Monday: Grateful

Hello and happy new week to you! I personally wish this week never came because I have so much to do that I feel a bit stressed out over it! BUT at least the weather is making the pain go away -- it's sunny and has cooled down to the upper 70s which is, in my opinion, a beautiful temp for working indoors by the window as I usually do. The breeze is refreshing and keeps me going whereas all the heat we recently had made me feel sleepy and demotivated! I am still nursing a cold and drinking tons of tea (strange drinking hot tea during summer days!) but I'm not here to talk about my health, instead I want to talk about how important it is to be grateful for the day and what we have currently.

a cup of love

When it comes to my life -- I can't complain. I have dreams coming true and others on the conveyor belt heading my way though I have also suffered from some extreme heartache in my life and so these good moments feel nice because you need a good balance of highs and lows don't you? Recently I've been feeling happy but deep inside, I know I am not taking it all in and enjoying these special moments in my life and this concerns me greatly and I have faced the fact: I must change my thinking! Do you have this little problem too? Many of my friends tell me that I am, "living the life" and that so many are living vicariously through me but it's funny, when it's your life it never feels so glamorous or all that interesting really. Recently a sweet blog friend of mine gave me some good advice when she advised me to Pinch Myself. Pinch myself? Well what she meant was to take it all in, pause, take a deep breath, and just enjoy the life and moments that I have and the experiences that I am building as I go. It's good advice isn't it?

The grass is always greener elsewhere. When I lived in the states I dreamed about someday living in Europe and being able to hop on trains and see the landmarks and museums and stores that I'd been fantasizing about regularly since childhood and NOW I CAN but everyday life sets in and you can easily forget what blessings and beautiful things that you have and that exist just outside of the window.

And so, to begin this week on a very positive note because I felt a bit overwhelmed waking up today, let us all just PINCH ourselves and remember all of what we have accomplished in our life, and all of what we have currently (what we do not have is to be put aside for a moment), and shall we just live for today and be happy with what we have? Yes, let us do this.

Now that we've all shared this great big group hug moment, we can proceed into this week feeling grateful and happy to be where we are in life -- we are not glasses half empty... and to just take this week day by day, enjoy the simple pleasures, and bask in the glory that is this very simple truth: We are individually so very blessed, aren't we? What do you feel grateful for today?

(image: holly becker)