Sometimes you have to appreciate where you are. You came a long way and you're still learning and growing. Be grateful for lessons.

Peace, Love and Blessing friends, Happy Saturday! Today, as you take time to acknowledge all the fortunate parts of your circumstances—your health, the food you eat, the freedoms you enjoy, the job that provides for you, and the people you love—I recommend taking some time to appreciate something that often goes unrecognized.

Take some time today to appreciate yourself. Being a 20 something, constantly finding myself battling an existential crisis, I experienced an epiphany of sorts, an understanding that we often neglect the journey, focusing solely on the end result- that perfect picture we’ve painted in our heads of what life ‘down the line’ must look like.

Your journey is a lot about embracing the unexpected surprises sprung on you -both pleasant and unpleasant- and moulding them into experiences that help you learn and evolve into a better version of yourself. This thought process is what propels us to be better human beings, to explore dimensions and to establish ideas that take us forward as a species. In talking about the journey, take a minute today and reflect on how life passed you so swiftly that you didn’t really realize you were growing and learning while trying to reach where you think you belong.

Take pleasure in what you’ve endured, learned and embraced to be who you are today. You might not be in your happiest place but if you’re reading this, you’re alive; no matter how often you take that for granted, you must acknowledge that it’s a gift denied to many. Existence itself is so powerful and you hold that power to bring absolutely anything to life. So value your journey, respect your struggle, and choose to embrace your uniqueness to help society- because you matter, and no matter how low life pulls you, you’ll always shoot up with a smile!