Don’t Hate, APPRECIATE!!!

Just having one of those days where I’m feeling oddly inclined to appreciate a vida!

No, life is not perfect. But it is so worth living! We all have those tough days where the world really does seem to be crashing in on us in the worst way possible, for ex: you’re angry, your loved ones seem to not love you, you feel alone, you feel/ look bad, you’re in pain, financial woes are kicking in, and the eternal ETC.
Sometimes it may seem nearly unfeasible to overcome an impossibly horrible day, but trust that it will pass. And look for things to be thankful about because you will find them, and you will feel better.

005 Searching for things to be grateful for

Maybe you are cancer-free. Maybe you have all of your limbs. Maybe you are not living in poverty. Maybe you are much more intelligent than the average human being. Maybe you have so many people who positively care about you.
Think about what there is to be grateful in your life, then appreciate. If that still doesn’t turn your bad day (if you’re having one) around, please absorb the positive energy of this photo.

smile-dog Smile, stretch out your facial muscles for the love of Earth!!!

Random Things That I’ve Obtained Appreciation of Today:

1- Hallelujah that middle and high school are over for me! Those years were by no means horrible, it’s just that I’m friggin’ done with arguably the most awkward and embarrassing times of our lives.

me dancing Me from 4 years ago, trying to turn up.

Also, I realized that growing up has been very positive in relation to the way that I value the people who are close to me in my life. I’ve realized that I really did not have a great capacity to love others when I was much younger, because I didn’t know of sentimentality. As we grow older, we do realize how important other people are to our lives, and we learn how to show appreciation for our loved ones better.

FSCN3712 Looking back at some old yearbook messages and often just “pffing” to myself.

If you have any, compare your elementary and middle school yearbook messages with your high school yearbook messages. You may arrive at a common finding; being that a majority of your messages from when you were much younger are meaningless and static, and the messages from your later years being more detailed and sentimental. Here’s to growing up!

One of the many huge perks of growing up in a 1st world country is that I have access to a ridiculously grand variety of products. Okay, this may sound a bit wackadoodle, but I was recently overcome with such an appreciation for the access to the variety of things that I have as I was walking down the beer isle at a supermarket. As I hit this isle, I remember just thinking to myself “this is incredible!!! A little unnecessary, but still incredible!” Beer, for me, has now turned into a symbol for the variety, and even opportunity that I have in this life of mine. Beer is actually totally symbolic folks.

DSCN3829  The isle that blew my mind

3- Traveling!
Traveling, exploring, doing new things, blah, blah, yas, yas, we all know that this is something to be grateful for! I recently went to Canada and just appreciated my time there today. I also love people. So. Much.

DSCN3728[1]fbdDSCN3739DSCN3747RSCN3752FSCN3753FSCN3754 Times of just letting life dish out happiness

4- Living in a wonderful city!
Seattle is a dream and the good certainly does outweigh the bad here. Seattle, I appreciate you.

DSCN3951FSCN3773 FSCN3876DSCN3870 DSCN3830FSCN3877 Even when you rain, you’re still gorgeous Seattle. ❤

There’s Always a Flip Side
Alright so I have been purchasing scratch tickets for a good while now, always with the hope that I will win some o’ dat big green, but unfortunately I haven’t won even 1 penny yet from playing. Maybe this is a sign that I should stop, but anyways lemme tell yalls a happy anecdote from a few days ago.
So during my usual time of week, I waited for a man who looked exactly like Mr. Wu- hat and everything, to finish playing his scratch ticket. When he turned around he immediately said to me: “300! 300!” I was like whattt, $300?!, you lucky man! But then I checked his screen and it turns out to be that he only won $3.00. I then sadly said to him “Oh no, it’s only $3.00!” He then said: “Don’t lie to me! It’s 300!!!” I then was like whattt. But he then said “It’s 300! 300 pennies!!! Hahahahahaha!!!” And playfully hit me on the shoulder. I then burst out laughing, and watched him as he went to claim his winnings worth 300 pennies. What a positive way to think of his outcome. R-E-S-P-E-C-T to you scratch ticket man, you winner!!!

Unfortunately I didn’t win any moola from the scratch ticket that I played after Mr. Wu’s look-alike, but it’s okay because I already turned that post-selfie frown upside down!

DSCN3894ITVM_b   I will one day claim some of your moola, scratch ticket machines!!!

Well, I hope some of you folks feel a bit better after reading this post, and have a fabulous day, life, and existence you beautiful Homo Sapiens!!!


Fun fact: In the late 1600s, London was plagued by an attacker who would spank his victims with a rod and shout “Spanko!” before running away.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Recorded by Rri says:

    I adore this post!

  2. libraschild says:

    saudades para brasil ainda?
    whereabouts in SE Asia? Exciting times
    loooooved the 300 pennies moment. it made my day

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Oiii, sim na verdade eu morro de saudades do Brasil todo dia! Amo este país demais. I will be going to Cambodia, Thailand, and then the Philippines. Haha, I am happy that you enjoy the post!


      1. libraschild says:

        all the bits of south east asia i missed, so i have no advice for you! should be an awesome trip

  3. Bernieshoot says:

    Just arrived from London caller website and I really appreciate you words and pictures

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Thank you Shilpi!

      All the best,

  4. Agree with your philosophy! Enjoy life! Keep it up!

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      Thank you very much!

  5. Maria J says:

    Ahh .. love this post! So glad I discovered your blog and cannot wait to read more.

    1. Jessica Chann says:

      I’m happy that you enjoyed the post! Happy blogging!


  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Remember, regardless of news reports, the majority of the world is good.

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