Throughout all the dramatic moments that require a Costco-sized portion of chocolate and comedy, I find that gratitude helps change perspective. I can be angry, sad, frustrated, and gutted but if I can find a moment of gratitude that changes my compass, and after a while I’m able to find the funny in not so funny situations.
I like to live by the Silver Linings Playbook when I can and finding blessings, big or small helps me stay on that page.
A good blogging buddy, Susie Lindau, kicked off The Blessed Project this month, which I thought was such a great way of sending positive vibes out to the universe. Can’t feel too much negativity when you’re thinking of things to be grateful for …
So I’ve found the beginnings of my list. I imagine that by December 31st, I will have added more and will definitely revisit as the year comes to an end and a new one begins.
So what’s on the list …
They make me try harder than anyone and anything. I’m lucky to love somebody this much and to have this love make me a better person. Every morning I get up with purpose, exhausted, but with purpose. They make my half-empty glass look half-full and I’m continually trying to appreciate the present, so that the years don’t feel so short.
I’m blessed with …
I’m blessed to have a sense of humor to get me through the hard times. I feel really blessed that I find strength when others might have broken down by now. My ability to look for the funny helped me persevere through multiple bouts of failure in everyday life, in motherhood, parking wars, writer rejections, customer service reps, supermarket sweeps, and crazy lawsuits by some crazy chick. I’m blessed that I can write about my journey and know that laughter will be a large chapter.
I’m blessed to live in …
Appreciating the beach, the surfers and gaining peace at the same time. 🙂
Touching the Pacific Ocean
We played sports.
A beach trip is not complete without building sandcastles. And everyone was hard at work, but as you can tell I didn’t dress my kid. Pink would never have been an option for my daughter. In fact I have no idea how this swimsuit made it. It’s a good thing the Pacific Ocean had magical mood changing powers.
California … where the beach is my escape during weekends in the summer, spring, and fall, where the waves can help calm inner turmoil, where we can play soccer, baseball, and volleyball in the sand with my kids, where a boogie and the waves can wash away a bad mood and where nature is so close I can feel her whisper good things to me as the sun warms my face.
I’m blessed …
My Dad with his grandson …
The inspiration I wore that day
Hanging with Dad.
My Dad …
My Dad … just being Dad
that my father’s spirit is with me even though he’s passed away. I’m blessed that I remember the lessons he tried to teach me and that in the end I could call myself his friend. I wasn’t only family I was his friend.
I’m blessed that …
Merryl Streep rocks.
Image courtesy of Shuffle.com
I find moments of inspiration and strength from unlikely places and they stick with me, they change my course and I’m better for it. I’m blessed to have learned lessons.
I’m blessed …
Rejuvenate with friends
The people who help me forget that I have gray hair.
with a handful of friends, college buddies, work-out pals, life long friends that support me and accept me as I am, that don’t curb my enthusiasm and let my Marty McFly freak flag sail high.
I’m blessed …
Just finished Devil’s Canyon and racing to the pool.
Bungy Jumping in Cairns, Australia
with a love for sports, adventure, and bucket list shenanigans and for the opportunities that make these things happen. I’m blessed with opportunities that help give me peace, awesomeness, rejuvenation, feel-good feelings, confidence, mojo, juice, and that awesome Gatorade-Commercial- worthy-Ninja-Warrior feeling that gives me that Super Soul Sunday moment.
I’m blessed with opportunity … even though I might not see it sometimes, they’re there. Just got to take a closer look. Everyday there’s a new chance, a new opportunity, for something amazing to happen, a moment of awesomeness that’s all I need.