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The Gratitude Project (32 of 52)
Imelda. 
My health!
I feel stretched. I feel like people need me. My family--I gotta be strong for them, you know.  I gotta be healthy for them, because if I'm not, I think about how they might fall apart. So I find little, simple things to nourish myself, like nature. 
I find that going outdoors early in the morning is a good time for me. If I can get myself out-- outside-- by about 6:30, it's nice, 'cause you kinda just watch everything wake up. Lately I've been going out on hikes with my dog, Russell, and it's been just the two of us in the morning.  We go out and it's quiet. As we're walking, we see everything just unfolding, you know. Whether it's just a little bit of the fog kinda lifting; or the sun kinda peeking... it's nice.  As far as health, that's how I clear my mind. And of course the hike gets the heart pumping and the circulation going... you know. 
So I'm grateful.  I'm grateful that, STILL, I can do this! There are times when I feel achy--I feel my feet!-- but I'm grateful I can still do this. There are days when I have to travel back and forth long distances, or go from one appointment to another appointment to another appointment, and then needing the energy to come back.  I'm grateful I can still walk, that I still have the energy to keep going. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (32 of 52) Imelda. My health! I feel stretched. I feel like people need me. My family--I gotta be strong for them, you know. I gotta be healthy for them, because if I'm not, I think about how they might fall apart. So I find little, simple things to nourish myself, like nature. I find that going outdoors early in the morning is a good time for me. If I can get myself out-- outside-- by about 6:30, it's nice, 'cause you kinda just watch everything wake up. Lately I've been going out on hikes with my dog, Russell, and it's been just the two of us in the morning. We go out and it's quiet. As we're walking, we see everything just unfolding, you know. Whether it's just a little bit of the fog kinda lifting; or the sun kinda peeking... it's nice. As far as health, that's how I clear my mind. And of course the hike gets the heart pumping and the circulation going... you know. So I'm grateful. I'm grateful that, STILL, I can do this! There are times when I feel achy--I feel my feet!-- but I'm grateful I can still do this. There are days when I have to travel back and forth long distances, or go from one appointment to another appointment to another appointment, and then needing the energy to come back. I'm grateful I can still walk, that I still have the energy to keep going. #gratitudeproject  #52weeksofgrateful  #52weeksofgratitude  #52shadesofgratitude  #52grateful  #gratitude  #2018gratitude  #gratitude  #grateful 
The Gratitude Project (31 of 52)
Alberto & Gustavo
For friends, family and fútbol!
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
Learning to come closer and see things with a different light ... this is an old lesson in composition. Relevant in art, relevant in life ... the other phrase that popped in my head was “frame of reference” ...
#musingsonarainyday #52weeksofgrateful  #findingjoyeachday #lespetiteschoses #shaktirising #lifelessons
Weekend begins at one of these elegantly quiet, Michelin chef-led, open kitchen restaurants where it’s tempting to take too many IG-worthy  pics... and then you breathe and just #bepresent #52weeksofgrateful #momentsilove #lesaventuresdesvillars #lespetiteschoses #TGIF
Brave and magical and strange ... Thank you @cindygrrl for getting me the autographed version from @tinypoem #dearuniverse .
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#52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday as I embrace course correction and co-creation with the Universe
The Gratitude Project (30 of 52)
Margaret. 
I'm grateful I didn't kill myself.  That I didn't commit suicide. 
One day, when I was living in Thailand, at the time I was driving a double-cab, 4 X 4 Isuzu pickup truck that didn't have power steering... boy could I drive it... and I was living in the mountains of Chiang Rai... driving fast... and I was in such despair... driving faster and faster and faster.  On the left hand side of the road,  there was a--a river... and I kept thinking, 'I could just drive off into the river'... really.  And I kept going faster and faster and faster... you know, in this back road in Thailand... then,  you know the singer... this Hawaiian singer... huge guy... he's dead now... but anyway, he came on the radio singing, 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'... his beautiful voice... singing... and then I started singing. 
And then I slowed down. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (30 of 52) Margaret. I'm grateful I didn't kill myself. That I didn't commit suicide. One day, when I was living in Thailand, at the time I was driving a double-cab, 4 X 4 Isuzu pickup truck that didn't have power steering... boy could I drive it... and I was living in the mountains of Chiang Rai... driving fast... and I was in such despair... driving faster and faster and faster. On the left hand side of the road, there was a--a river... and I kept thinking, 'I could just drive off into the river'... really. And I kept going faster and faster and faster... you know, in this back road in Thailand... then, you know the singer... this Hawaiian singer... huge guy... he's dead now... but anyway, he came on the radio singing, 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'... his beautiful voice... singing... and then I started singing. And then I slowed down. #gratitudeproject  #52weeksofgrateful  #52weeksofgratitude  #52shadesofgratitude  #52grateful  #gratitude  #2018gratitude  #gratitude  #grateful 
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 19

My morning ritual is often changing, & it depends on the day. Some mornings I'm up by 4:30 am to throw on clothes & run out the door. Other mornings it's 6:30 am for some HIIT with my pup 🐶. This month it has leisurely been waking up at 7:30, sipping a cup of ginger tea, studying for yoga, and reading some kind of personal development. It's the first time in a long time that I've started to read for fun again. & I am utterly overwhelmed by all the things I want to read! I am so grateful this week for the constant change of scenery of my schedule, it makes me appreciate those slow mornings more than ever. 
What books do you recommend?! Comment ⬇️ I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week19 #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 19 My morning ritual is often changing, & it depends on the day. Some mornings I'm up by 4:30 am to throw on clothes & run out the door. Other mornings it's 6:30 am for some HIIT with my pup 🐶. This month it has leisurely been waking up at 7:30, sipping a cup of ginger tea, studying for yoga, and reading some kind of personal development. It's the first time in a long time that I've started to read for fun again. & I am utterly overwhelmed by all the things I want to read! I am so grateful this week for the constant change of scenery of my schedule, it makes me appreciate those slow mornings more than ever. What books do you recommend?! Comment ⬇️ I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week19  #52WeeksofGrateful 
Made an affirmation board a few months back...no, not a vision board, more like a response to watching #thegreatestshowman and hearing #thisisme on shuffle play in my head...#selfcarematters #52weeksofgrateful #stillirise #heartstrong #shaktirising
When the chef gives you a complimentary herbal cheese while you enjoy your second glass of Chenin Blanc...as you slowly relish truffle fries and attempt to be healthy with a seared tuna salad ... as the cacophony of new accents surround you and you see yourself in the women in the other tables: 20s at the patio, smoking and nursing a glass of red, intense in conversation with a half-terrified date --- 30s with their girlfriends and ignoring the men whilst connecting with sisters-to-be sharing a bottle of red --- two in their 40s on a midweek break with a flute of prosecco, less "posturing" and more comfortable in their skin... . 
And you smile to yourself as you know you are #52weeksofgrateful and #findingjoyeachday as you continue to #keepthefaith and #trustthejourney . 🙏🙏🙏😊 and yes, am back at last Friday's bar 😉💪I am liking the ambience here
When the chef gives you a complimentary herbal cheese while you enjoy your second glass of Chenin Blanc...as you slowly relish truffle fries and attempt to be healthy with a seared tuna salad ... as the cacophony of new accents surround you and you see yourself in the women in the other tables: 20s at the patio, smoking and nursing a glass of red, intense in conversation with a half-terrified date --- 30s with their girlfriends and ignoring the men whilst connecting with sisters-to-be sharing a bottle of red --- two in their 40s on a midweek break with a flute of prosecco, less "posturing" and more comfortable in their skin... . And you smile to yourself as you know you are #52weeksofgrateful  and #findingjoyeachday  as you continue to #keepthefaith  and #trustthejourney  . 🙏🙏🙏😊 and yes, am back at last Friday's bar 😉💪I am liking the ambience here
The Gratitude Project (28 of 52)
Blanche. 
I just came back from spending a couple of weeks with my parents so I am very grateful that they are here to be grandparents to my children; and still be capable and loving; and that we can still be sharing and making memories together. I'm so glad and grateful that my kids have that connection to the past. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (28 of 52) Blanche. I just came back from spending a couple of weeks with my parents so I am very grateful that they are here to be grandparents to my children; and still be capable and loving; and that we can still be sharing and making memories together. I'm so glad and grateful that my kids have that connection to the past. #gratitudeproject  #52weeksofgrateful  #52weeksofgratitude  #52shadesofgratitude  #52grateful  #gratitude  #2018gratitude  #gratitude  #grateful 
Rainy Sunday afternoon, after a beautiful sermon that included how the rescue of the 12 Thai boys and their coach reminded the world of our common humanity...
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#findingjoyeachday #52weeksofgrateful #lespetiteschoses  #breathe #rewritethestars
"I make wine disappear. What's your superpower ? " 👏👏👏🍷💪 #tgif #52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday #lespetiteschoses and oops! I forgot to take a pic of the glass(es) I did quaff down 😂 took me a while to notice the placemat copy
The Gratitude Project (27 of 52)
Diana. 
I'm grateful for life. The good. The bad. I am grateful. I'm grateful to the Lord, above all things. We all have to experience things to learn, and when you overcome them,  you appreciate.  You appreciate life. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
We are our choices --- Jean Paul Sartre.
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24 hours in a day. Gratitude for having woken up from a soft bed in a safe place with a view. Gratitude for food on the table. Gratitude for health. Gratitude for real friends and loved ones who stand beside you no matter what. Gratitude for the space to fulfill one's potential. Gratitude for the space to lift others up in small and big ways. Gratitude for the kindness of others. Gratitude for knowing I am but a small part of a bigger story being told by the Creator...
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The list goes on. #chooseyourlife #thelittleenginethatcould #52weeksofgrateful #keepthefaith #trustthejourney #findingjoyeachday #stillirise #abundancemindset #heartstrong
We are our choices --- Jean Paul Sartre. . 24 hours in a day. Gratitude for having woken up from a soft bed in a safe place with a view. Gratitude for food on the table. Gratitude for health. Gratitude for real friends and loved ones who stand beside you no matter what. Gratitude for the space to fulfill one's potential. Gratitude for the space to lift others up in small and big ways. Gratitude for the kindness of others. Gratitude for knowing I am but a small part of a bigger story being told by the Creator... . The list goes on. #chooseyourlife  #thelittleenginethatcould  #52weeksofgrateful  #keepthefaith  #trustthejourney  #findingjoyeachday  #stillirise  #abundancemindset  #heartstrong 
The Gratitude Project (26 of 52)
Gordon. 
I'm grateful to be able to breathe! I'm grateful to be able to walk, be able to drive,  to work.  I'm grateful for the great weather around here. I'm grateful now, I guess maybe because of my trouble in the past,  you know.  I became an alcoholic a long time ago and I've recently got sober. And so, it's like I have a second chance. I've been given a second chance to be grateful for all the things I have.  I'm sober for three hundred and sixty-eight days! It's not easy.  It's not easy... so I'm grateful for AA as well.
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (26 of 52) Gordon. I'm grateful to be able to breathe! I'm grateful to be able to walk, be able to drive, to work. I'm grateful for the great weather around here. I'm grateful now, I guess maybe because of my trouble in the past, you know. I became an alcoholic a long time ago and I've recently got sober. And so, it's like I have a second chance. I've been given a second chance to be grateful for all the things I have. I'm sober for three hundred and sixty-eight days! It's not easy. It's not easy... so I'm grateful for AA as well. #gratitudeproject  #52weeksofgrateful  #52weeksofgratitude  #52shadesofgratitude  #52grateful  #gratitude  #2018gratitude  #gratitude  #grateful 
"When the oceans rise and thunders roar, I will soar with You above the storm! Father You are King over the flood. I will be still, knowing You are God." 🎶

#52weeksofgrateful #keepthefaith #stillirise #findingjoyeachday #heartstrong #Godisgoodallthetime
The Gratitude Project (25 of 52)
Cristina. 
Por la vida.
I am grateful for life.  My father has been renting this little space for eighty years. Now,  I have assumed the rent.  I am grateful that we do not want for anything and I am able to maintain this shop in the barrio. Though there is electricity, I prefer the comfort of candlelight. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (24 of 52)
Crystal. 
I'm grateful for my parents.  And my family.  Actually, I just came from Panama where I was on holiday, visiting family. I hadn't seen them for many years and they were so kind and generous.  I am very grateful for that. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 14

I am so grateful for little things in life like enjoying a simple Lavender Festival filled with great  wines, beer, food, and unique vendors. There is nothing better than being surrounded by family and celebrating my wonderful dad on this Father's day. I hope everyone has a weekend as beautiful as mine was. 🌼💜👨‍👩‍👧 I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week14 #52WeeksofGrateful
52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 14 I am so grateful for little things in life like enjoying a simple Lavender Festival filled with great wines, beer, food, and unique vendors. There is nothing better than being surrounded by family and celebrating my wonderful dad on this Father's day. I hope everyone has a weekend as beautiful as mine was. 🌼💜👨‍👩‍👧 I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week14  #52WeeksofGrateful 
Thank you always Dad, for living a life anchored in your #truth . Happy Father's Day in heaven, please tell Mama to continue pressing the yellow button that says #lesaventuresdesvillars . I love you both, always.
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#52weeksofgrateful #trustthejourney #keepthefaith #stillirise #iamprotectedandloved #lifelessons .
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Credit for 📷#1 : screen capture of @thepinayexplorer 's post from their Sunday service
Morning yoga for me and weights for @captain_teban ... I always learn something new from yoga teachers: an adjustment, an alignment, a serendipitous wise word or two that lets me ease into an asana and breathe better. Thank you!
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 #exhale #breathe #healthyliving #findingjoyeachday #52weeksofgrateful .
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Capped with healthy breakfast options at Emporia, this convenience offered by @emporiumsuitesbychatrium makes it our go-to place for breaks in #bangkok 👊💕😘 ( just MAKE SURE there is no construction / scheduled repair happening near you )
Morning yoga for me and weights for @captain_teban ... I always learn something new from yoga teachers: an adjustment, an alignment, a serendipitous wise word or two that lets me ease into an asana and breathe better. Thank you! . #exhale  #breathe  #healthyliving  #findingjoyeachday  #52weeksofgrateful  . . Capped with healthy breakfast options at Emporia, this convenience offered by @emporiumsuitesbychatrium makes it our go-to place for breaks in #bangkok  👊💕😘 ( just MAKE SURE there is no construction / scheduled repair happening near you )
Errand runs in #Bangkok are always sanity saving 😉💪👊💕 --- particularly when it includes a book haul at Kinokuniya and design inspirations literally everywhere #52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday
The Gratitude Project (23 of 52)
Griffin. 
I'm probably most grateful for all the belief -- the faith -- that people have put on me the last few years.  I think, for myself, I'm not like the most optimistic person in the world. Often times, when I review my own works, be it my writing, videos, artwork, or whatever other creative pursuits I may have, I only see the mistakes and think it's too late and there's nothing I can do about it.  But a lot of my friends and family who see my work tell me they're proud of me,  or let me know that it's perfect, or that it's amazing and I did really well. That really makes me feel proud and helps me to look past the mistakes. It helps me appreciate my work a lot more. That faith and support is what I'm most grateful for. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (23 of 52) Griffin. I'm probably most grateful for all the belief -- the faith -- that people have put on me the last few years. I think, for myself, I'm not like the most optimistic person in the world. Often times, when I review my own works, be it my writing, videos, artwork, or whatever other creative pursuits I may have, I only see the mistakes and think it's too late and there's nothing I can do about it. But a lot of my friends and family who see my work tell me they're proud of me, or let me know that it's perfect, or that it's amazing and I did really well. That really makes me feel proud and helps me to look past the mistakes. It helps me appreciate my work a lot more. That faith and support is what I'm most grateful for. #gratitudeproject  #52weeksofgrateful  #52weeksofgratitude  #52shadesofgratitude  #52grateful  #gratitude  #2018gratitude  #gratitude  #grateful 
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 14

Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it. 💪🏼 Many of you know that I struggle with multiple autoimmune disorders, and the cormorbidities that accompany them. These are widely accepted and understood by many. However, none of you know about my mental struggles; The body dyspmorphia, the anxiety, the OCD, the depression that I battled on my own for years. I have refused to acknowledge these because I thought I was weak for never  being able to overcome it on my own. 
One thing I have learned over the years to stay in control of these demons, is to ask for help. This is still something I struggle with daily and have a very hard time doing. But I know that speaking my fears and avoiding internalizing the repetitive thoughts can help ground me and bring me back to reality that this is life and I will never be perfect to my standards but that I was created to be perfectly imperfect in His eyes. I am beyond grateful for @broximusprime to be my shoulder to lean on and push me to discover my own strengths. This week, I am grateful to have developed the strength and the wisdom to ask for help ♥️ I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week14 #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 14 Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it. 💪🏼 Many of you know that I struggle with multiple autoimmune disorders, and the cormorbidities that accompany them. These are widely accepted and understood by many. However, none of you know about my mental struggles; The body dyspmorphia, the anxiety, the OCD, the depression that I battled on my own for years. I have refused to acknowledge these because I thought I was weak for never being able to overcome it on my own. One thing I have learned over the years to stay in control of these demons, is to ask for help. This is still something I struggle with daily and have a very hard time doing. But I know that speaking my fears and avoiding internalizing the repetitive thoughts can help ground me and bring me back to reality that this is life and I will never be perfect to my standards but that I was created to be perfectly imperfect in His eyes. I am beyond grateful for @broximusprime to be my shoulder to lean on and push me to discover my own strengths. This week, I am grateful to have developed the strength and the wisdom to ask for help ♥️ I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week14  #52WeeksofGrateful 
Somewhere in the middle of our chat we made reference to the core of Light remaining amidst all the muddling and meddling...for which we remain #52weeksofgrateful .
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#keepthefaith #trustthejourney #stillirise #empoweringwomen #sisters #familyofchoice #recentering #movingon . . . "The sun will come out, tomorrow, so you gotta hang on till tomorrow, come what may!"
Six months in punctuation marks. #storyofmylife #becauseeverypicturetellsastory Tell me your story, I'm listening.
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#52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday #keepthefaith #trustthejourney #stillirise #movingon .
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#imlistening #godisgoodallthetime #thrive and yes, I need to make a t-shirt from this @roridesu 😘🍷💪
Capped an incredibly long day at our "comfort pasta resto" --- consistent, high quality handmade pasta, great ambient chill out music, and a welcoming team who knows exactly what we need 👏😋.
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One of our top dozen restos in VTE. Personal menu faves include: fried mozzarella salad drizzled with lemon vinaigrette, spaghetti pesto, pink diva fettuccine with extra veggies, and a piscine de rosé 🍷👍. Merci beaucoup et au revoir Patrick et Matthias .
#findingjoyeachday #TGIF #52weeksofgrateful
Capped an incredibly long day at our "comfort pasta resto" --- consistent, high quality handmade pasta, great ambient chill out music, and a welcoming team who knows exactly what we need 👏😋. . One of our top dozen restos in VTE. Personal menu faves include: fried mozzarella salad drizzled with lemon vinaigrette, spaghetti pesto, pink diva fettuccine with extra veggies, and a piscine de rosé 🍷👍. Merci beaucoup et au revoir Patrick et Matthias . #findingjoyeachday  #TGIF  #52weeksofgrateful 
#52weeksofgrateful #keepthefaith #stillirise #defyinggravity #trustthejourney .
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My father showed me many, many moons back, that you learn a lot about people when you see what they hold dear...
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It doesn't mean you ought to make snap judgements as you don't have the full context, but it does mean trust your instincts when the energies don't align even after you've objectively reassessed things
#52weeksofgrateful  #keepthefaith  #stillirise  #defyinggravity  #trustthejourney  . . My father showed me many, many moons back, that you learn a lot about people when you see what they hold dear... . It doesn't mean you ought to make snap judgements as you don't have the full context, but it does mean trust your instincts when the energies don't align even after you've objectively reassessed things
The Gratitude Project (22 of 52)
Eric. 
I'm just grateful for nights like these--I get to ride my penny farthing freely and enjoyably. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
Saturday morning, #defyinggravity , always 👊💕 #trustthejourney #stillirise #52weeksofgrateful #yeskidsthatsacd #andistillhavevinyl 😂 #glee ps.: cd has a MySpace link 👏
The Gratitude Project (21 of 52)
Bill. 
I'm grateful for a lot of things.  I have ten grandchildren and I'm grateful for each and every one of them.  I am especially grateful for my youngest grandson who is now a healthy 5-year old, who at three months of age,  had open-heart surgery.  After overcoming many challenges in his young life,  now he and his mom-- my youngest daughter--have caused me to be grateful for everything that I receive. I count them as blessings. It's the greatest thing that ever happened to me.  We were so frightened about losing that little boy. Now he's a great little ball player. His mom taught him how to hit. He loves swinging that bat and running around the field! What a great little athlete! 
His name is Sonny. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (21 of 52) Bill. I'm grateful for a lot of things. I have ten grandchildren and I'm grateful for each and every one of them. I am especially grateful for my youngest grandson who is now a healthy 5-year old, who at three months of age, had open-heart surgery. After overcoming many challenges in his young life, now he and his mom-- my youngest daughter--have caused me to be grateful for everything that I receive. I count them as blessings. It's the greatest thing that ever happened to me. We were so frightened about losing that little boy. Now he's a great little ball player. His mom taught him how to hit. He loves swinging that bat and running around the field! What a great little athlete! His name is Sonny. #gratitudeproject  #52weeksofgrateful  #52weeksofgratitude  #52shadesofgratitude  #52grateful  #gratitude  #2018gratitude  #gratitude  #grateful 
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 12
Life as an only child would have been peaceful but probably pretty boring. Without my brother, I wouldn't be half as strong as I am, mentally or physically. I probably never would have found an interest in weight training or powerlifting.  Therefore, I may never have decided to major in Exercise Science and follow the career path I am currently on, with a goal of changing so many other's lives. I always wished for another sibling so Dillan would leave me alone now and then.. But that wasn't in God's plan for me. He wanted me to be strong, stubborn, and confident. This week I am grateful for my one and only brother & God's plan for us both. I am so proud of his determination to complete Nursing school in under 4 years. & Thank you for being my Best Snapchat friend and my longest streak 🔥
Love you, Buh♥️ I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week12 #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 12 Life as an only child would have been peaceful but probably pretty boring. Without my brother, I wouldn't be half as strong as I am, mentally or physically. I probably never would have found an interest in weight training or powerlifting. Therefore, I may never have decided to major in Exercise Science and follow the career path I am currently on, with a goal of changing so many other's lives. I always wished for another sibling so Dillan would leave me alone now and then.. But that wasn't in God's plan for me. He wanted me to be strong, stubborn, and confident. This week I am grateful for my one and only brother & God's plan for us both. I am so proud of his determination to complete Nursing school in under 4 years. & Thank you for being my Best Snapchat friend and my longest streak 🔥 Love you, Buh♥️ I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week12  #52WeeksofGrateful 
@captain_teban and I love going to the cosy Café Ango because : (1) it's a Japanese place run by a Japanese artist-couple, and some drinks get served in the pottery that she makes, (2) the food tastes homemade and legitimately 🇯🇵 , and (3) it's appropriately quiet #findingjoyeachday #52weeksofgrateful @cafeango_laos PS: salted tofu with pesto Genovese 😋
@captain_teban and I love going to the cosy Café Ango because : (1) it's a Japanese place run by a Japanese artist-couple, and some drinks get served in the pottery that she makes, (2) the food tastes homemade and legitimately 🇯🇵 , and (3) it's appropriately quiet #findingjoyeachday  #52weeksofgrateful  @cafeango_laos PS: salted tofu with pesto Genovese 😋
dirty gym mirror & airpods
Classic insta fit bikini chick 🐣
Just kidding the airpods are @mike_crowson
>> wrapping up my Sunday night with client checkins, blogs & my fit legends blue prints...
I love being busy + fit
Are you #BusyFit ? Tag me show me I’m not alone 💕😘
#bikinicompetitor #onlinetrainer #coffee #abs #cardio #gainingweightiscool #52weeksofgrateful #businessgrowth #socialmediamarketingtips #thefitlegacy
The Gratitude Project (20 of 52)
Tobias.
Age 5.
I think I'm thankful for Friday because I have no afternoon school. Mommy lets me play on the computer when I have no afternoon school.
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
These dried #statice blooms, culled from bouquets of past lives,  remind me of my 20s, when #Baguio was an 8-hour drive away... Memo to myself: get new ones soon #findingjoyeachday #52weeksofgrateful #movingon #makenewmemories
The Gratitude Project (19 of 52)
Felix,
aka Fito Reinoso.
www.fitoreinoso.com
Por la música.

#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 10

May is a month full of special occasions & holidays this year. This week was my college graduation. Today we celebrate Mother's day, next week is my 22nd birthday, and then Memorial day. Even with the countless hours spent in close quarters with my family that can seem endless... I appreciate these moments for they bring the best memories. Today I am grateful for Holidays that bring families together and Mother's day especially. I owe everything to my mom for helping me through the past 4 years of college. I would be lost without her. Who else would I call for life questions or just to talk to while I'm stuck in traffic? Thanks Mom ♥️
I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week10 #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 10 May is a month full of special occasions & holidays this year. This week was my college graduation. Today we celebrate Mother's day, next week is my 22nd birthday, and then Memorial day. Even with the countless hours spent in close quarters with my family that can seem endless... I appreciate these moments for they bring the best memories. Today I am grateful for Holidays that bring families together and Mother's day especially. I owe everything to my mom for helping me through the past 4 years of college. I would be lost without her. Who else would I call for life questions or just to talk to while I'm stuck in traffic? Thanks Mom ♥️ I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week10  #52WeeksofGrateful 
@captain_teban sent this from his phone today with the question --- can you bring  the red ninja eye mask we got in Tokyo next time? 😂 #52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday #tebsetmoi 
He just made my morning 💕
The Gratitude Project (18 of 52): May the Fourth Edition.
Darth Vader.
bsayscheese: What are you grateful for?
DV: the Dark Side of the Force, of course!
bsayscheese: which is your dark side?
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 9

A team is only as strong as it's weakest link. 🔗
👩🏼‍💼This week, I am practicing gratitude for co-workers. Over the past few years I have held several jobs in the retail and food service industry. 🌯 Though the work is not always glamorous, the people you work with can make or break your experience. I am blessed to have been able to work with my family and best friends for over 5 years in a food trailer 🚚. & It's not called Wild Annie's for nothing.... It gets crazy in there! We know how to have a good time and we love making our customers happy! 😜
As a future Health coach and trainer, I may not be working so closely with co-workers and I'm sure there will be days that I am going to miss working with a team. 
I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week9 #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 9 A team is only as strong as it's weakest link. 🔗 👩🏼‍💼This week, I am practicing gratitude for co-workers. Over the past few years I have held several jobs in the retail and food service industry. 🌯 Though the work is not always glamorous, the people you work with can make or break your experience. I am blessed to have been able to work with my family and best friends for over 5 years in a food trailer 🚚. & It's not called Wild Annie's for nothing.... It gets crazy in there! We know how to have a good time and we love making our customers happy! 😜 As a future Health coach and trainer, I may not be working so closely with co-workers and I'm sure there will be days that I am going to miss working with a team. I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week9  #52WeeksofGrateful 
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 8
This week, I am reminded to be grateful for alone time. I have always kept to myself. It can actually be one of my downfalls. However, I believe the countless hours I have spent on my own, whether it be living alone, training alone, or shopping alone... I have found it to be great for personal development. I appreciate that I do not feel the need to rely on others to create my own happiness. I think it has helped me to develop into a strong & independent woman who feels confident that she can kick some ass & take some names if needed. I have experienced plenty of time "alone" & my least favorite time tends to be car rides because it gives me too much time to overthink. However, these morning ⛅ sunrises on the way to work make it all worth it. 
I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week8 #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 8 This week, I am reminded to be grateful for alone time. I have always kept to myself. It can actually be one of my downfalls. However, I believe the countless hours I have spent on my own, whether it be living alone, training alone, or shopping alone... I have found it to be great for personal development. I appreciate that I do not feel the need to rely on others to create my own happiness. I think it has helped me to develop into a strong & independent woman who feels confident that she can kick some ass & take some names if needed. I have experienced plenty of time "alone" & my least favorite time tends to be car rides because it gives me too much time to overthink. However, these morning ⛅ sunrises on the way to work make it all worth it. I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week8  #52WeeksofGrateful 
The Gratitude Project (17 of 52)
Christine. 
I was born in the East Bay and grew up in Seattle.  I moved back a few years ago. I have a lot of family here and have strong roots in the Bay Area.  I’m very lucky to have the ability to live in downtown Oakland, in a rent-controlled apartment, having access to the city and all its offerings.
On this beautiful day, I’m grateful to have the space in my life to be able to have room for creating or expression -- being artistic.  Having the time to do it in a place that is encouraging and inspiring.
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (17 of 52) Christine. I was born in the East Bay and grew up in Seattle.  I moved back a few years ago. I have a lot of family here and have strong roots in the Bay Area.  I’m very lucky to have the ability to live in downtown Oakland, in a rent-controlled apartment, having access to the city and all its offerings. On this beautiful day, I’m grateful to have the space in my life to be able to have room for creating or expression -- being artistic.  Having the time to do it in a place that is encouraging and inspiring. #gratitudeproject  #52weeksofgrateful  #52weeksofgratitude  #52shadesofgratitude  #52grateful  #gratitude  #2018gratitude  #gratitude  #grateful 
The Gratitude Project (16 of 52)
Esme. 
I’m grateful for being able to afford things that other people can’t; and for having the opportunity to do things. 
I’m grateful for having family and friends that I know if anything happens, I’ll be able to go to. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 6 
I have a 57-minute commute from work🕞. This gives me way too much time to overthink.🤔💭 Today particularly, I made myself angry and exhausted just from thinking about all the setbacks I've had that continue to hinder me from meeting my own expectations. Luckily, I was able to channel that stress into some gun-therapy🔫. 🙏🏼Today I am thankful that the gym 🏋🏻‍♀️ is not my only hobby. Because as much as I would like to be spending every evening lifting weights, for the next couple weeks I have to refrain from excessive walking, bending, or any kind of lifting 😥Today- I am grateful to be healing as expected. I am grateful for a release other than the gym. 
I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#week6 #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 6 I have a 57-minute commute from work🕞. This gives me way too much time to overthink.🤔💭 Today particularly, I made myself angry and exhausted just from thinking about all the setbacks I've had that continue to hinder me from meeting my own expectations. Luckily, I was able to channel that stress into some gun-therapy🔫. 🙏🏼Today I am thankful that the gym 🏋🏻‍♀️ is not my only hobby. Because as much as I would like to be spending every evening lifting weights, for the next couple weeks I have to refrain from excessive walking, bending, or any kind of lifting 😥Today- I am grateful to be healing as expected. I am grateful for a release other than the gym. I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #week6  #52WeeksofGrateful 
✨WHEN YOUR HOBBY BECOMES A JOB✨
This week I’m practicing gratitude towards my hobby - and although expensive, my hobby is body building &competing + the lifestyle
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I’m thankful for this because it’s something I do entirely for myself
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Working out, nutrition, fitness... I love it.
And I love that it is something that I choose for me.
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Ok so what does this have to do with my transformation?
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Well... smile seems genuine?
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On the left hand side I was in my senior year of college and in my fourth year of playing division one softball. (2015)
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I grew up playing & i loved it..But when I went to college... my passion became a job.
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It was no longer about me and my love for the game... it was about performance and routine - and any ounces of passion that were left got me through OR remembering the passion I had as a little girl often inspired me
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In this photo I’m burnt out. Fast forward 8 months and I gained a ton of weight because I stopped exercising and everything that I was expected/forced to do as a athlete for so many years
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A lot of the burn out was pressure I put on myself to play well, while studying and trying to do “college” but still my hobby was no longer a hobby. It was responsibility
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Today I take my competitive ass on stage and well now I can officially say I’m a competitior.
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The best part is that I do it for me.
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I repeat. - the best part is that i do it for me.
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I think there are very few things I’ve chosen entirely for myself. I think like a lot of you I struggle to put myself first.
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And even now I’m struggling with the question of competing next because it does affect others and i can’t be entirely selfish.
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But I’m grateful that I finally found something that makes me happy, that I can enjoy as my alone time & that I can thrive off of.
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A lot of it is so similar to my college ball days - workouts, routine, competition - but this one is for me..
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This is why that smile is bright (not just because I got my teeth whitened), shoulders are back, and I’m strutting with confidence
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Tell me how you choose yourself and how you’re grateful for your hobby! 💛
#52weeksofgrateful #hobby #formercollegeathlete #bodybuilding
✨WHEN YOUR HOBBY BECOMES A JOB✨ This week I’m practicing gratitude towards my hobby - and although expensive, my hobby is body building &competing + the lifestyle . I’m thankful for this because it’s something I do entirely for myself . Working out, nutrition, fitness... I love it. And I love that it is something that I choose for me. . Ok so what does this have to do with my transformation? . Well... smile seems genuine? . On the left hand side I was in my senior year of college and in my fourth year of playing division one softball. (2015) . I grew up playing & i loved it..But when I went to college... my passion became a job. . It was no longer about me and my love for the game... it was about performance and routine - and any ounces of passion that were left got me through OR remembering the passion I had as a little girl often inspired me . In this photo I’m burnt out. Fast forward 8 months and I gained a ton of weight because I stopped exercising and everything that I was expected/forced to do as a athlete for so many years . A lot of the burn out was pressure I put on myself to play well, while studying and trying to do “college” but still my hobby was no longer a hobby. It was responsibility . Today I take my competitive ass on stage and well now I can officially say I’m a competitior. . The best part is that I do it for me. . I repeat. - the best part is that i do it for me. . I think there are very few things I’ve chosen entirely for myself. I think like a lot of you I struggle to put myself first. . And even now I’m struggling with the question of competing next because it does affect others and i can’t be entirely selfish. . But I’m grateful that I finally found something that makes me happy, that I can enjoy as my alone time & that I can thrive off of. . A lot of it is so similar to my college ball days - workouts, routine, competition - but this one is for me.. . This is why that smile is bright (not just because I got my teeth whitened), shoulders are back, and I’m strutting with confidence . Tell me how you choose yourself and how you’re grateful for your hobby! 💛 #52weeksofgrateful  #hobby  #formercollegeathlete  #bodybuilding 
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 6 🏃🏽‍♀️Typically my life is "go-go-go" I'm guilty of eating in my car as I run from work to the gym or wherever it may be.
😷👨🏻‍⚕️ This week that was all put on hold for surgery. Last Friday I had my gallbladder removed. So thankful that the surgery is done with and was a success. It took 11 years for a diagnosis and am looking forward to a new "normal". 💤I had plenty of time on my hands this week, and got to try out some new recipes like this iced turmeric latte ☺️ I am dying to get back to my busy routine. This week was a humble reminder to be grateful for the busy 🤗

I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 6 🏃🏽‍♀️Typically my life is "go-go-go" I'm guilty of eating in my car as I run from work to the gym or wherever it may be. 😷👨🏻‍⚕️ This week that was all put on hold for surgery. Last Friday I had my gallbladder removed. So thankful that the surgery is done with and was a success. It took 11 years for a diagnosis and am looking forward to a new "normal". 💤I had plenty of time on my hands this week, and got to try out some new recipes like this iced turmeric latte ☺️ I am dying to get back to my busy routine. This week was a humble reminder to be grateful for the busy 🤗 I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week  #52WeeksofGrateful 
The Gratitude Project (15 of 52)
Jose. 
I'm grateful for LIFE. I belong to the Light of the World Church and I believe that Jesus saves. All my life is possible because of my faith. I am very grateful to God. 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
A D R E N A L I N E  R U S H
Just thinking about it 😭😍
Last Saturday was AMAZING...
Bags & car packed... 🚘
Time for another great weekend at City Limits!
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#oneday #peakweek #ronniecolemanclassic #flashbackfriday #ryseup #52weeksofgrateful #bikinicompetitor
The Golden Rain tree, Thailand's national tree (Ratchaphruek), is one of my summer faves, second to the red orange flame trees I grew up with that signaled school vacations.
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The tree in our front yard bloomed for the first time. #52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday #buddhistnewyear
The Golden Rain tree, Thailand's national tree (Ratchaphruek), is one of my summer faves, second to the red orange flame trees I grew up with that signaled school vacations. . The tree in our front yard bloomed for the first time. #52weeksofgrateful  #findingjoyeachday  #buddhistnewyear 
Today the drop of Adrenaline hit me
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Luckily worked remotely for my full time but
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Ended up taking a 2.5 hr nap 😆oops
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I’m dragging pretty bad
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But I also have responsibilities that I can let “prep” get in the way of
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Beyond grateful for @mike_crowson who’s going beyond anything I could ask for to support me right now
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 Comment below someone who you’re grateful for - show em some loveeee
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Ps new shirt today @coffeeovercardio how cute!?
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PPS I feel like putting on jeans and make up today should go under the “accomplishment” column.
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Xoxox
#ryseup #preplife #52weeksofgrateful #peakweek #iactuallyworejeanstoday
Today the drop of Adrenaline hit me . Luckily worked remotely for my full time but . Ended up taking a 2.5 hr nap 😆oops . I’m dragging pretty bad . But I also have responsibilities that I can let “prep” get in the way of . Beyond grateful for @mike_crowson who’s going beyond anything I could ask for to support me right now . Comment below someone who you’re grateful for - show em some loveeee . Ps new shirt today @coffeeovercardio how cute!? . PPS I feel like putting on jeans and make up today should go under the “accomplishment” column. . Xoxox #ryseup  #preplife  #52weeksofgrateful  #peakweek  #iactuallyworejeanstoday 
The Gratitude Project (14 of 52)
Milan.
I'm grateful for my dog and my blanket.  One is furry, the other is fuzzy. They get me through rough times.  They make me feel safe and my dog is fun to pet! 
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
Light and shadows called forth poetry and myth...Neil Gaiman, in a 1998 essay on myths, paraphrased GK Chesterton:
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Fairy tales are more than true. They tell us dragons exist...and that they can be defeated.
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#52weeksofgrateful #lifelessons #stillirise #heartstrong
Light and shadows called forth poetry and myth...Neil Gaiman, in a 1998 essay on myths, paraphrased GK Chesterton: . Fairy tales are more than true. They tell us dragons exist...and that they can be defeated. . #52weeksofgrateful  #lifelessons  #stillirise  #heartstrong 
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 5

This week I am expressing gratitude for 3 people in my life. 
1️⃣My parents for supporting the decisions I've made, even when they don't agree with them. They have given me 21 years of knowledge, and trust me to make the right decisions with the tools they have given me. 
2️⃣ Broc, my other half. He makes me smile and laugh the entire time we're together. If I'm not smiling, he's comforting me and doing whatever he needs to make everything okay. He makes me feel safe and that is extremely important to me.
3️⃣ God. He has been there for me every step of the way, even on the days that I didn't want to lean on Him. He has carried me through the darkness, given me plenty of mountains to climb, and has given me a platform to help others. I am grateful that I have accepted Him into my life and know that I can cast my anxiety, fear, and worries on Him for the rest of my life & He will save me. 
I would not be where I am at without this support system behind me, propelling me forward. 
Who in your life has helped you to get where you are? Maybe it's someone you no longer speak to or have never given this much thought. I guarantee no one can do life alone. Be grateful for today & everyday 🌞🌻🤗 I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week5 #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 5 This week I am expressing gratitude for 3 people in my life. 1️⃣My parents for supporting the decisions I've made, even when they don't agree with them. They have given me 21 years of knowledge, and trust me to make the right decisions with the tools they have given me. 2️⃣ Broc, my other half. He makes me smile and laugh the entire time we're together. If I'm not smiling, he's comforting me and doing whatever he needs to make everything okay. He makes me feel safe and that is extremely important to me. 3️⃣ God. He has been there for me every step of the way, even on the days that I didn't want to lean on Him. He has carried me through the darkness, given me plenty of mountains to climb, and has given me a platform to help others. I am grateful that I have accepted Him into my life and know that I can cast my anxiety, fear, and worries on Him for the rest of my life & He will save me. I would not be where I am at without this support system behind me, propelling me forward. Who in your life has helped you to get where you are? Maybe it's someone you no longer speak to or have never given this much thought. I guarantee no one can do life alone. Be grateful for today & everyday 🌞🌻🤗 I challenge you to stop & think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week5  #52WeeksofGrateful 
Encounters (3/3): Yeshi and Sirindoshi treated us to a round of #druk11000 --- the refreshingly light local beer at 8% ABV and low bitterness. Conversations drifted to what would they like to do as a business at some point ( nothing to do with tourists 😂). It was heartwarming to listen to their plans, as opposed to just dreams 👏👏👏 .
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#lifelessons #lesaventuresdesvillars #bhutan #52weeksofgrateful #togetherwerise
Encounters (3/3): Yeshi and Sirindoshi treated us to a round of #druk11000  --- the refreshingly light local beer at 8% ABV and low bitterness. Conversations drifted to what would they like to do as a business at some point ( nothing to do with tourists 😂). It was heartwarming to listen to their plans, as opposed to just dreams 👏👏👏 . . #lifelessons  #lesaventuresdesvillars  #bhutan  #52weeksofgrateful  #togetherwerise 
today I’m at the gym by myself this morning
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Doing 4 exercises, light, focusing on squeezing & full ROM
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and it’s hitting me
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well starting to
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tomorrow is what I’ve worked for
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for 16 weeks... but for much longer than that too
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This is the first time I compete for myself
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Even though I do have an entire team of support behind me
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This is why I’ve put my social life on hold
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This weekend is for the days that were hard AF where I cried and shut down
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And this is where Im going to say I brought my fuckin best
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Everyone else is going to compare me
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And they’re going to decide who gets a trophy
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But my competition ends with the stage
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In reality this whole time it’s been a competition with myself
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Can I be better than I was yesterday
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Hell yes.Here we go.
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One. More. Day.
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#ryseup #52weeksofgrateful #bestme #competition #bikini
today I’m at the gym by myself this morning . Doing 4 exercises, light, focusing on squeezing & full ROM . and it’s hitting me . well starting to . tomorrow is what I’ve worked for . for 16 weeks... but for much longer than that too . This is the first time I compete for myself . Even though I do have an entire team of support behind me . This is why I’ve put my social life on hold . This weekend is for the days that were hard AF where I cried and shut down . And this is where Im going to say I brought my fuckin best . Everyone else is going to compare me . And they’re going to decide who gets a trophy . But my competition ends with the stage . In reality this whole time it’s been a competition with myself . Can I be better than I was yesterday . Hell yes.Here we go. . One. More. Day. . #ryseup  #52weeksofgrateful  #bestme  #competition  #bikini 
Encounters (2/3): She ran behind me while I was watching the dances during #parotsechu . I held her, looking for what she was hiding from.  Her friends were playing tag with a novice monk dressed as an #atsaras the masked men who aren't formally dancing but are there for gentle crowd control ( there's a deeper spiritual context ) . This went on for an hour to the point where she was permanently behind me, playing with my braid, sliding her hands on my jacket, and finally resting both her arms around my shoulders with her head beside mine, as if waiting for piggy back ride. We couldn't play as the formal closing sacred dance to heaven started.
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@captain_teban asked me if I wanted to bring my long-lost daughter home.
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#52weeksofgrateful #lesaventuresdesvillars #bhutan #momentsilove #lifelessons
Encounters (2/3): She ran behind me while I was watching the dances during #parotsechu  . I held her, looking for what she was hiding from. Her friends were playing tag with a novice monk dressed as an #atsaras  the masked men who aren't formally dancing but are there for gentle crowd control ( there's a deeper spiritual context ) . This went on for an hour to the point where she was permanently behind me, playing with my braid, sliding her hands on my jacket, and finally resting both her arms around my shoulders with her head beside mine, as if waiting for piggy back ride. We couldn't play as the formal closing sacred dance to heaven started. . @captain_teban asked me if I wanted to bring my long-lost daughter home. . #52weeksofgrateful  #lesaventuresdesvillars  #bhutan  #momentsilove  #lifelessons 
Encounters (1/3): Her arms were piled with strung prayer flags and we smiled at each other as I trekked past. Her sister however, brightened up at the sight of @captain_teban . "Tall man, help" she demanded in that irresistible way of mothers. I smiled as Steve and Yeshi (our guide) proceeded to hang the prayer flags across the pine trees, mid-point to #tigersnest #parotaktsang .
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Somehow there is a blessing there.
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#52weeksofgrateful  #lesaventuresdesvillars  #bhutan #momentsilove #lifelessons
Encounters (1/3): Her arms were piled with strung prayer flags and we smiled at each other as I trekked past. Her sister however, brightened up at the sight of @captain_teban . "Tall man, help" she demanded in that irresistible way of mothers. I smiled as Steve and Yeshi (our guide) proceeded to hang the prayer flags across the pine trees, mid-point to #tigersnest  #parotaktsang  . . Somehow there is a blessing there. . #52weeksofgrateful  #lesaventuresdesvillars  #bhutan  #momentsilove  #lifelessons 
We left #bhutan with our usual interlocked hands, grateful for this gift and hopeful for whatever comes next . . .
This glimpse of the #Himalayas, snow capped and all, reminded me of God's perfect timing. His ways are not my ways and His plans will astound me. #keepthefaith .
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#52weeksofgrateful #trustthejourney #lesaventuresdesvillars #momentsilove 
p.s.: first pic is from the departure lounge at #paro
The hardworking, beautifully bare-faced women of #Bhutan in their traditional #kira. The proper way to wear it is pinned at both shoulders then belted; the contemporary take is more of a skirt than a toga-ish dress. The #toego is the blousy-jacket on top. The #rachu is the fabric worn over the toego across the left shoulder on formal occasions. #52weeksofgrateful
The hardworking, beautifully bare-faced women of #Bhutan  in their traditional #kira . The proper way to wear it is pinned at both shoulders then belted; the contemporary take is more of a skirt than a toga-ish dress. The #toego  is the blousy-jacket on top. The #rachu  is the fabric worn over the toego across the left shoulder on formal occasions. #52weeksofgrateful 
"Ara" is a fermented rice wine --- the version offered to me was a pretty mild one, elegantly smooth like a sake.
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"Suja" is a butter tea. It's pinkish and salty and for the life of me I forgot to ask why so as I was more distracted with the fact that puffed rice was added, totally transforming  the taste experience.
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Both were wonderfully appropriate for the cool spring weather of #Bhutan.
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#lesaventuresdesvillars #52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday
"Ara" is a fermented rice wine --- the version offered to me was a pretty mild one, elegantly smooth like a sake. . "Suja" is a butter tea. It's pinkish and salty and for the life of me I forgot to ask why so as I was more distracted with the fact that puffed rice was added, totally transforming the taste experience. . Both were wonderfully appropriate for the cool spring weather of #Bhutan . . #lesaventuresdesvillars  #52weeksofgrateful  #findingjoyeachday 
A glimpse of a normal farmhouse in #bhutan . .
We were told the older ones are made with soil and water, slowly pounded into walls. Some ruins were so solid that a reclaimed one in Paro that's been abandoned for almost two decades simply needed new wood window frames. .
#lesaventuresdesvillars #52weeksofgrateful
A glimpse of a normal farmhouse in #bhutan  . . We were told the older ones are made with soil and water, slowly pounded into walls. Some ruins were so solid that a reclaimed one in Paro that's been abandoned for almost two decades simply needed new wood window frames. . #lesaventuresdesvillars  #52weeksofgrateful 
Three generations, waiting for the King of Bhutan at the #parotsechu . .
#52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday #lesaventuresdesvillars #bhutan
Crossing bridges.
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There are bridges you keep, there are bridges you leave to the five elements, and yes, there are bridges you burn.
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May our hearts be guided with wisdom & compassion to find which ones are worth fortifying in our lifetime.
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#52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday #lesaventuresdesvillars #trustthejourney #stillirise #bhutan
The Gratitude Project (13 of 52)
Patty. 
I’m grateful to have escaped the climb up the “social ladder.” When I was younger, I had some skills and some talents that put me on track to a “successful” path in terms of a career and probably wealth.  When I was in my early 20’s, I just did a 180 and started pursuing art. I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate what truly is important. I’m truly grateful for that. 
I feel lucky.  For instance, I look around and I can’t help but admit how much I love my garden here.  My parents, particularly my dad, were the ones who instilled this sense of tradition in me: that of growing food.  It rescues me from the plight of urban existence. Also, it gives me a chance to share, in a very effective way -- I just grow a little extra and I get to bring some to my neighbors and my friends.  It’s a ripple effect. You know. Then my friends appreciate this giving. That’s my “trickle down.” This is abundance. This is wealth. This is what is of great value to share. Growing food is a connection to earth and nature. Ultimately, it’s a connection to the people. I’m grateful for that.
I also feel lucky that I escaped the trappings of a “corporate job” and such because at a young age, I had a very profound understanding that the moment is now.  April 1st is the anniversary of my sister’s death. She was fourteen when she passed; and I was thirteen. It came as quite a shock. Because of that loss, I just didn’t have any time for trivial matters such as gold and silver and all that.  I’ve viewed everyday as precious and I guess you could say I had a “wisdom” on what matters -- I developed this lust for life and a true appreciation for the connections I make.
So out of this loss, came a deeper understanding of what is of real value.
I find comfort in Buddhist teachings, and one that really resonates with me is the belief that in adversity, we find our strength.  I am grateful that I’ve been able to accumulate the wealth of appreciation for life!

#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (13 of 52) Patty. I’m grateful to have escaped the climb up the “social ladder.” When I was younger, I had some skills and some talents that put me on track to a “successful” path in terms of a career and probably wealth.  When I was in my early 20’s, I just did a 180 and started pursuing art. I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate what truly is important. I’m truly grateful for that. I feel lucky.  For instance, I look around and I can’t help but admit how much I love my garden here.  My parents, particularly my dad, were the ones who instilled this sense of tradition in me: that of growing food.  It rescues me from the plight of urban existence. Also, it gives me a chance to share, in a very effective way -- I just grow a little extra and I get to bring some to my neighbors and my friends.  It’s a ripple effect. You know. Then my friends appreciate this giving. That’s my “trickle down.” This is abundance. This is wealth. This is what is of great value to share. Growing food is a connection to earth and nature. Ultimately, it’s a connection to the people. I’m grateful for that. I also feel lucky that I escaped the trappings of a “corporate job” and such because at a young age, I had a very profound understanding that the moment is now.  April 1st is the anniversary of my sister’s death. She was fourteen when she passed; and I was thirteen. It came as quite a shock. Because of that loss, I just didn’t have any time for trivial matters such as gold and silver and all that.  I’ve viewed everyday as precious and I guess you could say I had a “wisdom” on what matters -- I developed this lust for life and a true appreciation for the connections I make. So out of this loss, came a deeper understanding of what is of real value. I find comfort in Buddhist teachings, and one that really resonates with me is the belief that in adversity, we find our strength.  I am grateful that I’ve been able to accumulate the wealth of appreciation for life! #gratitudeproject  #52weeksofgrateful  #52weeksofgratitude  #52shadesofgratitude  #52grateful  #gratitude  #2018gratitude  #gratitude  #grateful 
#pematshering deals with cerebral palsy. You won't see it. You'll see his smile, his determination, and his art of woodcarving.
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#heartstrong #fearless #stillirise #52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday #bhutan
A three hour hike to the #parotaktsang #tigersnest , one way. So worth it. Lit a lamp inside before leaving, #keepthefaith #trustthejourney .
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#52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday #lesaventuresdesvillars #bhutan
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And afterwards a traditional hot stone bath 😆
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨
#️⃣Week 4 🎶 MUSIC 🎶
This one made me think for a bit. Music has never been a big part of my life. I will never volunteer to be the Co-pilot D.J. I always would ask my friends for new music suggestions because I was behind on the latest songs. I did realize though that I am very thankful for my boyfriend who sings to me in the car, to make me smile, to calm me down, or just pump up our moods a little. It's pretty cool how easily music can affect an outlook on a situation and for that I am grateful. 
I challenge you to think about what your grateful for this week.  Comment below 🙏🏼
#Week4 #52WeeksofGrateful
✨52 Week Gratitude Challenge✨ #️⃣Week 4 🎶 MUSIC 🎶 This one made me think for a bit. Music has never been a big part of my life. I will never volunteer to be the Co-pilot D.J. I always would ask my friends for new music suggestions because I was behind on the latest songs. I did realize though that I am very thankful for my boyfriend who sings to me in the car, to make me smile, to calm me down, or just pump up our moods a little. It's pretty cool how easily music can affect an outlook on a situation and for that I am grateful. I challenge you to think about what your grateful for this week. Comment below 🙏🏼 #Week4  #52WeeksofGrateful 
#52weeksofgrateful MUSIC
I am beyond grateful for music because it has been my reset button this prep.
Dieting is not an excuse but can cause some major ups and downs with your emotions
My gym has been my escape from a few things lately
And there’s nothing like putting in my headphones turning the volume up and jamming out to whatever remix SoundCloud gives me
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Ps you definitely realize how grateful you are when you forget your headphones
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Thinking about getting the AirPods! Thoughts??? Pros? Cons??
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Or tell me your playlist you listen to at the gym!
#ryseup #musicismylife #healthylifestyle #52weeksofgrateful
#52weeksofgrateful  MUSIC I am beyond grateful for music because it has been my reset button this prep. Dieting is not an excuse but can cause some major ups and downs with your emotions My gym has been my escape from a few things lately And there’s nothing like putting in my headphones turning the volume up and jamming out to whatever remix SoundCloud gives me . Ps you definitely realize how grateful you are when you forget your headphones . Thinking about getting the AirPods! Thoughts??? Pros? Cons?? . Or tell me your playlist you listen to at the gym! #ryseup  #musicismylife  #healthylifestyle  #52weeksofgrateful 
This day has been a series of surprises: seeing the unfurled, 18th century 20x20m #thangka of Paro on the last day of the #parotshechu , seeing the sacred dance to heaven performed, and yes, finding ourselves less than a meter away from the King of Bhutan as he walked towards the stage.
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His humility is amazing as he spoke to his people, including a child with disability who rushed past security and a random old man in a very faded gho. People's King indeed. #truenobility
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#52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday  #lesaventuresdesvillars 💕🙏🙏🙏 thank you @captain_teban #bhutan
This day has been a series of surprises: seeing the unfurled, 18th century 20x20m #thangka  of Paro on the last day of the #parotshechu  , seeing the sacred dance to heaven performed, and yes, finding ourselves less than a meter away from the King of Bhutan as he walked towards the stage. . His humility is amazing as he spoke to his people, including a child with disability who rushed past security and a random old man in a very faded gho. People's King indeed. #truenobility  . #52weeksofgrateful  #findingjoyeachday  #lesaventuresdesvillars  💕🙏🙏🙏 thank you @captain_teban #bhutan 
At the centuries-old fortress in the original capital of #bhutan , #punakha . Marveling at the level of architectural detail and the degree of spiritual devotion that can't be captured on film. .
#52weeksofgrateful #findingjoyeachday #trustthejourney
A thousand images are swirling inside me right now. .
I chose this one for today as my senses seem to be overwhelmed amidst the tranquil beauty of #bhutan . . 
#52weeksofgrateful #heartstrong  #findingjoyeachday #trustthejourney #staygold #breathe
The Gratitude Project (12 of 52)
Louis. 
I’ve never thought of anything specific, as far as gratitude goes.  I mean, this summer, I’ll be 70. Like any other aging hippie, you know, I mean, if we had known we were gonna live this long we would’ve taken better care of ourselves. 
I’m still here. 
I’ve done many things in my youth.  I mean, reckless things, which could’ve ended my life.  I’m saying it was an absolute possibility. I mean, hitchhiking long distances--east, west, north, south.  Motorcycle riding, when I was much younger. 
There was always a chance something could go wrong. It didn’t. 
The thing is though, you know, I just never thought of gratitude in my life.  I mean, it’s here. The whole thing is… is… good. So I never thought about, “oh, what are you grateful for?” I mean, nothing in particular. You know. I mean, am I supposed to suddenly come up with this philosophical idea? “What are you grateful for?” Right? I mean… it’s not part of, you know, my core beliefs. This sort of thing. It just is.  I just am. I’m still here.
#gratitudeproject #52weeksofgrateful #52weeksofgratitude #52shadesofgratitude #52grateful #gratitude #2018gratitude #gratitude #grateful
The Gratitude Project (12 of 52) Louis. I’ve never thought of anything specific, as far as gratitude goes.  I mean, this summer, I’ll be 70. Like any other aging hippie, you know, I mean, if we had known we were gonna live this long we would’ve taken better care of ourselves. I’m still here. I’ve done many things in my youth.  I mean, reckless things, which could’ve ended my life.  I’m saying it was an absolute possibility. I mean, hitchhiking long distances--east, west, north, south. Motorcycle riding, when I was much younger. There was always a chance something could go wrong. It didn’t. The thing is though, you know, I just never thought of gratitude in my life.  I mean, it’s here. The whole thing is… is… good. So I never thought about, “oh, what are you grateful for?” I mean, nothing in particular. You know. I mean, am I supposed to suddenly come up with this philosophical idea? “What are you grateful for?” Right? I mean… it’s not part of, you know, my core beliefs. This sort of thing. It just is.  I just am. I’m still here. #gratitudeproject  #52weeksofgrateful  #52weeksofgratitude  #52shadesofgratitude  #52grateful  #gratitude  #2018gratitude  #gratitude  #grateful 
Osez rêver --- dare to dream. A beautiful reminder on a Sunday #52weeksofgrateful #abundancementality #stillirise #keepthefaith
Yummy green salad and green juice 🌿👊💕 because there's wine tonight 🍷😉 and its all about #balancedliving #52weeksofgrateful #TGIF