May 1st: Give Thanks Every Morning for a Month

So since yesterday I took a day to reflect on materials things I thought this was an appropriate day to kick off consciously giving thanks every morning for a month.

There are actually quite a few articles out there on the benefits of giving thanks. I might have shared some of these but will share again because it is important.

Benefits of Gratitude
And let me just start this morning off by saying, Thank You. 😊

April 30th: List 10 Material Things I am Thankful For…

…and get rid of 10 things not on the list.

I know that life is not all about material things but we live in a society where they do start to consume us a little. Today, I am just doing a bit more decluttering. This is forcing me to think about the things I truly use and enjoy and purge some of the things that just really are not necessary. Like with my month of purging an item a day, this feels super satisfying and cleansing of both space and mind.

1. My computer.

2. My car.

3. My (NEW) plants. 😁🌿

4. My books.

5. My golf clubs.

6. My art (my own and other art I have collected).

7. My bed.

8. My art supplies.

9. My race medals.

10. My collection of cameras.

So… those things I appreciate the most, and would hate to live without. (Especially my bed 😂). So now, I need to toss some stuff.

March 2nd: List Ten Things I am Grateful For

1. My parents and siblings. They are supportive and loving even if I do not see them for a long time.

2. My dog. It truly is like having an extra best friend!

3. The ability to work for my dreams. Particularly, pursuing my artistic endeavors. Some people never have the chance in their life to actually do what they love. I am still working hard to make it my only career, and hope and think one day it will be.

4. My friends. Growing up I always had a lot of friends and through my early twenties I always felt it was important to surround myself with lots of people. I am moving away from that as I realize how importang it is to have people in my life that truly care and matter to me. So I am truly happy to my close friends that are always there, and I will always be there for.

5. My education. I might be paying hundreds of dollars a month to get my student loan paid off, but I am still grateful I had the opportunity to get an education, and more importantly the one I wanted to get.

6. The state of Colorado. I moved around a few times and always got this itch to leave places after a while, but I have been in Colorafo for over five years now and feel home. I love the weather. I love the city. I love the sports to see and to play. I just love it.

7. My health. I battled cancer a few years ago and am so thankful and blessed to be out on the other side healthy.

8. The great outdoors. Between National Parks, city parks, and everything in between how could you not be grateful for the great outdoors. I love to hike, camp, explore historic places… etc.

9. Sleep. Of course this is something we all take for granted, but a good sleep is key to a happy heart and life. I do not sleep well often because of random arm pain but when I do it is the best thing to happen to me all week!

10. Physical health. Particularly, the ability to run in races, go swimming, go hiking, work at a bar and move quickly, the list could go on with all the physically challenging things I am capable of and for that I am grateful.