Expressing Gratitude

Hello my lovely friends,

There have been times recently where I’ve found myself comparing myself to others. Yes, of course, comparison is the thief of joy. I know that. It’s just hard to always listen to your brain when your heart feels like you’re not doing well or you’re unsuccessful. With that said, more recently, I also had an epiphany. I realized that I have a LOT to be grateful for. When we get into a rut of comparing ourselves to others it can be easy to continue to dig ourselves deeper. I’m thankful that I had moments recently to help pull me out of that.

Buying a house is stressful. That combined with work was putting me in a really bad emotional state. I was getting frustrated easily, my emotions were all over the place and I was not my best self. After the move, I started to pull myself together. Then more work stuff got stressful and I found myself feeling down. I’m nearly 30 and I was feeling like I haven’t figured out what I’m doing.

But again, it was the wonderful people in my life that pulled me out of it. Fletch and I hosted a housewarming party and about 20 people came. I had friends from college come to celebrate our big life moment, a friend from an old job, friends I met through blogging, and friends I met through Instagram. They all came to celebrate us. That made me feel so incredibly loved. Honestly, just thinking about it makes me tear up (then again it doesn’t take much to make me cry).

I also recently received a package from one of my friends from Instagram. She had asked me a while back for my new address and I completely forgot about it. She sent me two adorable pouches she handmade, several rosettes, and a couple other items. This amazing individual that I met through some random social media site thought of me and wanted to send me something nice. I mean, wow. Again, I opened the package and wanted to cry. At that moment I felt nothing but love.

I recently also made a new friend who happens to live in Japan. We met the same way I meet a lot of my friends, through Instagram. We bonded over our love of Sanrio. She saw a comment I left on a photo regarding a cute button and messaged me. She had an extra and offered it to me. I knew at that moment that she was a thoughtful, sweet person that I wanted to be friends with. Since then we talk almost every day, regardless of the time difference.

I have so much to be thankful for. I have amazing friends, an incredibly thoughtful and sweet husband, an adorable dog, and a great family. I get to go to concerts, local events, and go on road trips. I live a pretty great life! I just need to do a better job remembering that. I’d like to start writing down at least three things I’m thankful for daily. Showing gratitude every day is an easy way to remind yourself of what you should be grateful for.

What do you do when you start to fall down the rabbit hole of comparing yourself to others?

Leave some love!