Monday, October 17, 2016

You hear various pitches of it all throughout your life: the importance of gratitude. It's not until you find yourself actually implementing the practice of gratitude that you find it slowly changing your attitude over time as well—all for the better. Once you truly condition your mind to be grateful for all that you do have available for your taking, you'll find yourself feeling this newfound strength every day: the ability to overcome all those pesky bumps in the road with gratitude as your shock absorber.

It's no secret that I've always found myself gravitating towards Los Angeles as my point of interest, my place to call home. Though I grew up in the Bay & I have a never-ending appreciation for its culture and all it has to offer, I felt I could live my life as my true self much more openly down here. This is, of course, a personal opinion and feeling. It's also no secret that I've been trying my hardest to move back down to L.A. ever since I returned to the Bay a couple of years ago.

I'm happy to say that I've finally made it back home. And I can definitely say that my newfound approach of "mind over matter" has played one of the biggest helping hands in guiding me here. With the discovery of Intelligent Change's  "The Five Minute Journal," it only took a literal 5 minutes per day to condition my mind over time to focus on the positive and make moves towards what I desired for my life.

Growing up in an era where technology and social media strongly impact the way we think and act on a continuous basis, being able to completely disconnect for a few minutes a day and really focus on what you have as well as where you want to be is truly a blessing. Though it can be hard at first to implement any new habit, I'd highly recommend checking out the journal or maybe starting your own, if you prefer.

I'm happy to say that my journey of gratitude has not only changed my everyday attitude; but it's also helped me in finding my voice and self-worth. In the short time that I've implemented this new habit, I've already been able to make decisions to better my life that seemed almost crippling to figure out before. I'm back in Los Angeles, living closer to loved ones and in training for a job that I could have only dreamed to have. And I owe it all to the magnet of miracles that gratitude brings forth.

For those of you who are new to my journey, I thank you for your interest. For those who continue on with me since the ragged start, I thank you for your time and loyalty. Let's continue on with this adventure called life and start each day with a grateful heart; we got this! As Rita Schiano said, "talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys." It will only bring you more of it—I promise. xx

Photographed by Elvis Dinh (@soulrebelsociety)

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