Anonymous Acts Of Kindness While I am thankful for any time I receive an anonymous act of kindness, what I'm actually thankful for is being able to provide them. I think that anonymity is really what makes these little acts of kindness so rewarding. I always feel so good after doing something nice for someone, especially someone you don't know. I think that's what makes it feel so genuine and raw. Some easy ways to share an anonymous act of kindness: Leave flowers on someone's doorstep, pay for someone's coffee in line behind you, leave a generous tip or leave some treats in your break area at work with a note for co-workers to help themselves.
Warm Clothes & A Bed To Sleep In It's starting to get cold here in the PNW and when there's a day that I forget my scarf, or don't wear my big warm coat - I am painfully aware of it all day. There are a lot of people who don't have the ability to buy warm coats, scarves and mittens and a lot of people who don't have somewhere they know they can go home to and be warm and sleep in a bed. I'm very grateful that I know I always have somewhere I can go and be safe and warm.
Late Sunrises Because let's be real, although it may be worth it, no one wants to wake up at 4 to make a 5 o clock sunrise. I'm sorry - that's just too much for a night owl like me. But 7:30 sunrises - now that's doable. And in my book, a sunrise beats a sunset ANY day and is so great for photography. Especially coupled with this foggy weather we've been having lately.
Simple Pleasures Simple pleasures. The easy things you can do for yourself that instantly make you a happier, calmer and more relaxed person. Some of my personal favorites are long hot showers, a really good hug, clean sheets, snuggling during a storm, fresh snow and a nice rich cup of hot cocoa. I'm actually going to be doing two of these things in about an hour and then one more about an hour after that. Counting down the minutes.
Resilience And The Ability To Start Over This one is really personal for me, but with the amount of change I've done this year my ability to be resilient and start new chapters of my life that I didn't think I was going to be able to. This year I've made a huge change in my health and diet and lost about 30 lbs in less than three months. I also started seeing someone again and it's serious. After my last (and extremely toxic) relationship which left my so emotionally fucked, I didn't ever want to see anyone again. It took me a long time to get to a place where I loved myself again and this year, almost three years after ending my last relationship, I met someone who makes me love myself a little more. I also have started on new business ventures which I never thought my anxiety would even allow me to consider. The soul is capable of a lot. At times it might feel broken or like you can't overcome certain aspects of your life. But persevere. I promise you that you too have a resilient soul and can bounce back from any hardships that life throws your way, if you just give yourself the chance.
What are you thankful for this year?