A year ago I started a gratitude journal where I write down things I am grateful for each day. I decided to start it because I randomly read that in 21 days, you can rewire your brain by writing down just 3 things that you are grateful for each day. Initially, this seemed like an odd concept and too simple of an exercise, however, at the time, I was committed to working on myself and changing my thought processes, and I wanted to do everything I could to accomplish my goal of doing so. Challenge accepted.
With that being said, I found a tiny notebook and began listing three things that I was grateful for each day. The list started out as basic as “1. Mom 2. Food 3. A home, to live in” but gradually developed into so much more. I remember reaching the 21-day mark and thinking “wow, this really does work.”
The more grateful I became, the more humble I became, and in turn, I actually began to attract more into my life. Listing three things a day turned into listing five or seven—sometimes even fifteen. I noticed myself starting to say “thank you” multiple times a day under my breath, even for the smallest of things like good weather or being on time for work despite major train delays. I even began to be thankful for the “bad” because I began to view bad experiences or challenges as lessons and opportunities to grow.
Every morning I used this exercise to ground myself, and I still do it to this day. My life has become much more positive and peaceful ever since. This simple exercise has helped me to accept the person I am and be thankful for the life I have been given, two concepts that were foreign to me before being committed to doing this simple, yet life changing exercise.
Fiesta anyone? This adorable polka dot dress is from SheIn! My inspiration for this shoot was Spanish Doll/Barcelona Babe..I think I’m just dreaming about going to Spain to be honest! The dress is very pretty and feminine and the polka dots give it a fun, flirty flair. I love that this dress is off-the-shoulder, one of the hottest trends this Summer. The dress also has two rows of ruffles at the bottom, making it super chic and sophisticated! I paired this stylish number with a black choker and strappy black sandals to keep with the Latin vibe. It’s the perfect dress to wear to your next summer soiree, celebration or cocktail party! You will definitely get compliments in this dress, and it’s super comfortable and fun to wear!
SheIn is one of my favorite places to shop! If you’re looking for fashionable clothing or the latest styles and trends, SheIn is the place to go! All of their clothes are so chic and on trend. Not to mention, they are outrageously affordable!
All photography is by Josh Lobel Photography (@jlobelphoto) and shot in front of La Esquina on Kenmare St. in SoHo.