4 Reasons to Be Grateful on the 4th of July

July has always been my favorite month of the year. Granted- I’m a bit biased, as it’s my birthday month. Still, there are so many incredible things that come with July. Sunny weather, barbecues, and even the 4th of July. America is flawed and is by no means a perfect country, but there are many aspects of our culture that are so beautiful that I’m forever grateful I can enjoy. This 4th of July when you’re grilling hamburger’s at your family gathering, remember all the gifts this world has to offer. Here are just four reasons of many why you should be grateful this 4th of July.

1. Technology

We really take technology for granted. Isn’t it incredible that nowadays all we have to do is say “Alexa” and our wish is granted? Or that we can order our groceries online to have them shipped to our house the very next day? That’s incredible, and makes even simple tasks just a little bit simpler. Right now, just being able to read this post, is something to be thankful for. Technology in America is constantly advancing. Who knows what’s next!

2. Fireworks

Fireworks. Sounds a bit silly to be thankful for something so small, right? Whenever I’m sitting and watching the fireworks burst with my closest friends and family, that’s when I feel the most gratitude. There is something about being in that moment surrounded by people you love and watching something so breathtaking that really makes you aware of the love that surrounds you and how amazing the world really can be. Be grateful for how astonishing the fireworks are, and be grateful for how something small can bring so many people together.

3. Water

Can you believe there are people around the world that do not have access to clean water? We can buy water whenever we want, or use a water filter to get cleaner water at home. We can even get free water at restaurants and not think anything of it because it’s just water. However, other countries around the world suffer from contaminated water sources and deal with constant water shortages. Next time you’re taking a long, steamy shower, remember that not everyone has access to these everyday privileges.

4. Freedom

I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but this is another one taken for granted. We are free to become whoever we want. There is freedom to speak our minds, there is freedom to love who we love, and there is freedom to build a future that we desire. There isn’t anyone telling us what we can or can’t do, or what we can or can’t say. Take a moment and think about what you want. Now go out and get it. You have the freedom to do so.

There are endless reasons to be grateful this 4th of July. Remember to celebrate the holiday with your closest companions and enjoy the company and the wonder the world has brought you.

Happy 4th of July!

Morning Self-Care Routine

It’s important to start the morning off the right way. How your morning goes will frame your whole day, making it essential to start the morning with positive thoughts and healthy food that will provide you enough energy to get through the day. Now we may not have all the time in the world in the morning, but there are a few steps you can add to your morning routine to make your mornings a little bit brighter. For some inspiration, here is a brief summary of my morning self-care routine.

Step 1. Cleanse

Now I begin my morning the same way most people do. I brush my teeth and wash my face. My skin care routine is relatively simple consisting of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and an eye cream. I begin by cleansing with a Dove Beauty Bar. I prefer this over any face wash because this beauty bar is much gentler on the skin and is great for people with acne (like myself). In face, my dermatologist recommended this to me years ago and I have been using it ever since.

After cleansing, I then spritz my face with my Grace Antioxidant Toner. I just added this step to my routine about a year ago because I thought it was time to add some antioxidants to my routine. Although I am only 20, it is never too early to begin the anti-aging process. I also really love this spray because it doubles as a setting spray. I then apply my CeraVe Face Moisturizer with SPF 30 which is another product I have been using for many years now. It is a great, affordable moisturizer that can be bought at any drugstore that contains SPF. Since it is summer, I recommend applying a sunscreen on top if you plan to be outdoors all day, as although this contains SPF, it is important to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays during this time of the year.

Finally, I finish my skin-care routine with an eye cream. This always changes for me, as I have not yet found the perfect eye cream. Currently, I am using the RoC Retinol Correction Eye Cream. Retinol is supposed to be great for lighting dark spots. Although I have not noticed any visible changes yet using this eye cream, I do like the way it feels. It’s very light and sits under my makeup very well. Along with this, a little dot goes a long way making the price completely reasonable.

Step 2. Meditate

If possible, try to wake up 10 minutes earlier to get in a quick meditation session. Lay down a few pillows, sit up straight, and play some calming music. Pick out an affirmation for the day and repeat it in your mind while also focusing on your breath. If you really can’t squeeze in a time to meditate in the morning, try to find some time in your day that you are able to meditate. All it takes is 10-15 minutes of your day.

Step 3. Write in a Gratitude Journal

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Make a gratitude journal if you haven’t already. Every morning, take a few minutes to write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for. It could even be something as simple as being grateful for sunscreen. Practicing gratitude will help you to be more positive even in times of distress. It will help you recall that even in the darkest of times, there is always something to be thankful for.

Step 4. Make Breakfast

They aren’t lying when they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even if you’re not hungry in the morning, or if you don’t have time to cook a large, extravagant meal, eat something small that contains antioxidants. Some of my favorite quick and easy breakfasts include drizzling a bit of honey on some fruit, or eating a fruit and yogurt parfait. My go-to breakfast when I’m on the go is a peanut butter and banana smoothie with almond milk and a tiny bit of vanilla protein powder. This quick and easy breakfast is enough to keep me satisfied for a few hours, and provides me with enough energy to get through the work day.

Step 5. Eat breakfast and Read the News

Sit down and enjoy your breakfast while catching up with what’s going on in the world. Usually, I’ll either skim headlines to see what interests me, or I’ll check out what’s in my inbox using theSkimm. TheSkimm send you everything you need to know about what’s going on in the world in one short post. After catching up with news updates, I’ll see if any of my favorite bloggers have released any new content using Bloglovin’. Follow me on Bloglovin’ here!

Step 6. Get dressed and Go to Work

After my routine is over, it’s time to head into the day. I do my makeup and put on my clothes, and enter the workday with a positive headspace.

I hope you found some inspiration in this post on how to switch up your morning routine to bring in a bit more self-care to create a healthier lifestyle, both mentally and physically. Getting out of bed is tough in the morning, but try to wake up a little bit earlier to add at least one of these steps in if you haven’t already. Good luck!