A few weeks ago, while I was home sick from work with a fever (possibly the plague) I wrote a post which for the most part I still find relevant because A) I’m still sick (thankfully no longer with a fever) and B) I still want grilled cheese. So, during that particular bout of sickness, I wanted a grilled cheese sandwich more than anything. Problem #1: I had just moved and my pans were still 3 1/2 hours away. Problem #2: The fever thing. I didn’t want to stand up. Problem #3: Cooking just sounded like way too much, and yes, I consider making a grilled cheese sandwich cooking. My dear friend Sarah (you will see some of her art work on the site) suggested that there should be “an online service where you could send grilled cheeses like cards. Sympathy grilled cheeses. Congratulatory grilled cheeses. Encouragement grilled cheeses”. I for one think this is a brilliant idea and someone should jump on this. Also, I feel grateful to Sarah for caring about how much I want (and need) a grilled cheese sandwich, which leads me to my main point–gratitude.
I know what you’re thinking…it’s the holiday season, we just got through Thanksgiving (yes, I mean “got through”) and here’s yet another post about gratitude during the season we’re reminded to give thanks. I mean it, though. Reminding myself of what I have to be grateful for, “cultivating gratitude” as I like to say, has helped me as I’ve tried to navigate a tough couple of months. Let me tell you something folks, this 20-something has learned a lot about herself and life, and I’m not done yet! I’ve made a decision to share with you all of my thoughts and experiences on what it is to be a 20-something in the world today in good old Portland, Oregon. I’m new to the city, so let’s explore together!
This past summer I accomplished a dream of mine and became a yoga teacher. More on that later, but for now, I’m going to share with you a technique I have for “cultivating gratitude”. Give it a try if you’d like!
Take a few moments out of your schedule. We’re all busy. Life is crazy. Make time. Place your hands over your heart and close your eyes. If this feels uncomfortable, feel free to do this exercise while hidden in the bathroom and away from curious eyes. Or just say screw ’em. Your choice. Inhale and exhale slowly. Then, think of three things in that moment that you are grateful for. For example, right now I am grateful for a friend who wishes she could send me a sympathy grilled cheese sandwich, my apartment (apartment hunting in this city is RIDICULOUS when you’re on a budget), and coffee. I. Love. Coffee. Inhale and exhale deeply once more (although I hope you have been breathing this entire time), let your lips curl up into a smile and open your eyes. Let your smile and your gratitude fill you and be with you throughout the rest of your day. A daily dose of this and you’ll notice a difference. Don’t worry about needing to be grateful for deep and profound things–this is your moment, your gratitude. Stay true to you.
Cheers my fellow warriors! Here’s to new beginnings, fresh starts, and wine when life goes awry.