30 Days of Gratitude – Day 10 – Health

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Today, I’m grateful for my health. Good health is something that many take for granted. Are there things that I could improve? Absolutely, but I am thankful that everyday I wake up with no major health issues that I have to face on a daily basis. Working at a health center I see people all across the spectrum who struggle with chronic disease. I have a close friend who struggles with chronic illness as well. The strength and resilience of people with chronic illness amazes me. Imagine going through your day, your week, your month, your year, with a ball and chain on your ankle. Some days you can drag that thing and get through, and some days you just can’t make it. It may not seem like a struggle from the outside looking in, but it is. I’m grateful that that is not my struggle, but I certainly feel and pray for those who do.

What are you grateful for today? ❤

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 7 – Being Inspired Everyday

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I am so grateful for being constantly inspired by the resilience, strength, and tenacity of people I serve everyday. Social work has been such a rewarding career, and while many may think that we (social workers) are the ones inspiring others, but more often than not, it’s the other way around. Seeing the resilience among the clients and patients I work with puts things into perspective for me. One of my good friends who is a social worker said, “People are so amazing. I am humbled by how many strong, brave individuals are putting one foot in front of the other every day. I am happy to be part of this kind of humanity.” I feel the same way. I’m humbled and I am grateful to be able to witness this first hand.

What are you grateful for today?

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 3 – Laughter

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I am so so grateful for laughter! I love to laugh. It’s nourishment for the soul. I’m such a forward thinking person, sometimes I lose sight of what is going on right in front of me. Laughter teaches me to be in the moment and take in what’s going on around me. My sweet husband makes sure that I am smiling and laughing always. Laughter makes living easy, it makes the pain go away, and it keeps you in the moment.

“Laughter heals all wounds, and that’s one thing that everybody shares. No matter what you’re going through, it makes you forget about your problems. I think the world should keep laughing.” – Kevin Hart

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: My Weekend Getaway

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Have you ever had one of those weekends where everything went just perfect? All of your plans fell into place, you were surrounded by great people, good weather, good food…just good everything! I was initially away starting Thursday for work but ended staying for the weekend to spend some time with friends. After doing this, I realized that I need to do it more often. I was in the company of fabulous women who I have been friends with since college. Even though we aren’t always on the phone everyday or even every month, when we get together, we just pick up where we left off. It’s a beautiful thing.

I have never wanted to get so caught up in my marriage that I did not spend enough time with my friends. While the first year of marriage is always an initial adjustment, it’s important to have a healthy balance of being with your husband, being with your friends, and just being alone!

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10 FUN Fall Inspired Date Ideas

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My husband and I are always trying to find different and fun things to do when we plan our date nights. Dating is so essential in cultivating a good relationship, but there’s so much more to do than dinner and a movie!

With fall coming (it’s already here in Upstate NY!) why not go on some dates to enjoy the beautiful fall season? Here are my top 10 fall inspired date ideas for you and your beau!
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