I am Thankful for: Ordinary Moments

This time of my life feels like true Technicolor. Dorothy left Kansas and stepped into colorful, vibrant OZ.  That is the best description I have that describes how rich, flavorful and vibrant this season is for me. I have not appreciated this season in the way I appreciate it now. OZ was a dream for…

I am Thankful for: Family

This is my fourth week home with my family. I came home to spend time with my new niece for her first Halloween and I stayed longer because I was very ill. Now that I am better, I am still here because the holidays are here and my family needs me at this time. I…

It’s Thanksgiving!

It’s Thankful Thursday and it’s Thanksgiving! Today is one of my favorite holidays. I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful day filled with joy and love. I hope the joy and love you feel today is felt everyday of your life. Take a moment today to think of the blessings or positive…

Tune Tuesday #21 – Give a Little Bit

This week is Thanksgiving! In my early adulthood my focus shifted from counting my blessings during this season, to thanking the people who are blessings. Almost 10 years ago, I started the tradition of sending personal, hand written, thank you notes to people that have the biggest impact on my year. These notes outline specific actions, words…

Gratitude 2014

I mailed out my personal hand written thank you notes this week.  I tried my best not to write any reflection posts until December, but my tradition to express gratitude to the people who have impacted my year calls for a reflection and in this case a small reflection post.  This year has been full…

Thankful Thursday #4 – The Love that Surrounds You

For the final week (this Thursday to next Thursday), think about all the highlights, the struggle and the in-between moments of your personal year of 2014.  Who are the people who have celebrated your successes with you?  Who are the people who stood by you when you struggled?  Who are the people who have been…

Wisdom Wednesday # 21 – Remember to Say Thank You

Words of Affirmation is one of “The 5 Love Languages” that Gary Chapman discusses in his book The 5 Love Languages.  Saying thank you is one way that you can express your “words of affirmation.” This months Thankful Thursday activity calls us to reflect on our year and think about the moments this year that…

Thankful Thursday #3 – The In-Between

For Thankful Thursday, I felt it was best for us to first look at the highlights since we more often go to the good in our life, because its safe.  I chose to look at the struggle of our life second because, like the highlights, strong emotions and memories are attached to struggle.  I have…

Wisdom Wednesday #20 – Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

As I have gotten older, I have grown to really love the month of November and the concept of thanksgiving.  I think it is great that we give thanks for the blessings within our life at this time.  Since I have practiced gratitude, it has become a big part of my life and it has…

Thankful Thursday #2 – Struggle

For the week (this Thursday to next Thursday), think about all the struggles of your personal year of 2014.  What did you learn or discover?  How did you grow?  What did you let go of?  Can you think of at least three things you are thankful for as a result of the struggles that you…

Thankful Thursday # 1- The Highlights

For the week (this Thursday to next Thursday), think about all the highlights or the good times of your personal year of 2014.  What did you celebrate?  What have you achieved?  How have you grown?  What did you discover?  Can you think of at least three highlight from your year that you are thankful for? …

Thankful Thursday

Introducing Thankful Thursday.  As November approaches, I have begun my personal practice of thinking about the blessings of my year.  For many years, I didn’t express gratitude beyond a general thank you that was only expressed if someone did a good deed.  It wasn’t until I was betrayed in college that I gained a deeper…

Home for the Holidays

“We don’t remember days, we remember moments.” -Cesare Pavese Coming home for the holidays had a deep meaning for me since I moved to Los Angeles. My first visit home was for Thanksgiving in 2010.  It had been two months since I moved, yet the move itself made home feel foreign.  My life completely changed. …