Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thursday Thankful List

Four-day weekends!!!!!!!
Getting settled in a new apartment
Finding new SF fashion blogs – (9to5Chic, Fancy Fine, Going West)
When a day FLIES by (weirdly)
Pride celebration this past Sunday:

Recognizing blessings over luck
Absolute silliness
Sleeping in a hotel bed
Vegan curry
My favorite holiday on MONDAY!

Meeting new friends from my college
Really cold Sangria
How it doesn’t get dark until 9:30 pm
Remembering to be happy RIGHT here, RIGHT now
Choosing staying up late with good friends is more important than a good night’s sleep:

When a dinner recommendation is better than you expect
Finally zipping up a super stuffed suitcase
How many different kinds of puppies there are
Funny cab drivers
Being with two best friends again:

Remembering to take pics on my camera (not just my phone!)
Aiming higher
Encouraging others – supporting them even when they are down
Ice cold sangria
Fashion icon inspiration:

Learning hard lessons
Confidence
Laugh lines!
Friends and family love in-person and across the country!
Embrace what makes me, me:

Hello beautiful friends! Happy positive Thursday! Here is today’s Thursday Thankful List and this list is definitely not all-inclusive – there are so many countless things to be thankful for. As the month of June ends, I’m looking back and realizing how absolutely good this month was. Just a few: I flew home for college graduation, saw tons of family members, had my friend Michael visit, played with Courtney and Aimee after their interviews, booked flights for my parents to visit this fall, explored this crazy and exciting city and soaked up all life has to offer. Here’s to a fantastic June & an even better July! I hope you have a lovely day and weekend.

the best things in life aren't things

The best things in life are not things. The best things in life are relationships, laughter, love, silliness, acceptance, comfort, friends, peace, memories, family, joy + so much more. I’m reminded this morning how absolutely lovely life is – and I mean outside of new clothes, job titles, new clothes and good food. Spending the past two days with my best friends this week reminded me just how important it is to value relationships over material possessions; to value kindness over “success.” I hope you have a fantastic day and enjoy a few words of encouragement!- Happy Wednesday!

the best things in life aren’t things

The best things in life are not things. The best things in life are relationships, laughter, love, silliness, acceptance, comfort, friends, peace, memories, family, joy + so much more. I’m reminded this morning how absolutely lovely life is – and I mean outside of new clothes, job titles, new clothes and good food. Spending the past two days with my best friends this week reminded me just how important it is to value relationships over material possessions; to value kindness over “success.” I hope you have a fantastic day and enjoy a few words of encouragement!- Happy Wednesday!

Lucky vs. blessed

How is being blessed different than being lucky? What’s the difference? Is there a difference? Is being blessed an adjective or a lifestyle/state of mind?

Luck: fortune, an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another, your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you),

Blessing: the formal act of approving, grace, undeserved gift 

>> Luck has three aspects: it is good or bad, luck is by accident or chance, luck applies to a person. But blessing, on the other hand, has an added dimension. Being blessed shows the extraordinary feelings of being given gifts for no other reason than the giver is good, is kind, and loves you unconditionally. Blessings are inclusive. Blessings are something that are hard to articulate, hard to explain and often seem undeserved.

Luck is something that happens by chance, random.  Blessings are something we are prepared for, a positive result. Something we hope for, but do not necessarily deserve. Blessings are rooted in love and grace.

Something I am going to try to consciously remember is that blessings don’t need to be defined by trivial things – like wealth or presents. Instead, blessings are associated with love, joy, peace, family, everyday opportunities, grace. 

May today be a day full of blessings! xo

On being happy with yourself :

I used to get hurt so badly. Any bit of criticism, I would cry.
But at some point I just realized, I count more than anyone else, or anybody’s opinion, because I’m living my life. I’m captain of this ship, without a first mate. And I really, really like who I am.

I learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning. When I was 14 or 15, I saw myself in a different way.
Back then, I envied a life that I’d made up in my mind.
I broke free of that unhappiness and I decided to change—

I was going to be happy with myself.
No matter what I look like, no matter what people think. -Gabourey Sidbe

Sweetness

Thursday Thankful List


Warm (and almost hot!) days
Seeing friends from home
Chiffon skirts
Going to bed and not having to set an alarm
Graduating college!!!!

Turntable.fm
Going on long, long, long walks
Finding new blogs (Smart & Sassy with Sprinkles, best of bklyn, bows and brownies, Composing Nows)
New restaurants
Living here:

Remembering that everything has worked out in life so far – so there is no need to fear the future
Being strong and courageous
Extended family
Unexpected generosity
Words to live by: 

Letting go off anger and moving forward
Celebrating birthdays – Polish My Crown is one year old!
The way my dad handles setbacks and struggles
Spending a night in reading books and watching a good movie
GIRLFRIENDS:

Happy hour(s)
Saturday morning festivals
A strengthened prayer life
Golden lab puppies
Bright colored lipstick:

Getting advice from people WAY older than me
Gaining perspective
Choosing happiness over sadness, fear, numbness
Meeting people from Twitter in “real life” – like @PRGirlTiff this week!
Wildflowers

Blessing others
Calla – who manages to encourage, inspire and build me up from 4000+ miles away. She is such a blessing as a friend.
Insane laughter
A healthy body that overcomes sickness, holds up after long days
Three little sisters that are doing BIG things with their lives – this one is Katie:

 

>>>Happy Thursday! I’m hoping it’s a positive one for you! Writing this post has been EXACTLY what I needed today. Before writing this, I was feeling kind of down in the dumps like nothing was going exactly right for me. I was feeling overwhelmed with the future until I was cheerfully reminded by the sheer goodness of life. Goodness is honestly chasing us every single day – but we have to be willing to open up and realllllly look for it! Why should I – and CAN I – be negative, discouraged and overall just down when I have so many blessings in my life? Nothing I am going through can overshadow the innumerable gifts of grace and goodness I’m given daily. Today is never too late to be brand new – to think brand new – to act brand new. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do, beauty queens. I’m going to start living the rest of the day like it’s an absolute gift – and soaking up each and every little thing along the way. Hope you do the same, xo! 

>>>Would love your comment – what “little” (or big!) thing are you thankful for today? Thanks for sharing & for reading!