Being Grateful // On My Mind Monday


Being Grateful  // On My Mind Monday

 “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This weekend was Easter and it was the first time I spent it away from my parents and siblings. I did, however, spend it with Caleb’s family and it was a wonderful weekend. After a remarkable meal (Thank you Kris) and a few rounds of QUIXX, we all sat on the couch and relaxed.
Before dozing off, I paused and reflected on how wonderful my life is. My initial thoughts were, “I am so lucky to have such an incredible husband, a loving family, supportive friends & clients. I know I would not be where I am today without them, and I truly need to make it a habit to spend quality time with the people who matter most. I am so thankful and should work to show more gratitude and appreciation.”
After a food & fun-filled Sunday at Caleb’s parent’s home, I realized it doesn’t need to be a Holiday for me to take time to think about all I am grateful for. The feel-good-feelings from Holidays come and go, but my attentiveness to gratitude can allow me to be fully present in every moment. I need to be more attentive to all I am grateful for, things big and small.
Gratitude makes me happier and more optimistic, and today, I am sharing a few simple questions and answers I jotted down to help me continue to feel the overwhelming happiness I felt when I was surrounded by family this Sunday:

  • Two Places I am Grateful For:
1) Our Home in beautiful Bay View, Milwaukee, WI
2) Blackwater Falls State Park
  • Two Foods I am Grateful For:
1) Miso Soup
2) Dark Chocolate
  • Two Positive Body + Mind things I am Grateful For:
1) Strong Legs from Goal Tending in Ice Hockey
2) Having a flexible mind that enables be to be resilient, overcome anxiety and fears, and learn confidence – – special thanks to podcasts and books I’ve been reading/listening to lately
  • Two Choices I’ve Made that I am Grateful For:
1) To quit my e-commerce photography job in Washington DC with the mission in mind to grow Studio 29 Photography into a full time career.
2) To overcome my fear of public speaking and launch a photography education series: Girls Gone Transparent. ((we will be launching very soon, stay tuned))
  • Two Forms of Expression I am Grateful For:
1) Hugs
2) High-Fives
  • Two Sounds I am Grateful For:
1) “Goodmorning” + “Goodnight” from Caleb each day
2) Kenzo barking with excitement when I come home
  • Two Future Plans I am Grateful For:
1) We leave for Iceland + Scotland in about 2 weeks!!
2) I am excited to meet my newest niece, Kailee this summer!

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what are you grateful for today?


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