In Motivation

A Heart of Gratitude

Have you ever been around people that seem to be positive no matter what happens? Those people who radiate joy even under difficult circumstances? Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. My face is a dead giveaway to however I am feeling at the moment. But. That doesn’t mean we can’t practice more positive thinking.

A practice I have gotten into recently is finding 3 things that I am thankful for every single day. It can range from my comfy bed to Chick fil A to getting paid to a friends engagement to holiday cups at Starbucks. It can be absolutely anything! I think we have been conditioned to think that grand things must take place in our lives in order to be thankful, and that isn’t always the case. For example, today I am thankful for Christmas lights, rain, and Friends being on Netflix. We can always find at least 3 things to be thankful for.

As the holiday season is pretty much in full force, I want to remind you not to play the comparison game. It is SO easy to scroll through our Instagram feed and compare ourselves to others. To see that happy couple gush about each other and wonder why we aren’t like that with our significant other. To see all the gifts someone is buying, not realizing that they may be going into debt this holiday season. Or wishing that we could eat all the yummy holiday food and not have to spend hours at the gym working it off. These are the dangers of social media ladies! We slap filters on things and only post what we want others to see. Once you start comparing yourself to others, it can be hard to stop. Then the negative thoughts creep in, and before you know it you are not thinking loving thoughts towards yourself or the life you are living. We all do it, but that doesn’t make it right.

It may sound cliché, but most always someone has it worse off than we do. So let’s flip the switch. If we are frustrated over our bills, let’s be thankful that we have a roof over our head and a phone to use every day to stay in touch with those we love. If we didn’t get approved for all of our time off requests, let’s be thankful that we have a job. If we have to take our car to the shop, let’s be thankful we have a vehicle to take us where we need to go. There is no reason to go overboard with this, but let’s simply remember that we have things pretty good. And if we don’t, let’s make a game plan to figure out how to better ourselves and our life.

Positive posture can start out with tiny suggestions like I’ve mentioned, but lead to big, amazing changes.

Kelsey is one of those people who will tell you that Texas is the best state and Nashville is the best city. She loves traveling, exploring, local coffee shops, and reading. Thankfully she has a job that allows her to do all of these things. She is fluent in sarcasm, wants to be Jess from New Girl, and above all wants to build other women up instead of tearing them down.  All of her social media handles are @riotkelsey and she blogs over at

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