Happy Monday! I recently shared a rather cynical look at life and everything I put in that post is true, but while I’ve had a cynical view of life, there has also been a lot of joy and happiness. Like I said earlier this summer, the last few months have been hard as I’ve watched something that I cared about go through a lot of turmoil, but there’s always good in life. As Dumbledore would say, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” And I wouldn’t necessarily classify the last few months of my life as one of the darkest times, mostly one of the most frustrating times.

But we’re not talking about that today. Today we’re talking about the good. This is what I’ve been thankful for in September.

Let's talk what we've been grateful for in September! The last few months have been frustrating, but there's always happiness to be found.

1 // Sharing books with my niece. When she was younger I shared some of my favorite books from those ages, but now she’s a teenager and sometimes we read the same things. I’m still sharing some favorites with her–she’s currently reading through the Harry Potter series–but it’s fun to talk about the books we’ve read or want to read that are recent releases.

Let's talk what we've been grateful for in September! The last few months have been frustrating, but there's always happiness to be found.

2 // Pictures & videos of my horses. It’s been over a month since I’ve seen my horses. I know! It’s so crazy! Next week I’ll share my September in Photos post and it’ll be the first time since June that I won’t have any new photos of horses to share. The other day I realized how much I miss them, so I went through my phone and relived all the wonderful moments I had with them over the summer. It might be time to schedule a trip back to my hometown.

3 // Great feedback on my writing. I guess this is more of a summer thing, since the feedback I received came over the summer, but I’ve been acting on some of that feedback this month. It was encouraging and also gave me direction.

4 // Listening to my niece play the piano. She’s fantastic and I love listening to her play.

Let's talk what we've been grateful for in September! The last few months have been frustrating, but there's always happiness to be found.

5 // Fall is here! And hopefully that means we’ll have some colder weather soon! We had a brief taste of fall-like weather and then it was hot, hot, hot again! I’m so ready for cooler weather, as well as crunchy leaves, boots, hayrides, and haunted attractions. The fall-time months are so much fun!

6 // Pumpkin spice coffee. Because fall is here and I love brewing a cup of pumpkin spice coffee in the morning!

7 // Chatting with my nephew. And watching him with my pup. I think he really likes her, and I know that she really likes him, so it’s fun to watch them together.

8 // Coffee and dinner dates with friends. I should probably consider putting more of them into my schedule.

9 // Playing with makeup. I stopped doing my makeup for a few months this spring, so it’s been fun to get back into it. I’ll be sharing thoughts on why I wear makeup on Wednesday.

Let's talk what we've been grateful for in September! The last few months have been frustrating, but there's always happiness to be found.

10 // Little One. What gratitude list would be complete without her?

What have you been grateful for in September? I’d love to know!

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Let's talk what we've been grateful for in September! The last few months have been frustrating, but there's always happiness to be found.