Living a Spirit of Gratitude Beyond Thanksgiving Day

GRATITUDE / FAMILY / MOTHERHOOD / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

When surrounded by friends and family, incredible food, and fun, it is so easy to be grateful for the ways we are all blessed. And on this day every year, many of us reflect on what we are grateful for: our families, our faith, our freedom, and maybe even running water, a home, and a job. 

And there's a funny thing about gratitude; the more grateful a person is, the more joyful they become. Isn't that a relief? Rather than focusing on being happy, or "choosing joy", we can simply reflect on the things we are grateful for and joy will follow. 

I've heard from many personal growth junkies whose work I follow (confession: if you didn't already know, I am a personal growth junkie) that a gratitude journal is the gateway to developing internal peace.

In a gratitude journal, write 5 things every day that you're thankful for. They can be simple or complex, but the habit of writing them down acknowledges their place in your life. No matter how hard times get, we can all think of 5 things to be grateful for, even if number 1 starts with Running Water, because God knows how many people in this world still do not have such a luxury.

I want to let you know how grateful I am for you, and for how you've helped form a community through this site. I'm grateful for your support, your kind words, and encouragement as I grow. Most of all, the 5 things I am grateful for today are: my family-- especially my amazing husband and beautiful daughter, the improvement in my health as I battle autoimmunity, my friendships near and far, little luxuries in my day like Bulletproof Coffee and new beauty products, and my faith, which fills me with purpose, solace, fulfillment, and inspiration each and every day. 

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.