Instead of letting feelings of stagnancy or hopelessness get the best of me, I’m going to take a second to count my blessings.

  1. I woke up to the sound of rain. It wasn’t rushing into my home like it once used to. I am grateful for that.
  2. I live with my mother — an opportunity I realize I should cherish now because things won’t always be like this.
  3. I have a safe vehicle that allows me get wherever I want or need to go without having to rely on a third party.
  4. I am able to support myself, pay off debt, invest in my growth, and have fun in my current financial situation.
  5. I have many different things to look forward to every month for the rest of the year.
  6. I work with people who I admire, motivate me to grow, encourage and affirm me.
  7. I do something that excites and empowers myself & others, so I can “sell it” with no dissonance.
  8. Music moves me to places of peace, longing, excitement, & countless other emotions & I feel every single one.
  9. I am consistently realizing the many ways I have blossomed into a woman that I’m proud of.
  10. I am about to go to sleep in a bed I was able to buy, carry up a flight of stairs, & set up all on my own.

I could continue, but I will stop here. As an anxious person, I am constantly struggling to maintain a healthy and optimistic outlook on life. Taking the time to practice gratitude has helped me keep perspective on how many things in my life are going well despite my brain constantly preparing for the worst. No matter what kind of day you’ve had — a long one, a happy one, a sad one, take the time to look at all of the things that are going well. Write a list as vague or as detailed as you’d like so that it solidifies and focus on creating more of it. Pointing out the things that you appreciate about your life is a great way to attract more of those same things. Give it a try. I promise you will feel much better. I already do.

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