Motivation Monday #43

It’s Monday again and I’m super excited that we’re getting some more rain!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and that means you probably have a long weekend coming your way. Use this Monday to list each of the things that you are thankful for, once you have a list filled with the things that make you happy, this Monday will seem like no big deal in comparison.

Remember that Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and feel grateful, it shouldn’t be a time to camp out at Best Buy or shove people out of your way at Walmart to get a good deal on things that you don’t really need. I’ve done it before and it really wasn’t even worth it. Spend this Thursday and Friday appreciating the things you already have rather than fighting with strangers for things you don’t have.

Remember, there is always Cyber Monday if you want to find good deals on Christmas presents… and online shopping is a lot easier anyway!

Have a beautiful Monday!

Grateful for my Dog

You’ve had a hard day at work, during your drive home you sit in bumper to bumper traffic until you finally reach your exit. You’re exhausted as you walk up to your front door, knowing that you’ll have to do the whole thing over again tomorrow. But once you turn that key and open that door, a little ray of sunshine appears to remind you that you are loved.

Yup you guessed it, that little ray of sunshine I’m talking about is your dog!

This week I am grateful for my dog, Skippy! I think that any dog owner can agree that there is something special about the relationships that we create with our pets. It’s a bond unlike any other and only those who have had a furry bff will understand. 

I’ve had Skippy now for twelve years, that’s half of my life!! He’s been around for so many major moments in my life. From graduating 8th grade, to graduating high school, getting married and then moving across the country, Skippy has been there for all of it. If I ever needed to cry or vent or give someone a hug, Skippy was my go-to-guy. 

He’s getting older now and I realize that we may not have much time left together. But I could never be more grateful for every moment we’ve spent together so far. Skippy is the best present that my parents ever gave me and he continues to make me happy every single day. 

Grateful to be an American

As promised, I’m sharing one thing that I am grateful for each week and with today being the 15th anniversary of 9/11 I thought that this would be an appropriate subject.

Although it was a beyond tragic event, it brought people together and proved that a community can work together to make a bad situation a little better. Our men and women in uniform sacrificed so much to keep the rest of us safe and that alone is something to be grateful for.

There are so many countries in which people are lacking in basic human rights. It’s a shame that we can’t get everyone on the same page but it’s all the more reason to make sure that you don’t take your freedom for granted.

I’m proud to live in a country full of opportunity and I hope that we can continue to make America a wonderful place to live.

In memory of those who lost their lives on this day 15 years ago, we will never forget.

 

 

Always be Grateful

I’ve made it through another year of life and rather than dreading getting older I’m feeling very grateful to be alive and surrounded by so much love. I spent my birthday, first by having a nice lunch with my grandma who has taken me out to lunch for almost every single birthday of my life. Later in the day, a few of my friends and some of my family joined me for a lovely birthday dinner at a Thai restaurant.

I sort of threw the plans together at the last minute because I almost forgot that it was my birthday. It was a Tuesday and I was still so wrapped up in the festivities of my brothers wedding over the weekend. Also, I never thought I would be this person.. but I can see how people lose enthusiasm for their birthdays the older they get.

This birthday was a wonderful reminder of what I should really be grateful for in life. I wasn’t expecting any gifts which made it even more of a treat when I actually got one. I wasn’t expecting so many people to be able to attend a last minute get-together but those who showed up made it really special. Even just a card with a sweet little note inside made me happy and reminded me that I am loved.

They say less is more, and in this case it certainly was. So since I have been reminded of all the little things in life that make me happy I’ve decided to start a gratitude train. I’ll think of something that I am grateful for and share with you each week until Thanksgiving. I encourage you to think of the things in your life that make you happy to be alive. You can share in a comment below or keep them to yourself, just remember that there is always something to be grateful for!

Feeling Thankful

 

They say “Distance makes the heart grow fonder” and “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. I don’t know who “they” are but I think they’re right.

I think people most typically associate these sayings with romantic relationships, but in this case they more accurately describe how I feel about my family and my hometown from 2,000 miles away on the night before Thanksgiving.

This will be the first Thanksgiving I spend without my family.  This year I will be reminded in no subtle way, what I thank God for most.

It didn’t take distance for me to know that I love my family, it took distance to make me feel with every ounce of my being just how MUCH I love them.

This year I am thankful for the distance because although it is the one thing in my life that I am currently the most unhappy about, I know it is going to make me a more grateful person in the future when I am back where I belong.

Along with the distance, I am thankful for many other things. The year 2015 has brought many blessings into my life and the following are the things for which I am most thankful:

  • Family, friends and Skippy
  • A roof over my head, food in my belly, a comfy bed and warm showers.
  • My kick-ass wedding day, the coolest 9 bridesmaids to walk the earth and my new family.
  • A husband who works his butt off physically and mentally and still finds time to make me smile.
  • The three people who have come to visit me (Thanks Kristin, Mom and Alina)
  • The opportunity to come home for Christmas
  • The difficult times that teach me to appreciate the good times

Thank you for being a part of my life in some way. If you are reading this, I am thankful for you. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with loved ones tomorrow. God bless.

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