Thursday, November 23, 2017

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 23

What tradition are you grateful for? 

I am grateful for the tradition of being able to be flexible and create new traditions as needed! If not for flexibility, life, especially around the holidays would be total chaos!  

I hope if you're reading this, that perhaps you don't have certain expectations of your upcoming holidays. Let them be what they will be, and enjoy them for what they are. They don't have to be Hallmark perfect. They don't have to be Martha Stewart amazing. All they have to be is yours! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 22

What story are you grateful for? 

I am most grateful for the story of my life! Too sappy to admit? But hey, it's the story I know best and surely the one that has most impacted me and those around me.

Not all the chapters have been great ones, but overall my story would be one hell of an adventure to read! I'm not published, and the accounting of my life isn't available in book stores, but it's been partly documented in my blogs and social media, but most importantly, in the memories I've built with others (aww!). 

What does your story say about you? Is it an adventure novel? A romance? A crazy thriller? Get out there and live in such a way that everyone is dying to share in and read your story! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 21

What song are you most grateful for? 

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow", preferably sung by Judy Garland, is the song I'm most grateful for. Not only is it a song from my all-time favorite movie connected with great family memories, but it's a life anthem of sorts. I believe the melody of the song itself is simply beautiful and the sentiment behind the lyrics is an added bonus of feel-good feelings.

Aren't we all, on some level, looking for that happiness that seems just out of reach, or over the rainbow? To me, this song is not a sad anthem, but one of hope to reach your goals and to keep fighting to climb or cross that rainbow of dreams. Written in 1939, over 78 years ago, this song is still relevant and can be found in remixes, and movies galore.

Additionally, because this song has been reinvented by the likes of Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole, and more recently Kristen Chenoweth, I feel it stays young, if only at heart, and pertinent to current and future generations. So go ahead, take a listen to any rendition and dare to dream and tackle your rainbow!

~ Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~ 

Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh, why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow.
Why, oh, why can't I?

Monday, November 20, 2017

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 20

Who in your life are you grateful for? 

In effort to keep this short and sweet, I'm grateful for the people who love me! My husband, my family, my friends - they all make the trip around the sun worth it for me and I'm thankful and grateful for them every day!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 19

What touch are you grateful for? 

This may be the shortest gratitude post this month,  because it's easy for me (finally!). My favorite, and the touch I am most grateful for is, the hug. Hugs are awesome no matter who they come from! They are a full body reminder that you're loved, whether it be romantic or platonic, and are a great stress reliever. I can let my guard down during a hug, feel safe, loved, relieved, and ultimately happy! Hugs are awesome!   

Saturday, November 18, 2017

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 18

What piece of art are you grateful for? 

Ahh, I could get so philosophical with this question! What is art? Performance art? Music? A painting? A being? A thing?

As I majored in art and studied years of art history, I'd like to think myself pretty well versed in the masters of canvas creations but I don't know that I am in particularly grateful for any one piece. So let me expand my thought of what I believe art to be. 

The art that I am most grateful for is one that comes from nature. Every day's sunset, when you can see it, is an undocumented masterpiece. It reminds me that there are things bigger than me in the universe, to focus on the beautiful things, and gives me hope for the next day to come. 

Awe - doesn't that make you want to run outside and check out the next sunset?!

Friday, November 17, 2017

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 17

 What knowledge are you grateful for? 

All of it! I am grateful for knowing all that I know! General education, random facts that I've picked up along the way, history, anatomy, art, knowing that I am loved, ethology - the list could go on! I'm truly grateful for knowing every little piece of facts and truths that I know. I am most grateful however that my knowledge, when shared, helps with homework, helps improves households, helps improve an animal's life and relationship with it's owner, and at times can even improve a mood.

Knowledge really is power. What you do with what you know is up to you. Even if all you know is crappy stuff you still have a choice to react to that education and remove yourself from it, be better than it, and surely, not spread it. Never stop learning!