Gratitude Project - Week 17

Coming at you today from Starbucks. If you've been following me for a while then you know that I love chilling in coffee shops and getting things done. I can't do it very often because I don't have any coffee shops in my town to go to (terrible, right?!) but when I can do it I appreciate it that much more. 

It's a cold and rainy day here. I like days like this sometimes though. It's almost like the world is giving me the opportunity to hide inside of my house or a coffee shop and wear a flannel to combat the dreary sky outside. We all need days like that every once in a while! But you better believe that I'll be smiling so big whenever the sun comes out again.

DAY 114

I'm quite independent. I don't really rely on others for things that I know are best to be received from within.

Happiness. Success. Positivity. Motivation. Drive. Etc.

I like it that way too. Self reliance is the key to becoming your best self. Gather all of those things from inside and share/experience them with others. But don't attempt to use external sources for the "key to happiness" or the key to any of the other things that I listed above. The key to all of that good stuff is right inside of you. Working towards becoming your best self and focusing on giving what you can to the world is a good way to start and continue living a really amazing life.

DAY 115

I was leaving my grandmas house earlier today and I got to the stop sign at the end of the road. As soon as I stopped I thought that I haven't went to swing since last summer. Taking a left I could go towards my set schedule for the day and continue with what I planned to do. Going right I could go a few miles down the road to swing. I debated with myself for a second because I had a lot of other stuff that I wanted to do but I said screw it and went right. I parked, got out of the car, and walked through the dandelion filled grass. I got on the swings and felt the wind in my hair. It was kind of chilly, but the sun felt nice. I noticed that the leaves are starting to come out on the trees. The first blossomed leaves I've noticed so far this year, It was just what I needed today and I never would have known it if I would have taken a left at that stop sign when I had the urge to go right. I wasn't there very long and none of my other plans needed changed by taking that little bit of extra time to just go and do something on impulse that made me really happy. // Live. Experience things. Do fun things on impulse. Go outside. Put your phone down and be present.

DAY 116

My afternoons and evenings fly by whenever it's nice out. I was so busy just doing life that I just realized it's almost bed time. I know that tonight will be one of those nights where I go to bed feeling super exhausted from all that I accomplished today and I love it.

DAY 117

I feel like I should say something deep and motivating tonight but nothing it's not coming to me and I want my message to be authentic. So here's what I got! // Tonight I walked around just to do it. Everything is blooming and it's all so beautiful. Paying attention to small little details in nature is so refreshing and inspiring. Love it!

DAY 118

Went for a run and bike ride with my friend after work. I haven't seen her for a while so it was nice to catch up! I've made so many friends through working out that I am so grateful for and even though we don't get to see each other or hang out very often it's so nice to reconnect to do the same thing that brought us together again in the first place.🏼 And of course I came home and had this for dinner. Check out the blog to see what else I ate today as well as an update on my stomach issues!

DAY 119

Getting ready for my transition from technology to notebooks and real books. Every night about an hour or so before I go to sleep I try to get off of my computer and social medias on my phone. I take that time to do something else that I'm always meaning to do but keep telling myself that it'll happen after I do this or that on the computer. It sounds so easy. But for me it's hard. Every night it's hard and I feel a pull towards wanting to check one more thing, finish up a post, or whatever it may be. But I force myself to shut it down and connect in other ways. A few minutes into reading, writing, etc. I am so glad that I made myself do it and that's my main motivator for continuing with it. As much as I love social media and technology, I also love a lot more other things too and making sure I do a little bit of both each day has been a super rewarding thing in my life.

DAY 120

Sometimes you have really nice days for no reason and you don't want to share them on social media. Not because they're embarrassing, inappropriate, or anything of the sort. But sometimes you just want to have those little memories tucked away in your own little space. Today was one of those days and it reminded me that just because something isn't shared online doesn't mean it wasn't great. And sometimes even things that are posted online aren't really great but can easily be seen that way. I think I have a good balance between social media and "real life" and today that's what I'm grateful for. 


That's it for this week! I can't believe that I'm 17 weeks into this project. Some days it's tough to put something out into the world but it's a challenge that I love doing and am excited that I've made the choice to take it on. 

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