As you can probably tell from my blog's title, I like to focus on the positive. This isn't always easy for me; in fact, a certain amount of cynicism and negativity comes much more naturally to me, but much like people with curly hair who insist on blowing it straight every morning, I refuse to accept what nature gave me. However, in times like these, with the oil spill threatening my state which is still recovering from Katrina, Rita, and Gustav, it's both harder and more imperative that I focus on the good. Years ago, I learned a great technique for increasing one's graditude from Our Lady Oprah (I kid...I love Oprah....damn, I hope her minions don't chase me down for that crack): keeping a daily graditude journal where you list 5 things that day that you are grateful for.
Today, I am grateful that I get to wake up every morning with nature's alarm clock (who has no snooze button, by the way) Cleopatra Schwartz, pictured above.
I am grateful for slipcovers, for reasons also pictured above (and I know the slipcover is dirty and should be washed...don't judge me)
I am grateful I have a partner who brings me flowers because he knows I like them, and I'm grateful I have this cool little lady to put them (she's a vintage drink holder from Beni Hana.)
I am grateful that I get to have my morning coffee here, smelling the jasmine. And lord knows, I am grateful for the coffee. I'm impressed...I actually found 6 things I am grateful for, without even needing to leave home. And Our Lady Oprah was right...I do feel better for recognizing my blessings.