Gratitude and the powerful benefits hidden behind it.

This year I opened the door to a whole new world hidden behind the words mindfulness, mindset and gratitude. Today let’s talk a little bit about the last one.

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Gratitude, the simple fact of being thankful, keeps you positive. You will see how it is a good exercise to see at the bright side of things.

Keeps you inspired, having your eyes open to the small things brings you a new way to see life. Maybe the color and shape of the clouds, the birds singing in the morning, the smell of coffee or flowers, the reflection of things on the water after a storm, the shades of the leaves depending on the season, buildings covered in snow, tracks made by animals and so on… it totally awakens your senses.

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When you are grateful to the people that surrounds you, you are improving your social skills, making new connections and making someones’ day a little better. An smile with a thank you also helps. This will also bring awareness about others.

Gratitude brings you a peaceful state of mind which means less stress and better sleep.

gratitude makes you happier!

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As the end of the year seems like an appropriate time to recap, I leave you with the things I am grateful for this month.

I’m grateful for:

  1. Setting up the photo studio at We Love Colors .
  2. Moving to a new house.
  3. Getting closer to my family.
  4. Building stronger friendships.
  5. Working with amazing people. Thanks West Elm for providing the location to shot these photos. grateful-amintaonline-christmas-tree
  6. Getting a new phone after dropping the old one in the ocean (Not intentionally)
  7. Friends helping me moving and giving me stuff for my new home.
  8. Finding beautiful plants on sale.
  9. Catching the sunset from my balcony.
  10. Downloading waze and getting faster to work while I discover new places around me.

I’m planning on starting a gratitude journal offline to keep track of the things I am grateful for every night before I go to bed, It would be a great thing to look at every month/year. I encourage you to do it and if you feel like sharing I would love to see it. What are you grateful for? Leave it in the comments.

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What is creativity and how to get creative

creativity

[kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh-]
Noun
1. The state or quality of being creative. (Very helpful, right? Eye rolling moment) 
2. The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns,relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms,methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination. 
I guess we can work with the definition number two.
In my own words I would just say think different, get out of the box, step out of your comfort zone and look into options.  Being creative applies to our every day life, on how we surf through daily routinary issues, preparing our meals in a new way, or random things like organizing your closet in a more efficient manner to you.
Believe it or not you can be creative with almost everything you do and you will find it so much more interesting, you can give a try at least for 24 hours.

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I CONSTANTLY TAKE  A CREATIVITY CHALLENGE  ASKING MYSELF, IS THERE ANOTHER WAY I COULD DO THIS THAT IS MORE EFFICIENT, FASTER OR MAYBE MORE ENJOYABLE? 

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Definitely one of the reasons why I started this blog was expressing myself through clothing and photography, getting creative on the way I dress, mixing colors or items that are not meant to match or look good together and somehow make them work or repurposing old garments transforming them into something new. Preparing my outfits is a creativity exercise that makes me really happy.

I guess that’s all for now!
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I’m preparing a few examples of people that I find very inspiring for their creative ways of doing things, that post is coming soon!
Now as homework… what do you love doing? what makes you happy? Got it? Ok, try to do that “something” in 3 different ways this week. It can be anything… driving, singing, cleaning, playing video games, writing, painting, gardening, talking, etc; anything is valid so GO!!! If you share with me, you will make me even more happy.

cowgirl-hat-red-skirt-white-boots-5Photos by Julieta Romina / Top Stylewe / Hat, skirt, bag and boots from the thrift store.