Something Beautiful: Gratitude

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. 
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Gratitude is...

being thankful for a home cooked meal instead of complaining about cooking.

being thankful for clothes instead of loathing the pile of laundry.

being thankful for moments spent together, instead of focusing on the clean up that comes after.

being thankful for shelter instead of constantly wishing for a bigger house.

being thankful for the time you have instead of dwelling on the time lost.

In every situation, I look for a reason to be thankful. I choose to live a life of gratitude.

 

My lovely friend, Britney ,and I created this project, Something Beautiful, where we will take everything we are and embrace it. We are excited to have some other artists participate with us. Continue the loop to see what these lovely ladies have to say about gratitude. You can read Jacque's here!

Something Beautiful: Still

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."

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I want to hold on to these moments forever...

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Daddy, always creating fun moments.

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You, in his arms.

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You, picking up the guitar when you were nine years old and never looking back.

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You, always escaping in a good book.

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Your perseverance...your determination with everything you do.

Time, stand still.

My lovely friend, Britney ,and I created this project, Something Beautiful, where we will take everything we are and embrace it. We are excited to have some other artists participate with us. Continue the loop to see what these lovely ladies have to say about rejection. You can read Dawn's here!

 

Something Beautiful: Hope

"When the world says give up, hope whispers try one more time."

Go back to school. Get the degree. Believe it will work out. Try, try again. Believe good things will happen.

One thing that helped me through life is always having hope. Even as a little girl, there are situations in my life that I never stopped believing and hoping for. Things that most people would have long given up on. In my 20s I saw first hand what never giving up could do. It changes lives.

"I'm the crazy girl that feels bad for serial killers."

I'm a firm believer that as long as a person has breath, there is hope for them to change. I would never sit around and let someone take advantage of me, but I also would never give up on them. I would never stop hoping for a better future for them. I'm not naive. I've had so many experiences with life, with so many different types of people. Some that would make you want to walk away. Seeing the result when you don't walk away, when you don't lose hope in someone is so amazing.

My lovely friend, Britney ,and I created this project, Something Beautiful, where we will take everything we are and embrace it. We are excited to have some other artists participate with us. Continue the loop to see what these lovely ladies have to say about rejection. You can read Dawn's here!

Something Beautiful: Rejection

"The body treats rejection like physical pain."

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It hurts. I can't breathe.  It's gut-wrenching. I can feel it in my bones...this being unwanted. All I've ever wanted is for you to want me, like I want you.

Why didn't you want me? 

I try to prove myself to you. I try to be good enough.

Maybe I was never good. I was never enough.

But I'll be good. I'll be enough, for me.

I try to tell myself that it's not me it's you. You're inadequate when it comes to love and acceptance.  But then I see it with my own eyes. I see what you're capable of...with others...And I just come back to the resolve that I am not enough....and then comes the frustration for even  caring. I'm the person who lets things go. Let this go.

"I am crying over the loss of something I never had. How ridiculous. Mourning something that never was - my dashed hopes, dashed dreams, and my soured expectations."

"It's time for you to take that power back. If you don't, it will find you.

It will find you when someone denies you....when someone interrupts you...(in the big things and the small).

For as long as someone else has that over you, it's going to find you. It's time to work through it."

 

My lovely friend, Britney ,and I created this project, Something Beautiful, where we will take everything we are and embrace it. We are excited to have some other artists participate with us. Continue the loop to see what these lovely ladies have to say about rejection. You can read Suzi's here!