It’s year five of my taking the Grateful Challenge! Inspired by Spin Sucks, the goal is to set a timer for 10 minutes and try to list 99 things you’re grateful for. (Here are the previous installments: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.)
This year’s installment:
- My mom’s life
- Everything my mom taught me, especially about integrity
- My mom’s admonition to “be pretty” (which wasn’t about outer beauty)
- My husband
- My dad
- My daughter
- My son
- My new job
- All the time I spent as a freelancer at my new job, before becoming a full-time employee
- Everyone at my job who has taken the time to explain things to me, support me, help me figure out the ropes
- All the freelancers who I now work with
- Backing up to the “mom” section — all the time we had with her between her initial hospitalization in early December 2017 and her death in February — just sitting in a hospital room, time that obviously was a gift (in retrospect)
- My house — the memories we have here as we prepare to move out
- My friends
- All the lessons I learned from three years of caregiving
- All the lessons I learned between leaving Healthy Kids in May 2014 and starting my full-time job in September 2018 — freelancing for different places
- Returning (somewhat) to an exercise habit
- Returning to Weight Watchers, losing 30 pounds
- My trip to Chicago, speaking at Type A along with Laura Petrolino
- Wayne Kevin’s graduation in May
- Tenley’s upcoming graduation in December
- Wayne Kevin’s and Tenley’s significant others
- Being involved with Charity Miles
- The opportunity to review plays for Broadway World and the Tallahassee Democrat
- Meeting Chloe Bressack at the Pulse Vigil
- Snail Mail
- Yoga, the Tallahassee community, the support given to Hot Yoga Tallahassee
- The one time in the four years of freelancing I really got sabotaged, because karma worked that one out pretty beautifully
- Being together with the whole family in April when we buried Dad’s and Barb’s ashes
- Learning to (having to?) say no to a few things
- The Five Minute Friday community
- Toastmasters — even though I’m not active now, using the lessons from it every day
- People who take the time to give me specific feedback about how to improve (at work and in the broader world)
- A great therapist, the opportunity to have help working through things
- Coffee dates with friends
- Not that it’s a “good” thing, but the fact that working through a less-than-optimal credit rating has made me hustle harder (and hopefully will lead to my kids being freakishly careful about money)
If “success” is reaching 99 items, then this year is a bust! Maybe it’s a function of being in survival mode for much of the year. Maybe I’m writing this while tired. I tend to think it’s more a function of this year falling into a few huge chunks of “life” instead of many small fragments.
What I know, but didn’t necessarily convey in the 38 items listed, is that I am so fortunate … to be doing work I love and to have the opportunity to work from home. To have celebrated a 26th wedding anniversary and to have spent this evening with my two grown children, reassured by them to an extent that they feel pretty good about their childhoods.
I know I have probably left people out, but I guess the beautiful thing is that I can make it a point to express my gratitude in person, in writing, or with a phone call any time I choose.
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It’s never too late to spend ten minutes focusing on gratitude! Let me know if you do the challenge!
Photo Credit: Gratisography
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
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