By: Laura Bishop, Regular Contributor
With the holidays in full effect, I realize I have been so preoccupied by my upcoming plans (parties, airport pick-ups, baking, shopping, etc.) that I haven’t been taking the time to appreciate all the good things in my life. What a shame, huh? At times I am so focused on the next step that I forget to stop and reflect on the positive. Awhile back, I implemented a morning practice that included writing down ten things I am grateful for and putting the list into a “gratitude jar.” The intention was to take a moment amongst the chaos to be present and to focus on something other than myself. But as life got busier, and my mornings more hectic (thanks to a certain 12-week old soul puppy that has recently come into my life), I have let the practice fall to the wayside. Just like anything, getting back into a routine can be difficult. It’s like going back to the gym after weeks of indulging in holiday treats. You think it’s impossible, but once you take that first step, you feel a hundred times better. So here it goes, walking back into that gym so to speak.
Over the weekend, I got the opportunity to spend the day with five of my closest girlfriends (twin sister included), all of who inspire me with their humor, perseverance, and drive. We’ve been in each other’s lives for 25 plus years, and as we laughed and joked over lunch, I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude. In a world where Internet bullying runs rampant and back stabbing is the norm, I am grateful to know that true friendship still exists, that there are girls out there who don’t gossip or tear others apart. Instead, we have all loved one another unconditionally through thick and thin, and as we’ve grown as individuals, our bond has only become stronger. I consider myself lucky to know that there is always someone a phone call away. Even though our lives have taken us to different parts of the country, and we get busy with the daily grind, when we’re together, it’s as if no time has passed.
What I love about this community is that by extension all you AMAZINGLY like-minded girls are my friends, my teachers, and my leaders. As I prepare for the New Year (hello 2015), I hold the ideals of IATG close, and I will remain in gratitude for all the love and kindness that we’re inspiring to bring to all our girlfriends around the world.
When was the last time you were able to connect with your best gal pals? Take some time this month to get together, have fun, and dig deep. Connection and community is one of the greatest gifts we can give or receive!
Laura is a Bay Area native, with a master’s degree in counseling/psychology. She loves helping others become the best versions of themselves. When she’s not working with clients, she can be found spending time with friends and family (especially her little goddaughter), practicing yoga, hiking, and baking cupcakes. She considers it an honor and a privilege to share her voice with the IATG community.
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