Incase you missed my last gratitude post, I promised to share something that I am grateful for each week until Thanksgiving and this week it’s my health.
For the past week or more I haven’t quite been feeling %100, I tweaked my neck somehow and my nerves were negatively affected. My arm was going numb and the pain traveled from the temple of my head all the way down to my shoulder blade. I was so scared that something more serious might be wrong with me that I was having anxiety attacks, sleeping horribly and barely eating.
After a massage and two visits to the chiropractor I’m feeling a LOT better! I also realized that I felt better when I found a project to keep me busy or when I got out of the house and did something productive. It’s amazing how strongly your brain can affect the way that your body actually feels and it can be hard to fight those feelings of fear and anxiety but I always tried to remind myself that I will feel normal again soon.
It sometimes takes a little pain or sickness to remind you that you need to really take care of yourself and appreciate your health. So don’t forget to take good care of yourself and feel free to share what you’re grateful for this week!
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!
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.