"Gratitude #13 (aka Lainey Emmons)"
A secret to living stress-free? Love your life. The one you have right now. Not the one you will have when you have a perfect body, perfect job or perfect relationship – the one you have right now!
The more positive feelings you have, the less stress you will have. The less stress you have, the more you’ll feel in control of your own life. You’ll waste less time, energy, thoughts and money on things that make you feel better in the short run but, in turn, rob you of your long-term goals.
I use a gratitude list to get me in the positive flow. It allows me a fresh perspective and beckons me to fall back in love with my life. The one I have right now.
I’m sharing my latest list to inspire you to inventory your gratefulness. This is a personal list with entries that are cryptic to you, but I wanted to share with you how I actually write my list, because the personalization of it is key to being effective in getting me in the positive flow.
I do this exercise regularly, with my paper numbered from 1 to 100. However, each time I still start the list the same way I did the first time I did this exercise some 20 years ago: with my washer and my dryer. Yes, they each get separate lines. After all, I have to be specific to get to 100, and the more specific I get, the more gratitude I feel.
Here is my list!
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Clothing Drives, Toy Drives, and other Giving Opportunities
What: Carle Salvation Army Toy Drive
When: November 20th - December 15th
Salvation Army's goal this year is to provide more gifts for kids 9 through 12. Help those in need by dropping off any new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children through age 12. Check out toy suggestions, a list of drop-off locations, and more details about this event here.
What: Champaign County Toys for Tots Toy Drive
When: November 1st - December 18th
The Champaign County Toys for Tots program collects and purchases new and unwrapped toys to deliver to local underprivileged children. More information about where to donate or to volunteer with Toys for Tots here.
What: Winter Clothing Drive at Krannert
When: November 21st - December 16th
Krannert Center is working with Champaign Unit 4 School District and Urbana School District 116 to collect coats, hats, ear muffs, mittens, and gloves for area schoolchildren. Items can be new or gently used. Donation boxes will be stationed in the lobby. More information here.
What: Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church
When: November 27th - December 23rd
The church is holding a holiday collection of diapers for distribution to needy families through empty tomb. Bring to services, drop off weekdays during office hours (M-F, 9:00-12:30), or donate online here.