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Last week, I published a post stating I was a tad stressed out. Long story short: I took on way too many projects these last couple of months, I’m a little burned out, and I was sinking into a creative rut.
Over the weekend, I went to Walt Disney World on a press trip, and I met a ton of amazing people — one of them happened to be Barrett Pall. Seriously, follow him now. I don’t think I’ve ever met such a charming, charismatic, inspiring human being in my entire life, and I’m very thankful we crossed paths.
On our last full day, Barrett started off by asking us what are the five things we were grateful for at that very moment. A simple question that would change my outlook on a lot of things. He said that he asks himself this question every single morning when he woke up, and after I asked myself that very question, it put things into perspective.
Here are the five things that I’m grateful for, in general:
The Opportunity to Live My Dream
It’s still a shock to me when people ask me what I do, and I say that I blog full-time. At the age of 26, I became my own boss. How crazy is that? For the last 14 months, I’ve been able to work my dream job, and it is the one thing that motivates me to get out of bed every single morning — despite any barriers. Thank you again for reading this little blog and making this possible!
My Mom + Close Friends
I’m not a perfect human being. I can be difficult to deal with at times. However, I’m thankful for the family and friends that put up with me on a regular basis and can handle the good, the bad and the ugly. Namely, my mom, good old Tom, and my good friend Suzie.
Despite my knee injury, I’m thankful for my overall health. I do not have any serious illnesses, and I only get a handful of sinus infections every year. I’m grateful that I am healthy enough to do what I love and to travel. Sometimes it feels like the end of the world when we get sick for a few days, but just remember that there are others out there who aren’t as fortunate.
Budgeting + Learning About Finances
I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head and that I’m able to enjoy the little luxuries of ordering takeout and dining out with friends if I really want to. However, I’m also thankful that I have a lot of folks in my life who have taught me how to budget and manage my finances. Am I 100% perfect at budgeting? Absolutely not. However, I’m thankful that I’m not living paycheck to paycheck and I’m happy to have the resources to get my credit on the right path and to eventually be able to purchase a car or a house one day.
Opportunity to See the World
One of the things I love the most about life is meeting other people. Whether it’s chatting up someone in the grocery store or befriending someone who lives on a different continent, I think meeting other people and learning about their life experiences makes me a better person overall. Everyone has a different story, whether they’re from a small town in Middle America or grew up in a major city on the east coast. When I travel, I make it a point to talk to as many new people as I can so that I can see the world in a different light.