Today I am excited to share this wonderful collaboration post that I've been working on with Ashley over at Dream. Live. Repeat.! As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we wanted to reflect on everything that we are thankful for!
Below is Ashley's word on being thankful, something we all should be!
Make sure you check out my post here
on Ashley's lovely blog where you can also find loads of love and motivation, which is something we can never have too much of!
Wishing you all a blessed upcoming holiday season with MUCH LOVE,
Hello Stephanie Eva blog readers!
I'm honored to be here today- Thanks again Stephanie! My name is Ashley and I have a little blog called Dream. Live. Repeat.
I have been working
on this blog for almost a year. Actually, I launched
on New Year’s Day, so my
one-year anniversary is coming quickly! Previous to starting it, I put a lot of
thought into what content I would feature, how often I would post, and things
of that nature. For the first four months I posted everyday! Needless to say,
there are MANY worthwhile posts
for you to check out
, so please stop by! The
majority of what I post has to do with motivating you to dream up the “impossible”,
then living out those dreams and repeating by dreaming up new dreams! Get it-
Dream. Live. Repeat.! I share my own personal stories and insights as well as
tons of motivational quotes and people. I give book reviews, exercise tips,
healthy recipes, beauty ideas and more. There is truly some of everything
there, as nearly anything can inspire you to realize and pursue your dreams!
With the holiday season being in full effect here in the
U.S., Stephanie and I thought that a holiday theme would be fitting. As
Thanksgiving is just a week away, we decided on the theme of “being thankful”.
To me, being thankful is all about taking a good hard look at your own life,
the good and bad, and being genuinely grateful for all of it. Of course there
are times this seems impossible, as the bad can be really bad and incredibly
challenging to overcome and you might even be in a place like that now. Try
this: think of a challenging time you have had in your life in the past and how
it has changed who you are today. Did it make you stronger? Did it make you
more experienced and knowledgeable about the world, and less naïve? Did your
challenging time lead you to something or someone infinitely better?
Being thankful means to be honestly grateful for everything
that has happened in your life. I think it also means to give back to others.
As cliché as it may be, there will ALWAYS be someone worse off than you. Maybe
they have less money, or an unfaithful partner, or a job that makes them
miserable. Maybe they have a poor attitude on life or an awful home life, or
maybe they seem to have it all but are negative, angry and depressed on the
These quotes sum up all I have said thus far and how I feel
in the matter of giving thanks.
I was going to make a nice long list about things I am
thankful for and why, but I decided against it since this post is already
getting awfully long- I guess I have a lot to say on the topic! :) Instead,
I’ll give you a brief insight into myself and a short list of things I am
I am from a Midwest rural town. I have eight siblings- all
biological. I am the oldest. My parents are still married. I have a hard time
making the smallest of decisions, but I have always known I would be a teacher.
After earning my elementary education degree, I made the crazy decision to move
about as far away from home as I could get to teach kids in South Korea. I
loved my first year so much, I signed up for another year. I made lasting friendships
and had a lot of fun but I also had some extraordinarily challenging times
there. Since Korea, I have moved back home and have been subbing in classes of
all ages preK-Adult Ed. I have also been
traveling when I can, just around the US so far. I have my sights on Europe
next. Though I did not get into the detail of my woes, and it took me a long
time to overcome some of them, I am proud to say that I am finally past them-
they no longer control me as they once did and for that, I am grateful. I have
learned so much through both the good and the bad in my life, and I am happy
for all that has happened. After all, if things did not happen as they did, how
would I be in the place I am today and how would I be prepared for what will
happen in the future?
Another part of being thankful has to do with giving back.
When you give back, it is important that your heart is in the right place. You
should be doing this selflessly, expecting nothing in return. Some examples
include random acts of kindness such as shoveling snow in a public place or in
a neighbors driveway (just make sure it isn’t illegal), anonymously paying for
the meal of another at a restaurant or through a drive-thru, holding the door
open, when in a public restroom putting down the toilet paper and paper towel
so it’s easily accessible and the next user doesn’t have to search for the end
of the roll (you can still do this with automatic ones), or smiling at a
stranger. You could also volunteer your time at an orphanage, homeless shelter,
inner city school or senior center. You can offer to take someone to the doctor
or grocery store when you know they are having car trouble or they normally
take the bus. You can donate new or used clothes and toys. You can do your own
“giving tree” activity or participate in one at a local church or school. You
help clean up an area after a natural disaster or other event (riot, New Year’s
party). You can cook or purchase a hot meal or beverage for a homeless person
you see on the street, maybe ask how they like their coffee, return with the
warm drink and have a conversation with them. The possibilities are vast and
limitless so choose a few to do this holiday season.
Today I challenge you to do three things: 1) think of all
that has happened in your life and make the conscious effort to be truly
grateful for it, 2) Give back either through random acts of kindness or volunteering
your time, perhaps in a way I mentioned above. Even though the main reason you
will be doing this act is for the other person, I guarantee you will feel good
doing it. The person you are helping might show gratitude towards you or open
up to you when no one else can get through to them, or maybe you helped that
child learn to tie their shoes. 3) Please share
what you are thankful for or what selfless giving you have done in the comments
below or here. This act alone can inspire others to participate and spread love
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for
stopping by my blog
. Be sure to share what you are thankful for and what kind
things you have done or will do for others this holiday season and year-round!
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