Taking a Gratitude Chill Pill

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I was full of worry today.  All the “What if”s any new business-owner, traveller, woman, or human could imagine began floating through my over-analyzing brain.  I did this all worrying while listening to a back episode of the wonderfully inspiring “The Lively Show” podcast.  Right in the midst of my “What if” panic attack, Jess Lively said “let your ego totally get a chill pill.” Is that not the best?!

She reminded her listeners that one moment is not necessarily any better than another moment, but right now it is the only moment we have.  This one is good enough.

My ego’s best chill pill is gratitude.

I was flooded with gratitude for this moment I’m living in.  I don’t need to be the best.  I don’t even need to be one of the best.  My ego tells me that I do.  But it’s wrong, and it needs to chill.  All I need is to be fully awake in this moment.  The rest is just details.  Maybe I’ll never be a massively successful anything, but I will have been grateful for and aware of the beauty life kept handing me.

My friends, my cup overflows.  I’m bursting with thankfulness this Thanksgiving for everything this year has given me.

— I graduated with my beloved English degree this year! I wanted that degree since I was a young teen. It took me a while and some twists and turns, but I did it.  gratitude

— I went to New York City for the first (but definitely not last) time.Times_Square

— I co-hosted a local event for young women to inspire creativity and embrace our worthiness.

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— I went on a Mexican cruise with my family.

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— I started a career as a freelance writer and editor.  People pay me to write and edit things for them. Whoa!

— I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time.

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— I moved to Costa Rica right next to the beach.  Enough said!

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— I took so many lovely yoga classes.

— I’ve read books that opened my mind and books that entertained me.

— I’ve started new friendships and deepened others.

— I fell more madly in love with The Boyfriend – and by moving to a foreign country together, grew and strengthened our relationship. He’s just marvelous.

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So my ego needs to chill a bit.  Instead of a panicked “What if…?!?!?!” – I’m flipping the script and saying, “Look at what life has already offered me!”

Have you been there – when your ego freaks you out and convinces you that you have to do everything and be everyone in order to have a full life? Does your ego need a gratitude chill pill too?  Welcome to the club :)

The truth is, doing everything and being everyone will only get you into a harried mess. We need to drown our ego with gratitude for everything we already have and who we already are in this very moment.  Let’s practice.  Just leave a short (or long!) list of gratitude in the comments!!  Let’s fill up the comment section with a gratitude overflow.

Happy Thanksgiving, reader friends.

Tay xo

26 thoughts on “Taking a Gratitude Chill Pill

    • November 25, 2015 at 6:33 am
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      It was one of the best trips I’ve taken. I’d love to maybe live there someday.

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  • November 25, 2015 at 6:16 am
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    Beautiful post- glad you have so much to be thankful for! I truly believe you can never go wrong when you humble yourself and showing gratitude is part of that. I’m doing a series on my blog called the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge and it seriously has opened my eyes so much. I’m so blessed.

    http://katelynmcphee.blogspot.ca

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    • November 25, 2015 at 6:33 am
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      Thanks amazing, Katelyn!

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  • November 25, 2015 at 6:57 am
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    You’ve had such an amazing year! Big things have happened! Congratulations! This is one of the best thankful posts I’ve read! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:29 am
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      Aw thanks, Leslie!

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:29 am
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      They sure can!

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  • November 25, 2015 at 7:51 am
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    Great post – I love NYC!! It is inspiring to see the gratitude for your blessings.

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:29 am
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      It’s my favorite city :) Thanks so much, Faye!

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  • November 25, 2015 at 8:14 am
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    First, your graduation cake was AMAZING!!! Second, I love your new mantra and I want to implement that into my life! We’re always so focused on the future and we forget to look at the past, and even right now, and realize how great things are. Thanks for the reminder!

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:28 am
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      Yes, Yes, Yes! You speak so much truth. (Wasn’t that the coolest cake?!)

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  • November 25, 2015 at 11:10 am
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    Awesome post, girl! This is definitely something I need to get better at.

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:28 am
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      Thanks, Erin! You and me both :)

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  • November 25, 2015 at 5:34 pm
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    Congrats on all you’ve seen and done this year – sounds like a lot of amazing things in your life! Thanks for the reminder to chill and to think of all I’m grateful for, too!

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:24 am
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      Thanks so much Patricia!

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  • November 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm
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    I love this!!! <3

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:23 am
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      Thanks, girl xo

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  • November 26, 2015 at 2:18 am
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    Love this post. It’s so full of positivity and interesting stuff. Great photos too. Your bf looks hot!!

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:23 am
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      LOL – He IS hot!!! 😉

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  • November 26, 2015 at 9:30 pm
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    Great post! I know I often need to step back and chill out. Also I’m insanely jealous of you living in Costa Rica. I was there for a month and loved it.

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:23 am
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      Oh how fun – what part?

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  • November 27, 2015 at 11:17 am
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    I love this! We all have to remind ourselves to be grateful sometimes. Your images are beautiful!

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    • December 1, 2015 at 10:23 am
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      Thank you so much – I completely agree!

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  • December 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm
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    Congrats on your degree! You certainly had an adventurous year!

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    • December 4, 2015 at 11:24 am
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      Thanks so much!! Yes, it was a great one.

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