Gratitude Wednesdays

Happy Wednesday everyone!

 
I wanted to talk about gratitude today, and well basically every Wednesday going forward.
 
It's not only today that one should be grateful, but by writing down things that you are grateful for makes it a habit. A wonderful habit at that!
 
The positive benefits of gratitude are endless! People that practice and express gratitude by taking time to notice the things they are thankful for, express more positive emotions, compassion and kindness.
 
By reflecting on the simple things you are thankful for have a huge impact on your well being. This could be as simple as being thankful for getting to that 6am yoga class in the morning to that delicious vanilla ice cream. (yes, I am so craving that right now!)
 
Starting a gratitude journal is a great way to start. Gratitude journaling slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting what we focus on. Instead of focusing on the negatives, we see the positive aspects to situations.
 
We start focusing on what we have and being thankful for them, instead of focusing on what we don't have and always wanting more. Often this makes us feel stuck in our situations.
 
I know, we all are super motivated to start, but most of us fall out of this after a few days or a few weeks. I am definitely part of that group.
 
No fear!
 
Here are a few tips to start and maintain your gratitude journal for the long haul:
 
  •  Be specific about what you are grateful for.
We are always grateful for our family, our significant others. To keep our minds fresh, instead of writing "I am grateful for my family". We can write "I am grateful for my husband to cook dinner for me after a long work day"
  • Change it up!
Maybe journaling old-fashioned way doesn't work for you. Try a Gratitude Jar/Bank, everytime you experience a moment of gratitude, write it on a piece of paper and throw it in the jar. Set a day to empty the jar and read all the things you are grateful for :)
  • More of a techie person? Try this app
HappyFeed
Love this app! Super simple to use and opening the app just makes me happy to see the smiley faces. You jot down 3 awesome things that happened today with images if you chose to. You can also set a daily reminder so you don't forget. Whats awesome is being able to look back at those moments of gratitude
  • Traditional person that loves ink on paper? 

    Check out these awesome gratitude journals!  

    Buddha Doodles: A gratitude Journal  - Such a fun and colorful gratitude! A lovely whimsical gratitude that is great for all ages. The quotes and "doodles" are lovely and make great gifts!

          Gratitude: A Journal - Perfect size to throw in your bag and carry around with you. Filled with inspirational             quotes!

 

I am grateful for...

 

07.15.15

Sunday Funday @ Gantry Park in LIC on such a gorgeous day and

being able to practice yoga on this beautiful morning!

 

07.15.15 2 

Daytrip upstate with my boyfriend.

This amazing view from Cheviot Park, Germantown, NY overlooking the Hudson River

 

07.15.15 3

Heirloom Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Pesto Farfalle Salad :)

 

 

Thanks for reading and have an amazing day!

Love,

Jess

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to my new blog!

Hi there.

It's me Jess! Remember me?

It's been a few years... but I am so happy to say, I am back and can't wait to share the wonderful experiences that life has to bring me!

A lot has happened over the years. Wonderful experiences and painful ones that have made me the person I am today. There is no sense of re-hashing past experiences that do not serve you and make you and others around you un-happy. Negativity only attracts negativity. You learn, you heal, you grow. :)

I realized I missed blogging... but...

I wasn't sure if I wanted to blog again. After my blog had been wiped out. It was painful to have to start from scratch. There was also an uncertainty of what I wanted my blog to be about, do I continue to post about food, fitness, yoga or life experiences?

I was thinking too much and making it more complicated than it was. It was in a sense almost an excuse not to have to start new and embark on this new journey.

Life is simple.. and I've been learning to live in the moment.

I've decided that I will blog about whatever makes me and others feel good and happy about. It's as simple as that.

So, I may be a little rusty getting back into this blogging game. But I'm here to stay this time.. :)

Thanks for reading!