Cheers to Gratitude in 2017

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Gratitude is a magical tool. Taking time to think about what you’re thankful for each morning can truly transform your day. At the start of this year, I started writing down three things I’m grateful for each morning. While I wasn’t 100% consistent, I have enjoyed reflecting on the positives of my day.


I thought about what I’m grateful for from 2016 and choose goals to that could create more gratitude filled moments in 2o17.

  • One of the biggest things I’m grateful for this year is my belief in myself. I’ve taken so many leaps of faith this year. It has been pretty scary and stressful at times, but I’ve learned to trust my intuition more than ever before. Going into 2017, one of my biggest goals is to keep following my instincts.
  • I’m also so grateful for the friendships I’ve made in the Twin Cities. When I left Virginia in June I was nervous that I’d have to start from scratch with friendships once again. Somehow, I’ve already built a great circle of friends in the Twin Cities. My goal is to continue to branch out in the community and step away from my screen to make real life connections with people.
  • Most importantly, I’ve grateful for all of you who support this blog, my dreams, and follow me in this journey. I’ve got some BIG plans for 2017 and I can’t wait to share with all of you.

It’s not New Years Eve without fun drinks though, right?!

If you have ever come over to my house for drinks, I’ve probably made you something very similar to this. I used tequila, lime, basil and Lake State Kombucha to mix up this beauty. This would also be great without the tequila if you don’t like to drink. Mixing drinks with kombucha is a sneaky way to get some health benefits out of your cocktails. As a bonus, Lake State Kombucha is made right here in the Twin Cities! Supporting local companies is super important to me, so I’m very grateful for the relationship I’ve built with Drake and the opportunity to try his super smooth booch. Keep reading to the bottom of this post for a fun giveaway!



  • Lake State Kombucha (I used original in mine, but any flavor kombucha would work well with this!)
  • liquor of choice (I used tequila because it’s my favorite)
  • fresh basil
  • lime
  • ice


  1. Add ice to your cocktail glass, pour in shot of liqour, topping off with kombucha, lime, and basil!
  2. Stir and enjoy!

Which brings me to my gratitude giveaway!


In honor of giving back, I have partnered with Lake State Kombucha to do the first ever Get Well With Em giveaway! To enter, comment below with one goal you have for 2017! Big or small, they all matter and I want to hear them so I cheer you on! Not much of a goal setter? I get that. Tell me what you’re grateful for from this past year. For an extra entry, head over to my Instagram account and comment on this photo, tagging a buddy you are grateful for.  I will announce the winner on 1/6/17 at 10 am. This contest is only open to residents of Minnesota, but I hope you’ll all still share your goals and gratitude with me!


Hey! I’m Emily. The cat-loving, beer-drinking, positivity enthusiast behind Get Well With Em! I help women overcome perfectionism through easy recipes with limited ingredients and prep, and workouts using minimal equipment!

12 thoughts to “Cheers to Gratitude in 2017”

  1. Hi Emily!!!

    My goal for 2017 is to put more of a priority on myself in all aspects – like eating better and more me time 🙂

  2. That looks delicious! Started my very first attempt at brewing kombucha on January 1. Hoping for a beautiful SCOBY by Sunday. Never tried Lake State, where do you find it?

  3. Hi! My goal for 2017 is to pass my boards and become a competent ICU nurse. That means studying after shifts and practicing great self care so that I have the energy and stamina to succeed.

    I am grateful that I have a partner who has been so supportive through my ups and downs this past year. Oh and I’m grateful that we live with a dog-cat that makes me smile and laugh everyday.

    1. Ohhh good luck with the boards! My boyfriend is currently in PA school-I have so much respect for people who pursue a medical career. Serious hard word and dedication–definitely take some for yourself so you are able to continue giving back to others 🙂

      So is your pet a cat that acts like a dog? if so–sounds like we have very similar pet friends in our lives!

  4. One goal I have is making breakfast a priority this year and also, start really working in a career path for myself. 🙂 its time to set out and conquer! 🙂

    1. you got this lady! what direction do you want to take your career in? Breakfast is my favorite meal! I hope you find some recipes you like so you can make this habit stick!

  5. This year my goals are to take more time for myself when I need it and have more faith and confidence in the decisions I make! Great post and welcome to Minnesota! Cheers – Alyse | A Piece of Alyse

  6. Oh, I love your blog! I miss you–your leaving, Roanoke’s loss!-but am enjoying your posts and great recipes! Best wishes for 2017 and don’t forget we love you! Cheers, beautiful Emily!

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