As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about gratitude. I honestly cannot believe 2015 is coming to a close – it seems the older I get, the faster the years whiz on by. There have definitely been some highs and lows over the past year, so I decided to embark on a gratitude journey – appreciating all of the lessons I’ve learned over the past 11 months. If you haven’t tried a gratitude exercise, I encourage you to do so. Studies and research show practicing gratitude improves your physical and psychological health as well as overall self-esteem and mental strength.
So let’s flip the script and cultivate gratitude this holiday season rather than succumb to complaining about holiday mall traffic, being the only single one at the family holiday dinner table, or whatever else may be weighing on you as the season quickly approaches.
2015, thank you for:
My New Home
I mean, look at this beautiful spa-like bathroom! 🙂
A Strong Mind and Resilient Body
Competition prep was anything but easy this year. Dropping 10% body fat while putting on lean muscle mass over a short 4 months was hard. There were days – especially as my show came near – where I had barely enough energy to get out of bed. Juggling a full-time career, spending 2-3 hours a day in the gym, living on less than 1,000 calories and around 5g fat a day left me EXHAUSTED. Yet somehow, I pushed myself beyond my limits and made it to show day unscathed. I am beyond grateful for making it through without a single physical injury. Sure, I missed out on quite a few memories and my lady friend still hasn’t returned, but all in all – my body and mind stayed strong and kept pushing… even when all I wanted to do was quit (which I debated daily!).
Maturity to Trust the Timing of My Life
This year, I finally stopped swimming up stream. I spent nearly the entire year single, embracing the opportunity to spend some time on myself. I taught barre, took some vacations, prepped for my first bikini competition, worked my tail off, received a promotion, sold my condo, bought and renovated a new (to me) home, nurtured relationships with friends and family and just “did me.” I spent lots of time reflecting on past decisions, future desires, and worked on aspects of myself I was less than thrilled with. It’s been an incredible journey – one that I am particularly proud of considering embracing singleness has always been a point of contention for me. I am beyond grateful I took the time and am so very excited to see what the future has in store for me. They say you have to be your own before you can be someone else’s… and for the first time in a long time – I feel like I am the person that the person I am looking for is looking for.
Well, friends… what are YOU thankful for??