What I HAVE + Day 6 of Ten Days of Giveaways

Before I get to the ‘meat’ of today’s post I want to share with you today’s giveaway on Day 6 of Ten Days of Giveaways!

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The daily spiel: To celebrate the ONE year anniversary of the Lend a {Healthy} Hand project, I will be hosting TEN DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS from companies who’s business model aligns with the ‘do good’ message behind the project! From now until next Thursday there will be a giveaway everyday on the blog! So get ready for some awesome prizes and do some extra#healthyhelp to get in the spirit! All giveaways in the TEN DAYS series will be open for 2-3 days and all winners will be announced on Friday, January 17th!

Did you miss the other days? Check them out!

Day One-OatWorks Care Package  

Day Two-Out of Print T-Shirt & Headbands of Hope Headband 

Day 3-NuttZo Original Crunchy and a NuttZo Hat 

Day 4-3 Month Subscription to Love with Food 

Day 5-Amazing Meal products from Amazing Grass 

Today’s sponsor is Driven Coffee!

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One of the best coffee companies out there, not only for their deliciously bold and flavorful beans, but for their charitable efforts and amazing business model. Here’s a little bit more behind the company….

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[give back. help others. make a difference<---that's a plan I can get behind!]

We believe great coffee can lead to an even greater purpose

DRIVEN is a social enterprise that partners with a variety of organizations to sell the world’s finest specialty grade coffees. Utilizing over 30 years experience in the coffee industry we have been able to create a number of unique blends and single origin coffees that appeal to even the most refined palates.

At Driven we drive change by donating 10% of all sales to partner charities

Unlike other businesses we do not gauge success by profitability, but rather by the contributions made as a result of our work. We are passionate about making a difference and it is our goal to donate $1,000,000 in our first 5 years of operations.

From our headquarters in Minnesota, we strive to partner with regional and national organizations that can help make our goal a reality. We believe every bag sold makes a difference and we are so excited about the impact we can make together.

(You can check out their Facebook page and their Twitter account for more info about their efforts!)

Pretty great, right?

Up for grabs in today’s giveaway are 2 12 oz bags of Driven Coffee! And having tried their coffee for myself, I can honestly say this is a cup of joe you’re going to want to try! Clean, bold, and very fresh tasting as well! Enter below for your chance to win…

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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As I shared in yesterday’s post, THIS article really struck a cord with me and got me thinking. Aside from the overall message of the piece (basically that we should stop focusing so much on external appearances and the shape, size, or look of certain body parts), the last paragraph is what really stuck with me. 

The writer reflects on the fact that she’ll never have the beauty aesthetics that our society puts on a pedestal and chooses to admire, but what she DOES HAVE is so much more important, rewarding, and meaningful in her life.

I started to think about my own life and how sometimes I can get bogged down with comparing myself with others or dwelling on things that others physically and mentally have that I don’t. I think this happens to all of us at one point or another. It can be such a trap to fall into and can really hinder us from realizing our own potential in favor of focusing on others.

But what if we chose to switch that focus….not only switch, but CELEBRATE the things we’re born with, the things we’ve acquired, and the things that truly make us who we are? I challenge you all to start appreciating, sharing, and considering all that you have in your life and as a person. You’ll be astounded at the riches you can come up with.

I may not be the strongest, the fittest, the prettiest, the sexiest, the smartest, the wittiest, or the fastest. I certainly don’t have a model’s body and I’ll never be known for my singing voice.  I may not discover the cure for cancer and I’ll probably never have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But ya know what….MY LIFE IS FULL. There are so many things I DO HAVE that I can be happy about, thankful for, and prideful in.

I have…

A family that loves me unconditionally and whose support is paramount to everything I’ve been able to accomplish in my life.

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A reverence for the little things in life that allows me to be amazed daily at all the wonder around me.

Friends and chosen family who accept me for who I really am and understand me in ways like no other people.

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A brain to think for myself, reflect, and improve on a daily basis.

A mind that, although is stubborn sometimes, has a determined will that helps me go for my goals and ambitions.

A conscience to know when I’ve done something wrong and to learn from it.

A heart that has compassion for others and allows me to look for the positive aspects of the world around me.

A fighting spirit and a desire to make lasting change in the world.

Personal drive and conviction to help others see their potential for greatness.

cute pup who loves me no matter what and reminds me that things (especially people!) have value, simply for existing.

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A love of helping others and ending everyday knowing that someone else’s burden was lightened because of my efforts.

A few talents that I’m proud of and excited to share with the world.

Opportunities that make me incredibly grateful and appreciative of the cards I’ve been dealt and the things I’ve been afforded in life.

A curiosity that keeps me spontaneous and adventurous.

A healthy level of skepticism that keeps me questioning, investigating, and coming up with my own opinions on the world around me.

A love of humor and sharing laughs with others.

A smile that lets others know they are worth a friendly exchange and to express the happiness I feel on a daily basis.

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Respect for my body and what it does for me on a daily basis. And a desire to treat it right in return.

Your turn. Celebrate you. For what you have. Focus on the glass being half full and forget about the parts of you that don’t exist. They are just that, non-existent. We can’t change that and we shouldn’t want to. What we are and what we have is enough. YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Spread this message, friends.

Kaila

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  1. Kaylin says

    This is such a great topic to bring up–I’m always reminding myself to enjoy the simple things in life. To revel in the simple moments, to always be thankful for what I have. One thing I started to practice doing every night before I go to sleep is list 3 things in my head that I was thankful and grateful for that day. They could be anything–from a nice lunch date with a friend to the savory and delicious smell of the roasted lemon and rosemary potatoes I made as side dish with dinner!

  2. says

    love this post! it’s always easy to focus on something you don’t have & we often forget to be proud of ourselves for what we do have. i’m proud of myself for putting myself out there and getting into teaching group fitness classes even when it’s hard and scary!
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  3. rachel says

    everything, absolutely everything you’ve said is true but unfortunately it’s been engrained in our psyche that our outer appearance supersedes every other aspect about ourselves :( i could go on a huge rant about this but i won’t! i’m often reminded of ron white (comedian) who said that you can change every physical aspect of yourself to be more attractive but “you can’t fix stupid,” made such a HUGE impression on me!

    • rachel says

      OH, and, i’m proud of my artistic abilities that i’ve spent years trying to hone in on, and my persistence in always trying to get better :).

  4. Paige Callahan says

    I’m proud of my running abilities and determination that have given me the opportunity to attend such a great college and not burden my parents with loans afterwards

  5. says

    I’m proud of my commitment to fitness, even when my schedule is full. It’s really important for me to take that time out for me to do something just for me!

  6. says

    Love how your list of things you do “have” are both external AND internal! It’s not only about those people and support systems (and pups!) we have in life, but also those traits that we put out into the world.

    Nice post :)

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