I’ve been in a place of want a lot lately. Wanting a dog, wanting to buy a house, wanting things that are really not in my wheelhouse right now and therefore making me feel like I’m not doing enough. I feel that way often, that I’m not enough. But with Thanksgiving I try and focus on a new way of thinking, to live in gratitude. While it’s easy to get stuck in consumerism this time of year. What with Black Friday being the day after Thanksgiving and worrying about what to get everyone for Christmas. Thanksgiving is an important day to be in the moment, to enjoy the time with friends and family and not have the stress of gifts, to relax, and of course to take time to be grateful. As I embark on this new way of thinking I’m starting it off with a post on all the things I’m grateful for this year.
The Dream Job
From my day job to my side-gig I have been loving my life when it comes to work. Working for a non-profit by day as a marketing coordinator has brought me so much joy. I love getting to drive to the city, work with amazing and artistic people, have the flexibility that this job provides and wake up every day happy to do it again. While I get tired and need times of rest and relaxation after working so hard, I still love my job and am so excited to be a part of a company like this. Along with that, I love getting to be a photographer. After wrapping up the 2nd Networking Shoot last week and scheduling engagement shoots and blogger portrait shoots for the near future, I’m always excited to get behind the camera and tell a story.
To the moon and back, I love my fiance. (or as we say “to the mountains and back”.) Getting engaged was such an exciting moment and the months after have been just as amazing. We still have our flaws in our relationship like any couple, but every day waking up next to him, getting to come home to him and getting to eat his cooking is a good day to be alive. Wedding planning is so exciting and nerve-wracking but with an 8-month engagement we are already deep into the plans and have most of the day planned. I am so grateful to have found a man that fits my life so perfectly, who loves me so deeply and is always ready to go on an adventure with me!
Living In Community
This year I got the chance to be a part of the 40th Denver Film Festival. I made some amazing new friends through the festival and am finally building the community I’ve always dreamed of. Along with friends, I continue to be grateful for the amazing and supportive family that I have. One that is always there for me and always willing to help. I would not be where I am today without these amazing people and I’m so lucky to not only get along with my family but genuinely like them!
The last few months have been stressful and very busy. It’s been about a month since I’ve had a real restful day off, which means that Thanksgiving break couldn’t have come fast enough. During the last few months, I’ve had a lot of health problems, emotional pitfalls, and struggles in general. But I’ve slowly been getting healthy. From implementing a new diet (a blog post to follow soon) to diving deep into yoga and breathing (you can read about that here), I’ve been learning how to take care of myself and to feel great. It’s been a roller coaster but I’m thankful to finally be feeling better, if not perfect, and thankful for the knowledge I now have about my body and personality.
I may not have gone on as many adventures as I would have liked this summer but I’m always thankful for adventure. Anytime I get to be outside soaking up the sun and breathing in fresh air I’m thankful. I’m thankful for honeymoon plans to go somewhere crazy (not decided yet), I’m thankful for a car that will get us to some amazing places in the mountains, and I’m thankful for the brands I’ve been working with that want to incorporate snow and the mountains in some photo shoots. Like I said, I’m always thankful for adventure.
All The Little Things
One of my favorite books, One Thousand Gifts, encourages readers to start a gratitude list of there own. The author creates a list of 1,000 things she’s grateful for and sees how living in gratitude changes her perspective. As I sit here thinking of the things I’m grateful for there are so many little things that fill up the list. I’m thankful for Christmas decorations, family traditions, a car to drive, a roof over my head, healthy food in my fridge, a closet filled with clothes that make me feel beautiful. And of course there those small moments of calm that come every so often that I’m thankful for, there’s the small kisses and big hugs from my fiance that I just die for. I’m thankful for the holidays, for the cold days and the warm days, I’m thankful for fireplaces that make me feel cozy, for a glass of champagne to celebrate, and for the laughs that my niece and nephew give me whenever I see them.
There are so many more little things that I could list but I won’t bore you with all my gratitude and instead encourage you to share what you are grateful for in the comments below or in a journal of your own. Starting the day with 3 things you are grateful for (whether you write them down or just say them to yourself) is a great way to change your perspective and live in a place of happiness and avoid feeling like you aren’t enough. If you’re with me on this, let’s start recording what we’re thankful for ever day to start off the day and see how great our lives really are!