Did you know that you can’t be grateful and stressed at the exact same time? That you can’t be in a state of gratitude and be fearful at the same moment? You can’t.
Humans often talk about the “secret to a happy life.” It’s really simple. Be grateful. The great Tony Robbins will tell you to “turn your expectations into appreciations” and you’ll change your life.
For the last year I’ve been working on my gratitude. To find what I can appreciate about each situation. Here’s an example. Nathan hit a deer driving to Spokane the other day. More like a deer hit him. The damn doe ran out into the road and tried to jump over his truck but ended up just bashing into the bed and busting out the rear window. I could stress about what this will cost us or all the hoops we have to jump through with the insurance company. But instead I chose to focus on how lucky Nathan was. The deer hit the back of the truck so Nathan wasn’t hurt in anyway. It broke a window and dented his truck but other than that the truck is fine and Nathan was able to finish his journey to Spokane and NOT miss his flight to South Carolina. It can be fixed and I am thankful we have insurance. And because of all this I’m not dwelling on it and know that when it’s all said and done it will just add to the story we’re creating.
I’ve chosen gratitude. It’s part of my every morning routine to focus on 3 things I’m grateful for. Tonight I’d like to write about 10 of them.
Coffee. Can we just take a moment to really appreciate coffee? The aroma. The caffeine boost. The cute mugs. I just am happy to wake up so that I can have a cup of coffee!
Flowers. They just brighten up my life. I love flowers. I plant real ones in my yard and keep seasonal fake ones inside my home. Flowers make my heart smile and I’m just thankful for the beauty they bring into my life. (I’d like to also add that I’m super grateful for beautiful sunsets and summer evenings! So beautiful and hard to be unhappy when the sky is painted like this.)
Tacoma. I’ve ALWAYS wanted a Tacoma but never thought I’d actually own one. They are overpriced and I just never saw myself being able to afford one. But I was able to get the money right and make it work and I got my brand new rig and I love it. After being broke down on the side of the road 3 times with the Rav I was always so anxious about driving. I am thankful for the peace of mind my new ride gives me. And it’s badass.
Kindergarten. I love what I do. LOVE my job. And it’s hard. People joke about how they don’t know how I do it but all jokes aside kindergarten really does test me, and sometimes overwhelm me, but I honestly love it. I am so grateful that I get to do something I love everyday for work. I am thankful for the purpose my job gives me and the bigger picture I’m serving.
Bass fishing. I am so thankful for bass fishing. It’s something that Nathan introduced me to and apart of our lives that I love. I love being on the water. I love the excitement of catching a bass. I love all of the cool tackle. I love that our boys love bass fishing and it’s becoming something we can do together as a family. I love that Nathan’s competitive bass fishing has allowed us to travel and taken us to cool new places. I’m thankful that we have this part of our life!
Teacher Tribe. You know how they say it takes a village to raise children? Well, it takes a tribe to teach children. A huge part of why my job is so amazing is because I have an incredible tribe of teachers that care about each other, are invested in the lives of children and committed to do whatever it takes to make our school the best it can be.
Jenna. Oh Jenna. I don’t know if she fully realizes the value she has brought to my life. She is my best friend. I have girl friends and some are really good friends. But Jenna is the first person to come into my life who is LIKE me. Who values the same things I do. Who has a lot of the same anxieties as I do. Who truly gets me because she’s so much like me. My other friends I’m grateful for but I’ve never been on the exact same page with anyone so something was always missing. I would confide in my husband how sad it made me that I didn’t have any close friends like he did. Because even though I had friends I just didn’t feel like I could be my authentic self with any of them. And then I met Jenna who is a mom and a wife and loves being at home with her family and commits most of her life to them. Like me! And she made me realize that I don’t have to feel guilty about that and I don’t have to be torn between my friends and my family but that family comes first and we can still be best friends even though we don’t have weekly girls nights. And I can cry to her and laugh with her and confide in her and she’s filled that void in my heart. And I don’t know if any of this has made sense to anyone reading but me but that’s okay because it’s my blog. I’m grateful for Jenna.
My boys. Oh the joy my children have brought to my life. I am thankful every single day God gave me such wonderful boys to love and raise. They are so good and healthy and beautiful. I’m full of gratitude to have them.
Date nights with a husband who makes my heart smile. Nathan and I have so much fun with each other. We get along really well and enjoy each other’s company and love our date nights together. I am so thankful to be so in love with my husband. 12 years going strong.
My health. I do not take my good health for granted. I’m thankful every single day to be cancer free, disease free, pain free and a clean bill of health. My heart aches for so many fighting big battles just to get back to health. I am so so grateful to be healthy.
There are my ten for today. But there are so many more. Fall scented candles. Coors Light. Yoga pants. My beautiful home. The money in my bank account. Our camper. My parents (all 4 of them!) My boys’ amazing and involved grandparents. My dog, Sage. Our huge backyard. The rain. Sunshine. The beach. Comfy blankets. I could go on and on because what’s right is all around you. You just have to look for the good and appreciate everything. ❤️