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Gratitude Project // 01

Gratitude Project Happy last Monday of 2014 everyone! I've written before on how I'm striving to be grateful everyday, especially in the small things. Gratitude really does change everything. It's such a wonderful feeling to look back and reflect on your day and realize how much you have to be thankful for. One of my sweet blogger friends, Janelle from Simply Love, has an amazing vision and project that I'm happy to be participating in today! The Gratitude Project is her way of documenting and sharing the simple moments in life. At the end of every month (the 29th), she hosts a linkup where you can join in on the sharing! All you have to do is share what you've been grateful for in the past month in photos. Fun, huh? :) I encourage you to join in!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this post a few days ago. I'm super grateful for the amazing mug Charlene from Bisons to Buckeyes got me for the Christmas exchange, for my beautiful Day Designer that's almost too pretty to write in, and for a fresh, new year! I can already feel 2015 shaping up to be an amazing year :) My word for the year is Actualize. Do you have a word for 2015?

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I was dreaming of a white Christmas...because there was absolutely no snow on the ground. Sadly, it really didn't feel like Christmas to me because of that. As long as I can remember, there has always been snow for Christmas, even if it snowed right on Christmas day.

Even though I was a bit disappointed in the lack of white-ness on the ground, it did happen to snow two days later! And it was beautiful :) A nice, soft, sparkly layer of clean, bright snow greeted us on Saturday morning. What a gorgeous scene to wake up to.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

This picture is from November back in Lincoln. A friend and I were walking across campus in the sunshine when it began to rain. A sunshower! As we were running across a parking lot to get inside a building, a huge double rainbow appeared in the sky. This picture doesn't do justice. It was the most amazing thing ever.

Double rainbow

I'm so grateful that my amazing roommate, Naomi, got to come to Minnesota with me for a few days! We did spend most of our time in the Mall of America, but still ;) She helped me check off #100 on my 101 in 1001 list!

Mall of America

One of the last Vespers I went to before break was a special music program. One of the participants was the Jesus Painter. My jaw literally dropped as I watched him paint the story of Christ's life and crucifixion to music. If only I could take one of those paintings home with me.

Jesus painter Jesus painter Jesus painter
And of course, I'm thankful that this man is in my life. I don't know what I'd do without him.

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What are you grateful for? 

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Happy Thanksgiving + A Reminder

Happy Thanksgiving! | The Kardia Blog Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful time with friends and family! Don't worry too much about that growing food baby, just enjoy the savory tastes of homemade goodness!

I also made up a quick reminder for everyone who is going out shopping on Black Friday.

(Is it just me or does anyone else not like that stores are opening at 6pm Thursday now? I work retail at Charlotte Russe during the holidays and I have to work from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Thursday, then come back at 5:30 am and stay until 2:00 pm Friday. Crazy.)

Anyways, remember that even though a lot of deals and promotions are available throughout this weekend, nothing is a good deal if you don't need it. Just a thought.

Enjoy the rest of today!

It's not a good deal if you don't need it.

Do you go shopping on Black Friday?

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Gratitude

Gratitude | The Kardia Blog Today is my first post as part of a linkup called Community Brew. Two of my favorite bloggers, Rachel of Oh Simple Thoughts, and Madison of The Wetherills Say I Do, began this linkup to give bloggers the opportunity to open up, be honest, vulnerable, and build community with others. Sometimes the prompts are on marriage, sometimes they are about life in general, but today's topic is on gratitude. I'm really excited to talk about this topic because its something that has been on my heart lately.

Earlier this month I shared my September Goals, and one of the things on my list is to begin a gratitude journal. Honestly, I've be slacking on that. Life has been a whirlwind these past few weeks. I feel like I've been barely able to keep up with everything. Between work, classes, friends, homework, hobbies, meetings, and projects, I don't have much time to relax.

And I don't like it.

I'm constantly doing one thing or another. Sometimes I want to scream and cry because it's just too much and I wonder why I'm spending so much time on things like homework and meetings. I get frustrated with my teachers because I have too much due on the same day. I wish I didn't have to go to work or class at 8:30 in the morning and just sleep in instead. Then I stumbled across this saying:

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It's so true. I took a moment to be by myself and sat outside earlier today. I spent the time in conversation with God, not complaining about how busy I am (although I did ask for peace, guidance, and the strength to complete things efficiently), but being thankful for all that He's done for me. I felt so much more alert and prepared the rest of the day. My outlook on things had changed; I was more positive.

How little time we spend being grateful for what we're blessed with.  We let life bog us down and take our focus away from what truly matters. My personal verse to remind me to take time to be thankful is Colossians 3:15-17.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

I'm excited to share that I will be using my gratitude journal beginning today! I want to be more intentional on taking time to be grateful.

10 Things I'm Grateful For:

  1. The crisp air of early fall mornings.
  2. The chance to get a good education.
  3. Conversation dates with my girl friends.
  4. A warm bed to fall into every night.
  5. The sunlight that streams through the trees.
  6. A loving family.
  7. Laughter that brings me to tears.
  8. New friends
  9. Kind strangers
  10. A God who loves me

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What are some things you are thankful for? How do you show gratitude even when you feel burnt out?

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