Tag someone you're grateful for! ❤ Express some gratitude below if you're ready to receive your blessings! 🌌✨🌠 #whatareyougratefulfor? . Follow @im.grateful 👈🏾👈🏾 for daily gratitude inspiration and affirmations! .
You. Do. You. Do you ever go down the rabbit hole of the explore feature on Instagram and start comparing your worth to complete strangers? It can instantly put me in a negative space and often my mean girl comes out to play. A study was published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology that showed a causal link between the use of social media and negative effects on well-being, primarily depression and loneliness. Don’t get me wrong. Instagram and Facebook have had amazing positive effects on my life. The networking links I’ve made, business marketing, the eduction and information available at a fingertip and the ability to stay in touch with friends has been nothing short of amazing. But I would be lying if I said that the very same platforms didn’t ever effect me in a negative way. Comparison, procrastination and anxiety just to name a few. So, before you aimlessness scroll on repeat after me. ❤️I will not compare myself to strangers on Instagram. 💜I will not compare myself to strangers on Instagram. ❤️I will not compare myself to strangers on Instagram.
Sometimes I feel so grateful that I smile alone. The beauty of this life slaps me sideways and I feel empowered by an overwhelming sensation of pure energy. Do you know how good you have it? Like, do you really know? I used to be sleeping. Sleeping on the genuine entity of life’s energy. Stressing the future. Worrying about what people thought of me. Why I didn’t look as thin or as curvy or as pretty as the other people swarming the media. Why I wasn’t THE BEST. THE STRONGEST. THE MOST PREPARED. But then I realized if we are all the same, what is there to anything? We are all gifted. Whether you’d like to believe it or not. With these beautiful, stunning, quirky, one of a kind characteristics that we have acquired through lessons, trauma, genetics, environments, and so much more, that make us who we are. I feel without them WE ARE NOT WE. Then it happened. I woke up. I emerged from this tunnel hole thinking. Our bodies are just shells for our glistening subtle souls. Superficial thoughts have lost their power. I am so grateful for this life and body and soul. You have been crafted individually by the universe. You are a gift to Mother Earth. And there is privilege that many forget and discard... and that is that you choose. You may choose to listen or you may choose to love. Remaining open and receptive to negative energy only attracts it. Sharing love to yourself and others does the same. You can absorb words and thoughts of hurt or you can dismiss them. If we choose to accept, we might feel sad, low, unworthy. If we chose to love, ourselves for who we are... there is happiness, effortless, flowing joy. This is being grateful. What do you choose? Lots of self love in this sped up flow. Self hugs. Smiles. Laughter. Animals pick up on that too (observe cuddling cat). We all want a piece of that positive energy. There is NO ONE, there is absolutely no one like you.
Last week a Bon Iver song came on my @spotify discover weekly playlist and it brought me straight back to meeting Isabel. She was wearing round shades like these when she and her now husband met up with me and my now husband at a Bon Iver concert in western mass. . It’s so funny how memory works, how powerful songs and smells can be in terms of transporting you to a moment in time. . Who knew that concert meeting would lead to 7 years of friendship, 6 years of Of Note scheming and counting ✨ . As summer reaches its peek and begins to wane we are taking time to take care of our memories. Sincerely Volume 4 was designed to support this practice, see previous post for details〰️ MA friends shop tax free online tomorrow 〰️
It's in the quiet moments when I'm by myself in the mountains that I'm reminded how fortunate I have been in my life. To even have my life... and to have had both the challenges that galvanized me and the opportunities that I've been able to seize upon. The gratitude runs deep around here.