a perspective of joy, hope and gratitude


“when life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. and when life is bitter, say thank you and grow”

shuana neiquist

if you’ve been following along on this incredible journey of optimism, then you know we are nearing two weeks of embracing each day with a new perspective. a perspective of joy, hope and gratitude.

my journey has taught me so much about gratitude. over the past few days, i’ve gained a greater appreciation for the things and people right in front of me. it’s so easy to always look to the future, or constantly think about the “what’s next?” starting each day with an optimistic view has taught me to be more present in the now. to make the most of each situation, each encounter and each moment.

this past week, i had plans to be in europe. grand plans to tour europe with my husband and was beyond excited for it. unfortunately, do to situations out of my control, europe didn’t happen at the very last minute. i’m talking 2 hours before the plane left kind of last minute. i’ll be honest, i sat at the airport with suitcases packed and sulked. i would be lying if i said i wasn’t a tad bitter about the situation. instead of letting my day go to waste, i put the let down aside and started thinking of alternate solutions. i started looking at my bitter situation optimistically.

one bubble tea and a few hours later, i was boarding a plane to hawaii with my husband. we were both already packed, at the airport, and had the week cleared for travel. so, we figured why not? sure our bags were packed with jeans and sweaters for the colder european weather, but we knew we would manage just fine. 🙂

the week turned out to be incredible. definitely not what i had thought my week would look like, but incredible nonetheless. we caught up and connected with old and new friends and i fell madly in love with the tropical paradise that is hawaii. for that, i am grateful. one of the Opt for Optimism challenges was to name 5 things you’re grateful for. i sat for just a moment before rambling off lists and lists of things i’m grateful. i’m grateful for a husband who would spontaneously book a last minute trip after our original plans fell through. i’m grateful for friends that live in hawaii that housed and hosted us with a less than 24 hr notice, i’m grateful for sunshine, i’m grateful for hawaiin pineapples and i’m grateful for hawaiin shops and boutiques that sell $10 tank tops because jackets and sweaters don’t cut it in 80 degree temps.

i think a common misconception about optimism is that to be optimistic you can’t have a bad day, or allow yourself to be upset of over something. the truth is, it’s quite the contrary. being optimistic is what helps you get through those rainstorms. starting my day with an optimistic perspective has helped me see things in a new, brighter light. the small things seem to stay small. there have been countless times in the past where the small things seemed to cloud everything else, and they didn’t seem very small at all. lately, they have just seemed small. which is pretty amazing if you ask me.

other challenges such as clearing your phone out of unused apps, celebrating others and leaving a stranger an uplifting note are all such simple tasks that have had such a positive impact on my days. it’s only been 8 days of the challenge. imagine what a lifetime of optimism could accomplish. oh the possibilities. 

if you haven’t joined the Frost Opt for Optimism Challenge yet, it’s not too late. just click here, enter your e-mail address and get ready to add an extra dose of joy to your everyday. you can also join the facebook group here, and connect with other optimists from all over!

xoxo | jasmine



  1. August 14, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    I’ve been trying to be more optimistic, even when days start off lousy. There is always time to change things around and by simply being more positive, your day will turn out just fine!


    • August 14, 2018 / 6:21 pm

      i completely agree! there is always time to change your day around by having a positive perspective. definitely easier said than done, but so worth it. ?

  2. blushandblooms
    August 14, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    Aw I loved this post! It is always good to have an optimistic outlook

  3. August 14, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Oh, this challenge sounds like I really need to try it. I’m so sorry that your original plans didn’t pan out BUT you made lemonade out of lemons and it looks like you had a wonderful time!

  4. andrewmayphotography
    August 15, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Love the imagery and your perspective on life. Keep the small things small so they don’t cloud everything else. I dig it!! Cheers.

  5. August 15, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Love the photo of you holding the sand! Happy you were able to make the best out of a not so great situation!

  6. Liz
    August 15, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    What an amazing post! Sometimes things do work out 🙂 Just in different ways than we expected!

  7. August 15, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I pray for gratitude everyday, sometimes it’s the only thing I pray for because it’s most important! love this post. x

  8. August 15, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    Such a great perspective to have! And these photos of you gal are absolutely beautiful!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

  9. August 15, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    This is such a great post! I always try and be as optimistic as I can but you’re right, we CAN have a bad day!!

  10. August 16, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    I love this!!! It’s so easy to forget just how fortunate we are compared to so many others in the world. Having an optimistic attitude makes life so much better! I’m glad you were able to go to Hawaii!!


  11. August 17, 2018 / 1:47 am

    I love this post!! I am trying to be optimistic, and this post came at the perfect time!

    cute & little

  12. August 17, 2018 / 10:01 am

    This sounds like a really great challenge. I’m so sorry to hear your travel plans so quickly changed but it sounds like you and your husband really made the most out of your trip to Hawaii instead.

    xo, Laura

  13. August 18, 2018 / 10:17 am

    So much truth!!! I love that you guys took a not-so-great situation and just rerouted it to make it great again!