I’ve been feeling pretty guilty actually. And I’m not sure what word I should use to describe why… maybe selfish, ungrateful, distracted… I don’t really know. But I’ve realized that we all, or at least some of us, get so caught up in the hustle bustle of our lives/ in the fluff that distracts us from looking at the big picture/in keeping up with the Jones, that many times we don’t take the time to be truly grateful for everything that we have.

Last night I came across a heart wrenching blog written by a young mother who lost her baby at 6 months old. I read it as Baby Reese lay on my chest fast asleep! I lay there crying, reading this blog, holding my baby girl and then I stopped and asked myself “what are you doing?!” I was so freaking lucky to have this healthy baby girl, snuggled up on my chest, and but there I was checking the latest blog posts. I shut off my phone and hugged her closer, ashamed that I had checked out of a moment that I should be relishing.  A moment that I am so freaking lucky to have. A moment that this woman will yearn for, for the rest of her life.

We get so caught up in the busyness and the “trials and tribulations” of our own lives that sometimes we forget how freaking lucky we are to live the life that we do! For us specifically, we are so lucky to have a fabulously beautiful and healthy baby, and three amazingly sweet & kind {step}kids, to have a roof over our heads and to have a marriage that continues to grow stronger each and everyday. The list goes on and on… and I say list because that’s exactly what I’ve done. I’ve written a list of everything that I am grateful for in my life. This list reminds me to focus on all the positive things we have going on, and forget about the daily stressors. The ones that get way too much of our time and attention.

This weekend I am encouraging you to do the same! Whether it be in your head, your journal, on your iphone or whatever… take note of all the things you have to be grateful for! I promise  it will remind you of what is truly important in your life. It will make you put down your phone, or your laptop, or stop worrying about whatever it is that you’re worrying about. It will help you be present! It will encourage you to make more memories, only giving you more to be grateful for.

Whether you’re spending this weekend alone, with family or with friends, be present in every moment! Cherish it… and remember how lucky you are to have everything you do!

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

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