10 Things I Was Thankful For During a Curmudgeonly Week

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.”

dreamsetc-gratitude1029Which 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.


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  • Reply
    Alexandra @ My Urban Family
    October 29, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I love rainy days as well! Though we’ve been having some COLD rain the past few days with a lot of wind. I miss the warm rain haha

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    Nichole aka CuppaGeek
    October 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I hope things get better for you soon!! Sending you positive vibes!

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    October 30, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I hear you sister. About two weeks ago, I was in a nasty a$$ mood and barely could shake it. It’s awful, right?!
    Moving along … 🙂 Glad you are having a better week. Enjoy your weekend Hun! xo

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    Charlotte | The Midnight Blog
    October 30, 2015 at 9:47 am

    It can be hard finding happy things when life is grey (I know the feeling!).
    I’ll be seeing you during NaNo, then?! I signed up in 2008 but this will be the first year I’m officially participating (at least trying, we’ll see if I manage…!).

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    Shann Eva
    October 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    That’s such a great idea to think of things you are grateful for when you’re not in the best mood. I think I need to do it too

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    October 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I especially liked your share of #8 and #10. Family time is always special, and I know you know that as well. At this moment with the blustery weather I’m thankful for my fluffy housecoat and furry slipper socks that I actually put into furry slippers! Can you tell I’m more of a warm weather gal? When feeling down, counting my blessings usually brings me back to a great reality check.

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