Monthly Gratitude: February 2018 Edition

I know I said this last week, but I can't believe this month has passed so quickly.  I was thinking about my posts for this week, and I realized it was already time to do another monthly gratitude post!  I feel like I just shared January's monthly gratitude post.

This month I'll once again be using prompts I found on Pinterest.  I think this is the best/easiest way for me to keep these posts interesting and avoid talking about the same things over and over.  (At least I hope this is the case.  It's only my second month writing these types of posts, so we'll see what happens!)

- An experience:

I had a hard time narrowing this down to one experience (so this may pop up again in a future post!), but lately I've been thinking about how much of my adult life has been shaped by my decision to go away to college.  There are many reasons for this (and I won't bore you with all of them), but one of the reasons I'm most grateful for this experience is that it really changed who I am as a person -- it allowed me to become more independent, more resilient, and more open-minded.

- Something I didn't have a year ago:

One of my goals for 2018 is to get (and stay!) organized.  Last year I felt like a hot mess at least 95% of the time because I just wasn't on top of things.  At all.  This year I'm grateful not only to have received a planner for Christmas (thanks, Mom!), but also to have come up with a way to organize it so that it works well for me.  I feel like I'm able to achieve my organization goal while feeling less anxious and overwhelmed, and that's definitely something to be grateful for!

- Something I do every day:

No matter how crazy life gets, I always carve out some time for reading.  It's one of my favorite ways to unwind, and I'm grateful to live a life that allows me to have time for myself each and every day.  Whether it's five minutes or five hours, it doesn't matter -- what matters is that I'm giving myself permission to step away from everything for a little while to indulge in something that I love.

- Traits in my significant other:

I'm going to get a little mushy right now.  (Sorry not sorry.)  Eric has many great qualities, but a few that I'm most grateful for include: his kindness, his intelligence, his ability to remain calm in stressful situations, his open-mindedness, his love for travel, and his patience.  I feel pretty lucky to have him in my life.

- The best thing about February:

The best thing about February (for me personally) was getting tickets to not one, but two concerts that I'm really looking forward to.  I know this technically has nothing to do with the actual month of February, but it's what I'm most grateful for this month.  I love seeing my favorite bands and musicians live, so getting tickets to two shows makes me very happy!

This month's quote comes from the song "A Punchup at a Wedding" by Radiohead.  It's short and simple, but it always packs a punch (no pun intended):

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