Trying to start 2017 off with some positivity and truth. So, I'm beginning with gratefulness.
"The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for." - Walt Disney
1. I'm grateful for my home.
I live in the beautiful small rural town of Dillon, Montana. Even though I wasn't born here and therefore I'm not technically from here, I still love to tell people that I am (can't help it).
2. I'm grateful for my friends & family.
Thank God for all the support I've received from my family since the very beginning. I wouldn't be who I am today without them. And of course, friends are the family you choose, so they are included in this!
3. I'm grateful for my health.
A year ago I was dealing with a serious injury. Two surgeries and two months later, I eventually walked again. I'm thankful to be able to ride horses and do what I love now.
4. I'm grateful for the horses in my life.
Currently I have the privilege of riding two colts and I own one mare. Their names are: Soul, Viola, and Esther (my #1). Horses are oxygen for me, I'm grateful that I get to be a part of their lives.
5. I'm grateful for my church.
Dillon Vineyard has been my refuge, my cheerleader, and counselor so many times over the past four years. They keep on setting examples of faith in action, and that inspires me.
6. I'm grateful for weekend marathons of the Lord of the Rings.
Seriously though, Gimli might be my favorite. Honestly, I pick a new favorite each time I watch these movies. Thank you Peter jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien for your genius minds.
7. I'm grateful for Starbucks Caramel Macchiatos.
My addiction, I'll admit. I'm not ashamed of it. (Anybody wanna buy me a Starbuck's gift card?)
8. I'm grateful for the mountains outside my window.
I grew up in Georgia so there was a severe lack of mountains. One of the things I love most about Montana is the mountains. I never get used to seeing them. For me, mountains are such a reminder of the beauty and strength of who God is.
9. I'm grateful for the opportunity to pursue higher education.
I'm a Natural Horsemanship major at the University of Montana Western. Being in college has taught me so much about learning, other perspectives, and most importantly, that failing is okay.
10. I'm grateful for the snow (but only sometimes).
I do actually love the snow. Sometimes I get a little annoyed with it, but I love getting to nail my friends with snowballs. That's a blast.
11. I'm grateful for my faith.
I'll let C.S. Lewis say it for me: "God doesn't want something from us. He simply wants us."
What are you grateful for today? Spread it around!