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6 Things You Can Be Thankful For Each Day, Regardless of Your Situation



When we have big life events, it is easy to remember to give thanks.  But big successes are usually the sum of small steps in the right direction over time.  Without the benefit of hindsight, it is hard to see the significance of this headway in the moment.  So in remembering that action is better than inaction, we should be grateful for the journey and celebrate our present situation.

Here are 6 things you can be thankful for each day, regardless of your situation:

You woke up this morning.  Each night we go to sleep, we assume we’ll wake up the next day.  We take this for granted but we don’t truly know what will happen.  We’ve all heard stories where others weren’t as fortunate, so each morning when you wake up with the ability to plant your feet firmly on the ground and take on another day, be thankful.  I have my mom to thank for always reinforcing the need to do this each morning.

You’re healthy.  My grandma always says, “If you’re healthy, you’re wealthy.”  There is so much truth to that statement.  She’s 85 years old, still does moderate exercises and can touch her toes.  Without good health, you could be limited in what you do, where you go, and how you live your life.  Take your vitamins, do your exercises, and eat in moderation (including on Thanksgiving Day)!

You have access.  If you’re able to read this, you have access to a computer, tablet, cell phone, etc. In today’s digital age, access makes it easier to get what you want and to be in control of shaping your life and experiences.  You can use these tools to get information about what you need to know, learn about new topics and enhance your skills. Take advantage of that.

You’re not alone.  Last night I was bouncing some ideas off of a friend and mid-conversation he asked, “Do you think creative people need to be around other creative people?”  My response was a resounding, “Yes!” Family and friends make up our go-to support system but it doesn’t have to end there.  We thrive in environments where we can share insight with others who understand us and share our interests; this empowers us to fully be ourselves.  The first step is realizing what you need help with and the second step is reaching out to those who can be part of your support system.

You have knowledge and experience.  No matter how old you are, you’ve probably experienced situations that left you with learning lessons and knowledge that would allow you to do things differently next time.  Having knowledge and experience in your toolbox is invaluable. You can leverage your insight to approach your life situations strategically and with intention and you can empower and enlighten others.  Knowledge and experience allow you to see opportunities to create and provide value to the world around you.

You made it through another day.  Think of all the things that could happen in 24 hours.  When you’ve made it through your day, take a moment to be thankful and reflect on what you can do better tomorrow.  Give yourself credit for doing the best you could and leave all your worries in that day.  Tomorrow is a new opportunity to start fresh on a blank canvas that offers flexibility and opportunities.  My mom also reminds me of the need to do this each evening.

Do you make time to give thanks?  Do you do it at certain times of the day or whenever you remember?  What things are you thankful for?

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10 Uplifting Picture Quotes on Owning Your Day and Creating Your Future

We all like and want results to be instantaneous; the same goes for our personal progress and success.  But these quotes remind us that we make progress by getting started and taking small steps. Cumulatively and with time, we see results.

Each day should serve as an opportunity to start anew, get things done and plan for starting fresh the next day.

You can use these picture quotes as a friendly reminder via your computer, cellphone or tablet wallpaper.  Use these tips to take ownership of your day, stay on task and to not be too hard on yourself when you feel like you’re doing something small.  Remember that small things are crucial pieces of the big picture!  Share these picture quotes on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram so your friends benefit also!


Did you enjoy these picture quotes?  If you have any thoughts on them that you would like to share, feel free to do so in the comments section below! Don’t forget to share them with your friends and family also!

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How To Live for More Than Summers and Weekends

At the end of each summer, everyone packs up their beach towels and water coolers and exits the beach.  The once overcrowded shore and boardwalk become eerily quiet and nostalgia sets in through fall and winter. Similarly, excitement builds each week as the weekend nears but as it comes to an end, anxiety sets in for most people.  As each new week begins, so does the countdown to the weekend.  But is this the way to live life? Why should we allow ourselves to only enjoy 2 days out of the week?  Why not enjoy each and every day that we’re granted?

I was looking at this picture of my cousins who are 9 and 4-years-old as they enjoyed a day on the beach. They were lounging and taking in nature’s beauty, without a care in the world.  Why is it that as we grow older we get so caught up in the daily hustle and bustle that we forget to slow down and enjoy the beauty around us?   It doesn’t have to be this way, but changing this mindset takes a conscious effort on our part.


Here are some ways we can live for more than summers and weekends:

Do something that you love. If you’ll be spending the majority of your week working, make sure you’re doing something you absolutely love.  This way, you look forward to getting started each morning and you’re anxious to jump out of bed.

Find an activity or hobby.  Do you like playing tennis, painting or jogging? Make time to do activities that you enjoy.  Everyone has a variety of interests and it is important to not neglect any if you’re looking for a wholesome approach to life.

Volunteer. Find ways to pay it forward and give back.  Whether you’re mentoring or serving food at a soup kitchen, it is great when you can help others.  Never underestimate the impact you’re able to make in the lives of others.  Surely you had help along your journey so imagine what it will mean for someone to know that you’re personally vested in their success or well-being.

Take your vacations.  The summer time is always popular for vacations.  But if you’re not a fan of winter, it could be a great time to escape to warmer climates.  You’ll also benefit from cheaper travel arrangements since it is less hectic then!  Plan your vacation throughout the year so you have something to look forward to every few months and you can rejuvenate periodically.

Do something new each week.  How are you doing with your list of things you want to try?  The entrepreneurial spirit isn’t something that is meant to be active only on the weekends so find time during the week and throughout the year to get involved in something new and different.

Spend time with friends and family.  If you leave the weekend as the only time for catching up with friends and family, you’ll never get to see everyone as frequently as you would like.  Everyone has to eat so using your breakfast, lunch and dinner time to catch up with people in your network is a great way to maximize everyone’s time.  With food and friends, how can anyone go wrong?

Do you feel like you can use your time more wisely during the week to get involved in activities that interest you?  Do you leave all your fun activities for weekends and summer months? Share your comments and experience below!

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