The literal best month of the entire year. Not only because it’s my birthday (welcome, quarter century), or Christmas, or that a fresh start can be made on its very last night. But because the sun shines, adventures are many and because the underlying tone of joy seeps through every experience!
Starting from the 1st of this month, I want to challenge myself on Instagram. Every day (or at least, every other day that I decide to post – lol), I want to:
H I G H L I G H T S O M E T H I N G I ‘ M G R A T E F U L F O R .
This is really something I want to teach my mind to do – change its default setting, if you will. As Kristan, and as a general resident of planet earth, my tendency is to worry, to fear, to doubt, to and to be unappreciative. And it’s not like I do any of these things intentionally. But because they’re my default setting, I need to be rewired and purposefully cultivate an attitude that lives and breathes thankfulness.
Why post on Instagram, you ask? Here are a few justifications:
1. It’s a platform I can easily look back on and scroll through and be encouraged by.
2. Making it public means it’s easy to be held accountable.
3. Others can be encouraged by it. That’s the beauty of online – so often we get sucked into the ‘comparison’ of it all, but really there is so much to celebrate about social media.
4. It’s fun. Duh.
If this is something that excites you or inspires you, please leave a comment to let me know you’re joining in on this month of thankfulness. And to get your creative juices flowing, I’d like to share with you a few things I’m feeling grateful for in this present moment, and insight on how you can intentionally practice changing your mindset to one of gratitude.
My able body.
As much as I complain and compare and fret about it not being good enough or fit enough or strong enough – it works. It’s a living, breathing, functioning, God-created masterpiece. And while it’s not perfect, it was never meant to be. Gratitude for my body and its abilities allows me to be okay with that, and chase health with a mindset that isn’t under pressure or strain.
In other words, music in the car while I am stuck in a road of slow-moving vehicles. Get it? Traffic jam? Anyway. I have dealt with so much road rage in my time that I would arrive at my destination red-faced and irritable. But instead of choosing to dwell on how long it takes me to get from point A to point B, I’ve decided to revel in the journey – I’ll blast my worship music, chat to Jesus, and leave a huge gap between myself and the car in front of me so as to avoid being offended by people who cut in. Yes, folks. It’s possible to get to work in a good mood.
Adulting is so freaking hard. And getting engaged, planning a wedding, and building a home has brought on way more responsibility than I imagined or believed I was ready for. But the crazy thing about having more responsibility isn’t that it turns your life into a hot mess – it’s that through the fire, you’re being refined. Your capacity increases. And your ability to endure hardship goes from zero to conqueror real quick. Trials suck, but growth and victory is a sweet, sweet reward. And that’s something to celebrate.
Excited to spend this month choosing gratitude! Doctors say it’s actually the healthiest human emotion – Lord knows I could use summa that.