I have been so incredibly inspired lately by my news feed on Facebook where people are openly declaring what they are thankful for. I've also been touched by the responses you guys have given for the giveaway as to why you feel blessed. It all has taken me to a place of gratitude inside myself.
When I started this blog nearly three years ago, I had no clue the amount of work it would entail or the demands I would impose on myself in order to set the personal bar higher and higher. I have had to learn how to shoot photos, which in fact, has absolutely changed the course of my life. I have met so many amazing people. I have shared in moments of happiness and sadness with you guys, as well as my weight loss journey and family struggles. I have done it all for the excitement I feel when daydreaming up posts and preparing them for you all to read and share with me on a weekly basis.
For all of that, I don't even know where to begin to say thank you. So I will try and say thank you through my attitude. In order to live the best life I can live, I try to find the beauty in the small things that make up each day and try to always come from a place of thankfulness. Whether I am stressing out over a deadline or I can't get a shot to translate on camera just right...I just take a moment to myself and remember what an incredible journey I am on.
Some of you comment on my Instagram photos saying that I live in paradise. And the truth is, I do. I am surrounded by the National Forrest as well as the National Seashore and everything beautiful in between. I am able to leave my door unlocked, walk my little guy to school, and pick apples in my back yard. I have the time to watch the sunset and I can smell wild Eucalyptus and mint blowing through the air. People smile and wave. Most importantly, we come together as a community to inspire, to create, to enjoy good food & music. It truly is a happy way of living and I wish it for all of you. For this life, I am beyond grateful.
So I took a moment last night when the sun light was beginning to creep down behind the hills that surround my house and grabbed my camera to document my town. I walked down streets that were quickly growing quiet and still. People were tucking themselves away in their homes and stopping the shuffle between the post office and Toby's (where grabbing a cup of coffee is as beneficial for the soul as a Sunday morning spent in church). It was calm. It was familiar. It was home. These are a few undiscovered daily moments of why I gladly have a heart of gratitude in a world full of discontent.
To find myself surrounded by barns on the horizon, horses grazing in fields, old beautiful buildings where the aged paint lends itself to telling a story. Clouds breaking through moments of crisp fall leaves and staircases that lead to nowhere, yet somewhere at the same time. I am taken back by the things that fall deep into the shadows in my daily life and that sit untouched and undiscovered by so many of us too busy to pay it any mind. This place makes my life beautiful. For that, I could not be any more thankful and to be able to share it with all of you makes this gal over the moon happy.
Thank you for being you. Thank you for sharing your lives with me. I want to hug each one of your necks...it may take a while, but I am determined to make it happen. Have a fantastic weekend lovelies...try and be sweet to one another and to take a moment to be thankful.