Monday, June 11, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 126

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful



"You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together." - Anthony Bourdain

It's Monday again and this one is bittersweet for me. Last week was a tough one with the loss of two talented creative souls as well as some sad news in my own life. The last seven days have been emotionally draining and I'm hoping this week is a little kinder. I'm intentionally starting the day off on a positive note with a bit mug of tea. Hope you have a blessed Monday.

This week, I'm grateful for:
  • Playtime with my nephew. My sister's family came over for a cookout this weekend and I got to see my Captain Adorable. I've missed him the last few times the family got together because I'd been under the weather, but was glad to get lots of snuggles in. The boy is so smart and, like me, can eat an entire pint of blueberries in one sitting. He spent a lot of time telling me about his recent fishing trip, and each time he mentioned it, the fish he caught grew several inches. 😊
  • Cool June mornings. 2018 has been a strange year for weather events and staying true to that, the first week of June was cool and breezy. Normally the pool would be open and summer in full swing, but it doesn't look like we are going to get much swimming in anytime soon, but I'll take the lovely cool mornings as much as I can get.
  • Seeing the results of working out. I've been pushing myself to workout every single day and it's not been easy. There are some days I've felt like crap when I woke up, but I still kicked my ass and made it happen. This week, I finally started noticing some changes in my reflection in the mirror and how clothes are fitting. Woohoo!
  • Letting my heart do the writing. This weekend, I read something a dear friend texted me over two years ago. He told me I needed to start writing from my heart more and stop letting my brain get in the way. Two years later, I still struggle with this but I've resolved to shut off my thinker and ignore my desire to write content for everyone else, and just write for me. Let's see how this plays out...
  • The life and legacy of Anthony Bourdain. I started watching the show No Reservations in 2005, when I was spending every day in the kitchen, practicing French sauces and learning about the idea of the fusion of cultures on a dinner plate. Watching his show sung to my wanderlusty heart and cemented my passion for cooking food. When I woke up on Friday morning, I broke my usual habit of ignoring my phone and immediately opened Twitter. As soon as I saw his name on the trending list, my heart sunk. I spent the rest of the day scrolling through Twitter and Instagram, reading stories and testimonials from the thousands of people his life touched. From three-star Michelin chefs to young people busting their butts in sweaty kitchens, every person in the food industry accredited part of their passion and drive to this man. The man could sit at a table with anyone from a random guy he met on the street corner to President Barack Obama, and he was the same person to them all. He made connections over a dinner plate. Isn't that what we are all searching for? He is sure to be missed.

What are you grateful for today? 

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18 comments:

  1. You seem like such a good auntie!! And I know, I cannot believe how many suicides there have been, with Kate Spade as well. There is so much I could say about this topic, but I think the number one way to prevent suicide is to genuinely care about people and take an interest in their lives/mental being. Because even the strong people struggle.

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  2. Good morning girl! I feel you about all the sadness in the world at the moment...and I’m so sad about Anthony as well. I will say, I think this post was essential, to count you blessings and remember the “good” I’m glad you’ve shed some light on your own current life shared a few good things right now...the world really needs that!! I hope you have the best day ❤️

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  3. I've also been trying to at least fit in a short workout everyday...I haven't yet gotten to it today, but because of your post I'm going to make the time for it! I am looking forward to feeling stronger with time and diligence!

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  4. Always lovely to be here, Lecy <3 so sorry to hear you had a rough week and am keeping fingers crossed that this week is a better one overall. I’m gutted by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. Bryan and I watched the last aired episode of Parts Unknown last night and my heart sank knowing that this sweet and passionate man no longer walks this earth :( he was a gifted storyteller and will be missed.

    What a wonderful auntie you are :) love that the fish kept growing with each retelling! Sounds about right ;)

    Also you should feel so proud of yourself! It’s wonderful when you can feel the results you are working towards!

    Hope you have a great week ahead! Xoxo

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  5. Zamaie Alexie ChinyeJune 11, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    I hope that this week is a lot better for you, Lecy! Today, I'm grateful for many things. I was also shocked when I heard about Anthony Bourdain. I used to watch Parts Unknown on TV at home sometimes. He will be missed.

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  6. The tributes to Anthony Bourdain really have been incredible. He clearly touched soooo many lives. I especially loved seeing some people post things like "Go eat at a restaurant run by immigrants tonight in his honor." What an awesome legacy to leave.

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  7. It's so sad, all the people we've lost. Such brilliant, creative people too. You are spot on, Chelsea. We need to be better about how we treat others and make a point to be more invested in their lives. Thanks for stopping by to read today! Hope you have a great week!

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  8. Thank you so much for stopping by to read, Laura. Hope you have a great week! <3

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  9. That feeling of being stronger is my motivator right now. It's definitely what pushes me out of bed on the mornings I don't feel like getting the workout in! Hope you have a great week, Rachel!

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  10. I've never seen Parts Unknown, but I'm adding it to my watch list. I loved his older shows. You're right, he was one heck of a storyteller. Thanks for stopping by today, Charlotte. Hope you have an awesome week! <3

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  11. I'm hoping it's a better week too and I'm keeping my spirits up. Thanks so much for stopping by to read today. Hope you have a great week, Zamaie!

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  12. Anthony really did start a conversation about people that we weren't having before his tv shows. He had such a gift for connecting with people over food. I love that idea of eating at a restaurant run by immigrants. I'm definitely going to branch out of my restaurant routine in his honor. :)

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  13. I'm sorry you had a personally rough week. I hope this week is much better. It was so sad to hear about both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I just really want people to be more open about talking about mental illness, and I wish more people had access to help if they want/need it. I know that's not always enough, but it's sometimes it's a start.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  14. Thank you, Lauren. I agree with you that we need to be more open about mental illness. So many people believe that admitting you struggle makes you weak and that's just not the case. I hope with the conversation we are having these days, that more and more people will be willing and able to seek help.

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  15. I adore blog posts like this! It's so important to sit down and reflect on the little moments in life as they are really the big things in disguise. I hope this week is a little brighter for you ✨

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  16. Wishing you a better week! You have a lot of things to be grateful for though. I love spending time with my neices and nephews. It's so fun when you can spend time with your family. Congrats on seeing the results of working out, that's so awesome!

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  17. You're right, they are the big moments in disguise. Thanks for coming by!

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  18. Thanks, Alexis. Hope you have a great week!

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