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Gratitude – Day 1

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During the month of November, I’m going to write about gratitude. I want to talk about the things I’m grateful for, and the ways I practice and show gratitude. This might be an every day thing, it might be as inspiration strikes, but this morning I’m feeling called to write, so let’s get on with it.

For a good chunk of 2015, I had a super solid gratitude practice. I’d think of things I’m grateful for when I first woke up, before I got out of bed (or sometimes in the shower), and again before I went to bed. A mental note at the beginning and end of the day.

I think the hard thing about establishing a gratitude practice is sometimes, when shit is hard (because shit is HARD from time to time, right?), it feels like grasping at straws to find something to be grateful for.

I remember when I was a competitive skydiver and we were debriefing our training jumps. We went around the room after watching the video of the jump and we’d say 2-3 things that we thought went well on the skydive, and 2-3 things we could improve and HOW we could improve them. If we didn’t know how to improve them, we’d ask for feedback from the coach and/or other team members.

Sometimes, when the skydive went to shit, the positive part of the debrief was “My parachute opened and I landed safely.” That was always a positive we could grab at before we went into the things we wanted to fix.

I think my gratitude practice works the same way. Sometimes I have pages and pages of things I’m grateful for and I can really dig into that and expand on it. Sometimes it’s as simple as “I woke up today, and I’m breathing.”

If there’s anything I’ve learned in the last five years, it’s that life is too short to not be grateful to wake up every day.

So today, the things I’m grateful for are:

I’m grateful for the badass t-shirt from my girl Alexis, pictured above. She’s amazing and wildly talented and I’ve learned SO much from her this year. You can snag one for yourself by clicking here if you’re so inclined. Also, I totally rocked that shirt last night when trick or treaters came by. Not a costume – just me living my best life, fully embracing the woman I am and continue to become.

I’m grateful for the ability to reconnect with someone after not seeing them for over a year, and picking up right where you left off. I have a handful of these people in my life (primarily women) and it’s one of my favorite parts of being a human and having relationships with other humans.

I’m grateful for the insane support that my husband has provided over the past two years. From when I was starting my own business, recognizing that business wasn’t what I wanted to do full-time, the support through my personal development sabbatical, and him being the most solid foundation while I hop back into agency life and navigate my career in a new way.

What are you grateful for? Do you have a gratitude practice? I’d love to hear more about it in the comments!

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