Grateful to be an American

As promised, I’m sharing one thing that I am grateful for each week and with today being the 15th anniversary of 9/11 I thought that this would be an appropriate subject.

Although it was a beyond tragic event, it brought people together and proved that a community can work together to make a bad situation a little better. Our men and women in uniform sacrificed so much to keep the rest of us safe and that alone is something to be grateful for.

There are so many countries in which people are lacking in basic human rights. It’s a shame that we can’t get everyone on the same page but it’s all the more reason to make sure that you don’t take your freedom for granted.

I’m proud to live in a country full of opportunity and I hope that we can continue to make America a wonderful place to live.

In memory of those who lost their lives on this day 15 years ago, we will never forget.



Motivation Monday #34

Happy Labor Day! I hope that all of you hard workers were able to spend this Monday relaxing.

Since you’ll most likely be getting back to work tomorrow, this is really more of a Motivation Tuesday than a Motivation Monday. But hopefully it will help you to keep a positive attitude through the rest of the week.

So here goes,

“Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.”

Basically just do something each day to better yourself and have a lovely week!

Grateful for my Health

Incase you missed my last gratitude post, I promised to share something that I am grateful for each week until Thanksgiving and this week it’s my health.

For the past week or more I haven’t quite been feeling %100, I tweaked my neck somehow and my nerves were negatively affected. My arm was going numb and the pain traveled from the temple of my head all the way down to my shoulder blade. I was so scared that something more serious might be wrong with me that I was having anxiety attacks, sleeping horribly and barely eating.

After a massage and two visits to the chiropractor I’m feeling a LOT better! I also realized that I felt better when I found a project to keep me busy or when I got out of the house and did something productive. It’s amazing how strongly your brain can affect the way that your body actually feels and it can be hard to fight those feelings of fear and anxiety but I always tried to remind myself that I will feel normal again soon.

It sometimes takes a little pain or sickness to remind you that you need to really take care of yourself and appreciate your health. So don’t forget to take good care of yourself and feel free to share what you’re grateful for this week!


Always be Grateful

I’ve made it through another year of life and rather than dreading getting older I’m feeling very grateful to be alive and surrounded by so much love. I spent my birthday, first by having a nice lunch with my grandma who has taken me out to lunch for almost every single birthday of my life. Later in the day, a few of my friends and some of my family joined me for a lovely birthday dinner at a Thai restaurant.

I sort of threw the plans together at the last minute because I almost forgot that it was my birthday. It was a Tuesday and I was still so wrapped up in the festivities of my brothers wedding over the weekend. Also, I never thought I would be this person.. but I can see how people lose enthusiasm for their birthdays the older they get.

This birthday was a wonderful reminder of what I should really be grateful for in life. I wasn’t expecting any gifts which made it even more of a treat when I actually got one. I wasn’t expecting so many people to be able to attend a last minute get-together but those who showed up made it really special. Even just a card with a sweet little note inside made me happy and reminded me that I am loved.

They say less is more, and in this case it certainly was. So since I have been reminded of all the little things in life that make me happy I’ve decided to start a gratitude train. I’ll think of something that I am grateful for and share with you each week until Thanksgiving. I encourage you to think of the things in your life that make you happy to be alive. You can share in a comment below or keep them to yourself, just remember that there is always something to be grateful for!

There’s no place like home for the holidays

Moving across the country has taught me a few valuable lessons about myself. The first thing I learned is that the east coast is no place for a girl like me. It’s not horrible or anything, in fact I love it sometimes… but only sometimes. I love the southern vibe and old buildings in our local downtown area. I love the fall foliage and greenery everywhere and I especially love the skies. The skies here are free of pollution and endless strands of telephone wires and the clouds are so beautiful. I guess another good thing is the lack of traffic, but with nowhere to go, that doesn’t really benefit me.

Regardless of the beauty and clean air, I have learned that it’s not so much the place we live, but rather the distance from home that gets to me. It’s been almost 5 months that we have lived here now and it seems like it’s been forever, the first 3 months were the most difficult. It’s easy to make everything seem great on social media, and it’s not my intention to create an appealing facade to make everyone think that it’s the best thing to ever happen to me. But I obviously wouldn’t be posting pictures of myself crying or feeling lonely and bored. I wouldn’t be posting statuses saying how hard it is to be away from home with no friends and a husband who works long hours and when he’s not working he’s either studying his butt off or sleeping. I wouldn’t be complaining about not being able to find a job after applying to multiple places, or telling everyone about the sketchy house cleaning job that I had for a whole 5 hours (although it does make for a pretty good story). I wouldn’t be sharing those things because I wouldn’t want people to think of me as a weak complainer. I am not either of those things…. ok maybe I’m a bit of a complainer but only to my friends and family.

The truth is, it’s hard. I’m not sharing this information to get sympathy, I’m just trying to be real because if anything, this information could be useful or relatable to someone else. Being so far from family for big occasions like Birthdays, Halloween and Thanksgiving has been hard. But by far, the crappiest part was not being able to attend the funerals of friends who passed away. It was such a horrible feeling to not be able to rush over to my friend’s houses to comfort the ones who were affected the most after getting word of the devastating news.

Things have started to get a little easier within the past couple of months. I’ve made some really nice friends plus my mom and my best friend visited me last month. I’ve grown accustomed to the area and I’ve gotten used to seeing pictures and videos of my friends hanging out and doing the things I wish I could be doing (like eating In N Out).

Even though I can never imagine myself wanting to live anywhere other than California ever again, I am thankful for the experience. You see, this chapter of my life has taught me that I am not an east coast person, but more importantly is has made me a more grateful and appreciative person for the people in my life. It’s not like I wasn’t grateful for them before but as I’ve stated in a previous post, whoever said that distance makes the heart grow fonder really knew what they were talking about. I’ve also grown to really appreciate where I come from. The song “There’s no place like home for the Holiday’s” holds a new meaning for me because now I know that the holidays just don’t feel the same unless you spend them at home with your favorite people.

We’re going home for Christmas and I couldn’t be more excited. At my lowest point I would have begged Blake to let me stay in California and fly back here by himself… I know that makes me sound like a horrible wife… but I’ve changed my perspective. Once we come back from Christmas vacation we won’t live here much longer anyway. Might as well try to appreciate it for the few months we have left. I may be lonely but I’d rather be here supporting my husband by cooking and cleaning so that he can focus on studying rather than staying home with family, friends and a job.

In conclusion, I just want to remind everyone that anything you want for Christmas this year is absolutely nothing in comparison to quality time with loved ones.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day!