52 Weeks of Gratitude-Week One

1. Why Start This Challenge?

So, as a sort of jumping off point/inspiration for some posts, I decided to start doing to 52 Weeks of Gratitude challenge. I feel like we all could really benefit from stepping back and simply appreciating what we have. Many people these days, me included, choose to focus on what we don’t have, always striving for “more”. To a point, that is good. Why not expect more out of you life, and have goals set for yourself? There’s a difference between searching for more meaning and sort of dumping on the greatness that you already have, though. Hopefully this challenge will help to embrace the now, and acknowledge how truly luck I am to live this beautiful life of mine.

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A Little Self Indulgence Never Killed Nobody

Well, I guess when you start something like this, you should give “the readers” a background of who you are. Now, I doubt that this blog is going to generate any sort of following, but I might as well indulge myself the luxury of a little self reflection.

I’m from the good ol’ Midwest, specifically Hudson, WI, which is just a hop and a skip away from the Twin Cities. I didn’t always appreciate growing up my tiny little river town, mostly because i’m extremely adventurous and restless when i’m bored. This past year, though, I ventured to the Big Easy on exchange from my university in Eau Claire, WI. While I absolutely fell in love with NOLA, being in such a foreign environment gave me a new and greater appreciation for where I come from. I mean, as they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder.Nowadays, I have a ton of pride for this wonderful place where beer and cheese are the main food groups and the phrase “up north” is universally understood.

I am currently a sophomore studying Special Education at the University of WI Eau Claire. It’s a quaint little community on a river (sounds familiar, doesn’t it) with lots of character and chill people. I admittedly got bored with it and considered leaving, but a change of heart made me realize that the people around you should trump your ¬†surroundings every time. I’m lucky enough to go to school with my best friend in the world and some other close friends, as well as be near enough to home to indulge in some family time when needed. While I sometimes feel like i’m too much of an old soul for this whole college life thing, i’m enjoying my time while I have it, and am excited for what the future holds.

Besides working with individuals with disabilities, I also am a bookworm and musician who loves writing. I play euphonium, trombone, and sing as much as possible, whether it be through jamming with friends, community theater, or just belting it in the shower. I am a pop culture junkie who cares FAR too much about awards shows, and admittedly sometimes values the characters in her favorite films or books as much as real people. Travel is my first love, and I do everything I can to explore the world around me. I’m a firm believer that going out of your comfort zone is the best way to get to know yourself and grow, which is why I put so much value in having a sense of adventure. I find that I relate to the average eighty year old¬†more than I do most kids my age, which makes me the resident grandmother of my friend group. I am lucky enough to have found my absolute best friends at such a young age, and can’t wait to navigate the rest of our lives together.

So there you have it, just your average twenty-something who spends most of her time drinking wine by herself whilst reading a good book and jamming to some Bobby D. All in all, i’m nothing special, just somebody with a lot to say about the world around her, which is why i’m hoping this blog sticks.