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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gratitude 101 {A Link-Up}

Today I'll be linking up with Erika for her first ever Grad-Itude 101: Mindful Lessons in Thankfulness. 

GRAD-ITUDE 101: A Linkup By Chimerikal

I believe everyone will agree with me when I say gratitude is something we could all use a little more of. 

Often times we get so down on ourselves and our situations it is hard to look up and see all the good. 

Life can always get us down. It is easy to be negative; being positive is the challenge. 

For this, there is a song called "Count Your Many Blessings". 
My favorite verse says: 
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

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We all have burdens. We all have days that we feel life is too hard, or things aren't going our way. It's what we do when we have those days that makes us who we are. 

I encourage you to count your blessings when life is great, count them when life is okay, and definitely count them when life is hard. 

When I read Erika's post last week, I started really thinking of things/ people that I am grateful for. During the month of November last year, I started writing my Thankful Thoughts down everyday, and that was a great start. When I did this, I felt really good. My worries and burdens seemed to be a little lighter. But then November ended and I moved on. 

I want to start being more vocal about my gratitude, so here are this week's Gratitude Moments: 

I am grateful for the opportunity to travel and teach overseas. 
I am grateful for a family that raised me to believe travel and exploring was a definite possibility 
I am grateful for my travel buddy and best friend 

I will continue to add to this list week by week. 

So what are your thoughts on this topic? What are you grateful for? 

Many thanks to Erika for this link up. 


  1. Alex, what a beautiful song (it's one of my favorites, too)! It is such a good reminder to be grateful for the big and small things in life. I am grateful for a stable job, a fabulous education, and the ability to pursue my creative dreams. Lovely post!

    1. Amy, thanks for sharing what you are grateful for.

  2. I've shared just one person I am grateful for in my post today, but there is a whole host more and it would've been easier just to write a list! Haha.

    I completely agree with you and the general idea of the link up, we need to focus less on the negatives and more on the positives in our lives!

    Kate @ fattofitgeek.com

    1. Kate, Thanks for leaving your comment and stopping by! Sometimes it is hard to focus on the good, but if we do it it will pay off in the long run!

  3. I agree that we can focus on the negatives so much more than the positives, and if we just sat down and thought about all the good that is in our lives, the negatives really wouldn't seem so overwhelming (of, unfortunately, this isn't the case for everyone). I'm glad you're able to travel like you want to and that you have somebody special to travel with!

    1. Many thanks for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comment. As long as we have some positives to go on we will be okay.

  4. Thats beautiful!!!

  5. Alex! I am so glad that you are taking part in GRAD-ITUDE 101!!! :) And being grateful does make our burdens seem so much lighter -- that is for sure! I'm looking forward to seeing your contributions every week! And also, how cool is it that travel is such a big part of your life! Now I am curious to know more!!! (Hope I can do some more exploring of your blog soon!!!) :))


    1. Erika, Thanks for leaving your comment. I hope you get the chance to stop by again. I love the link up!


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- Alex