I’m feeling like I haven’t really written in a while. I’m having one of those weeks where there just aren’t enough hours in a day, my head hurts and I don’t think I could be any more exhausted (lets be honest, I’ve felt this way pretty consistently since I started my job). That said, I’m feeling horrible that I don’t have time to get a good post out. I’m sorry, but I’m putting sleep before blogging tonight. I’ll see you all with something more thoughtful this weekend!
Monthly Archives: August 2011
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To go along with my recent post about gratitude, I would like to start occasionally posting about five good things that happen throughout my day that I am thankful for. Here goes my first attempt:
1. It’s not Monday.
2. Was able to grab dinner with the boyfriend.
3. The September issue of all the fashion magazines is out and I was able to stop at the store and stock up on my reading material.
4. The Commissary at work was closed down for getting a “C” rating, which is pretty gross, but the good news is we now have amazing food trucks coming each day until it reopens. I’m such a fat kid.
5. I get to sleep on freshly washed sheets tonight.
Your turn. What were five good things about your day??
“Being absolutely true to yourself is freedom.” –Caroline Casey
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” –Meister Eckhart
The first time I heard this quote I had one of those “Aha! Moments” that you always hear Oprah talking about. I think it’s because I’ve always struggled a bit with prayer. I’m not a particularly religious person, but I consider myself a Catholic and I was raised in a home where you said your prayers every night before you went to bed. However, the older I got, the harder it was for me to pray. I never knew what to say, I never felt like I was doing it right, my mind would start to wonder and I felt like I was only praying when I needed something. So unfortunately, at some point I just stopped praying all together.
It’s not that I didn’t believe in prayer. I think prayer and/or meditation is extremely powerful and beautiful. I envied the people who seemed to be so good at, but it just wasn’t for me.
Then I heard this quote and it changed everything. All I needed to say was thank you. Two very simple words that I already used multiple times a day. Gratitude was the key. Being appreciative for what you have and fully acknowledging it – that’s what prayer can be.
Sometimes we run through life so quickly and we’re so stressed and consumed by our daily responsibilities that we forget all the wonderful things we have going for us. The big things—our families, our friends, our health, the roof over our head. And then the little things—a nice cup of coffee, a great book, a good conversation, a pedicure, the smell of your favorite candle. I don’t ever want to be going at such a fast pace that I forget to be thankful for the large and tiny pleasures in my life.
The more you say thank you, the more it becomes a habit. Sometimes I’ll be driving home from work going 10 mph on the 101 and I want to curse at the world, but then there will be the most beautiful sunset and the sky will look like a painting and the first thing that will pop into my head is “thank you.” And yes, I think that is enough.
Speaking of work/life balance…
…never in a million years did I think I’d be sharing something from Sports Illustrated.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’d really like to start getting into photography. I’m saving up for a camera right now, but in the meantime I’m trying to figure out which brand I’d like to purchase. One of my uncles was kind enough to let me borrow his Nikon for a while and I’ve been having some fun playing around with it.
The following are some samples of pictures I took last weekend while I was visiting Balboa Island in Newport Beach. The island is one of my absolute favorite places and we’ve gone there every summer of my life with my mom’s entire family. As you can see, this was the perfect place for me to start shooting: