At the beginning of the week, I jokingly told someone that my blog was all doom and gloom this week. It wasn’t (at least, I don’t think it was), but last week I was pretty out of sorts and that carried into this week. When asked if I did a thankfulness post, my response was, “No, I had a hard time coming up with things to be thankful for last week.”
Which is true. I wasn’t the most thankful person last week. I was stressed for a number of different reasons and wasn’t in the best of spirits. So I realized it was probably time for a reality check. I always say that there’s something to be thankful for, even when life is throwing you curve balls. So, to follow my own advice, here are ten things I’ve been thankful during my curmudgeonly week.
1 // Little One and the celebration of her birthday. She is such a joy and, even on the worst of days, she manages to make me smile.
2 // A sweet act of kindness from my nephew to his sister. I love that child! And watching my niece slip my dog a morsel of food while whispering, “Shh, don’t tell.” I don’t think my niece had any idea that I was watching. I love her too!
3 // Plans with friends… for a hayride on Friday… for an upcoming weekend creative retreat… for NaNo, which starts in November. (PS – I’m participating! Will share the link to my profile soon. I actually created a new one this year.)
4 // A rainy day. I’m one of those who likes rain, so rainy days are perfect, especially when I’m feeling curmudgeonly.
5 // A great sermon on Sunday.
6 // An email that almost made me cry. Happy tears.
7 // Finding an audiobook that I have been sucked into. The last book that I read took a couple of weeks to listen to because I’d listen to twenty minutes here and there, but I’m flying through this one.
8 // Doing nails with my mom. Those types of moments create the best conversation.
9 // Pulling out colored pencils and pastels for a project at work. It was a lot of fun to get the creative juices flowing.
10 // A nostalgic moment at a restaurant with my parents. The restaurant has expanded quite a bit and is so nice, but we took a moment to remember the old days it was at least a third of the size and the grocery store and restaurant were crammed into a small space. They’d have music blasting, so you couldn’t hear them when they’d call your order number. They’d stand there shouting unheard, then walk over to the music and turn it up. But even while I was nostalgic, it’s so cool to see how well they’ve done and how they’ve grown. They have a second location in Minneapolis and they ship some of their products (like hummus) to grocery stores all over the U.S. So, if you ever see hummus on the shelf and it’s The Holy Land brand, know that it’s from an awesome company.
So, there it is. Ten things I was thankful for, even while feeling a bit curmudgeonly.