Gratitude, Attitude & Everything in Between

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It’s so easy to think about all of the things in our lives we want to change… whether it’s bettering our relationship or our apartment or our body or our career, we tend to fall into this cycle of always wanting more. I think we’re all a little guilty of it.

We’re constantly inundated with this idea of “practicing gratitude” – just “practice gratitude” and you’ll be happy. Just “practice gratitude” and you’ll finally be at peace. Just “practice gratitude” and you’ll have all the things you want in life.

But let’s be real – sometime’s it’s hard.

Sometimes you’re so caught up in the negative that you don’t even have it in you to think about what you’re grateful for and it’s the last thing on your mind. But I think we can all agree that, especially at this time of year, it’s important to look at your life and say “wow, I’m really grateful for these things I have.” The key is to keep that going past the holidays, into the new year, and into all years of your life.

I looked up the word ‘grateful‘ and here’s what it said:

Grateful: feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.

That brings about a whole other angle of this whole ‘gratitude’ thing, doesn’t it? Sure, you can feel an appreciation of something or someone. But showing it is what actually matters. It’s the tangible part of practicing gratitude.

Have you ever given someone a gift that literally made them light up? Remember that feeling you had seeing the look on their face and how happy it made them? I know that I have and I’m kind of obsessed with that feeling. As cliche as it is, sometimes that feeling of giving provides us much more happiness than anything we can receive.

So I encourage you, this Thanksgiving and moving forward, to show your gratitude. Don’t just feel it and let it pass by. Write a letter to your best friend telling her how grateful you are for her. Tell your mom how lucky you are to have her. Give your boyfriend or girlfriend a huge hug and let them know how much they mean to you (even though you bicker like a married couple.) Show your gratitude and watch how it pays off in your life.

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful to be back in sunny Florida spending the holiday with Danny’s family; for my incredible family; for warm coffee; for my cozy, little studio apartment; for a job that allows me to basically work from anywhere doing something I love; for my readers who encourage me to keep going when I’m feeling uninspired; for good health; and for my best friends.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with those you love. I’ll be over here in FL getting some sun and eating alllll the goods tomorrow (in moderation, of course.) If you haven’t checked out my post on keeping it balanced this Thanksgiving, it’s a good one.

Happy (early) Turkey Day, babes!  

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Around ATL: What to do in February

We are officially through our first month of 2016 and man, did it fly by. I mean, I literally feel like it was just last night that I was drinking champagne like it was my job to ring in the new year.

I’m excited about this time of year because there’s so many fun things going on, especially here in Atlanta. Between the festivals, concerts, wine dinners and more, you can pretty much plan out every weekend for the next couple of months – and if you know me, you know I’m already three steps ahead. So – why not help you guys do the same?! I don’t want anyone having FOMO so I’ve put together a list of some of the best events in Atlanta this February. Chances are you’ll see me at, like, all of them.

Friday, Feb. 5th – Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Colletta, Avalon’s hot spot for Italian food & wine

It may be OTP, but Colletta – and Avalon itself – are worth driving the extra distance. To celebrate their 1st year in business, they’re offering a $35 3-course menu and $5 wine and beer all night. Can you say “neverending Happy Hour?” More info here.

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Wednesday, Feb. 10th – #TreatYourself with some of life’s greatest indulgences: cookies and craft beer

One of Atlanta’s favorite breweries, Sweetwater, is taking things to another level by hosting a Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing to make your hump day a little sweeter. More info here.

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Saturday, Feb. 13th – Get ‘shucked up’ at Park Tavern’s Oysterfest

Complete with live music, ice-cold beer and oysters galore, this is an event you won’t want to miss. More info here.

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Sunday, Feb. 21st – Drink more beer at Sweetwater Brewery’s 19th anniversary party

It’s no secret that Atlanta appreciates its beer, and there’s really no better place to be on a beautiful, sunny day in Atlanta than on Sweetwater’s patio with a cold brewski in hand. A $25 ticket gets you a *special* 19th anniversary glass + 10 tasting tickets. More info here.

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Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 27th & 28th – …And eat more oysters at Steamhouse Lounge’s Oysterfest

For only $10 a day, why wouldn’t you? Another day filled with live music, ice-cold beers and delicious oysters. Obviously. More info here.

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Sharing a Lil’ Bday Wisdom

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After a fun weekend of celebrating my 4th 21st birthday (yea, it’s a thing), I can’t help but look back at years past and think about all of the good times and the things I’ve learned. There’s obviously been times in my life that were not so glamorous, but it’s nice to be able to look at where you are in life and say, hey, I’m doing alright. As I continue to grow up, it seems like there’s always something else to learn or to take away. So, to celebrate this special day I’m sharing a little birthday wisdom. Here’s a few things I’ve learned over the years :)

Everyone is “busy.”

We are all busy all the time. It’s impossible not to be. But I’ve learned that there are certain relationships worth making time for, no matter how crazy life gets. If it takes me writing “make plans with so-and-so” on my to-do list for that week, I’ll literally do that. I’ve become very good at keeping in touch with important girlfriends because, at the end of the day, those relationships are a huge part of what makes life worth living, right? Stop making excuses and start reaching out to those people who are most important to you.

If you’re working out to get skinny, you’ll never be satisfied.

I have to reinforce this to myself almost every day, but it’s the truth. I’ve gone from being a cardio bunny to half-assing my workouts at the gym to finally being at the point where I’m truly working out to become stronger and more healthy. Sure, I’d love to attain a model bod eventually but by focusing on the fact that, with each workout, I’m getting more strong and fit, it helps keep me encouraged and motivated.

You’ll never be fully happy in a relationship until you work through your ‘stuff’ first.

We all have things that hold us back in our romantic relationships and until you face those things, you’ll never be truly happy in any relationship – not just that one. You can be in a relationship with the most amazing, perfect-for-you person ever, but if you aren’t content with who you are and what you have going on, you’re always going to feel like something’s missing. Work through that sh*t!!

Having an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to food is so 2009.

Back in high school I counted every single calorie of every single morsel of food I put in my mouth. In college, I drunk-binged on cheez-its and pizza on the reg. There was no in-between, no balance. If you think this way about food – “I have to eat 100% super healthy” or “Screw it I’ll just eat like shit cause who cares?”, it isn’t a healthy mentality. I’m at a point now where, as much as I’d really love to look like Blake Lively or a Victoria’s Secret model, I still enjoy the foods I love – because who can pass up a good cheese plate or truffle fries, right? I eat clean about 85% of the time but let myself enjoy the foods I love in moderation. Because food = love.

Spending your hard-earned money on experiences, rather than things, is much more rewarding.

Don’t get me wrong, I love splurging on a new pair of shoes or home decor (usually the latter), but I’ve found that spending my money on events, festivals, concerts and traveling is SO much more fulfilling. There’s been quite a few times where I’ve felt like I really can’t spend on anything – whether it’s a material thing or experience – but I think there’s a really fine line between being money-conscious and being overly conservative. You worked for it – go sample a billion wines and eat a ton of cheese at that cool food festival or take a spontaneous weekend trip!! The memories of those experiences will be much more valuable, trust me.

Thank you for reading & sharing my birthday with me! xx