What seems like a few years ago (could have been much longer though) I remember my mother telling me that she heard Oprah keeps a journal of everything that she’s grateful for and writes in it every day. Since then, I have made an effort to at least remember a few things that I am grateful for a few times a week. I think of it as “counting my blessings” because most of the time I remember these things just before I fall asleep; I literally “fall asleep counting my blessings.” This practice brings positivity into our lives and regardless, it’s always nice to remember and appreciate moments that can forever change our lives.
At the beginning of this year I began tweeting things that were highlights in my day and called them “happy days.” One “happy day” (more of a moment really) took place on a cold night just after the new year. My husband and I found ourselves at Max Brenner in Union Square enjoying some really decadent hot chocolate (our favorite way to enjoy chocolate). Even though it was just a quick hot chocolate it turned into a spontaneous little date and it was really nice. Sitting there enjoying my chocolatey goodness made me think about how lucky and grateful I am that we are together and that he is my best friend and husband.
Anyway, I decided to use my blog as way to express the gratitude and spread the love I have for things, people, moments, etc. that I encounter throughout the week. It’ll be a weekly post and I hope it will inspire others to do the same. If anything, it’s great for mental health. So, without further ado (in no particular order):
- My job, even though it’s taking years off my life, I want to express gratitude for giving me such a strong motivation to “go confidently in the direction of [my] dreams.” To “live the life [I've] imagined.” (quote by Henry David Thoreau);
- My blog followers, friends and loved ones who support and given me some great feedback this week;
- My husband and cat (Nimbus) who are always ready with hugs when I get home;
- Tara Stiles;
- Wishful Chef;
- Mental health days;
- My Breville juicer;
- Fruits and veggies;
- My Spotify playlist of favorite tunes that gets me through the day; and
- My Anatomy and Physiology teacher and lab partners (98% on the bones/integumentary system test!).
Okay, that sums it up for this week. We have family visiting this weekend. I’m excited to see them! And I have my Anatomy & Physiology class tomorrow…learning all the muscles. I hope you all have a great weekend. :-)