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The Secret of Life? Thankfulness

When I look back on my 35th year, I think it will be a year full of mindfulness and recalibration. As I would say to my sons, “Boys, use your heads and then do the right thing.” I’m trying to use my head and do what I know I need to do.

Drinking enough water, daily exercise, sleeping more than 6 hours each night and living in thankfulness are all things I know I should do if I want to be happier and healthier.

It’s actually putting that knowledge into practice that always trips me up.

The most top notch intentions fall by the wayside and I find myself up at 1:00am eating a bowl of cereal while finishing work. Looking back, I realize I only drank coffee all day and my only exercise consisted of taking the dog outside. I’m all too human, but I’m trying.

I’ve always known that when people walk in gratitude they are happier. Everyone from Oprah to Ann Voskamp talk of the transformative power of gratitude in our lives. I may not always normally do what I know I need to do, but I strive to walk in gratitude.

Showing some gratitude and remembering to count your blessings is the key to happiness. It’s so simple. Now I just have to remember to put it in practice.

I’m super grateful for the awesome response to my ‘I am project’ and on Monday I will publish your beautiful faces saying what you are thankful for.

Here are the ways to join the I am project. Do as many as you like. The I am project is open to everyone. I hope you join!

  • By Friday at 6pm email alli @ allisonworthingtonmedia.com with your URL or Twitter URL and your photo attached. Vertical photos work better than horizontal ones.
  • If you use this as a writing prompt, please share it with everyone and leave the link to the URL of your post in the comments.
  • Be sure to tweet @AlliWorthington and let me know you joined the project. Use #IamProject #BabbleVoices so you are easy for everyone to find.

 

Today I am thankful for the women who know me best and love me anyway. I’m lost without them. Every single friendship in the slideshow was formed through blogging and Twitter. I’m grateful for  these wonderful women who I am lucky enough to call my friends.


  • Megan knows what I’m thinking from 3 states away. 1 of 20
    Megan knows what I'm thinking from 3 states away.
  • Catherine Conners- We were meant to ride the elepants. 2 of 20
    Catherine Conners- We were meant to ride the elepants.
    Catherine Conners - @herbadmother
  • Barbara Jones- She’s a ‘real grown-up 3 of 20
    Barbara Jones- She's a 'real grown-up
    She keeps me on track. @BarbaraJones
  • My Tribe 4 of 20
    My Tribe
  • Casey Mullins- Mess with her and I bust out my glittery shank. 5 of 20
    Casey Mullins- Mess with her and I bust out my glittery shank.
  • Arianne Segerman- We gladly let the freak flag fly. 6 of 20
    Arianne Segerman- We gladly let the freak flag fly.
  • Heather Solos is the best Luuucy ever. 7 of 20
    Heather Solos is the best Luuucy ever.
  • Ana Is my newest best friend. Love her! 8 of 20
    Ana Is my newest best friend. Love her!
  • I think I kissed Erica 10 times that day! 9 of 20
    I think I kissed Erica 10 times that day!
  • Maile almost set my hair on fire once. It started a beautiful friendship! 10 of 20
    Maile almost set my hair on fire once. It started a beautiful friendship!
    Maile Wilson of @EpiphanieBags
  • It looks like I’m attacking Ria because I was. Kinda. 11 of 20
    It looks like I'm attacking Ria because I was. Kinda.
  • Aimee has skills I dream of. Photography, design & the chick can code! 12 of 20
    Aimee has skills I dream of. Photography, design & the chick can code!
  • Maya and I celebrate Movember 13 of 20
    Maya and I celebrate Movember
    Maya of MemeTales.
  • Danielle- I just love her. I’m also her overprotective big sister. 14 of 20
    Danielle- I just love her. I'm also her overprotective big sister.
  • The Wizard of AWE-some 15 of 20
    The Wizard of AWE-some
    With Catherine, Megan, Barbara and Paula Bruno.
  • Luckily, my friends tolerate me 16 of 20
    Luckily, my friends tolerate me
    Ria, Danielle, Ari and moi.
  • Only Jenny loves glitter more than me. 17 of 20
    Only Jenny loves glitter more than me.
  • The Camera Squad- Rock it, Linney! 18 of 20
    The Camera Squad- Rock it, Linney!
  • I love Photo Booths 19 of 20
    I love Photo Booths
    I am Megan's ambassador of whimsy.
  • Friends who don’t take themselves too seriously 20 of 20
    Friends who don't take themselves too seriously
    @JustMalia and Danielle.

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