Hi friends 🙂 I know I said that I was taking a break, but I wanted to pop in to say hello, and leave you with some fuzzy thoughts during this holiday season. I’m currently on a flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C. to spend a few short days in one of my favorite cities. The quarter ends in a just a few weeks and while I have an enormous amount of work on my plate, I’m looking forward to spending some quality time away from Seattle.
Lately, I’ve felt particularly wrapped up in my own personal frustrations and hurdles. School is all-consuming, my anxiety is driving me to insomnia, my mood is dependent on my most recent grade, and I feel like I am in “stressed out” mode constantly.
For a short while, all I could focus on was me.
And within a matter of 24 hours, an unexpected turn of events reminded me that life stretches beyond grades. My identity is not only that of a student, but also a friend, a mentor, and a supporter.
Challenging events in our own lives, or the lives of loved ones, have a way of making us feel extra thankful for all the joys that we are able to celebrate. We hold on to our loved ones tighter, our daily frustrations seem inconsequential, and the opportunities that are awarded to us feel more special.
For a few weeks, I forgot to focus on my own personal joys. Negativity was eating away at me and I could feel it wrecking my state of mind. As soon as I recognized the problem, I ruffled through my books and pulled out an old favorite: The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.
Have you read it? Positive thinking is a powerful tool, and Rubin provides life-changing strategies to help readers find personal fulfillment and happiness. One of my biggest takeaways from the book is to be mindful of negative statements, not just for your own sake, but for the sake of those around you. Happiness is contagious. So is negativity.
This Thanksgiving, I have challenged myself to put Rubin’s strategies into action so I can end 2015 on the best note possible.
To anyone traveling to visit family, for those of you far away from family and loved ones, to anyone cooking a large meal on Thanksgiving, or eating takeout with a friend, I wish you the very best holiday full of love and positive thinking. Be mindful. Be thankful.
- Have you read The Happiness Project?
- How are you celebrating Thanksgiving?
- Name one thing you are thankful for today.