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3 Thoughts of Gratitude – 701Lifestyle

1. A Different Kind of Party
A lady at the gym had a birthday party last night. Now a typical birthday these days consists of bar hopping and a headache the next morning- but not this birthday. Instead, a group of strong women got together, supported each other, and fought through a long birthday workout. That’s right- we CHOSE to workout to celebrate Sarah. Isn’t that kind of amazing? As we were all sitting there drenched in sweat when we got done, I couldn’t help but think how awesome it was that we celebrated her in such a positive way; by moving our bodies and utilizing the gifts of strength that we’d been given. Also- anytime you can be in a group of ladies that CrossFit, it’s a win. The tribe that we’ve created at the gym is irreplaceable and I’m beyond blessed to be part of it.
2. Time
The past couple weeks have been uncomfortable. I feel like there have been a few too many transitions in my life. But this week I chose to be thankful for the gift of time that I have been given. Obviously I won’t always have this time but while it’s here I want to enjoy it. I’ve been able to get in extra workouts, start projects, spend time with those I love, and get in some reading and long overdue writing. I feel like our 20’s are just such an awkward time. We’re trying to figure out our social circle, keep up with our health and wellness goals, trying to save money even when we’re not making much, and trying to figure out what the hell we want to do with the rest of our lives. Simple right? But- instead of being overwhelmed, I’m going to take the next couple weeks to be picky and set myself up for something that won’t only pay the bills but also leave me feeling satisfied at the end of the day.
3. Sunshine
It finally decided it was going to warm up in NoDak and it went from 0 to 100. Like literally. My car said 99 degrees yesterday. After such a long winter this sunshine is so needed. Lucy loves to soak up the sun in the window, Charlie waits to go for a stroll outside- everyone loves it. On Tuesday’s I watch Hunter play in his softball league, it’s such a great reason to be outside and just sit for an hour and enjoy being there. This week I cleaned up my patio and was able to spend time out there. Cute patio furniture, a pretty flower pot, and a clean slab are simple ways to make an outdoor space more enjoyable. It’s amazing what sunshine not only does for the plants and the animals but also for us. I love to take Charlie for a walk in the evenings when the sun is still shining, or set up my yoga mat in front of the window and practice in the sunshine.
I just finished Rachel Hollis’s second book “Girl, Stop Apologizing” and she talked a lot about gratitude and how if you start to practice it you’ll start to notice those blessings throughout your day or week. If you’re not looking for them you’re not going to see them, but if you’re looking for the good- you’re going to start seeing the good even when you’re not looking for it. Such a simple concept to think about yet I feel like we just go through the motions of our day and don’t look for those small things. So with that, I’m going to wrap up my rambling with a challenge: I challenge you to look for 3 things you’re grateful for each day for the next 7 days. I look forward to hearing about how your outlook shifts when you start looking for the small blessings each day!

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