Cultivating Gratitude 2.0

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Has anyone ever told you that what you focus on, grows? That what you appreciate, appreciates? Well, it’s true. It’s one of the main reasons why a gratitude practice is so important for a joyful life!

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I spent this past weekend in beautiful and uncharacteristically sunny, San Francisco (sunny until the last day that is, which is pictured above) for the first time. I learned a lot about the replenishing qualities of vacation. The space it provides in your mind to appreciate your life, your surroundings, your being, and so much more.

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Rebirth, Surrender: A Manifesto

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It was Sunday evening and I was energetically spent from another one of my funks that I could only attribute to cosmic attack. I intelligently decided to reach out to some friends rather than wallow in my depleted emotional state (which is my usual unhealthy course of action). My angelic friend just happened to be heading to church in 45 mins and I knew that seeing her was my best bet for salvation from my inexplicable emotional spiral.

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The Art of Making Connections: 4 Lessons from a 5-Hour Plane Ride

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It was just past 2pm on a Tuesday in late summer, and the crowd walking onto the Southwest flight from Baltimore to LAX was a mix of majorly White-American families and middle-aged singles. I had forgotten to check-in for my flight 24 hours prior, as recommended, so my C-36 position self had the high-esteemed luxury of taking my pick of the remaining middle seats that no one ever wants on the mostly full plane.

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The Practice

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Growing up, I’ve always felt like I had to change for the people in my life – myself included – to become more this or more that in order to fit in and just feel like I belonged somewhere. From family to friends, I rarely felt good enough as is.

I’m not sure if this is something that everyone experiences while growing up or if I subconsciously sought it out and manifested it into my life, but I was stuck in a loop of always trying to please everyone else. In the process of rearranging yourself to other people’s needs, it’s easy to lose sight of yourself.

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