Gratiude: What Are You Grateful For and Keeping Life in Perspective

Hi Friends!  How was your weekend?  Did you do anything fun?  I worked and spent a few hours with Scott and Skylar and I ran errands.

Holy mob scene at the grocery store and Trader Joe’s.  I wasn’t “stocking up” for the Holiday.  Rather, just doing my regular weekly grocery shopping and the crowds were unbelievable!  You’d think people would never see food again with the sheer amount of food they had in their multiple carts.  It was so busy the grocery store was out of carts.  I carried the food I planned to purchase around in my cloth bags.   And I had to drive around for 20 minutes just to find parking.  At the grocery store.  Oh the joy of holidays. 

Seriously though, I think it’s important to Live In Gratitude.  Reflect upon all that we have to be grateful for.  Expressing gratitude is not only good for our health and positive outlook on life as a whole but also it’s also a good way I’ve found to keep the everyday stresses and little annoyances from becoming out of balance.  Living in Gratitude I’ve found helps keep life, and all it’s ups and downs, in perspective.


Here are some things I’m grateful for:
Food
Water
Air
Sunshine
Family
Friends
A roof over my head
Enough money not to worry that I won’t be able to eat or have a roof over my head next month
Nature and the world outdoors
The ability to make my own decisions and choices in life (even if they’re not “popular” or mainstream)
Education
Lifelong Learning
Taking vacations
Coffee
Chocolate
Vita-Mix
Hot Showers
Soft sheets & a cozy bed
Yoga

Physical Fitness & Exercise
Watching mindless E and Bravo TV shows
Reading Blogs
Laughing
Being married to my soul mate and having an amazing child!

What are you grateful for?

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In other matters, I made a fresh batch of Cinnamon Sugar Peanut Buttery Chickpea “Peanuts” with Peanut Flour

I hope you make these because they are easy and delicious.  And addicting!

Cinnamon Sugar Peanut Buttery Chickpea “Peanuts” with Peanut Flour

And I am addressing these Holiday CardsOr pretending to address them.  So far, I have been procrastinating.  But not on purpose.  I have been super busy with life.

Thanks for your compliments on yesterday’s post about my hair pictures and for telling me if you like your hair or not.  Seems many of you have thought the grass is greener but you’re now more able to embrace what you have.

And many of you chimed in to say that the Full Moon has effected you this month, too.  Me too!

Snack: No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Bars  
These come together in 5-10 minutes with just a bowl and a spoon.  And no fancy or specialty ingredients.

No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Bars 

Dessert: High Raw Vegan Holiday Peppermint Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding 
Tip: Remember that peppermint extract is strong stuff if you’re doing any holiday cooking or baking with it.  You can always add more, but usually a little bit goes a long way!  

This is a 5 minute dessert if you have chia seeds on hand.  If you need some, try iHerb.com.  Enter Code AVE630 at checkout to save $5. Click Here to Shop

High Raw Vegan Holiday Peppermint Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding 

Questions
1. Best Thing You Ate or Did over the weekend? 
I feel happy that I got my food errands run.  I don’t need to be in a grocery store hopefully until Saturday or Sunday.  Well past the Thanksgiving madness and last minute shoppers.

2. Do you have your holiday food shopping done if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving?
I sure hope so because the grocery stores here were packed!

3. What Are You Grateful For?
See my list in the body of the post.

4. Do you find that living with the spirit of gratitude helps keep life in perspective?
I find so often that people concern themselves with and begin to obsess over the most minute of details.  I find that keeping the big picture of life firmly in mental focus is important and one way I do that is to be grateful for what I do have.  And what I have access to or the ability to choose. 

For instance, for me personally, it really doesn’t matter if this certain food item is raw or not, or if I consumed this or that food product, or if my sweater has a stain on it or if I am running five minutes late to get to the post office.  Who cares!   

What matters is that I remember that I have a beautiful life; and, we all do!

And I encourage everyone to remember the big picture, the bigger meaning of your life, than what you did or didn’t eat, drink, workout, post on your blog, what someone else posted on hers, what someone said to you in passing in the elevator.   

Move on, remember what’s important.  And it’s a 99% likelihood whatever you’re stressing about won’t matter in a month.  

Just take a deep breath and be grateful for the air you just inhaled, the sun that is shining, and the clothes on your back and I’m sure everything else will work itself out.  I always try to keep life in perspective even when it feels like my problem du jour is “huge”.  It’s really not in the great scheme of things.

Do you find that being grateful keeps your life’s trials and tribulations, issues, or little things you are OCD about, in perspective?

Have a great pre-Holiday Week for all those celebrating on Thursday!

   

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