Must Follow Bully and Frenchie Instagram Accounts

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As an English Bulldog owner and lover, I know all the must follow Bully and Frenchie Instagram accounts. I love to follow these cute little furry friends to make me smile and brighten up my day. Here are the star Bullies and Frenchies of Instagram:

1. Bluenjy

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Don’t let the picture fool you, this is a Frenchie, not a real baby! However, this cute little guy loves to eat treats with his front paws, lay on his back, and wear clothes. He is a model for @Frenchiestore, so he loves the camera!

2. Pardonthyfrench

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This pup is a true inspiration. She battled cancer and although she lost her leg, she didn’t lose her spirit. As a rescue dog, she is the perfect example of how a dog can respond so well to a loving new family and a second chance. Princess Bethanee Hamilton has many different expressions and a fun personality.  She is often seen on her three feet scampering around in clothes from her high-fashion wardrobe.

3. Belvis.the.talking.bulldog

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This bulky guy has some serious attitude (narrated by his owner). Belvis is rude, both through his flatulence and his demands. He loves cheese, but basically any foods that aren’t healthy as well. Most days he can be found sticking his tongue out or with a scowl on his face.

4. Worldofbanks

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This Frenchie from L.A. has a beautiful coat and loves to be the center of attention. He is not as well known as other Frenchies on Instagram, but he deserves a shout out because he is absolutely adorable. Somehow, he seems to always know how to charm the camera with his big eyes.

5. Little_millicent

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This Frenchie from Austin, Texas is spunky and loves to be pampered. She loves life, but definitely enjoys her naps. Milly has lots of fans, and seems aware that she is as cute as can be. On her Instagram, her entire life is documented from puppyhood.

6. Gerald_bulldog

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Mr. Gerald… This chubby guy has been on a diet for a long time, but he just loves food too much! He has been caught multiple times digging around in the fridge for snacks. Yes he may be lazy, but he has a big heart. His funny videos and wrinkles will brighten up your day!

7. Bulldogholly

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Holly and Harper are two English bulldogs that enjoy a crazy life together. They are best friends that love to dress alike and snuggle up with each other. You can follow their crazy adventures on their Instagram account. Just be ready for the unexpected!

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Are Your Friendships Healthy?

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Friendship can be very complicated. Feelings are involved and emotions run high when issues present themselves. It is important to have healthy relationships with friends that will encourage you to grow as an individual as you support them. Are all of your friendships actually healthy? Take a look at this cute acronym to decide whether your friendships are everlasting or toxic.

Fun

Make sure that your friendships are enjoyable. When you are with someone, you should feel able to be vulnerable and be yourself. If you are using this individual for personal gain or you think your friend is using you, this is a toxic friendship. Friendships should be rooted in love and genuine care for one another. If you have to force yourself to spend time with a friend of yours, you may want to rethink your relationships to find out why you have these feelings. For the sake of you and your friend, be sure that you are friends for the right reasons.

Reliable

It is crucial to know that you can depend on your friends! You should know without a doubt that if you called your friends in a time of uncertainty, that they would be there for you and willing to help. However, reliability needs to flow from both people in a relationship. If you feel as though you are constantly reaching out to aid your friend, but they never reciprocate this type of support, you need to have a serious heart-to-heart conversation. If you consider someone a close friend, ensure that you are asking for help if you need it. It is not shameful to need an extra boost or a little bit of advice.

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Independence

This important relationship quality may seem strange, but if you have ever had a relationship that lacks independence, it is obvious why it is a problem. Friends are amazing to have in your life, but not all the time. It is important that your friends are not overwhelming to the point that they become a burden to your other relationships or to your daily life. Clingy friend can cause marital problems or distract you from personal achievements.

Empathy

When I was younger, I had a friend that wasn’t very empathetic. During the time that I was on crutches or the times that I was sick, she would belittle my feelings and make them seem irrelevant. Friends should always be concerned with the problems you are facing and not try to down play your emotions or perspectives. Your feelings are important, and a true friend will be able to discern when you are feeling upset and be compelled to comfort you.

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It is difficult to spot “fakeness”, especially in your friends. However, if you start to see your friend acting differently in front of others while with you, talk to them about it. There is no need to be fake friendly or snobby to certain people. And chances are, if they change personalities with each person they come across, they aren’t being their true self around you either. Since life isn’t a reality TV show, you need real friends, not fake ones. Don’t just stand by if your friends are icky sweet to someone and then have a different opinion of them behind their backs.

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Devoted

It is important to have a friend that is devoted to you, but it is also important that they are devoted to their morals and obligations. For example, if you are married and have a best friend who is less than faithful to her significant other, this is not a good relationship to invest in. It is important that you surround yourself with a few very close friends that share your same morals so they can hold you accountable. Although everyone has those “crazy friends”, make sure that they aren’t willing to sacrifice your priorities for a fun time.

Selflessness

Me. Me. Me. Some people only have one word in their vocabulary, and it is me. If you have a friend like this, your conversations probably begin with you bringing up a problem you are having, and end with talking about your friend. Again. This is one of my biggest pet peeves! Sometimes, it is important to talk out issues with friends. This task is nearly impossible if your friend doesn’t want to talk about you, but instead wants to talk about when they had a problem similar to yours. If you are in a friendship with a selfish friend, it is a very toxic relationship.

If your friends have all of these qualities, then they passed! They are true friends and you should keep reminding them how special they are to you. If a characteristic stood out on this list because one of your friends doesn’t possess it, talk to them. I can’t stress this enough! People can never improve or change if they don’t know what they are doing wrong.

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Safe Tips to Buying a Dog Online

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My Experience…

For a long time, I wanted an English Bulldog. They are cute, wrinkly, and have such fun personalities! However, they are very expensive and not very easy to find. I checked multiple websites and many classified ads. I finally found an owner selling his bulldog for only $300 (red flag #1). This was an amazing price because most breeders sell their bulldogs for at least $1200. The owner told me that he had to move (red flag #2) so he couldn’t keep the dog. He informed me that there was a flight leaving that night, and that he could get the dog on a plane so I would have him the next morning. All I had left to do was pay him. The owner refused to take any videos of the dog or additional pictures because he was too “busy” with work (red flag #3). He also wouldn’t talk with me over the phone, all our conversations were over text (red flag #4). He asked me to go to the store to purchase a uShip® giftcard. Once I had purchased the giftcard, I got a convincing email that looked to be from uShip®, asking me to verify the information on the giftcard to finalize my purchase of a one way ticket for the dog to my house (red flag #5). It provided all of the accommodations he would receive in fine print. Once I verified the giftcard payment, I received an email that my payment had gone through. I wasn’t aware that the email address didn’t match the authentic uShip® email address. I was overjoyed and went to bed dreaming of my puppy that would arrive at 10 a.m. approximately the next morning. When I woke up, I waited anxiously. I waited, and waited, and waited some more. No dog. The “owner” sent me a cruel message telling me to “send pictures of our happy family together”. He knew that no dog would ever arrive on my doorstep and he knew the disappointment he was bringing me all for a few hundred dollars. I called the police, but there was nothing I could do at that point because the money from the giftcard had already been transferred into the criminal’s account. Through this depressing situation, I learned a few valuable lessons about buying animals online.

1. Avoid buying from a breeder or owner you haven’t met in person

The easiest way to avoid being scammed is to buy from an owner or breeder in your area. It is perfectly understandable to want to browse the computer instead of a newspaper for dog ads, but try, if possible, to arrange a time to meet the owner in person. You can even request to meet them in a public place if you feel uncomfortable going to their home.

2. If it sounds too good to be true…it is

Don’t try to purchase the cheapest pup available. If a breed is generally more expensive, it should be a red flag if you find it online for an extremely low price. If the owner of the puppy is conveniently moving and needs to get rid of the dog quickly (this is a commonly used scam tactic), then make sure you understand the entire situation. Spend as much time communicating with the owners as possible through phone calls, Skype, and text.

3. Don’t allow the owner to rush your purchase

In my situation, the scammer tried to rush the money transaction because he didn’t want me to have any time to think. If I would have thought about his sketchy instructions, I would have realized that there were a lot of steps that didn’t make logical sense. Scammers often will try to rush payment so that you won’t have time to second guess your decisions. Don’t let them pressure you into a large purchase. Make the payment when you feel comfortable!

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4. Ensure the pictures are original

As technology increases, scammers and criminals adapt and grow smarter. When you come across a picture of a really cute puppy, ask for additional pictures. If the owner isn’t able to take pictures that are very clear, or the posted picture seems too “perfect”, search the dog breed on Google images. Sometimes, scammers steal pictures from the Internet and claim it is a picture of the dog they are selling. Always be sure that none of the Google images match the puppy that you are looking to buy. Also, if the owner refuses to take any additional pictures or videos of the puppy, it is a red flag

5. Check the phone number

Although there are individuals who move to a new state and choose not to change their phone number, be cautious if the dog owner has an area code that differs from the state they claim to live in. There may be a completely harmless reason why the area code and residing state don’t match, but keep a look out for other warning signs. You may not have the luxury of communicating with the owner over the phone, but if you do have their phone number, request to talk to them instead of texting them. If they continue to have poor excuses as to why they can’t talk, this may be a red flag.

When a person violates you personally by stealing from you, it effects you greatly. It hurts your confidence in people and your sense of safety. It is easy to believe that you will always be able to recognize scammers or that you are immune to this type of crime. However, scammers are all over the Internet. It is unfortunate that not everyone can earn money through hard work and treat others with respect and kindness, but not every person has those values. I don’t want to discourage you from purchasing a puppy, but these tips are designed to keep you and your money protected. If you find a dog that will work well for you and your family, I promise it will be the biggest blessing!

Happy Ending….

The day after I was scammed, I was honestly a little depressed. I pictured myself holding my own puppy, but instead I was a couple hundred dollars in debt to my parents. Seeing that I was so upset about the situation, my boyfriend wanted to fix it (as usual). He drove to a breeder he found online and spent all of his graduation money on buying me a puppy. I was unaware of his intentions, but when there was a knock at my door, I was shocked. He was swaddling a baby English Bulldog. Words could not describe how special this moment and his gift was to me. Ever since then, Walter is my best little furry friend. I can’t imagine my family without him!

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Need Help? Tips on Moving

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I recently moved from my home city to a neighboring one, so moving is fresh in my mind. I forgot how hard this whole process truly is! It very difficult to pack up your entire life, and I won’t even mention selling your house or trying to thoroughly clean it. Through my experience, what I did and didn’t do, I have plenty of tricks and tips on moving.

7 Tips On Moving…

1. Label boxes very specifically

Most already have the helpful idea of labeling boxes to make them easier to unpack. However, simply slapping a label on a box is not always as beneficial as you may think. I made the mistake of marking boxes with names such as “bedroom misc” or just “master bedroom”. No, No, No!! Designate each box to a specific location in the room, such as “master bedroom nightstand” or “bathroom closet”. The next step is to make sure that only items from that location make it into the box. I know it’s tempting to throw in a few extra things that were unpacked and forgotten in another room, but don’t do it! It will make your life much easier if you create a specific label and stick to it.

2. Play the “Keep or Throw Away” Game

Before packing all of your belongings, play the “Keep or Throw Away” Game. Moving forces you to go through all of your belongings anyways, so take advantage of this time! It may require a little more effort, but throw away or give away the items you won’t be needing anymore. Also, don’t give yourself a long time to ponder over this decision. Quickly decide, do I need this? Is it sentimental? No? Throw it away or give it away. If your kids are teens, it may be time to give away most of their large stuffed animal collection or clothes that are a few sizes too small. If you know that you are tired of certain decorations in your house, don’t bring them! It is already very hectic and messy unpacking boxes, so make your life easier by not bringing junk.

3. Take the time to walk through your house one last time

This tip doesn’t make moving more efficient, but I think it makes it easier emotionally. Some people are more emotional than others, but I really struggle every time I have to move. I think about what it will be like to never come “home” again as I know it. I will never walk through those doors and feel relieved after a long day at work or school. I even fear that I will forget what my house even looks like as time passes. That is why it is so important to have a proper goodbye. Walk through the house and acknowledge all of the memories that reside there. Cherish them one last time while you’re still at home. For someone who has only lived in their house for a few months, it may be a lot easier than someone who has lived in a home their whole life. I lived in my house for about 9 years so this step was very difficult. It is OK and very normal to not be fully prepared for change when it comes. I honestly don’t think I could have prepared myself to leave my home, but I was so glad I spend a few minutes to appreciate it one last time.

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4. Plan in advance to have help

Moving is not a one person job and usually not even a two-person job. If you are moving yourself (without professional movers), it is very important to have both muscle and other people’s vehicles if needed. You will never have enough room to fit everything in your car and you won’t have enough time to move everything out before the deadline. There are always little things that you will forget until the last minute.

It can also be helpful to have someone walk through the house with you to make sure you didn’t forget anything. It can be easy to forget things that you are so accustomed to seeing daily. Have you taken down the shower curtain in the bathroom? Have you left behind the garage door opener for the new owners (definitely didn’t forget this one…)?

5. Take a tour of your new area

This step is possible for some, and not possible for others, but it is very valuable if you are aware of your new surroundings before moving in. Where is the grocery store? The back roads with the least amount of traffic? Knowing all of this before moving in will make the first few weeks after the move a lot easier. Although it will take time before you will be able to easily navigate without Google maps, it is never too early to start exploring. Nothing is more frustrating getting lost on the way to everywhere! Leisurely exploring your new town is both fun and productive.

6. Change your address on everything!

This step in the moving process requires the most thinking! It is hard to remember every magazine subscription, service company, and other businesses that requires your address. Looking back, I wish I would have started a few weeks before the move writing down every business and person I needed to inform of my change in address. A fun way to let your friends know that you have a new home is to have a house warming party. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but it allows friends and family to be aware of the housing change in a fun way. Plus, you get to show off the new house! (This one is definitely on my calendar, so I will post soon about its successes and failures!)

7. Enjoy the clean slate

Moving is rejuvenating because it is a fresh start. It feels good to start your life in a new town or even a new state. Enjoy it! Pick up a few new hobbies and work to drop the habits that you want to quit. Become the person you want to be because this is the time to do it! Change your perspective and create new memories. On this new journey, have fun experiencing new things and meeting new people. Just get outside of yourself and enjoy life!

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How to Stay Motivated to be Healthy

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I have to admit, after the New Year’s spirit has come and gone, it can be hard to stay motivated to eat healthy and work out. It is important for long term health to stay active and to fuel your body with proper nutrition. Even if you don’t care about the number on the scale (which you shouldn’t) or being the next Victoria’s Secret angel, you should still have a concern for your overall health. Staying healthy will give you more energy and boost your mood.

1. Refocus

Sometimes after a long week of back to back pizza nights and football games on the couch, you just need to refocus. I love to search for motivational quotes that help me to stay strong when I become discouraged.

“Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.”- Unknown

This quote is one of my favorites to reflect on and use to get myself back into the right mindset for the next day. When you slip up on your diet or exercise routine, it is easy to feel like giving up. Instead, try to become re-motivated. Look up fitness Instagram accounts that you admire or look up yummy healthy food on Instagram (that always helps me!).

2. Remind yourself why you started

I encourage you to keep a journal and write in it every other day how you are feeling throughout the process of getting healthier. Don’t record your weight or keep a food diary, keep a journal about how being healthier is improving your well-being. As you become discouraged in your journey, you can always look back on this journal to remind yourself how far you have come. Also, I encourage you to record your reasons for beginning your journey to a healthy lifestyle. These very reasons will give you the drive to continue. Whether it is wanting to see your grandchildren grow up or decrease medications, any reason that you feel passionate about will be a good motivator.

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 3. Take Before and After Pictures

We have all seen them. The dramatic pictures that show off an individual’s weight loss displayed side by side. Although it took months and months to get from picture A to picture B, we view them in the same instant. Taking a picture every three weeks can help inspire you to keep going. On the back on the pictures, write the new milestones you have reached. Can you fit a towel around yourself now or see your feet? Record these important moments. When you are done with your journey to health, you will not only have a before and after picture, but also pictures along your journey. Maybe you can use these photos to help inspire friends and family who struggle with their health. Keep in mind however, not only does your body change, but also your skin will clear up and your hair will become healthier. Make sure to include these improved features in your photos and notes as well!

4. Love your body at each stage

If you decide today that you hate your body, your journey will be long and miserable. You will wake up every morning waiting for change that simply takes time. Don’t design a food or workout plan that is not realistic and that will be a quick crash diet. Buy clothes that are flattering to your figure, eat enough to be satisfied, and enjoy treats periodically with friends. Because this process should promote a lifestyle change, you don’t want to feel deprived or depressed. The most important step is to always love yourself. Although this is also the hardest rule, it is by far the most important to your success and happiness.

How to Benefit from Essential Oils

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For Christmas, I received an essential oils diffuser. I knew essential oils made your house smell amazing (which is great for a girl with three dogs!) and the diffuser can change colors so I was psyched. However, I discovered that which scent you choose actually matters. According to Huffington Post and Live in the Now, different scents can improve different areas in your life that could use a boost.

1. Peppermint

Besides reminding everyone of minty gum and candy canes, peppermint can actually aid in concentration. As a student and a blogger, this is the perfect scent to keep around the house. If you ever have one of those “I want to be productive but it is so not happening” days, put peppermint essential oil in your diffuser and sit down while the peppermint scent does its magic!

2. Lavender

After a stressful day at work or extra hype before bed, it can be difficult to calm down and just relax. Enter lavender! Lavender is perfect for making your body relax and it will make you very sleepy. So if you are surrounded by lavender throughout the day, cut it out and save it for nights only!

3. Orange

Similar to orange juice, orange scent is also a good pick me up in the mornings. Studies have shown that citrus scents like orange can improve your alertness. Instead of going straight for the coffee, try a whiff of orange to naturally wake yourself up. Or just use it occasionally for those extra groggy mornings.

4. Jasmine

To be honest, if you don’t know exactly what jasmine smells like, don’t feel bad because I don’t either. But maybe we should! Jasmine has been shown to serve as a natural antidepressant and relieve stress. Doesn’t everyone need that in their lives! During especially stressful days or times of the week, make sure to have jasmine essential oil on hand so that you can make sure to treat your body and mind right.

5. Thyme

Last, but definitely not least. Thyme acts similar to peppermint, by helping you concentrate. However, it does so by relaxing your nervous system. It also has an added bonus of improving your memory. Although thyme has always been thought of as a rarely used spice whose name everyone mispronounced as a child, it is time to give thyme some more credit!

After writing this article, I feel the need to express to you that I am not a hippie. I am not a treehugger or even close to being an environmentalist. I simply am trying new ways to treat my body how it deserves to be treated. When you are stressed, anxious, have difficulty concentrating, or have multiple sleepless nights, listen to your body. Our bodies send warning signals for a reason. The main message of this blog is to treat yourself better. Although it may seem that you are being pulled in hundreds of different directions, don’t forget to treat yourself with respect and take the time to spoil yourself.

Reasons Why I Throw Little Away

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Alright, I must admit. I have a problem throwing things away. However, I am far from being a hoarder. I don’t keep plastic forks or candy wrappers, but I do keep a lot of items in storage. Although there is a giant trend to be simplistic and become a minimalist, I have not been able to join the craze. Below are my personal reasons why (and you may agree):

1. What if I need it later?…

Often, when I come across a random charger without a home or an adorable little bag with no contents, I wonder when I am going to truly need it. Will there be a time when I am frantically searching my house for this random charger? Probably not. However, what if I DO? Won’t I be glad that I took up a little space in my drawer to keep it for a few extra months?

2. I plan to have kids (and grandkids)

As a child, I always wanted to know what my mom and dad’s lives were like when they were young. What did they play with and what did they cherish? My parents did not keep very many belongings from when they were children, so I never got to see their fourth grade report card or hold their favorite stuffed animal. Maybe someday my favorite belongings will be important to my children or grandchildren.

3. I want to remember those I love

I keep a giant drawer of cards written by my loved ones (from birthdays, Christmas, etc) that I started when I was very young (a few from my 5th birthday). I am aware that my grandparents will not be with me forever and neither will my parents. Although this is a somber thought and not one I enjoy pondering over, it is honestly why I keep their cards and items that remind me of them. Someday I will thank myself for keeping these things.

4. Material items can bring back memories

I have many items that are a reminder of a certain time in my life. Whether it was a happy time or a sad time, there are memories that I never want to forget. I have lots of belongings from my childhood that I hope to keep forever. Notes from classmates or little souvenirs from family vacations always make me smile if I am having a bad day. It is best to not live in the past or hold onto it too closely, but when the present is crummy, I always have good memories to make me smile.

Next time you decide to go through your house “spring cleaning” or angrily throwing things away because you can’t handle a messy room any longer (we all do it), remember these reasons not to throw everything away. Life is precious and so are memories. As time passes, it can be harder for these memories to come back with clarity. Sometimes we need a little reminder of all those who love us and how blessed we are by God.

How To Keep This Year’s Resolutions

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Now that the New Year is here, it’s time for a New You! Many people have goals and dreams for this year, myself included. However, everyone remembers that one goal last year that they never quite completed….but this year is going to be different! According to Statistic Brain, only 8% of people actually complete their New Year’s resolutions. How can you beat those statistics? Here are 5 tips to get you started:

1. Have someone to hold you accountable

Often people are too nervous to share their New Year’s resolutions because they fear judgement or their own failure. One sure way to succeed is to tell close friends and family your new goals so they can check your progress each month and keep you on track. Try to find someone that also has a New Year’s resolution so you can keep each other motivated!

2. Be specific

If your goal this year is to “Be healthy” or “Be more productive”, what does that look like? Are you wanting to eat 3 servings of vegetables each day or drop 5 pounds by March? Would you like to limit your social media and TV time to one hour per day? Make sure your goals are measurable so that your goal isn’t infinite.

3. Make it attainable

Making realistic goals can save you from heartache and frustration. It is easy to come out with a huge goal because in the moment you feel fired up about the New Year. However, if your goals are too big, others will assume you won’t reach them and they will probably be right. If you are known as “that person who always makes New Year’s resolutions they don’t keep”, that is a reputation crusher! You can always expand on your goals once you achieve them.

4. Break up your big resolution into mini ones

Deciding in January that you want to have a side business running by December or found a new organization can be very daunting. Try to break it up into tiny goals each month or even each week. Sometimes looking at the finish line from the beginning can be too overwhelming and cause you to become discouraged. I prefer to handle my New Year’s resolutions just like a huge chocolate cake…just break it up in tiny bites!

5. Don’t make a change unless you are ready

Don’t ever try to change for anyone but yourself. I’ve heard so many people that are chasing a goal for their husband, their kids, or their community. Those are great motivators, but your ultimate motivator must be for yourself. At the end of the day, you must be proud of your choices and how you’ve spent your time when you lay your head down on a pillow at night. Don’t let others tell you what to change about yourself. Be confident in your strengths and don’t let others tear you down!

Now that you are equipped with all of the tricks you need to know to make the right New Year’s resolutions and how to keep them, get out there and complete them. Dream big and believe in your capabilities! And just remember the sweet prize at the end of the year…proving all of your doubters wrong.

Thankful for Thankfulness

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Around Thanksgiving time, everyone puts emphasis on being thankful for all of their blessings. How many times have you given thought to being thankful for being thankful? Sounds odd, but have you ever stopped to wonder what the world would be like if no one was thankful for anything? Everyone would take and take, but never give back. They would expect more and never work for anything. The main reason that we are thankful as Christians is because it is natural and obvious for us to be thankful. Romans 1:20 says For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” God’s blessings around us are so apparent that we don’t have any excuse but to attribute our gifts to God. There is no other explanation for the beauty around us. 

Unfortunately, sin flows from an ungrateful heart. When people are not appreciate of the things they have been given, they steal from others. When husbands are not appreciative of their wives, they lust. When people are jealous of others’ lives, they covet. At the root of each of these sins is an ungrateful heart.

Prideful and entitled individuals have the hardest time saying thank you. If someone feels they deserved what they have been given, thank you doesn’t come naturally because they feel in some way they earned their gift. If an individual is prideful, it can be difficult to humble themselves to say thank you. However, the reason why it’s hard to say thank you should be the reason we do it. Being thankful keeps us humble, kind, and giving. I’ll be the first to admit, it can be hard to give thanks for the grades I receive, the money I make, and leadership positions I hold. I become boastful and believe that I worked hard and I should be rewarded for my hard work. However, God provides us with each and every opportunity and the people in our lives who give us opportunities. Without Him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Phillipians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Key Points:

1) God is the only explanation for all of the beauty around us

2) Sin flows from an ungrateful heart

3) Prideful and entitled individuals have the hardest time saying “thank you”

4) The reason why it’s hard to say thank you should be the reason we do it

6 Tips on Being More Thankful

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As the holidays come around, it can be easy to be thankful for everything we have in our lives. However, when the holiday spirit is long gone, how do we maintain thankful hearts? Below are 6 tips to remind yourself how amazing your life truly is! Remember, a thankful heart is a happy heart

1. Share what you’re thankful for with others

It isn’t difficult to rant about the bad days and situations that got your blood boiling, but how often do you hear someone rant about their good day? Being positive leads others to want to be around you more. In turn, having a more positive outlook on life makes you a happier person. Sounds like a win-win! Try making a “thank-dislike-thank sandwich”. Start out with something that brightened your day or made you smile that you are thankful for, followed by something that you didn’t care for (try not be too negative), and end the conversation with another positive uplift. You can even tell this person how thankful you are for them (brownie points)!

2. Keep a journal or a simple list

Of course it is ideal to keep a journal with all of your happiest moments, but sometimes with the busyness of life, it is better to just keep a list. Whichever works for you, try something you can commit to. Try to think of at least 5 things you are thankful for everyday, but be specific. Your kids, your parents, and your dogs can not be recurring on your list everyday!

3. Take pictures

Right now, make an album titled “Thankfulness”. Try to take at least one picture everyday of something you are thankful for. It could be the sunshine, your home, or a slice of pumpkin pie, but be creative! Try to make your album vary and be unique to you and your experiences. When you are feeling down or having a “Negative Nancy” moment, scroll through the pictures to remind yourself of all of the blessings in your life.

4. Pray

Prayer can be a very positive, uplifting experience. It can elevate your mood and increase your hope for the future. Knowing that you have a relationship with the God that provided you with everything you have gives you a sense of security that your life is in His hands. Don’t take for granted his undeserved blessings. Setting aside a time in your day to pray not only allows you to thank God for His gifts, but also gives you time to reflect on all that you are thankful for.

5. Do the little things…

Being thankful doesn’t have to simply be a feeling, but it should also direct your actions. For those you are thankful to, do a little something. If you husband is your concrete support system, make him his favorite treat or leave him a note to express your gratitude. People in your life don’t know you are thankful for them until you express it in some way. This may seem obvious, but I always tell myself “they know I love them”. Which isn’t necessarily true! It can be very uplifting for this person to hear you tell them or let your actions speak for you and do something kind for them.

6. Give Back

In order to not take for granted all of the people and things in your life, spend time with others who are lacking the blessings you have been given. If you are thankful for your parents, mentor an orphan who needs someone to look up to. If you adore your pets, spend time at an animal shelter with animals that don’t have a home. When you find yourself grumbling about your life, it can be very humbling to donate your time to someone who would give anything to have what you have right now. If you are blessed, go be a blessing!