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Thoughts on gratitude

happinessishereI’ve been feeling really good lately. There are a lot of contributing factors, but I’ll talk about the top contender.


You already know it’s good. It’s healthy. It’s important.

But unless you make an effort to practice gratitude, you won’t be transformed by it.

At my core I’m pretty optimistic and fairly reasonable. When I hear myself complain about false problems (“I hate that I’m so busy! I have social engagements every night this week!”), I’m usually able to snap out of it and remember that this is a good problem not a problem.

But there have only been three seasons in my life when I specifically remember making a daily effort to be thankful. More than just a quick “thakya” prayer. Each time I’ve engaged in an “attitude of gratitude”, I’ve been changed by it. My perspective shifts on nearly everything. I’m less likely to compromise or get stuck. I dream bigger and my mind doesn’t have time to think about the worst case scenario—I’m too busy dreaming about what’s to come. I see things with a new lens.

Last time I was in this habit, I spent my five minute drive to and from the office with music off and just saying what I was thankful for.

Now I meditate for 10 minutes. Either in complete stillness, just focusing on my breath. Or I time it for five minutes of gratitude and five minute of dreaming. That’s it! Only a few minutes! I also have a journal dedicated to writing down 10 things I’m thankful for, as well as 10 new ideas every day. I’ve been doing it more and more when I drive (not the journal part, the one before that) because wherever I am, it’s the happiest I can be.

Check out this short video on the Happiness Project. I watched it five days ago and I still think about it every day.

I hope you have a jolly day, full of hugs, smiles and good laughs. I’m glad you’re here.

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Murphys + Texas + ommm nommms = Thanksgiving 2012

God is so good! One year ago I was in Asheville spending Thanksgiving with my BFF Alicia. We ate at Cracker Barrel and had a great time hanging out in that cool city. I remember I was designing the Chipper Things header and I think I experienced the greatest biscuit of my life. Never did I think I’d be where I am just 365 days later.

Today my brother and sister-in-law fly into Waco. We are going to feast until we pass out (fingers crossed). 14 lbs. of turkey for three people; we best do some damage. We’re headed to Austin tomorrow and San Antonio Saturday and Sunday. If you have any must-do suggestions, let me know! I’ve got some ideas but we’re still down for more.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. If you’re reading this right now then you are the reason I do this more than once a month. I hope your day is full of blessings and thankfulness. Our creator is so full of love — let’s remember to give Him the credit for our bounty of joy.

*photos with the fam in Chicago, July 2012

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