Monday, February 24, 2020

Simple Gratitude | 154

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



After sharing a gratitude post a few weeks ago, I remembered how much I enjoyed writing them, so I'm going to try to mix them into the schedule more frequently. Right now, I need every reminder of the blessings I have in my life, even if they are tiny things that might not seem important to anyone else. I am overwhelmed with frustrating health problems that don't seem to be improving and can feel depression creeping back in. So, let's try to find a few silver linings. Yes?

This week, I'm grateful for:
  • Dog walks. My brother and sister-in-law's dog has been staying here for the last few weeks while they renovate their new home and prepare to move. She's such a sweet pup and is always game for trying to lift my spirits, especially if there might be treats involved. We particularly enjoy our walks together. It's been good exercise and good therapy, and it's reminded me how much I miss having a full-time fuzzy friend.
  • Trying something new. And deciding it is not for me. For fear of royally embarrassing myself, I won't share what this thing was, but a new feature on a certain social media channel was briefly utilized and then quickly deleted. I remembered why I have drawn lines in the sand before, but it did give me a good laugh. I'll just record this experience off as research for a future writing project.
  • Head-scratching-whisk-thingy. You know what I'm talking about. This thing. I have owned one for years but had misplaced it until a few weeks ago. What I discovered is that when you are in the depths of anxiety, it works great at pulling you back into the present moment. If you don't own one, you're missing out. 
  • Oversized sweatshirts, twinkle lights, candles. A few weeks ago, I shared in my coffee date post that I thought the secret to staying productive was setting the mood and creating a ritualistic environment for my writing time. This also works for self-care time. Several friends have written about having a self-care box, filled with all the things they need when they want a night to pamper their soul. I completely stand behind this idea and am currently working on building my own box.
  • Books, movies, shows that teach me something. A Sagittarius through and through, I love to learn. It doesn't matter what the topic is, if I can read, watch, or listen to something that will teach me about what I don't know, I'm game. This week, I'm revisiting the 2008 financial crisis and watching all the documentaries and films on the topic. I am a happy (well-informed, albeit nerdy) gal.
What are you grateful for today? 

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20 comments:

  1. I'm sorry about the frustrating health problems. I hope that thinking about the little things you are grateful for will help beat back the depression a bit. I think it's great you tried something new, even if it wasn't for you. Now you know! And dog walks and just having a pet around in general is lovely. I know being around my cat calms me down. I love the idea of a self-care box. I've heard of bad day boxes, and it's kind of the same concept.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. Hearing you and hoping that those frustrating health problems smooth out a bit more every day. I'm grateful first for your list of gratitudes. I've focused too much the past few days on the way our two cats like to annoy me, and haven't really had the right spirit to be open to them. It might sound silly, but it makes a difference to me. If we're at odds, a pair of cats won't back down in creating more havoc!

    I'm grateful for my bus ride into work ... the chance to either get a head start on work - or not. It's my choice. Today, I chose to window watch, and honestly, I'm here ready to roll because of the break!

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  3. Being around animals is so good for mental health. :)

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  4. It would be nice having that choice on the commute to work!

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  5. I love your list! I am also grateful for books. I make sure to read daily. I also love my oversized sweatshirts.

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  6. Oversized sweatshirts are the best. And good for you trying something new and out of your comfort zone, even if you decided it wasn't for you, that's still awesome you gave it a try. <3

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  7. I have been living in oversized sweatshirts lately!

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  8. I love the idea behind a gratitude journal! Such a great way to be mindful of the positive!!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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  9. mary_makeup@hotmail.itFebruary 25, 2020 at 7:30 AM

    We're not living a very happy moment here in Italy, as you all know, but there is always a season to be grateful for. The Sun, my family, my dogs, my health...

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  10. Those are all good things to be grateful for. :)

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  11. Writing down a few of the things I'm grateful for is part of my morning routine. It makes such a difference in how you greet the day. (I do love those Head-scratching-whisk-things, too! So relaxing!)

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  12. This is a great list! I agree oversized sweatshirts are the best, it's all I wear these days when I get home from work. And those whisk things are amazing:) it's really good to think about what you are grateful got every once in a while. Even the little things make such a big difference. Thanks for sharing :)

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  13. Today I am grateful for the slower stage life seems to have fallen into. I really hope I don't jinx myself there but I really am loving it. Even if it only lasts a little while. I have a head scratcher somewhere. Gonna have to find it now!

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  14. Yes, I'm enjoying one of those stages too. It's nice and I hope I can ride it out until spring gets here!

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  15. Tobia | craftaliciousmeMarch 8, 2020 at 7:49 AM

    So sorry to hear your health issues have not been turning out better yet. Hope you'll be able to find some solutions soon. Good that you have company by a furry friend though.

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  16. Thank you so much, friend. I'm taking it one day at a time. :)

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