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Living with an Attitude of Gratitude

Wow… you want to talk about having a grateful heart! This is something I try to do each morning: I think of a few blessings in my life before I even let me feet touch the ground. Each day may have challenges ahead, but when your heart starts off with feelings of gratitude, you’re already one step ahead of where you would be! It’s not easy to always remember, so if you’re an alarm setter, may I recommend this:

Haha– wait, don’t tell me you’ve never done that! You need to start titling your alarms if you haven’t done it before! 😹 Not only does it motivate you if you actually read it, but attempting to read something from mid-sleep has a better chance of waking you up! Trust me!!

Wanna hear what’s got gratitude on my mind? Keep on reading

This week has left me with my heart feeling so completely full. A few days ago it was my birthday and the day before that I received this amazing award from our local United Way. There were many times in those 48 hours that I found myself getting a little teary-eyed, because so many people reached out with messages of love, congratulations and support! If getting the award wasn’t enough, pairing it with my birthday just put me into an emotional overload! I don’t care who you are, you can’t deny how amazing it feels on your birthday, in the world of social media, where you’re getting showered with shout outs and love just because it’s the day you were born!

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first to say the Internet can be a scary place, but on days like your birthday, it’s gold!

And I’m not gonna lie, I really needed that.

I think you can see in some of my last blog posts that I’ve really been thinking inward and have felt challenged by somethings going on in my life. Getting a little bit of birthday love and congrats about my award for my community involvement was something I didn’t know I would need, but left me feeling so happy, and grateful!

Happiness can stem from a lot of things. The one thing that I’ll say is that some of the happiest moments of my life stemmed from when I focus on being grateful for what I have. So this week is a perfect example of that – my heart was so full and overwhelmingly grateful for all of the love I received that I couldn’t help but be happy. When you feel grateful and lead your life and each day focused on gratitude, the result will always be happiness.

And to kick it back to the beginning of this… you have to end how you began. FINISH each day with a grateful heart. As you lay down in bed at night, instead of thinking of your troubles, fears, worries and anxieties, take a moment to stop and reflect. Remember all of those things you were grateful for earlier that day? They’re still there! Jump back on that wave and remind yourself that you have WAY MORE to be grateful for that you have to worry about. 

Feeling all the grateful vibes! Cheers!

-Aurora ✨✨✨

To read more about my Volunteer Service Award, click here!

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Becoming Yourself Again

“Keep Taking Time For Yourself Until You’re You Again”

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Did this hit me like a ton of bricks or what? WARNING: Lots of honesty in this post. Over the last few months, I haven’t been feeling much like myself. And when I say like myself, I mean, the person whom I thought I was; the person people tell me I am: happy, cheerful, positive, go-getting, someone who starts each day with a bright perspective etc. I know I’ve talked about it here before, but I couldn’t 100% put my finger on what it was that felt different. All I knew for certain was that I wanted a change, because something just didn’t feel right. So these last few weeks, I began asking myself:

“When was the last time you felt most like you and what were the things in your life that were making you happy?”

I pulled out my handy note-book where I do my “brain dumps,” and began jotting things down. When I felt the most like me, I was:

  • Getting in some kind of physical activity multiple times a week (going for walks, going to the gym, karate etc).
  • Spending time each day talking to God and feeling a stronger connection with him.
  • Getting sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. My GOSH this is a big one!! My normal bedtime these days is anytime after 11:00pm. Even on school work nights! This is partially because I like spending time with my husband and catching up on our day, but it’s also partially because I have a hard time falling sleep. 
  • Blogging regularly/connecting with readers.
  • Volunteering and giving back to my local community as often as I could
  • Eating/Drinking well. Less fast food, more fruits and veggies, less adult beverages, more Crystal Lite (hah, you expected me to say water?? NOPE)!
  • When I felt most like me I was Confident
  • And lastly, spending time with people who inspire, motivate, challenge and excite me when I’m around them!

PHEW, what a list huh? Did any of those resonate with you too? I don’t feel like I have lost any of these completely, but they were all part of my normal routine and contributed to my overall happiness… my overall ME. So in the last few weeks, and especially this week, I’m starting to feel like I’m getting some of the old me back. It’s all of the above and making the time for them- not making excuses as to why they’re not a part of my life at the moment. 

Fall in love with the process of becoming the very best version of yourself - Words of Wisdom

So I have to ask, when was the last time you felt like YOU? If the answer isn’t right now, I challenge you to have the courage to stop what you’re doing, and dig a little bit as to where you have been, and how to get yourself back.

My process began right before my last post, When You’re Tired, Rest. and is continuing each and every day. If there are things you need to pump the brakes on in your life to find you and your happiness again, do it. Break the plans, say “No” to things that get in the way of your path, have courage when thrusting yourself back into something that might no longer feel comfortable and r e l a x. It won’t all happen overnight, so remember to have patience with yourself. And if you need someone to help you figure out how, I’m only a few key strokes away. 

To finding ourselves again,

-Aurora 

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