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Gratitude Friday: First One of 2017 Edition

Good morning! Since writing my Shamrock Shuffle 2017 recap on Wednesday, I got the urge to write another post. Obviously, the best option was to throw it back to my favorite Mel’s Miles series: GRATITUDE FRIDAY! Gratitude Friday is all about focusing on the good times in life, even when the going gets tough.

I stumbled upon a quote that I really needed to see last week and thought this post would be the perfect place to share it:

“Expect nothing and appreciate everything” … so beautiful and so true. Life isn’t like a Disney movie where everything gets wrapped up in a pretty bow at the end, but it is still pretty darn good anyway 🙂

I’m grateful for my fiancé. Andy puts up with a lot of my shenanigans and I love him for that. He is always supportive of me and tries to understand things from my point of view. He is a great LIFE partner/future husband!

I’m grateful for Sara! Sara introduced Andy and me back in 2012 at the Rock n’ Sole Half Marathon in Milwaukee (I plan to post the story here sometime soon). We thought it would be amazing if Sara officiated our wedding, so SHE IS! Sara is now an ordained minister (haha) and is already writing our ceremony with (but mostly FOR) us. So much happy crying these days because of her writing skills and the sappy love stuff that our ceremony has in it so far.

Me, Sara, and Andy. Photo from the day after we met (we actually first met at a party the night before). But, SERIOUSLY, who else has a pic from (almost) THE DAY they met their future husband? This pic kills me and I think we need to take an updated one on our wedding day 🙂 

I’m grateful for my job. I seriously love being a therapist and cannot believe that I get to help people all day every day. I’ve come a long way since selling credit cards for a living and feeling extremely dissatisfied with it. My 2 year work anniversary is next week (April 13th) and, despite so much anxiety that I had about changing careers, I can now definitely say that it was one of the best decisions I ever made. You never know what you’ll be able to do with your life when you double major in Psychology and Spanish, but maybe you’ll actually use BOTH of those degrees in one job some day. Trust yourself, even when people say you should just study business. I am literally a bilingual therapist and feel that this was my calling, despite the fact that people tried to talk me out of studying those subjects. Follow your dreams <3

I’m grateful for my haters. I’m pretty sensitive to the criticism of others, but lately I’ve developed some new skills for dealing with it. I mentioned that wedding planning has triggered a significant amount of unsolicited advice from friends/family/random strangers. At first, especially in the early months of wedding planning, I took people’s negative comments to heart and had so much anxiety. I went as far as making a decision I did not like just to please someone who is not even helping to pay for the wedding (I KNOW, I KNOW!). I came to my senses and changed that decision back to what we originally wanted, but that caused so much unnecessary drama. Now, I am way stronger than that and Andy and I are just doing what we want. As my good friend Colleen, who is also planning her wedding right now, says, “it’s our time to be selfish.” And it truly is. This is OUR WEDDING and people need to get a life if they want to have it their way. So, I’m grateful for my haters because they’ve taught me to develop a thicker skin during this time in my life.

I’m grateful for my good friends and family. My support system is amazing right now. Because of all the “haters” and other drama, I can see who is really, genuinely, there for me. I have been focusing my energy on them and my life has been 100% better. As Miley Cyrus has said in one of her songs (LOL), “forget the haters ’cause somebody loves you.” Hey, Miley is not wrong.

With my besties/bridesmaids! 

I’m grateful for my health, my car, my financial stability, and everything else that I probably take for granted on a daily basis.  It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life without noticing the simple, good things we already have. Thank goodness I am safe, stable, and surrounded by lovely people.

Damn, it feels good to be grateful!

What are you grateful for today?