At the beginning of this year I picked a theme for 2017: Every day matters. You can learn more about how I came to this theme here.

And with a theme like that, it probably isn’t surprising that I would be drawn to a quote like this one from Brene Brown:

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

I’m not going to pretend that I’m always the best at being present (I’m a bit of a dreamer and planner), but I do know that I am at my best when I am present. Because that is when the gratitude surfaces.

When I’m reading books to my niece and nephew before bed and the littlest one tucks her head into my neck or the oldest one giggles at a funny voice I do.

When I see someone pick up something a stranger dropped and chase after said stranger to return the almost lost item to them.

When the leaves of the maple tree in front of our house turn that amazing color of crimson so that even on the darkest Seattle days it looks as if it’s glowing.

When a smoothie and a plate of avocado toast magically appear on the kitchen counter on a morning when I’m running late and was tempted to skip my much-needed breakfast (Like seriously, I wake up hungry, people!  I can’t skip breakfast.)

Being able to call my mom and invite her to a spur of the moment lunch and shopping trip.

Watching a client take the smallest of steps towards the biggest of goals.

It’s the everyday stuff that adds up to the happy life. Don’t get me wrong, I love big trips and new experiences. I love seeing my peeps get the big win! I love celebrating milestones (like my mom’s new house here in Seattle!!!). I am ever so grateful for those extraordinary moments, but those things don’t sustain me. 

It’s the everyday wins, the everyday hugs, the everyday connections, the everyday dinners, the everyday chats that sustain me.

During this season of gratitude, I hope you are finding gratitude in the things you are doing and the life you are living…every day.

Tell me one everyday thing you are grateful for in the comments below.

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