New Year & Being Thankful.

2014 is here and today I looked back on 2013 to make a collage for the blog, and I feel extremely thankful! What a wonderful year 2013 has been for the family and I.
20140102-115042.jpgWe have experienced so many fantastic things! We have traveled, been together a lot, been healthy and have had a lot of fun.

In a lot of ways, 2012 was a tough year, but I am just as thankful for that year too, and it almost made 2013 extra fantastic since I don’t take it for granted that life is problem free. It’s the ups and downs in life that gives us a chance to develop and become more open as people. Hopefully we can use our toughest experiences to grow as a person. I feel like 2012 opened my eyes and changed my attitude towards life – almost like I woke up as a new person and saw life for the first time. And I feel extremely grateful…
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It was Oprah, whom I love, who gave me the first sign of feeling grateful. A few years ago she spoke about the importance of being grateful. She mentioned a “Gratitude Journal”, a diary of one’s daily gratefulness. It can be anything from small things, like holding up a door for a stranger, smiling on the bus and appreciating the existence of a flower or big things like a new job, a new trip planned or generally anything! So a few years ago I started my own gratitude journal (on an app on my phone). It is surprisingly easy to come up with things you are grateful and the more you write, the more small small small things I realize I am grateful for. Nowadays, I feel incredibly grateful that my body can breathe several times a day, 24/7.

To be honest, I wrote a lot more frequently in 2012 when I felt things were kind of going in the wrong direction. I tried to take all my energy to appreciate the things I was grateful for because I realized that there were more good things than bad things going on. All in all, Oprah meant that the more we are grateful for, the more we receive. And that I can vow for. It works like a miracle!!

I’ve implemented this way of thinking on the girls as well. And every evening we eat dinner together, we go around the table to say three things, or more, that we are thankful for. When we started this routine, Cappi was so little she couldn’t talk yet. But nowadays she is often the first one to remind us that we need to say what we are grateful for. So cute!

One thing I’m really thankful for today is that we celebrated New Years Eve with old and new friends. Directly when we came from LA we took a cab from the airport to Hoboken, NJ where Anna and Erik live.

My adorable friend Anna Bager and me!
20140102-123144.jpgThe Fam. (Cappi didn’t have “time” to be in the picture).
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The whole gang!

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We slept over at Anna and Eriks who insisted we take their bed while they all cuddled up in their daughter’s room. And we struggled to convince them to do the opposite, but they refused. How nice is that!!!?? That is also something I am thankful for.

All the girls slept in the pull out couch.
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The view from their bedroom. The entire Manhattan skyline!

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The whole family hung out in pajamas for the whole afternoon. Sooo relaxing! Sooo thankful!!

Hope you all have a wonderful 2014 with your wishes come true.

Hugs
Jennifer.



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