Thursday, November 17, 2016

work in progress

in case you've been living underground, a week from today is thanksgiving. and before this year, I've never really thought much about it before the day of. thanks to this community, and this past year, and my Savior ( :') sometimes I still get all emotional at the fact that I can actually say that ya know) I've actually come a long way. hah, that's funny I never thought I'd be saying that.

from my relax board on pinterest

but close to a year ago now, I started working everyday after going to class and I realized how quickly I dilapidated into grudging apathy in the face of an inevitably monotonous schedule. it was at that point that I realized I didn't want to live like that (*there's a pin for that that says I wasn't born to just pay bills and die* and I FEEL). so I began to progressively and purposefully and frequently failurely (*this is a new word that I just made up ok*) think of and appreciate small things that I enjoyed or are beautiful or anything at all! like the sunset, or someone actually smiling at you in passing, being at home with a blanket, home cooked meals, having a body that is healthy (like how do I not think about this everyday), new headphones, the fact that I have a pretty much endless supply of paper to write on, the people that God has placed in my life, God's promises, WAFFLES, and more!! it also prompted me to take time for myself, but also to go out of my way to brighten someone else's day in a small way. this is a win-win situation, y'all.
honestly, I entitled this WIP for work in progress, because it was a draft and I didn't want Kate or Abbie to get too excited about it and publish it in advance or something hahaha. but it's actually true to the post. because gratitude will always be a work in progress. you'll never be perfect in this area. you are a work in progress. and guess what? that's ok! give yourself time and grace and you will see progress eventually! I don't think I really thought that I would, but here I am. haha, God has a funny way of doing that.
turns out, taking it day by day will actually get you a long way. so, let's get started. let's do this together as a community. there's never a better day than today. what are YOU grateful for today?

- Olivia K


  1. Wow, Olivia. This is something I jotted down feelings over just this morning. Sometimes I feel like I'm just getting through each day and not really living, and it feels like there's nothing I can do that can change that. But it's in the little things that God gave me, and I should consider those aspects of my life rather than "she's much prettier," "they write so much better," and so on.

    I shouldn't focus on what I'm not able to do, what I don't look like or feel like. I should focus on all the millions of little things - that actually aren't so little - that God has given me.

    This post spoke to me, even in all it's WIP unedited-ness. ;) Love it.

  2. This is something I've been trying to work on too! Love your words as always xx

  3. This is beautiful! I forget how much I have to be grateful for on a daily basis, but when I actually think about it, my blessings are countless! I'm so grateful for this post and that we have this time of year to remind us to give thanks. You describe every human's situation perfectly: a work in progress ��


  5. I love this so much, Olivia! I'm thankful for the birds that sing in my backyard, the beautiful wind that sounds like thunder right outside the windows, and the ink I get on my fingers from writing :D.

    ~ Savannah

  6. I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH!!! I'm working on a post of reasons to be thankful, and it really makes me realize how much I take for granted.

  7. Wow Olivia, I love this so much. I've been working on the same thing, and I'm really, really excited about thanksgiving this year. Like wow, I'm just so beyond thankful for so many things it kind of blows my mind a little. :')

  8. I love all of you beautiful humans and I'm thankful for each of you :')