One Word.

Friday, January 30, 2015


In 2015, instead of making a lost list of resolutions, I've chosen one word to focus on. Grateful. 

Why are you doing this, Katherine? Why choose just one word to focus on? How do you even choose such a word? First things first, I was asked to pick my one word New Year's resolution for a school project, and believe me, I was beyond stumped. How could I possibly narrow down a yearlong goal into one word? 

But sometimes you find something good without even looking for it.

Grateful. The word came to me as I walked to Biology (arguably my least favorite class in existence). It was cold and rainy as I walked across my school's courtyard, my mind a jumble of thoughts. My body was at school, smiling at familiar faces and avoiding the chilly breeze, yet my thoughts were galaxies away. When’s spring break? When do I graduate? When can I go to college? When can I leave this town? I was born with an adventurous soul that is both a blessing and a curse. I yearn for new experiences and new faces and new places to see. While many fear change and avoid it all costs, I pursue it. To me, the future is an endless invitation that I can’t wait to accept. That being said, my excitement for what is yet to come sometimes overshadows the present. I often forget the beauty of living in the present and embracing the moment I’m living in. So, during that dreary walk to Biology, my sporadic thoughts all momentarily aligned, like stars into constellations. Grateful. I need to be grateful. I am already overwhelmingly grateful for what has not yet happened, yet I frequently falter when it comes to expressing gratitude for what I have at this very moment. My dissatisfaction with the present is a direct result of my lack of gratitude. In 2015, I need to cultivate the habit of being grateful. 


Though I am ashamed to admit it, I've spent 18 winters craving snow and daydreaming about faraway places. I've found my life a little too slow for my liking. I think gratitude will enable me to see my life in a new perspective. I dread hot summers and the predictable life of my hometown, yet I fail to recognize the positive aspects of this city. I am grateful for having the opportunity to grow up with my classmates. I am grateful to live in a place that is safe, giving me room to flourish. I am grateful for neighbors that are like a second family. I am grateful for the last breath I took before typing this sentence. The things I take for granted, someone else is praying for. 

Seriously, the future is exciting, but the present has so much to offer. 

When you stop and truly think about it, life is such an incredible gift that we should be so grateful for. Gratitude is like a disease, a friendly one albeit, that affects every aspect of your life. I want gratitude to infect every piece of me during this new year. I want to find blessings in the gloomiest of days and the darkest of times. I want gratitude to allow me to see God in everyone. I want it to help me see the beauty in everything. I want it to open my eyes, ears and heart. I want it to show me the joy in the now, not the later.

This year, try to look at the blessings in your life. Because sometimes it hits you that the best things in life aren't things. Then I realize that everything might not be going exactly the way I want it to be going, but it’s going exactly the way it needs to be going. I am so thankful. I am so blessed. My life is enough. In 2015, I want to embrace this mindset. I want to smile on Mondays and to find beauty in every aspect of my life. I want to appreciate all the little things that help compose this privileged life I lead.

I am in charge of how I feel, and this year, I’m choosing gratitude. 


"The key to having it all is knowing that you already do." I hope you find so much to be grateful for in 2015.

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  1. Beautiful post!!! I write a gratitude list every night in my journal...three things from that day I am grateful for!! Keeps me focused on the positive! :-)

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    1. Okay, I may steal your idea. I love the idea of making a gratitude list. It would help keep things in perspective!

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  2. This is such a great post! You'll LOVE college, but it's definitely a good idea to soak up the last few months of high school before your life changes in a big way! :)

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    1. Ugh I can't wait for college either!! But yes, there's a lot of fun stuff happening between now and then :)

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  3. This post is so well written! Even if you don't feel like you are grateful, you've acknowledged that you need to be and that is half the battle :)
    That is a gorgeous "grateful" picture! You're so good at calligraphy-style writing!

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    1. Thank you Liz! I'm not really sure when/why I started writing like that, but it's something I've started doing when I'm bored. At least my boredom results in something pretty :-)

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  4. I don't even know what to say. You're honestly the most talented writer I know. Have you considered going into author-ism? There's probably a technical term for that but I don't know what it is lol. But seriously, this post couldn't have been written better. I admire you SO much for having these realizations about how lucky we truly are, and there are so many people who don't. Whenever I'm feeling angry or upset about something I think about how much of a small problem it is or how blessed I am to be able to have that problem, and it's solved. My mood is instantly lifted and I'm just so much more happy. Another thing I realized about life? It's way too short to be anything but happy.

    Your paintings? Obsessed. Teach me plz?

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    1. I just showed my dad this comment while smiling like a two year old because this comment WAS SO NICE. You seriously made my weekend, and I'm not even sure that Friday counts as being the weekend?? I'm just really really trying to keep things in perspective, so this positive comment was exactly what I needed! And heck yeah to the being happy thing. Happiness is a choice, and all we have to do to is choose it!

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  5. You already know how much I LOVE this post, and how much it has influenced me, but it never hurts to remind people of how awesome they are, hey there awesome person :)

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  6. Katherine, I love this. This is a word that we all need to be mindful of every day. By starting with that word, every day starts out nicely. I love your words and how you can express yourself. And any time you want to wander, you know where I live. I miss you so much and wish I could see you every day!

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