I love smiling. Smiling’s my favorite! (Name that movie anyone?)
Buddy the Elf said it first, but I will repeat it until the end of time. I truly truly love my life. Each day I wake up with a puppy pouncing on my face (cute but slightly annoying), a day full of possibilities, and a moment of realizing that life is what we make of it.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Life can be HARD. In the last 3 years my family has gone through 3 layoffs, 4 deaths, one almost litigation, sickness, a pandemic, continuing to work through PTSD, and the rest of life.
You might be thinking, “Kaitey, what’s the secret?” Well, it’s gratitude! I am THANKFUL for the life I get to live. I have had a perspective shift that has allowed me to choose gratitude and to find the joys in life. Some days, this means I wake up and choose to be thankful for makeup, zoom camera mute, and coffee. Other days, I feel much more grateful for my family, career, and friends.
Life is full of surprises and hardships, but there is always something to be thankful for. When I choose to be thankful (I don’t always, but I really do try), my outlook on life is much more positive!
PS – None of this means to ignore the hard stuff. I’m all for feeling the feelings, even when they are raw. I’m actually pretty pessimistic and risk adverse in life, but I know that there is so much good to be thankful for that it makes the rest of it much better.