Most of the time when I'm stuck in my head, or in a bad mood, I tend to focus on my problems and all the bad, rather than focus on the good in my life. And I find that the mornings where I thank God for everything He's given me, the things I take for granted, I feel better. Gratitude, whether it's to your friends, your family, or even just an employee at a restaurant, is always encouraged. These are just a few things I'm grateful for in my life.

I'm Grateful For:

1. My family

My mom sacrificed everything just to give my siblings and I a better life. A woman who left behind everything and everyone she'd known, packed everything into one small car, and started a new life with a kid and two toddlers deserves to be thanked a million times over. Of course, then there's my sister who spoils me rotten, who would glare at anyone who tried to pick me up as a baby, and who always did everything in her power to keep me safe. My big brother is and always will be my hero. He was, for the longest time, the only male figure in my life, and no matter how much we fought, I always adored him. Not only am I grateful for him, but I'm proud to have him. Having my family, including my dog and rabbit, is something I often take advantage of. They may annoy the daylights out of me, but they love me. And I'm eternally grateful for that.

2. My Education

In our culture, especially in American culture, we don't take our education as seriously as we should. There are children in other countries who have to walk for hours just to get to school. But those who do have access to a free education, I want you to cherish it as I do. Learn what you love. Realize just how blessed you are, especially if you're a female, that you can read, and write, and learn without having to worry about your safety. I know I do.

3. My body

My body is nowhere near where it should be - health wise - but it's able to do so much. I'm grateful to have lungs that can breathe on their own. A beating heart. Eyes that can see oh so clearly, and ears that allow me the pleasure to listen to Moonlight Sonata. I'm grateful for my sense of smell, and my brown skin. There's so much I can do and that's because of this temple I reside in ♡

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There's so much beauty in life that we look over, due to busy schedules or conflicts, whether they're internal or external. Make sure to take a deep breath every morning and think about what you're most grateful for.

Love,
Ariel