Sunday Positivity

How amazing is this quote?? It is all the more amazing when you consider that it is from Helen Keller - a woman who was born blind AND deaf. You could say that she was denied quite a bit in life. But here she says that she didn't even have time to think about what she didn't have because she was so busy with all that she DID have. That's an incredible inspiration to me.

I am so blessed and have SO much, and yet I still manage to find ways to be discontent and to think about all of the things and opportunities that I don't have. Focusing on what I don't have does ZERO good...in fact, it makes me feel down right icky.

It is very stressful to dwell on everything that you don't have. Focusing on things that you can not change, or keeping a tally of material goods that you don't possess is a sure-fire way to be an unhappy, anxiety-ridden, bitter person.

There will ALWAYS be something that you don't have. We weren't meant to have everything. The beauty comes in focusing on all that we DO have. Because when you look for it, you'll realize that you have SO much...

And if Helen Keller didn't have time to ponder the things that she was denied in life because she was SO busy appreciating all that she had been given, then we certainly can at least try to follow her example!

Have a beautiful week, friends!

Sunday Positivity

I love Sundays because they are the day before Mondays and Mondays are my FAVORITE day of the week! I love the excitement of new beginnings and a brand new week to tackle. Mondays are a new opportunity to kickstart productivity and to start new projects, etc... And Sundays are the beautiful calm before the storm...a time for reflection and preparation and setting goals.

This quote is such a great reminder that what we dwell on, and give time to will become our reality.

We can choose to spend time thinking about negative things or all of the reasons why something will not work; but we can also CHOOSE to think about the positive, the good, and the reasons why something CAN work. We can focus on solutions; on love; on hope.

So, this is a reminder to you, and to myself, to nourish positivity this week.

Sunday Posivity

Even if life doesn't always look EXACTLY (or even remotely) like how you thought it would or how you think it is supposed to, it doesn't mean that there aren't amazing things in it worth celebrating! I've come to find that there is ALWAYS always always something beautiful in every situation...you just have to look for it. Sometimes you have to look really really hard, but it's there. 

Comment below with one thing that is worth celebrating in your life!

Have a great week!

Sunday Positivity

This year, I'm reading The Daily Stoic as my daily devotional. Only about a week in and I can easily say it is one of the best books I've ever read. HIGHLY recommend you pick yourself up a copy. 

One of the quotes that I came across in one of my daily readings was this quote from Marcus Aurelius, and it really struck a chord with me. What a beautiful, simple statement. I just love it. 

Definitely taking this with me as I start this week.

Have a beautiful day!

Sunday Positivity

Happy New Year! It's a brand new BEAUTIFUL year full of possibility and potential and opportunity ...Believe in yourself! You are capable of incredible things! Let's make this a WONDERFUL year!

What is your biggest goal in 2017? Share in the comments below!

Leading a Life of Adventure

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I am lucky to be able to live an adventurous life and to be able to write about it. I live for long weekends of backpacking in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, or heading East to go fly-fishing on the major rivers of South West Montana. And I am fortunate enough that whether I am swimming with sharks off the North Shore, or spending a lazy day at home, my husband is right there by my side. We are the perfect adventure buddies.

I am blessed to be able to go on so many adventures and to have so many amazing experiences with the man I love. I am also blessed to be able to inspire others. Especially when it comes to other women. In my opinion, fly fishing and backpacking and pushing one's self beyond what is comfortable or normal is important for everyone, but in particular for women. Whenever I hear a friend of mine talk about needing to go hiking more, "like Anna", or try fly fishing out after seeing photos of me gripping a big Brown, it gives me a rush. Because these activities have changed my life. They have opened new worlds up to me, and to see others show interest in trying them is thrilling and satisfying.

[Adapted from the article 'An Adventurous Life' By Anna M. Cohen. Check back soon for more details on where you can read the full article.]