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Tuesday, December 11


One of the things that I struggle with at times is the ability to remain positive in the face of negativity. Unfortunately, it's easy to be pulled down into someone else's negative outlook and complaints and lose sight of the abundant blessings in my life. In an effort to combat the negativity, I've started keeping a gratitude journal. Each day I write down one thing I am thankful for, from french roast coffee to my amazing husband. I also record one moment from the day that touched me, moved me, or simply one that I want to remember. And after just a few weeks of this new practice, I find myself choosing joy and happiness over the sometimes {fleeting} dismal nature of my circumstances. 

  {recent gratitudes: amazing friends, the most incredible husband, experiencing God's glory through nature, camping adventures with husband, the mystery of love}

Don't let your circumstances define your attitude

Here's to gratitude and living thankful, loving lives.

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Unknown said...

And this is why your presence was always a blessing to me. I love your sweet soul, Ashley.

Lesley said...

i am grateful for YOU!

Anonymous said...

I have to say, you are one of the very few bloggers I really really like, and the reason is you are one of the only bloggers who doesn't come across as being superficial in any way whatsoever. Kudos to you. Keep up the good work!

Ashley said...

Thank you, sweet Brenda. I feel the same about you, and I miss you!

Les, I am so lucky to have a friend like you! Still can't wait to meet little Pheobe. Swoon.

Anon, thank you so much for such a kind comment. I sincerely appreciate your words. It is so easy to look at the lives of others through the lens of the internet and believe that their lives are perfect. I really hope that HiS can be a place where we can all just be our imperfect selves. <3