“Looking on the bright side” is one of the mantras I use to approach this thing we call life. I consider myself a positive thinker and truly believe that it helps to make each and every day more enjoyable. I am a licensed professional counselor who works in a school setting. One of the basic tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy is that our thoughts control our feelings which then control our actions. Thoughts have power, so let’s make them positive ones!
Journaling and reflection are powerful therapeutic tools. I am often hesitant to put my thoughts to paper, but would like to work both on my writing skills and spend more time intentionally reflecting on all of the wonderful things in life, both big and small. I am also challenging myself to put some of my thoughts out there in the public eye. I am choosing to blog, rather than journal. Allowing others to read my writing has always been something that I have been hesitant to do. I hope that by sharing some of my positive thoughts, they can trickle out and maybe, just maybe, encourage someone else to think positively.
I plan to blog about my everyday life and the things that I enjoy-travel, food, books, parenting, and more. This blog will not have a specific focus, but rather be a reflection of all the enjoyable things in life. I recognize that compared to some, my life is pretty comfortable and happy. There are definitely situations that make it harder for people to “look on the bright side,” such as sickness, depression, and personal tragedies. I never want to come across as someone who claims to have all the answers or for my readers to think that I am saying that a positive outlook is an easy solution to every problem. This blog can only reflect my experiences and my outlook, as that is what I know. So join me, as I think happy thoughts!