10 Things I’m Grateful For

I know it’s already a week past thanksgiving but you know what? It’s okay.

I was recently watching a youtube video by Kaylyn Nicholson and it inspired this blog post. In the video, which she labeled “All Great Art is Gratitude”, Kaylyn takes the time to list some of the things that she is grateful for, that makes her life art.

It really hit home.

There are so many things that, I either don’t really think about or simply take for granted that I can truthfully say I’m thankful for and make my life amazing even in the midst of struggle.

So, even though it’s a week past thanksgiving, I want to take the time to share with you some of the tangible and intangible things I’m grateful for.

And I hope that it reminds you of some things that you are grateful for.

Here it goes:

*These aren’t in any particular order, so I didn’t number them*

  • Second chances – I don’t know how many times, I’ve been in a position where I feel like things are done and I’ll never be able to regain a feeling, a thing, or a person, but then life blesses me with a bigger and better opportunity and it turns my “mishap” into some sort of blessing in disguise and I’m left amazed.
  • Music – I simply love music. Yes, it can be an escape like many say, but it’s not just that for me. Music is a place I go to when I’m already happy. I specifically remember the days, when I worked an 8-5, and I would be exhausted, but I would come home, turn on my radio and let my true happiness just flow. It’s who I am; a form of expression for me, and I love it.
  • Rainy days – Not only do I unwind to the sound of rain but genuine rainy days, in which I can curl up in my blanket and read a book, those days are life.
  • Fuzzy socks, sweaters, and pajamas – Simply because I’m always cold and these are heavenly.
  • Christmas movies and hot chocolate – If y’all don’t know, let me tell you, Hallmark has the best, cheesy, unrealistic romantic Christmas movies ever. They aren’t the only thing I watch, although some days it may seem like it. But let’s just say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” when they are on. Oh and hot chocolate is the cherry on top.
  • Reading/Writing – I mean Harry Potter? lol and if I couldn’t write then I wouldn’t have this blog, and I love this and you guys A LOT.
  • Friends – It’s weird, how this year has been one of my craziest, ever, I lost friends, I lost myself for a bit, but in the midst of it all I gained deeper relationships with some people I never thought I would, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
  • Dancing – I can’t really “dance”, but I like to act like I can when I’m by myself lol. The endorphins really get going when I sway my hips to the beat of any song. Especially JB songs, ask anyone close to me and you’ll know I’m obsessed. (Let Me Love You is my jam!)
  • Family – Once again although I’ve had a mildly crappy year another thing that I’ve gained this year is a deeper relationship with my family. I’ve gotten closer with my brother and my cousins like I haven’t before and it’s strangely cool.
  • My boyfriend – Regardless of my craziness, he has been so understanding and caring, and I love him to the moon and back.

*There are so many more things that can be added to this list but these are just a few of the ones I wanted to share with you guys*

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Regardless of where you are in life, doing gratitude exercises can be so life-giving.

Taking the time to just slow down for a minute, stop the pity party (which I am a part of more than I should), and realizing how blessed we actually are can do wonders for the soul.

I hope that this post has helped you to reflect on all of the wonderful things in your life and that you are inspired to keep moving forward and start your week on a thankful note.

Xoxo,

Mara

 

 

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7 Reminders for When You Don’t Feel “Enough”

I don’t know about you guys but I have gotten so in my head at times to the point in which I’ve been questioning things that I have no business questioning.

You know that crippling self-doubt?

The what’s wrong with me? Am I worthy? Am I good enough? etc.

It’s gotten the best of me.

But I’m fed up with it.

It’s not only emotionally debilitating, but it’s also not the way I want to feel or treat my mind.

The truth is:

I control my thoughts. If I feel inferior or begin to doubt myself it’s because I have become so concerned with trivial things that I have forgotten the truth about who I am, what I’m worth and what I’m capable of.

Here is a list of things that I came up with to remind myself when self-doubt creeps in and tells me I’m not “enough”:

1. You are more than enough.

You are more than enough. Your value does not come from a thing, whether that be a talent, a job, or a material possession and it most definitely does not come from a person. You are more than enough just because you are a living breathing organism, created with love and affection by someone who loves you so much.

2. There is no one else like you.

Sure there are people who share the same talents as you, have the same hobbies, dress the same way, etc. However, there is no one that has your mind, your personality, all of your beautiful quirks in the way that you have them. No one can ever be you. And that is your power. Own it.

3. You know yourself better than anyone else.

I don’t know how many times I have caught myself questioning my own feelings and emotions simply because someone has called me out on it. I start to think that maybe I am ridiculous or that I am overreacting.

Don’t get me wrong it’s good to have perspective, and no you are not always going to be right and need to check yourself.

However, if you feel something, that is valid.

There is a reason for why you felt the way you felt, and that is what should be addressed. When you figure out the true source of those emotions than you access whether you need to check yourself or not.

4. You are a treasure.

Just because someone doesn’t appreciate all that you are, everything you have to offer, from your appearance to personality attributes does not mean you are not a prized possession. You’re a so fucking special. Period.

5. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Make a list of all the things that you have gone through that has upset you. Go ahead. One thing you will realize is that you either overcame successfully or you survived. You no longer feel the shame or pain you thought you would forever feel and you are a lot stronger because of it.

6. Life is what you make it. 

I hate to go all Hannah Montana on you. Actually, I don’t because she was amazing. But seriously, she had a point. Life is what you make it. You can choose to dwell on the thing that has been bringing you down or you can decide to push through and focus on you.

Get back to working out, begin doing things you love, eat healthier, focus on whatever it is that makes you happy and leave no room for negativity.

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I know what it feels like to doubt yourself, to not feel enough.

But, I want you to know that that is not everything.

We are worthy, we are loved, we are enough.

Even if we feel like we’re not.

Let’s make it a goal to remind ourselves every day!

Xoxo,

Mara