Gratitude is the Attitude

It’s November, and I’ve been noticing on my social media feeds a rise in posts about what people are thankful for. I love the idea of sharing something everyday that we’re thankful for, no matter how big or how small.

Gabrielle Bernstein has a great quote about gratitude in her book, “May Cause Miracles”: “Gratitude creates a domino effect of love.”

I know that when I’m feeling down, stressed, panicked, rushed, irritated, or just not feeling “OK,” I’ve been forcing myself to remember gratitude. To be thankful for the small things. I’m thankful for my beautiful apartment, my loved ones, but I’m also incredibly thankful to the pen that doesn’t run out on me, or being able to have the time in the morning to write this post. When you set your mind to being thankful all the time, it’ll leave you feeling less panicked, stressed, or irritated, even if only for a minute or so.

Today, I’m sharing my gratitude for yoga and my breath. I’ve been trying to sit in stillness each morning to center myself before heading into my work day, and I’ve noticed that with yoga and focusing on my breathing, I feel stronger and more confident.

I’m also thankful for chai lattes, which basically captures the entirety of the holidays and places it in a single cup of steamy tea with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mmm.

I found this coconut chai latte last night from Oh She Glows and it’s my inspiration for this morning’s chai latte. And sometimes, I like to make my chai lattes more chilly (yes, even in winter) and I make this chocolate chai banana smoothie.

Time for tea: Chai latte recipe

This week, I discovered the amazing power of the chai latte. I don’t think I’ve made chai anything since I last made this chai chocolate banana smoothie.

Yes, it’s been awhile.

The best part about this chai latte? It’s easy!

What You’ll Need:
2 chai tea bags
1 cup of water
1 coffee mug
1/2 cup milk
1 small sauce pan 
1 whisk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp- 1 tbsp white sugar
1 large coffee mug
1. Heat water in a microwave-safe coffee mug in the microwave for 1 minute and thirty seconds.
2. Place two chai tea bags in the coffee mug. Set aside.
3. Pour about 1/2 cup milk into a small pan. 

4. Warm the milk on the stove over medium heat.
4. Warm the milk on the stove over medium heat.
5. Whisk in cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.
6. Whisk on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on the milk. You don’t want it to boil, you want it warm. Taste-test with a spoon and adjust to your taste. (This also helps determine how warm you want the milk.)
7.  Pour milk and chai into large coffee mug and enjoy.

Have a great Thursday night! 🙂

~Ashley