SERVING UP | GRATITUDE

August 29, 2016

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Never let the things you WANT,
make you forget
the things you HAVE.

Living in a country full of abundance and a generation that is considerably blessed, it is easy to overlook the basic things we have and always yearn to have more. Growing up my parents were immigrants and they provided for us in the best way possible, but we didn’t have the luxury of vacations, Guess jeans, Acura Integras for our first cars, and even braces for our crooked teeth. We had enough, but we didn’t always have excess so we learned gratitude through missed opportunities and challenges. But you know what? I am thankful for what I didn’t have because the lessons I received from what I lacked was far greater than anything tangible or superficial I could have had.

Practicing gratitude in daily life is difficult because life in general is demanding. But I’ve noticed that being grateful for the small things in life make the bigger things in life not seem as bad. Additionally, gratitude, like a smile, is contagious. If you act gracious, you can quickly spread that positivity and appreciation to others.

So when a place like Café Gratitude serves up plates named “Peaceful,” “Open-Hearted,” “Inspired,” and “Fearless,” how you can you not smile and feel blessed as you order starting with the phrase “I am…[name the plate].” The concept of Café Gratitude is simple – local, organic, sustainable, and cooked with love. It is a place were people and food come together in a celebration of their enlightenment. Check out any of their California locations in Los Angeles, Downtown LA, San Diego, Venice, and Newport Beach and get your gratitude on.

Whatever mood you’re in, whatever negative thing that just happened, turn it around, be positive, and start practicing an attitude of gratitude!

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45 comments

Adelina August 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

I am grateful for you and your post Christine! Growing up as an immigrant myself, I can relate to everything you shared! Will need to try out Cafe Gratitudes’ LA location soon! Thanks you for the beautiful post! xox, Adelina

http://www.thecharmingolive.com

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dailykongfidence August 29, 2016 at 5:43 pm

I too am grateful to have you as a friend and inspiration in my life Adelina!

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Christina Braccia August 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Christine, Do you ever not look chic? I mean seriously- you made a simple tank top look like the perfect top that I NEED in my life.

xo, Christina
http://www.christinabeex3.com/

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dailykongfidence August 29, 2016 at 5:43 pm

You are so sweet Christina! I like the simple looks too and honestly this cami from H&M is one of my go-to pieces!

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Raysa Garcia August 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm

You look absolutely stunning! Killer look babe.
Great post.
Xx, Raysa

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dailykongfidence August 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Hi Raysa, thank you so much! Hope you are having a great week so far!

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Jenn Hanft August 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Aw thank you so much for the beautiful post, Christine <3 The cafe looks so lovely, I'll have to visit whenever I'm in LA! I love the simple white top, ripped denim look. You're beautiful!

XO Jenn
http://www.jennsemble.com

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dailykongfidence August 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Thank you Jenn, you definitely have to try it. It is amazing how good gluten free, vegan food can taste. =)

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Kreshma August 29, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Was so moved by this post ❤️ I loved all your pictures and I feel so good after reading this post ♥️

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dailykongfidence August 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Thank you Kreshma, that is one of the best compliments that I could have asked for. I am happy that this post left you feeling positive and hopefully grateful. xoxo.

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Sister Tales August 29, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Our parents were immigrants too, and we grew up struggling a little bit as well but I wouldn’t have changed anything. My parents have come a LONG way since moving to the states 20 years ago and we can’t thank them enough for sacrificing their homeland so that we could have a better life here in the states. Very inspirational post.
xoxo, simona and indre

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 9:33 am

Aww, thanks for sharing about your upbringing too Simona and Indre. We definitely owe a lot to our parents who struggled and provided us with what we needed. I am grateful for how we grew up because without those experiences, we definitely wouldn’t have ended up here.

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Sharon Wu of Style Lullaby August 29, 2016 at 11:46 pm

Such a beautiful post! Loving the photos as well. I definitely need to check out Cafe Gratitude soon. Sounds like a very inspiring and positive place to be. Thank you for the reminder to always be grateful for what we have. 🙂 Have a wonderful week, Christine! xo, sharon

http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/blogger-on-the-go-essentials/

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 9:33 am

Thanks Sharon! Yes, it is super yummy and healthy for you!

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Aurelie | Surface85 August 30, 2016 at 2:49 am

Totally agree with you Christine! Gratitude is so important in life, I try to practise gratitude in a daily basis and it really help to keep a positive mind. I believe that struggles make us stronger too! This Cafe Gratitude is such a good idea and the food looks yummy!
You look gorgeous btw 🙂
xx
Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 9:34 am

Thank you Aurelie! That’s amazing that you practice it in your daily life and continue to have a positive mentality. It definitely helps us in the long run and keeps us motivated!

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Alice August 30, 2016 at 2:58 am

Very nice place for photos 🙂 You look amazing in this outfit, I love your jeans <3

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 9:35 am

Thank you Alice. Yes, the restaurant, and it’s sister resaurant, Gracias Madre are both so beautiful inside and their bar is unbelievable for photos!

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Mandy Arisa August 30, 2016 at 6:04 am

This was such a positive piece and a great read Christine! Thanks for sharing and I adore the cute picture of you taking a flatlay picture hehe!

xx Mandy

http://ministryforstyle.com/2016/07/the-hh-boutique/

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Adriana Boho August 30, 2016 at 6:38 am Reply
emily August 30, 2016 at 8:04 am

Such a lovely post! This cafe sounds like a wonderful place, it is always great to be surrounded by positivity!
x Emily
http://shedoes.com.au

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Mariann Yip August 30, 2016 at 10:18 am

I am grateful for this article. Thank you so much for sharing Christine! I absolutely love the quote in the beginning and I can relate to you about growing up with parents as immigrants and not having everything I wanted. I love articles that are meaningful like this one 🙂

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Thanks Mariann, your support always means a lot to me. We are definitely blessed and owe a lot to our parents.

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Margot August 30, 2016 at 11:28 am

Love your text. You’re so true and simple. This place seems perfect!
I also love your outfits ! Perfect casual look ! Your high heels are so stunning !
xx,
Margot
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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 7:12 pm

Thank you Margot. This place is definitely yummy and thoughtful!

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Milica August 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Lovely post! Maybe we could follow each other on GFC and instagram @djonovic_milica? If yes, follow me and I follow back as soon as I see it.
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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 7:15 pm

Thank you Milica!

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Melis August 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm

as always i love this post Christine! not only your look is amazing and perfect for the setting, the message is so true and it really resonated with me! being thankful is really the key to a happier life, and taking example from your parents is admirable. we should never forget what others are going through! amazing message and post as always !!

xx Melis
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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm

Thank you Melis! Being grateful and positive is definitely a huge aspect of being happy with oneself. I am always inspired by others and grateful for the lessons that I learn from my experiences and from sharing with other people. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Kelsey Bang August 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm

what a fun place to eat! that green couch is awesome! great look!

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm

It truly is Kelsey! The interior of this place is insane! You have to go check it out!

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Amy August 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Love this post! Always nice to be reminded to practice gratitude. And I LOVE Cafe Gratitude! Such a yummy spot.

xx, Amy
http://www.theluxilook.com

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Hi Amy, isn’t it the yummiest? Yes, gratitude should be practiced everyday until it becomes a habit!

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sharon August 30, 2016 at 7:24 pm

This is a great post, Christine. I agree that being grateful for little things makes life a lot better.
That’s how try to approach things and it definitely improves your quality of life.

http://www.sharinaone.com/

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Hi Sharon, thank you for stopping by. Yes, gratitude and a positive attitude is the key to being happy! Hope you are having a great week so far!

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Katrina Fernandez August 31, 2016 at 1:16 am

You look really great, hun! You perfectly flaunt your sexy body with that outfit. I love the outfit as well as your photos.

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xoxo, Katrina | Instagram: katrinaisha

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dailykongfidence August 31, 2016 at 8:35 am

Thank you Katarina! Hope you are having an amazing week so far!

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Sophie August 31, 2016 at 6:03 am

Ahh I am so so in love with the place! Wish I was living closer! The food looks incredible and the menu sounds like a dream come true. I love the minimal outfit you are wearing and the cami has the perfect cut – love a good v-neck!

Sophie xx http://basicapparel.de

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dailykongfidence August 31, 2016 at 8:40 am

Thank you Sophie! Yes this place and it’s sister restaurant, Gracias Madre, are both so gorgeous inside and yummy. The cami is from H&M and so affordable. I literally wear it all the time!

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Katharine September 1, 2016 at 11:06 am

Heart and soul written article! I can imagine what you are thinking about and you are absolutely right my dear. Small things are more bigger than those big. Regarding your ootd it is perfect as you are too. I am here the first time and I like your feed. Great job sweetie.
Katharine-fashionisbeautiful

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Thank you Katharine for stopping by, it means a lot. And yes, being grateful for the big and little things just makes us positive and happier in general. I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

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Stayclassi September 4, 2016 at 3:24 am

Your look is so classy and gorgeous! I love it!
Have a nice day, cutie!
<3

http://www.stayclassi.wordpress.com

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dailykongfidence September 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Thank you babe! Hope you had a great weekend!

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Carmen September 10, 2016 at 12:52 am

This is such a great classy and casual look – I love how the heels make the whole ensemble so elegant 🙂 And this food looks delicious!
Have a great weekend <3
xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

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dailykongfidence September 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

Thank you Carmen. I totally agree, heels definitely instantly elevate an outfit!

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