Life & Gratitude Lately

IMG_4140 Into the second month of 2015...how time flies! This year promises to be a great one. I think I say this every year, and every year seems to be even better than the last and for that I'm so grateful. I find that as I get older true happiness for me comes from being aware of all that I DO have in my life and less and less about what I don't have.

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I don't have as much time as I use to blog. With homeschooling, and preparing for my Yoga Teacher training, along with daily life (did I mention I have taken the leap and will be enrolling in a 200 hr. teacher training...yikes!) the time to blog is few and far between. I use to stress about this. Now when I get to return to this little space it just feels that much more special.

Here are a few other things I'm GRATEFUL for:

Connecting: To my breath...yoga and meditation are part of my everyday. I'm a much better person when I can connect with my breath and create stillness on and off the mat.

Nourishing: Green juice daily and whole, real foods. The only way to eat that makes me feel lighter and nourished inside and out.

Reading: Waayyy too many books at once but here are a few in my stack...Everyday Grace by Marianne Williamson, Ascending with Both Feet on The Ground by Jeff Brown (loving this one!), The Four Desires by Rod Stryker.

Playing: Music. Always in the background. My son creates playlist on his iPad so many days we listen to his latest creation. I've also been listening to some old favorite artists like Tori Amos, The Sundays, Chris Isaac,  & Marvin Gaye.

Creating: A peaceful, well-lived and loved home. It will be almost a year since we moved into our St. Petersburg home. Oh how I love my new little city!

Growing: We have a community garden just a block from our home. Currently we are growing Kale, tomatoes, spinach, green beans, red lettuce, and beets. I like them all in my green juices. There is nothing like the feeling of harvesting your own fruits and veggies. Bliss.

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We are all looking for ways to create lives which feel genuine and hold value. What feels genuine and holds value for me is feeling connected...connected to the people in my life that I love dearly, feeling connected to my heart & Soul because it is in my heart and soul where the answers to so many of my questions resides, connected to my community, and connected to all those things that help me to take good care of myself. Self-care equals LOVE for self and for those that you come into contact with.

Everyday as I move through my days I become more grateful for this awareness. As I'm typing I'm sitting across the table glancing up from my computer screen from time to time watching my 13 year-old working out some math problems. This may not sound exciting or glamorous to some. Yet, it is the simple rhythm of our days, and spending time together that makes me so incredibly grateful for this small, yet valuable life we've been able to create.

What are you grateful for today?