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As 2015 came to a close, I started to work on my resolutions for 2016. Having read numerous articles about the power of writing down your goals, visualizing your life unfolding as you dream, etc., I decided to give it a try. I separated my objectives into the various categories of my life – Family, Work, Health, Social and Home. Taking the time to identify what you actually want in life is the first step to achieving it. (Or so I have read J)


Now half way into 2016 (I shutter as I actually write that) I am able to assess how far I’ve come since the beginning of the year. Certain goals have already been met (yay), others are waiting for any semblance of a start (not so yay) but I recognize that the most powerful resolution that I made for myself this year was to practice gratitude. In a social media heavy culture, just looking at your phone can make you feel less than so it’s important to remember and appreciate all of the blessings that we all have rather than focusing on what we don’t.


Recognizing full well how hokey it sounds, I’ve started a gratitude journal. At the end of the day or the week, I try to reflect on all of the things big and small for which I’m grateful.   Entries can range anywhere from watching my daughter excel at something that was previously challenging for her to the way my baby says “Mama” like an angry Frenchman or the fact that the random bagel place had sun dried tomato cream cheese or even the amazing boots I tracked down on Ebay at half price. Whatever it is, thinking of the things that make me happy and filled with joy affects my overall outlook and encourages positivity across every facet of my life.


Read more about Sara Riff’s journey to trying to practice gratitude every single day here. #simplyageless #ad





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