Gratitude: January 1st and January 2nd 2014

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2013 has not been the easiest… It began with inspiration, hope and promise but turned to heartbreak and disappointment towards the end.  But you know what?… It wasn’t the worst year ever either… I’ve done some amazing races and met some goals I never though possible.  I saw 2 of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World (Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza) and my family is in good health and we’re all together!

During my two weeks off from school, I’ve spent some much needed time resting and thinking and have processed everything that has occurred.  This is all I can say:

1.  I am proud to be the kind of strong woman who remains positive and has belief that things can be better despite everything I went through in 2012.

2.  I have finally realized that the BEST things that have ever happened to me have been those that have so effortlessly fallen into my lap that I felt almost guilty about having them because it was though I hadn’t “earned” them… In turn, the WORST things that have happened to me have been the result of me trying to fruitlessly and painfully force a square peg into a round hole…

3.  I am pretty awesome and am not going to waste time hanging out with people who don’t agree 🙂  Because, if I love you… I think you’re pretty awesome too.

4.  I am surrounded by the most beautiful group of loving friends and family in the Universe.  I am proud of this because I have fostered (and continued to foster) these relationships.

I’ve decided to dedicate a few minutes of my day, EVERY DAY this year to think about what I am grateful for and log it on this blog.  The first few days of this year I have spent time running, hanging out at the beach and thinking about all that I am thankful for…  and here’s what I’ve come up with:

Jan. 1st:  I’m grateful for my health and my body’s ability to run.  I had a great 4 mile run with a new group and met up with a friend I haven’t really connected with much and had a wonderful time!

Jan. 2nd: I’m grateful for the gorgeous sunshine that finally came out today and allowed me to spend some time at the beach.  I have been coming to this same spot on the same beach since I was a little girl and it doesn’t get old….

2 thoughts on “Gratitude: January 1st and January 2nd 2014

  1. Love this post about what you’re grateful for, thank you for sharing. It’s one of the reasons I’m keeping my blog so I can log the happiness in my life and what I’m grateful for 🙂


    • Thanks for the feedback! I’ll make sure to check out your blog. For me, gratitude is the first step to happiness 🙂


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