Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this…

As I was sitting here debating how to title what I was grateful for today, these lyrics popped into my head and seemed quite fitting.

Apparently I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately because now I’m throwing a little Kelly Clarkson into the mix… Continue reading

Are you FROZEN, or can you “Let it go?”

Oh the lyrics most of us have engrained in our minds…”Let it go, let it go.” If you’ve had a Frozen fan in your house within the past few years you’ve undoubtedly heard this one more than your fair share of times. If you haven’t had the chance to hear this one on repeat, just assume I’ve filled the void for you many times over 🙂

Why would I fill your inbox with Frozen memories you ask? Why would I bring it up?

First off, I thought it was quite a clever pun and I love a great pun!

Secondly, it goes perfect with what I’m grateful for.

Yes, I am grateful for the movie. I thought it had a great storyline and found it an exceptional movie to watch with my daughter, BUT that’s not what I’m choosing for Day 2 of my Gratitude Challenge.

I had the opportunity to go swimming yesterday evening. Technically I could’ve gone during the day, but then I would be typing disguised as a lobster. Fair skin and midday swims don’t go together all too well in my book.

Fun fact: Did you know lobsters aren’t actually red until they’re cooked? They’re actually shades of yellow, green, or even bright blue when found in the wild. I guess the lobsters and I have that in common…RED WHEN COOKED!

So…hence the reason it was evening.

Now, I was lucky enough to be outside of the city so there was very little light pollution when it got dark. And after swimming for a good bit I was pretty well beat so I decided to just free float on my back for a bit.

“In the end these things matter most:

How well did you love?

How fully did you live?

How deeply did you let go?”

-Buddha

Today I am grateful for the ability to let go. It’s definitely not the easiest thing for me to do, but it’s always well worth it. Last night I was able to float, weightlessly, and stare up at the stars. What a magnificent sight! It brought back memories of sleeping outside on the trampoline as a child.

It strikes me sometimes how we work so hard to create such big lives, but some of our fondest memories are from the simplest things in life.

The world is such a beautiful place when we stop and allow ourselves to let go of everything we are trying to do and really appreciate what is right in front of us.

What are you grateful for today?

Did you miss Day 1 of the Gratitude Challenge? Check it out HERE. Stop by MyQ2Life.com to catch up on a few other great reads.

You got this!

-Amber

P.S. When was the last time you stopped and consciously spent time appreciating the simple things? Did you do it purposely or was it accidental? What was it that impacted you the most?

Are you up for the challenge?

I just finished a round of 7 Days 7 Smiles with some phenomenal people. It was so much fun! I enjoy seeing what makes you guys smile so much. It’s amazing to see what makes people smile. We are all grateful for so many different things, large and small. And thanks to a sweet reply from Jessica, I was reminded of something I do with my students in their journals each day. (If you haven’t jumped over to do 7 Days 7 Smiles, I highly encourage you to do so. It’s completely free and so much fun!)

This got me thinking…

I ask my students to tell me three things they are grateful for each day. I also ask them to tell me one thing they are grateful for that is fleeting, something that could be gone in 10 days, 10 minutes, or 10 seconds. This last one really makes you take a second look around you.

While many of them are consistently grateful for family, food, and shelter, there are always those that surprise me and make me smile. Grateful for forgiveness. Grateful for mercy. Grateful for the bird who sings so sweetly. Grateful for the clouds and being able to find pictures in the sky.

We all get in such a rush with our busy lives. When asked for something we are grateful for we can usually think of some of the bigger, and more consistent, parts of our lives. BUT, thinking of some of the simpler, more fleeting parts of our lives is sometimes more difficult. This really requires us to “stop and smell the roses.”

And to know me well…is to know the following :

“Cake is happiness! If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!”
― C. JoyBell C

I’m challenging myself to a week of sharing my gratitude for the simple things in life, 7 whole days. Will you join me? Add what you are grateful for in the comments below. Let’s have a week full of gratitude!

Today…

Today I am grateful for  technology, but not so much for work purposes today. Today I am grateful for technology to find out that sweet friends have returned safely home from travels in other parts of the world. I am grateful for the ability to see my dad smile by receiving a text from him with a picture of a beautiful butterfly first thing this morning. Technology has such a huge impact on what, and who, we are able to connect with.

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
― Mark Twain

What are you grateful for today? Is it something big or something small? Add a comment below to share what you are grateful for today.

You got this!

Amber

P.S. If you haven’t been over to the 7 Days 7 Smiles page, check it out HERE.

And so the journey begins…

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (ok, depends on where you’re reading this from) lived a fair maiden (me, of course) who followed all of the rules. She lived happily in the countryside (as far as she can remember), and she followed “The Book of Life,” precisely. But just as any good fairy tale goes…PLOT TWIST!

All of those stories she’d envisioned (hindsight is 20/20) turned out to be questionable. She followed the path…got good grades…went to college…got married…had a child—yet where were the rainbows and unicorns of happiness at the end of the day? She checked off every box on her to-do list in that widely distributed bestseller, “The Book of Life.” Yet, at the end of the day, she knew there was more to life than the checkboxes. She knew she wanted more out of life than to just be satisfied with where she was.

She wanted to see the world, explore uncharted territories (minus the snakes and creepy crawlies) and create memories with people who made her smile. She wanted the fullness of life she hadn’t allowed herself to reach for. She wanted to take risks (yes, including heights…ahhhh!) and have adrenaline rushes. She wanted to feel both the pounding of her heartbeat as well as the stillness of her own breath. She wanted to be fully present in this life we only get one chance at!

So the journey begins…

Journey, defined by Dictionary.com as:

  1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time; trip:
  2. passage or progress from one stage to another:

The title seems fitting, as this crazy girl is on a journey of discovery, both personally and professionally. She is not disgruntled about life, and doesn’t regret a single day she’s been through. All of those days made her the person she is today. All of those experiences have given her wisdom, insight and perspective.

Mission…Live

Challenge…Accepted

Want to follow along? Many trials and tribulations (presented in my fashionably dramatic representation) are sure to entertain you, and hopefully inspire you to take your own steps (baby or giant) towards living fully.

I’d love to hear what you have going on in your life. What adventures/steps do you want to embark on? What adventures have you taken? What are the greatest lessons you’ve learned so far? What has been your favorite memory is the past week, month, year?

You got this!

-Amber

P.S. Some of the most amazing adventures and learning lessons come from those times we think an experience was a failure. Let them be adventures! Let them be fantastic things learned! Have fun with it! Smile!