better and strive for better! I admire their hearts and their patience and the ability to deal with the difficult people in their life like I wish I could. They are my guidance to changing the ugly parts of my personality and I am thankful for that!

And for the people who are learning from me I cherish your presence in my life, however long it may be, because you are the people who are essentially getting to see the better part of me that I am trying so hard to learn to be from the others in my life. I am thankful for the patience you have with me as I grow and learn and I am thankful that you believe in me enough to listen to the craziness that can come from my heart. But just remember I am thankful for that!

So to round out my day one of my week of thankful I am thankful for the people who have come into my life for however a short period of time it may be.

 

The Power of Two Words

There are many combinations of two words that can make an impression on a person but the two I want to talk about today are

THANK YOU!

These two words seem so simple. They seem so routine. They seem so automatic.

But think  about the last time you said these two words and meant them whole heartedly?

Think about the last time you told someone that you genuinely appreciate all of the hard work they put in to a group, an organization, a project, anything! Most often people pour their hearts and souls into this type of work and often go without these two simple words.

THANK YOU!

I know I myself am guilty of not using these two simple words to show my true appreciation for people and all that they do. And recently I found myself perplexed because I hadn’t received these two simple words. My feelings were hurt because no one said two simple, two routine, two automatic words to me.

After this small moment of a selfish pity party I had, I came to realize that I myself hadn’t said it either! How could I expect these two simple words when I was guilty of keeping them all to myself.

Now when I talk about saying something so simple as

THANK YOU!

I mean to say it from your heart. I mean to say it like you truly mean it. And I mean to actually SAY it! OUT LOUD! Or even take the time to hand write a personal note. We are all to often found stuck behind some form of screen and forget the impact taking the two minutes of our day to hand write a note saying

THANK YOU!

And how much this can mean!

As you all know from my last blog post I spent an awesome weekend volunteering at the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant. I have loved to be more involved as time goes by and to meet new young ladies striving toward their goals and to see old friends reaching for that same goal makes my heart happy! I had the opportunity to choreograph the fashion show with the guidance and help of one of the board members and it was so incredibly rewarding to watch 11 young ladies take the stage and radiate beauty, grace and poise in fun fashionable western trends and end the evening in their western elegance. I couldn’t have been more proud of all of them for getting out there and trusting me to teach them a few small steps and to just have fun!

And last night when I got home from work and checked my mail I found this personally address envelope. Now I wasn’t surprised I got this because I knew they would be mailed out but it was what was on the inside of the card that surprised me.

img_6983This personal THANK YOU was everything but simple, routine and automatic! There was meaning behind it. There was genuine kindness in each hand written note. And this inspired me to write a few THANK YOU notes of my own.

Because I want to say

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

I appreciate the people that I got to work with! I appreciate all of the hard work they put in to make a program grow and take off. And I want to sprinkle these two words like glitter over the people who’s hard work isn’t totally recognized, people who volunteer their time, people who help grow the next generation.

Do not discount the impact a hand written THANK YOU card can have.

So here is my challenge to you! To each of you who read this!

Go out and find yourself a small box of thank you cards and leave them in your bag, your purse, your car-any where easily handy and next time you really want someone to know how much you appreciate them take two minutes and write it down, write it out, or even say it genuinely out loud!

The power of these two simple, routine and automatic words in the right context can make such a profound impact! And really what is two minutes of your time.

 

 img_6987Keep an eye out for what might be up around the curve!

Simply Saturday

The sun is just coming up…

The whole house is still….

Quiet through the whole house except for the subtle inhale and exhale of my husband and our two dogs…..

Pure Bliss!!!!

I relish in the moment that it is simply just Saturday and I have so much to be grateful for and so much to be thankful for!

It’s mornings like these that I like to sit and reflect on all of the simply beautiful things that I have in front of me everyday that I sometimes take for granted.

I encourage everyone to have their own Simply Saturday moments! There’s really nothing like it!

 

Simply Breathing

Last night as I was heading up to bed I came to a mangled mess of blankets, our two furbabies and my husband all fast asleep.

And I couldn’t help but feel my heart just fill with warmth.

So happy with something so simple as watching them all curled up and cuddling on the bed fast asleep without worries or cares. Watching them all just breath in and out….in and out….in and out.

It really is sometimes the simple things like this that can mean the most. In this constantly fast moving world I find it’s times like this where I just want time to slow down and stand still. I want to remember these simple moments of pure bliss!

Remember it really is the simple things in life that will add all of the happiness  you need to your every day. Relish in those simple things and cherish them to the very end!

 

 

Keep and eye out for what’s around the curve!

A Beautiful Day!

The sun is shinning and here in Washington it’s beginning to look a lot like summer! Who’s ready!?!?!

I know I am!

It’s day’s like today that I am thankful for the little things! There are times in life where you must take a minute or two just to sit and think of all the good things. Make a list, jot them down as you think of them, take pictures of them; however is easy for you to remember and think of the things that you are oh so lucky to have!

I know cliché at it’s finest but it really can make a difference! Or maybe it’s just the overload of Vitamin D that I have been lacking over the long and hellish winter we just had. Who knows….

But as I have embarked on this journey for self betterment I am learning more and more it is the simplicity that makes the most sense.

Sunrise

For instance waking up just a little earlier than I need to so that I can relax and enjoy the sun coming up with my cup of coffee.

Story time………

I had a professor in college who taught English. She was different and when she said that we would only be writing 4 essays the entire quarter I couldn’t help but think “Hell ya! I’ll breeze through this like a piece of cake! This will be my blah class while I work hard on the others.” Little did I know I would learn so much from this professor.

She was different….no tv…loved to run…kind of a hippy….always had her red hair wild and out of control. But there was something about her honesty and energy for each of her students in such a care free manner that it was impossibly not to be drawn in.

One day while in class she asked us to close our eyes and think of the things that really put us at peace. And she told us a story….

A story of waking up early just before the sun. And listening to the coffee brew and the smell it made wafting throughout the entire house. How she would pour a cup and sit there and take those few extra minutes to enjoy the simplicity that was a cup of coffee.

………

This has always stuck with me ever since that class! Though I never realized how important it really was until I started to do this same thing myself.

The journey to self betterment is an overall path…its not about just the inches and pounds, the spinach and chicken, the skincare and all natural blah….it’s about being content in mind, body and soul!

I know I have a long way to go but you have to start somewhere and Day One was my start! All I can do is grow from here on out and starting with just me.

 

No go get your damn coffee and rule the day!

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