In the spirit of cultivating a heart of thankfulness, and with tomorrow basically being National Count Your Blessings Day, I wanted to take a minute and share 10 things I’m grateful for this year (in no particular order, except the last 4):
10. A Warm, Dry Place to Live.
In our area there are many homeless people. I’m so thankful that we have a home that is not only warm and dry, but comfortable and has what a former patient of mine used to say “simple creature comforts.”
9. My Current Job
I love my job. I’m growing as a person, encountering difficult situations and working through them on my own, and I have excellent mentors who coach me through new situations and brainstorm solutions with me. I’m learning to be comfortable in a role with a lot of responsibility and taking responsibility on myself to fix solutions that include the people I manage. It’s such a dynamic position and in the three months I’ve been there I have really changed a lot. I just presented my goals and vision for 2016 to my boss and I’m so excited for the new year!
8. Good Friends
Peter and I are so thankful for our strong support system. The past year especially would have been so much more difficult without them! Our friends and family have been so generous to our family, making sure Tristan had everything he could ever need, want, or wish for. They have encouraged us, cheered us on, and given advice in key times.
I was talking to a friend who was recently engaged and she commented that I am very different now than I was when I was single – in a good way!. I am not who I was when I married Peter 23 months ago. I was sweetly innocent and pretty naive. Now I’m more confident in myself and my decisions, and more comfortable defending them (again with the growing as a person thing). I’m thankful for the challenges we have faced, even though I wish most of them didn’t exist. They helped mold me into the person I am now, and will help spur me on to continued maturity in the years to come.
6. Resources to Care for My Family Well
Everything from essential oils, to homemade kombucha, to freshly baked bread, I’m thankful I have everything I need at my disposal to help my family feel their best.
5. Black Sabbath
Because nothing calms my child down faster than Iron Man or War Pigs. Seriously.
4. Inspirational People
Right now, I have two mom friends (who I used to babysit for!) and a resident where I work pursuing their own health goals and all three are completely rocking it. The center where I work has even noted the resident’s progress and started including more fruits and vegetables into all the meals they serve. Two friends have earned cars through their network marketing companies and another friend is about to earn her Mary Kay pink cadillac after just one year. I am so inspired by all of these amazing women to never stop improving, always push forward, and what is possible when you find your passion.
Oh this child. I never knew I could hug a child with such gentleness and such fierce love in one motion. I never expected to be so excited when he waved hello to me for the first time. I never knew that something could keep me awake literally all night and I could still do anything for it in the morning with alertness and joy.
In truth, no man could have handled me like Peter. I’m so thankful for his strong will that is so much stronger than mine. I’m thankful that I can trust him to be logical to balance out all my emotions. I can trust him to be steady. I’m learning to appreciate him and his strengths a lot more, knowing that in our differences there can be strength and unity. I read an article on marriage by Michael Hyatt a few weeks ago and he was talking about the Myers-Briggs personality test. Peter and I are total opposites, as are Michael and his wife. He said they look at it as they have eight strengths instead of just four, and that makes them better. It was a wonderful illustration for me.
1. Family Time
This weekend, I am thankful for time dedicated specifically to spending time with my little family! In typical “us” fashion, we are celebrating differently than most, opting for quiet time with very few dishes so there won’t be a big turkey and multiple courses – but there will be pumpkin pie! There will also be pajamas, good coffee, some Pinterest-y pumpkin breakfast, and a fire in the fireplace. There will be a Charlie Brown movie and I don’t even know what else, but I’m just looking forward to being with my favorite guys! I will also be taking the weekend off of blogging and will return to it on Monday.
Peace, Love, and Gratitude,