Redefining Myself (#191)

For me, going to the gym is great for my mental health. Working hard and getting a good sweat really helps improve my mood and clear my head.

Unfortunately, routines like this can become bland. Maybe it’s our drive to work; we used to sing along to the radio, listen to podcasts, or appreciate the foliage. Over time, this routine has become a negative. We’re frustrated with the traffic, our car makes weird sounds, it’s just not the same.

We have the chance to redefine who we are. Start new habits, look at things differently, create change. We don’t have to wait for something to fail before we adapt. Whether it’s the gym, your drive, or something else in your life…be grateful for what it was but don’t use that as an excuse not to let go and try something new. If it doesn’t work, rinse and repeat.

Happy July!


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The blogging community
  2. Starting over
  3. Time for naps
  4. Good communication
  5. When things make sense
  6. What patience brings
  7. Passion and art
  8. New music
  9. Love of all kinds
  10. My brother
  11. Time on the beach
  12. Change
  13. A few deep breaths
  14. Yoga and stretching
  15. Cuddles from my cat
  16. Support
  17. Good teachers
  18. New perspectives
  19. Walks through campus in the sunshine
  20. Taking things slow
  21. Talking things out
  22. The sound of rain on my window
  23. Tattoo stories
  24. Walks around the pond with my grandma
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

I’m happy to be here but I’m also looking forward to seeing my cat again. Featured image of my buddy Ned taking a quick nap before I had class.

Author: Jacob Ames

Feline father, perpetual graduate student, sport enthusiast, pancake expert, and gratitude writer. Using this blog to keep my life organized and to develop a platform I can one day use to share baseless conspiracy theories about the robot uprising. I enjoy writing!

9 thoughts on “Redefining Myself (#191)”

  1. Thanks for that, i like what u say about, “We don’t have to wait for something to fail before we adapt.” i have been struggling with somthing like that. : ) And i like the list.
    But i love that cat so much more!! soooo cute! : D

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    1. You and me both, Stef. I think sometimes I choose to let it happen because I don’t want to inconvenience others or cause problems but standing up for myself is a skill I’m still developing


      1. : ), me too Jake me too, i’m actually proud of myself, i started to do that recently. I heard someone said yesterday, ” if you say no to someone, you are saying yes to something more important”, to me that was so true and powerful. He was talking about how people waste your time and it’s not good for you or something like that, i can’t remember, haha, but very relevent o me, also true. : )

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      2. I think sometimes that something more important that we’re saying yes to, is ourselves! At least that’s the way I like to think about it


      1. Could be any story about him. 🙂 maybe a bit about him and another post for his birthday?

        Drop me an email and I’ll create a WordPress invite so you can use your regular WordPress acc. 😀

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