Can you believe November is over? 30 Days of Gratitude have flown by and I made it through to the end! I am not very good at having the discipline to finish challenges like this, so I'm proud of myself for finishing it out.
The one question remains....Did this challenge change you?
Yes. Absolutely. 100%.
Although it was tough, I can truly see a more positive attitude in me. 30 days of intentionally being grateful can do wonders on the negative brain (aka mine). It has helped me realize when I'm being negative/ungrateful. It has shown me when I need to change my mindset. I feel like I'm heading in the right direction!
What does this mean for the blog?
30 days of blogging straight was tough. I'm going to take a little break for a while, and enjoy the holidays with my family and hubbs. I don't have a set amount of time for how long this break will be, but just when the time feels right. I'm so happy that I did this challenge. The one thing I noticed about blogging for 30 days straight is that there were days where it felt forced. I'm sure you noticed as the reader, too. I will come back to blogging with some fresh, new ideas that feel natural again.
If you missed any of my posts, they can be found here.
For those of you who want to give my 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge, I'll leave it down below!
30 Days of Gratitude:
1. Why Start This Challenge?
2. Spouse/Significant Other
3. A Friend
4. A Challenge You've Overcome
5. 5 Things You Like About You
6. Someone Who Inspires You
7. Something You Take For Granted
8. The Weather
9. Something You Use Every Day
10. Favorite Physical Trait
11. A Book You Learned From
12. The City You Live In
13. Your Past
14. Your Favorite Memory
15. Core Values
16. Something You Look Forward To
17. Music You Love
18. Greatest Accomplishment
20. A Mentor
21. Opportunities You've Been Given
23. Something You Like About Every Season
24. Favorite Spot In Your City
25. Favorite Personality Trait
26. Simple Things In Life
27. Something Someone Gave You
28. Lessons Learned This Year
29. 100 Things to be Thankful For
30. Did This Challenge Change You?
Thank you for reading! Until next time...Whenever that may be! Happy holidays everyone!
There are SO many things to be thankful for! I think we all need to remind ourselves of this. 100 things is a lot of things, but I'm sure I can find that many to be thankful for! In no particular order, here they are:
1. My best friend, is also my love.
2. I'm so close with my family.
2. The roof over my head.
3. The food in my belly.
4. I am employed.
5. Amazon Prime
6. My Keurig.
7. I have clothes to wear.
8. The skill to make people look and feel beautiful.
9. Books (endless entertainment).
10. Clean water.
11. The internet.
12. Southern Utah's beauty.
13. Living in a safe, clean town.
16. TJ Maxx
17. I can afford a phone, a tv, and internet. Some don't have that luxury.
18. My faith in the Lord.
19. The Lord's faith in me.
20. My struggles I've overcome.
21. The time I was able to spend with my Grandma
22. My life coach (AKA Dad)
25. My friends.
26. I work in an amazing work environment.
27. The stars
29. Just any pet actually.
30. My siblings
31. I'm an American.
32. Ability to get an education.
35. The beauty industry
37. My bed
39. Warm, fuzzy blankets
40. EOS lip balm
41. The second amendment
45. Scented Candles
47. Date nights
48. Other's generosity
49. My car.
50. The clouds
51. My health
52. The kind people of Utah
55. The things I've accomplished so far.
56. My experiences
58. Leggings and sweatpants
63. Game nights
66. Warm water
67. Late night conversations
68. My journal
72. The UPS men
73. Football (I think Gage is more grateful for this if anything...)
74. Random Acts of Kindness
75. The art of dancing
77. Lots of trees
78. Home decor
79. My patience
80. My many, many pairs of shoes
84. What it means to be in love
88. Alone time
90. The past, present, and future
91. My blonde hair
92. Road trips
93. Caffeine in the mornings
94. My caring heart
95. My ambition
96. The people who fight for our freedom.
97. My love for writing/journaling
98. Texas Roadhouse
99. I'm about to marry the man of my dreams.
100. My readers. Without you I wouldn't be here writing!
Wow! That was harder than I thought it would be. It made me realize how much I take things for granted. The things I really am grateful for, are often times forgotten about because they are just there every day. Once you get the ball rolling, it gets easier as you go along. I hope this will inspire you to make a list of your own, and begin practicing more gratitude.
Thanks for reading!
If there is one thing that I know about my life, it is that I am learning.
Every day I continue to find myself and grow into the person I want to be. Some of the things I've learned this year would have been foreign to me a year ago, and I'll probably say the same thing next year. That's the greatest part about life. You can reflect. You can learn.
Here's a few of my own lessons I have learned from this year.
1. It's okay to speak up.
When I was younger, I was scared to have a voice. I always hated confrontation (still do), and unfortunately that resulted in a lot of people pleasing. I have come to learn that the only way to get what I want is to ask for it. People aren't mind readers, and I am certainly not a doormat!
2. Always give 100% of your 50%:
This might not make sense right away, but bear with me. Every relationship you have must be a 50/50 ratio for what you each put into it. With that being said, you both have to give 100% of your 50%. If one person is doing their part and the other isn't, it simply won't work. This isn't just in romantic relationships, but in friendships too.
3. Stop making people feel bad for doing what makes them happy:
This one is pretty self explanatory. People are mean. Stop judging people. If they are happy, it's none of your business.
4. Stop feeling guilty for doing things that make YOU happy:
This goes hand in hand with the last one. If it makes you happy, who cares what everyone else thinks about it? If it's a person, a job, a lifestyle, or whatever it may be making you unhappy, by all means stop. Life is way too short not to enjoy it.
5. Don't sweat the small stuff:
Ask yourself this question every time you get upset: "Am I going to be upset about this in a week/month/year?". If the answer is no, then let it go. It's not worth getting worked up over.
We are the biggest teachers to ourselves. Nobody knows us better than we do, and we are always continually learning. I'm grateful for these lessons I've learned, and am excited to see what I learn next.
Thanks for reading!
I want to talk about something my Gram gave me. She gave me a lot of things, but the things that aren't tangible are the things I'll keep forever.
1. She Gave Me Hope:
Whenever everything was falling apart, she somehow remained so optimistic and just kept going (cracking jokes even). She beat all of the odds and fought cancer for a year, when the prognosis wasn't close to that. She had this light in her that will continue to shine even now that she's gone.
2. She Gave Me Forgiveness:
My Gram was single handedly the most forgiving, Christ-like person I've ever known. Even when someone least deserved it, she still found it in her heart to forgive.
3. She Gave Me Kindness And Generosity:
She would give you a quarter in her wallet if it was the last quarter she had. In her eyes, there was always someone who needed it more than she did. My Gram didn't have a mean bone in her body!
4. She Gave Me Strength:
Even before the cancer, that woman went through hell and back. She always pushed through on top. She was one of the strongest people I knew, and I know a lot of my strength came from her.
Of all of the material things she ever gave me, these are the things of hers I will hold near my heart forever. There are so many lives that she touched. Her light will always shine on. Love and miss you every day Gram. ❤
Thanks for reading.
I hope everybody had a very happy Thanksgiving! I know I sure did. My heart and my belly are so full! As we gathered around the turkey and expressed thanks, it made me realize something. It really doesn't take much to make me happy, as it shouldn't. It really is the simple things in life that make my heart full.
There is nothing I love more than to spend quality time with my family and friends. We don't even have to be doing anything but enjoying each other's company. If there's one thing I know for sure, I will never be able to live super far away from my family. Life is too short and precious not to spend time with your family. And at the end of the day when no one else is there, family is all you've got!
Sometimes the simple things in life are the most important. We all get busy (especially during the holidays), and it's important to take a step back and remind ourselves what really matters. Quality time with my people matters, and that is something that will never change!
Love you all! Thanks for reading.
Today I'm going to talk about my favorite personality trait. Not necessarily in myself, but just a personality trait I like in general.
Selfishness is such a common thing among us these days. There are so many things we all take for granted. Having the ability to connect with people on an emotional level is a gift. Having an empathetic personality is something I look for in a person who wants to be in my life. I feel as though empathy is such a hard thing to come by now, because there are a lot of people who mistake self love for selfishness. To love yourself and care for others is one thing, but to love yourself and only yourself is quite another.
What are some of your favorite personality traits? Besides empathy, the ability to make me laugh is a close second. :)
Thank you for reading! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!
I live in a dang beautiful city of St. George, Utah. I've talked about my love for this city in a previous post (found here), but I'm going to talk a little bit about my very favorite spot. Tontaquint Park is such a beautiful place with a garden center, a pond, a few walking trails, tennis courts, lots of trees, and much more.
They are currently working on an amazing project to expand the park for all abilities. As we know, kids with disabilities don't always have the same experience as other kids at a regular park. The are building play areas that are going to benefit kids with and without disabilities, including a train that will go all over the park. The community has been generous enough to donate money towards the all abilities portion to make this able to happen. I'll link some more information about the park, and how you can donate here.
If you don't have a family member with a disability, I'm sure you know someone with a disability and how different they can feel sometimes. This park is a great way to have every child feel included. Besides, how cool is that train?? I love the idea of this park so much, and have been loving to watch it come to life. I can't wait for the day it opens!
Thanks for stopping by everyone!
I couldn't live in a place that didn't have all 4 seasons. I am quite crazy about my seasons. I love seasonal decor, scents, makeup, clothing, you name it. Having 4 seasons is essential to me! Each season has a different vibe, and gives me something to look forward to. Here's a few things I love about each one, including my honey.
HOLIDAY SEASON!! My decorating gets a little more out of control each year, but I have no shame. I love Christmas time! I practically live in cozy sweaters and blankets during this time, because I'm always cold. I drink lots of warm drinks during this time to keep warm, My makeup goes a little darker, and chances are I'm wearing a black cherry lip color. Christmas candles are a must have as well!
Rain, rain, and more RAIN. I love this season! The weather is perfect, and the flowers start to bloom! If they haven't bloomed yet, I probably have a floral scented candle in my house anyway. :) I keep my makeup light and fresh this time of year, with lots of coral lips.
Ice cold fruity drinks, lounging by the pool, and lots of late nights. What more do you need? Summer is my most carefree time of year. Lots of great memories from late night drives are made during the summer. And yes, I went to the dark side last summer! It didn't last long.
In case ya'll didn't know, this season is my favorite. Enough said. The air gets more crisp, leaves turn, sweaters come out, and pumpkin spice. Call me basic, but fall was my fave way before it became trendy!
What is your favorite season, and some things you like about every season? My favorite is obviously fall, but there is absolutely something to love about every season!
Thanks for stopping by!
I have been given many opportunities that I'm grateful for in my life. Some big, some small, but all significant.
I have been given the opportunity to move to a big city for a year.
I have been given the opportunity to get an education.
I have been given the opportunity to do what I love as a hobby, and for a living.
I have been given the opportunity to have a roof over my head of my own right out of high school.
I have been given the opportunity to fall in love.
I have been given the opportunity to receive any job offer I've interviewed for.
I've been given the opportunity to help others.
These are not the only opportunities I've been given, and they certainly won't be the last. I'm sure there will be many more to come in the future!
Thanks for reading! Until tomorrow!
There is absolutely no doubt that having different mentors in life is important. It can be a mentor for your career, a spiritual mentor, a fitness mentor, or even just a life mentor.
I've never been one to ask for help. I have an "I can do it myself" nature, but sometimes we have to swallow our fear and just ask for what we want in order to succeed. I don't currently have any mentors outside of family, and there's a few reasons for that.
1. I don't always know what I really want:
For starters, I am still young and am trying to figure it all out. I still don't know exactly what I want in a mentor, because I don't know exactly what I want myself. I don't want to ask for something I don't exactly need.
Like I said before, I have never been good at asking for help. I am very sensitive and take things too personally sometimes (something I'm working on), and I do fear rejection a lot. Now that I've become more self aware, I'm hoping to kick fear in the face and go after what I want! That is, after I figure out what I want of course. :)
3. I am my own worst critic:
Lastly, I am very hard on myself. A lot. Sometimes I feel like the other person thinks they would be wasting their time. I guess that's just me caring about what other people think too much! Even though I know this probably isn't going to be the case, it's always in the back of my mind.
This post is definitely not intended to be a pity party post! These are all things I am very aware of, and am working every day on. One day after finding a mentor of my own, I want to pass that wisdom along. I hope to one day inspire others. I hope sometime in the future I can have a mentor outside of family whom I can share with you, but for today my dad will remain #1 on my list! I go to him for everything. He would be a fantastic life coach I tell ya!
Thanks for reading. See you tomorrow!