How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

I haven’t always been the type of person that is grateful for the things I have in my life. In fact, I’ve spent a lot of time comparing my life and all that I have to that of other people, whether I know them personally or are only exposed to their life through social media. In doing so, I’ve learned that comparison simply clouds all the good in my own life, and it creates the perfect storm for feeling inadequate and unworthy.  Comparison also makes it easy to forget that no matter how bad you think you may have it, there will always be someone else who has it far worse than you.

Through time and practice, I’ve learned to appreciate all that is in my life right now- not 5 years from now- but right now. This has allowed me to clearly see the abundance in my own life, while creating feelings of genuine happiness because the truth is, my life is filled with wonderful things and for that I am truly grateful. 

Here are four easy ways that have helped me cultivate an attitude of gratitude:

Redefining my Relationship with Rest

Redefining my Relationship with Rest

We live in a culture that glamorizes stress and the state of being busy, and by no means am I an exception to falling victim to this glamorization. I’ve spent years being busy and when others ask how things are going, I can’t remember a time in which, “Busy,” wasn’t my automatic response. This state of busyness and rushed pace of living has become my normal state of being. And while it looks impressive from the outside, I’m always the first to lose, as it requires me to compromise- whether in self-care, relationships, or the energy I’m able to put forth to any one endeavor. 

The Story You Leave Behind

The Story You Leave Behind

A few months ago, I finally picked up the book A Fault in Our Stars and proceeded to devour each and every word written within this amazing story. Now, I realize this book and the movie that quickly followed were widely popular some years ago, however I tend to fall in love with things long after the world already has. That is how it always has been and how it will likely always be for me. As I read each page, often through bleary, tear-filled eyes, so much about the story struck me as being special and memorable- everything from the witty conversations between Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace, to the various forms of love shared amongst each character, to the depth of grief and loss that rips your own heart open. But what I’ve returned to again and again long after reading the last word on that final page, is Augustus’s deep need and obsession in creating a life that mattered in such a way that he’d never be forgotten- even long after he took his last breath.

What the Holidays Mean to Me

What the Holidays Mean to Me

As the holiday draws closer with each passing day, you may be noticing your stress levels rising as you continue to search for the perfect gifts for all on your list. You may even be worried about how you’ll afford said gifts, adding even more to the stress you may be under. But the truth is, the gifts you are fretting over aren’t what matters most. It may be cliché and is certainly not something you haven’t heard before, but in all honesty, these materialistic items are not what will be remembered years from now. What will be remembered is the time you spent together as a family, and the traditions you create together.

My Struggle to Find Balance

My Struggle to Find Balance

If I’m truly being honest, I’ve struggled in finding a state of balance in my life since the school year started. Finding the balance between teaching at the middle school, teaching yoga, and writing, while also maintaining my personal health and cultivating meaningful relationships with others, has often felt like I’ve been trying to find a unicorn that is rainbow in color and has a mane fine as silk. My own personal search for this highly sought out beaut of a unicorn, known as balance, has felt impossible and has often left me feeling defeated.