The 3 at 3 Challenge

Everybody needs a little push to remember to be grateful for what they have. We don’t always wake up every morning grateful for the little things in life, or even the good things, so I challenge you to take time every day to stop and be grateful.

At my new job my boss has us stop what we’re doing at 3pm and go around and say 3 things that we are grateful for. I know that it may seem silly, but I adore it and think that it is a brilliant way to center yourself during the day and remind yourself of all the things you have to be thankful for.

I challenge you to try doing 3 at 3 and see if it increases your happiness!

Gratitude

When I was a junior in high school a friend of mine told me about the good luck ritual behind 11:11. If you don’t know, the idea behind it is that, if you look at a clock and by chance, at that moment it is 11:11 am or pm then you have to make a wish.

I have always believed in wishing, in magic, in reminding yourself of your dreams on a daily basis. So, whenever I catch the clock at 11:11 I make a wish. I also wish on eyelashes and shooting stars, and all of those other nonsensical things that are unreasonable to believe in.

But, for me, every 11:11 wish or a wish on an eyelash I’ve ever made has come true. It’s not magic. It doesn’t happen immediately. It is months, years of wishing to get results. I count myself as very lucky to have my wishes, my dreams to come true.

But the other day, I looked down at my phone and it was 11:11 and for once in my life, I had nothing to wish for. Everything I had wished for my entire life I had, and for that I am so grateful.

I have a job that I love, a man that I love, and friends that I love. My family is well and my heart is full and I am so happy and content with life that I had nothing to wish for. So today, I am grateful.

I am grateful for the life I have. I am grateful that everything really does happen for a reason. I went through a very rough patch and here I am, on the other side, happier than I ever thought I could be. Wait out the storm. Fight through the hardship and struggle and realize that something stunningly beautiful is on the other side.

Today I encourage you to wish, hope, and dream because every hardship you face happens for a reason and you will get through it. Be grateful for tomorrow because it is leading you to your destiny.

Find Your Center

Running has always been the thing that centers me. In the middle of the hectic day, I always find calm in a run. I like to start my day by lacing up my sneakers and hitting the road. There is something about the crisp air and refreshing feeling of the breaking day that centers me.

Lately, I have been struggling with my runs. I have had a hard time finding the bliss in a run. I have been focusing too much on my strained breathing and not enough on the quiet that enters my mind as the road slips away under my feet. Monday, however, was different. 

As soon as I stepped into the cool, rainy, morning air I felt different. I felt at ease, I felt calm.

Lately my life has been hectic, stressful, and not in a way that makes my heart pump excitedly, but rather in a way that caused my stress migraines to kick in. What I needed was a way to center myself, and running was the trick.

On Monday it felt like a breath of fresh air, it felt right, and at last things clicked into place. Running is my puzzle piece. It is the thing that fits into the center of the big picture and makes it come together perfectly.

This summer, I am dedicated to finding more things that help center me, that help me fit all the pieces together. I encourage you to do the same. I am going to try yoga, kickboxing, and am tempted to join a new gym so that I can commit to swimming regularly.

Find what centers you, and you will add so much more life to your days.

Thankful

Today I am thankful. I am thankful for hard work paying off, for never quitting on my passions, and for all the simple reminders of love. Today I am thankful, but every day I want to focus on being thankful.

What are you thankful for today?