Hello hello everyone! We have had some really amazing people guest posting here at Hansen Love lately. Today we have yet another amazing lady. She has become one of my good friends! Her husband and Jake served their mission together, which is actually how JaNae and I linked up. She is here today to talk a little about married life and the little things she is grateful for. Here she is..
Hi everyone! I am JaNae and I blog over at discovering janae. I blog about mine and Jared's life, DIY projects, things that motivate me (every Monday!), good food, and the things that I discover about myself.
I have been married to my husband for almost two years. It has been such an amazing experience and I am so glad that I am able to be with my best friend forever.
Being married has taught me a lot not only about what is most important in my life, but it has also taught me how to see the bright side of things and to learn to love and accept myself. Learning how to stay positive has made such a huge impact not only on my marriage but every aspect of my life.
Right now I am taking a Positive Psychology class which at first I am not going to lie I thought was going to be a joke. Let me first say that I of course do not believe everything that is being taught because after all I have taken a lot of great classes but I cannot always agree with every word. Anyway, needless to say this class has turned out to be much more beneficial than I had expected.
For one of my assignments we had to start a 'gratitude journal' and write three things in it every night that we were grateful for about that day. Not only did we have to come up with the three things, but we had to actually write why we are grateful for it. This was the trickiest part for me because sometimes it can be really hard to come up with why you are grateful. Sometimes you just feel grateful, you know?
We only had to do the assignment for a week but after that week I found that I really wanted to keep going with it and I have. And what a difference it has made! Not only has it made a huge difference in the way that I try to find the positives but I can actually start of my day with an intent to find the positives. By doing this it has made me feel like I have more purpose in my life. I feel better about myself as a person. I have found that it has even impacted the way that I see my own body image. I feel more confident and I feel that I am better able to receive and accept the love that my husband so desperately wants to give me.
Here are just a few of the things that I am grateful for today:
My body. This is one that I have struggled with for a long time. I still have bad days, but overall I think that I feel much more happiness and satisfaction towards my body. Not only do I accept that I look good, but I feel good too! My body is so strong and it really helps me get through the long days at school. I feel so incredibly blessed that I have a body that can run and jump and play.
My husband. He's not just my husband but he is my best friend and I would argue my better half. He makes me want to be a better person. He always sees the good in me and he works so very hard for our little family. He listens to me, comforts me, talks to me, leaves surprise notes for me, and is always looking for ways to serve. I would be lost without him.
My friends. I am so grateful for my friends, both in the blogger world and my close friends. I love to write letters and I have a few people that I write to and it has made such a huge difference in my life. I love getting comments and emails from my readers and getting to know them better and their talents and strengths. I love having friends over for dinner or just time to talk and catch up or even a quick phone call. I once read that one thing that you can do to improve your happiness and well-being is to make a phone call or visit once a week to someone you care about. I think this is true.
What things are you grateful for? What helps you be more positive and find peace in your life?
Seriously, aren't they just adorable!!?And they are both just hilarious!! Thanks JaNae for this. It sounds like something really easy to do, think of three things you're grateful for each day. I think you would start to find things that you never really thought you were grateful for. Thanks again JaNae!! :) You're wonderful!!!