Monday, July 17, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 85

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful



"It's up to us to choose contentment and thankfulness now - and to stop imagining that we have to have everything perfect before we'll be happy." - Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

I wasn't planning on writing today's post. I had planned on taking the day off - sort of a mental health day. Yesterday was difficult to get through and I wanted to use today to regroup and gather my thoughts for the rest of the week. That's what I had planned anyway, but I awoke with a start at 4 a.m. this morning. I awoke with such an urgency to write that tears were streaming down my face. So, here I am. Better late than never, yeah?

This week, I'm grateful for:
  • That angry inner voice that needs to be heard. The inspiration that comes only out of pain. The story that forms out of heartbreak. I've been reading a lot of Roxane Gay lately and she always does this to me. Her words put me in a place so dark, healing is required to get out. She inspires me to tell a story I've been afraid to write, but I think I might be ready to tell it.
  • That email with the bright news. Late last week, I received an email from a big publishing house and I was excited to learn that I will now be paid for reviewing some of my favorite books.
  • Ticking tasks off my list. Last Wednesday and Thursday were spent in the DMV trying to transfer my driver's license from my former state of residence. It was a headache trying to provide enough valid legal documentation to show my name changes through the years, but I finally got the all clear and a shiny new identification card. 
  • Family time. On Saturday, my two sisters came over and brought all six of my nieces and nephews for a pool party. It was exactly the chill day I've been craving with lots of pizza and laughter. I don't get to see these kids as often as I like, but I'm grateful for my sisters making time to bring them for a visit.
  • My one reason. The reason I wake up every morning and push on, even when I don't want to.

What are you grateful for today? 

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40 comments:

  1. I am sorry you were woken up so early, but clearly the writing was necessary, so that part is good.
    I am grateful for a home to live in, air conditioning, my job, and coffee. haha.

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  2. Congratulations on the reviewing gig!
    Today I'm grateful for good friends, the kind you can have a long Sunday night dinner with where everyone cross talks and laughs for hours

    Xxox
    Laura @ www.cookwineandthinker.com

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  3. shootingstarsmagJuly 17, 2017 at 7:37 AM

    Saturday sounds like it was a lovely time with family! Ooh I'm so jealous you get paid to write book reviews now. That's the dream, eh? haha Congrats!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  4. Happy Monday <3 Sometimes the best way to cope with whatever is going on or whatever is pulling you into a dark hole is to just look up. Which is exactly what you do with these gratitude posts. Your posts remind us that, whatever may be going on around us, whatever may be happening internally, whatever mess we may be in at the time, there will always be something to be thankful for. <3 Sending love!

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  5. It's always good to reflect back on what you're grateful for... it's not a thing we do often enough!

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  6. Congrats on the gig. Keep doing you and more blessing will come your way. I am grateful to be among those who enjoy doing what they do. I am also grateful that every day is a day I heal myself and more past the sadness of my past. Thanks for this post

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  7. I'm sorry you awoke early but I'm glad writing helps. I am glad to hear you get to review books, what a fun writing gig that will be! And I also am thankful for time with family, I had a lot of good family time this weekend and it felt wonderful.

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  8. It's so great when we can find things to be grateful for even in tough times. Congrats on your review opportunity and hooray for family time!

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  9. Congratulations on your reviewing gig! That's wonderful!

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  10. I'm sorry that you were having a tough time! Glad you got some positive news in the form of that email :)

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  11. We all deserve a day off every now and again, but at the same time, gratitude is one of the BEST things when we're feeling a bit tired or off our game, so I'm glad you checked in!

    As for me, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts this morning and got a personal shoutout as I had tweeted them after a recent episode that really struck me. It totally caught me off guard and had me feeling so giddy. It was such a great reminder that it's the little things in life that can really have a big meaning.

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  12. I agree with Katie, that mental health days are vital to our healing sometimes <3 Sending so much love your way, momma, and hope you take some time to yourself this week.

    Also. That's amazing re: getting paid to review books! Congrats momma :) Sometimes we need some happy in our inbox to brighten our week, eh?

    Someone once told me that my writing is best when it's coming from that place of deep inner personal hurt. Which is a curse. But maybe a blessing. Sometimes I think my best days are behind me--because I am in a much better place now, emotionally. But then I still battle anxiety and that pain and all those emotions that come with it? Don't wish it on anyone. But in a way, he was right. Out of pain and suffering we can create incredible art. <3

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  13. The inspiration that only comes from pain - I get that statement so much. All the hugs to you, friend. xo

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  14. Gratitude makes us view everything differently. So glad you were able to write this post. Sending you hugs and wishes for a good week.

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  15. Amanda | The Light OwlJuly 17, 2017 at 9:12 PM

    Grateful for your angry inner voice. Wow. How profound is that? That sort of gratitude does not come easy. I love that your gratitude practice has gotten you to the point where you're able to be thankful for even the most difficult things.

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  16. Yes, very grateful for air conditioning!! Thanks for coming by to read, Kristin. :)

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  17. Thanks, Laura! Those are the best kind of friends. :)

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  18. Saturday was very nice. And thank you. I was surprised when I got the notice, but very excited. :)

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  19. Awesome news about your email from the publishing house! I feel your pain with the DMV issue. I remember when I changed my name after I got married and the ridiculous process I had to go through (I'm pretty sure I went down there 3 times to get it sorted) it's like they must do this every day but they somehow don't understand their own process! So much frustration! Glad to hear you had some nice family time to finish out the week x

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  20. You're so right, Div. Thank you for the encouragement today. Hope you have a great week, friend! <3

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  21. Thank you, Halima, for your sweet comment. It's awesome to enjoy what you do every day. Not everyone is blessed in that way. :)

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  22. Thanks, Beth. I'm really excited about this new opportunity. I'm always grateful when I get to spend time with family, especially those I don't get to see as often as I'd like to. :)

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  23. Me too, Channing. Thanks for coming by to read!

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  24. You're so right, Katie! That's so cool to get a shoutout on the podcast. It reminds me of that one time when I was in fifth grade and I called in to the local radio station to request a song and they mentioned my name (and pronounced it correctly) on the air. I felt so special. Haha!

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  25. Yes, Katie was spot on! And you're right, it is both a curse and a blessing. I feel like some of my best healing has come from those moments when I have to get my emotions out on paper. I'm sure a lot of creative people feel the same way. Even Van Gogh suffered from a mental illness.

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  26. Yep, that statement came out of tears this morning. Hope you have a great week, sweet friend! <3

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  27. I'll be the first to admit that sometimes it's really hard to find things to be grateful for. When you're not in that mindset, it can be tough, but I've learned to look for the silver linings in everything. :)

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  28. Exactly! And I'm pretty sure the people who work in the local DMVs are making good money too. Must be nice when they aren't very helpful at all. Hope you have a great week, Dominique! <3

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  29. I love gratitude posts. Imagine what the world would be like if we all fostered a culture of gratitude.

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  30. I love a bit of Monday Gratitude! Even though its Tuesday we can always do with doses of gratitude in our lives!

    A massive congratulations on your news but I am more happy for you
    for recognizing you need a day to yourself & having the strength to
    be positive even when you're in the darkness.

    www.nmdiaries.com

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  31. Thanks for your sweet words, Nazrin! <3

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  32. Carrie @ Curly Crafty MomJuly 18, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Wow! It must be fun to be an aunt to 6!! I always wanted a sister! I am sure the pool/pizza party was lots of fun! I hate the DMV! I've had my name changed a couple of times and it is never fun!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  33. I'm one of nine kids in my family, so I'm used to having a lot lof little ones running around! :)

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  34. Love reading gratitude posts. They are such a neat window into the bloggers life.

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