Attitude Of Gratitude

Where do the days go?  Yep, it’s been another two weeks plus.  Let’s just say that due to unforeseen circumstances I had to take a mini hiatus but BABY I’M BACK!

While the days rolled by I contemplated what to write about next, was it a Top 5 list, share an inspirational quote…admit it, we all like a little goodness in our day :-).  Then I was thinking I need to put more on Facebook, what kind of impact could I make there and on and on.  Well, after all that, tonight I felt led to talk about GRATITUDE.

Gratitude Defined

Taken from Google Web Search

I know, tis’ the season that everyone and their brother are going to be writing posts about thankfulness.  However, I thought I’d get a jump on things and add my two cents on the subject early.

One of the main reasons I named this blog Design Your Days was because I believe that each day is a gift which should not be wasted but “designed” to be IMPACTFUL.  What does that look like?  How do I do that?  Well, in my experience a heart of gratitude makes all the difference.

Now, I know you are going to tell me that LIFE usually gets in the way and dictates how our days evolve.  I get that, I have been there…it’s not easy…maybe it’s big stuff like a death, divorce, financial stress.  Maybe it’s the little stuff…wake up late, no coffee in the house, car won’t start, driver cuts you off, can’t meet the deadline at work, forgot lunch money, get stuck in a meeting, pick up kids late, dinner turns into take out, the list goes on and on…

We can’t let our circumstances dictate our attitude.  Admittedly easier said than done!

Everyday you have a CHOICE.  Choose gratitude first!

I’ll help you get started…let’s think of ways to HAVE gratitude…you’ve opened your eyes in the morning to another glorious day (meaning you are alive and breathing), you have a roof over your head and heat to stay warm, you have food in your pantry, your kids are healthy and thriving, you have work that you can do, you have a car to drive that also has heat to stay warm, you have family and friends that are willing to be a part of your life and love you despite issues and flaws, you live in a country where you have freedom.  There are MANY ways to have “the quality of being thankful”, only one or two of these examples may resonate with you BUT this should get you thinking.

After realizing how amazing you have it and what blessings are right under your nose, it’s time to go SHOW some gratitude.  Thank God for another day, the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, thank the barista for that delicious holiday drink, help a person (family, friend, stranger) in need, open the door or elevator for someone, let that car in even though they aren’t using a turn signal, tell your significant other how thankful you are for them, tell your kids the same no matter how young they are, smile at people, call an old friend or a new friend and remind them how you appreciate them.  The “readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness” should become a daily attitude.

I challenge you for the rest of the month of November to embrace the attitude of gratitude by having and showing thankfulness. Each day THINK of three reasons to be grateful and then DO three things to show kindness and thankfulness to others.  At the end of the day journal down all the goodness and see how your days start becoming more impactful.


Worth It

You design your days, so make each one count!

xoxo, Shane

How do you have and show gratitude?  Are you ready to take my challenge?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


Well, the time is finally here!!!  I have some very exciting news to share this week!

First, I want to say that it has been such a blessing to write this blog.  Each week I get the opportunity to share about topics that I am so passionate about.  EVEN BETTER, I have amazing readers like you that like, comment and follow my blog posts.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  I just want to give you all BIG HUGS!!!

On that note…it’s time to expand…social media, here we come!

You can now follow Design Your Days on:

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!

DIY Surprise… Sweet Dreams Foot Salve

Thankful for this new week, nothing like a clean slate to get those creative juices flowing!!  Well, instead of my Top 5 lists of awesomeness, I’m going to branch out and share a great do-it-yourself project this week.  I’ll be putting this one under “Health & Beauty” since a good, solid, no kids waking you up, spouse snoring, dreaming away sleep is not only healthy but also makes you feel beautiful!  Plus your feet will be soft and smooth, always flip-flop ready!  You guys out there will want to check this out too.  Of course this project does involve my Young Living Essential Oils, love, love, love!  So, let’s get to it!

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve

Items Needed:

  • Organic Coconut Oil – 1 cup
  • Organic Shea Butter – 1/2 cup
  • Young Living Essential Oils – 10 Drops Each Oil
  • Glass Pyrex Bowl
  • Double Boiler (Small Pot w/Glass Bowl)
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Small Glass Containers – 1 oz Each
  • Labels & Printer – Avery Address Labels – 8160

How It’s Made:

1.  Measure out the 1 cup Organic Coconut Oil & 1/2 cup Organic Shea Butter in the Glass Pyrex Bowl, both will most likely be in solid form.  I use Whole Foods 365 Brand Organic Coconut Oil.  I use REFINED because it has less of a coconut smell and is being applied topically.  If I was going to ingest the coconut oil I would choose unrefined as this is in its purest form.

WF 365 Brand Organic Refined Coconut Oil

WF 365 Brand Organic Refined Coconut Oil

2.  In a Small Pot boil about 1 inch of water.  Once boiling, change temperature to lowest setting or simmer.  Place Glass Pyrex Bowl filled with Organic Coconut Oil & Organic Shea Butter on top of the Small Pot and melt down both substances to a liquid form.  This could take between 5-10 minutes.  I found that it takes longer for the shea butter to melt.

3.  Once both substances have melted, take the Glass Pyrex Bowl off the top of the Small Pot and set it aside to cool for about 20 minutes.   After it has cooled, add the Young Living Essential Oils.  I chose Lavender, Sacred Frankincense and Peace & Calming, which all promote relaxation, healing and rest.

Young Living Essential Oils Lavender, Sacred Frankincense, Peace & Calming

Young Living Essential Oils
Lavender, Sacred Frankincense, Peace & Calming

4.  After adding Young Living Essential Oils, stir to mix everything together then place the Glass Pyrex Bowl into the Freezer for 5 minutes or Fridge for 15 minutes.  After allotted time, the liquid should be getting hard on the edges as if to form back into a solid again, but the center should be more like the consistency of a raw egg.

5.  At this point take a fork and whisk the liquid, removing the harder pieces on the edges.  A paste will be formed since the mixture is still cold.  As it starts to warm up, it will take on a gel consistency.  It is now ready to be put into the 1 oz. Glass Jars.  I purchased these at The Container Store, my favorite organization store!!!  You can also find them online to purchase in bulk.

1 oz. Glass Jars

1 oz. Glass Jars

6.  To fill the 1 oz. Glass Jars I use a fork, as the mixture is easy to manipulate because it is more solid from just whisking.  Make sure when filling the jars that all air bubbles are released, this will allow for more mixture to be used.  Once filled, take a damp cloth and wipe excess off the rim and seal with lid.

7.  Now it’s time to make these filled 1 oz. Glass Jars look pretty!  The labels that I chose are the Avery Address Labels – 8160 which were purchased at Staples.  The name, ingredients and directions for use have been typed onto the label.  Before applying the labels make sure the outside of the jars are clean and dry, free of any oily residue.

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve

8.  Since I was giving these Sweet Dreams Foot Salves as gifts to some very special people in my life I added an extra touch, a verse card that tied around the lid.  There are several other ways to decorate these from labels on the lid to ribbon around the jar.

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve With Verse Card

Sweet Dreams Foot Salve With Verse Card

Hopefully this DIY Surprise project will inspire you to make your own version!  It was both easy and fun!

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!


What are some do-it-yourself health & beauty projects that have been successful for you?  I’d love to hear your stories and feedback in the comments below.


Be My Guest… Messy Messy Bracelets

This weeks guest blog post, Messy Messy Bracelets, is written by the Polka Dotted Blue Jay.  As our focus this week is organization, this post is for everyone out there that loves jewelry and needs some great ideas for necklace and bracelet storage. Hope you enjoy!!!

Messy Messy Bracelets – by Polka Dotted Blue Jay

Remember you design your days, so make each one count!