1. I am grateful to everyone who has served, still serves, and plans to serve in a branch of America’s military. They risk their lives when they don’t have too, and even if no one agrees with everything on the political side, we in America should all be thankful for our soldiers!
2. I am thankful that my best friend and I have spoken for the first time since October. We are related through marriages, and for all intent and purposes, she is my sister. We both mess up, get mad, but I have missed her horrible, and blood may be thick, but she chooses me as family, the same as I do her.
3. I am very sad that I planned on doing things with my girls this weekend, but their father had planned a beach trip and so I compromised when I truly wanted to be difficult. I am thankful they are okay, get to spend time with him, his mother, their aunt and cousin. I am thankful for them both.
4. I am 38 yrs old, and frankly, I have always been in what I consider long term relationships. The one I had to end had ran for 9 yrs. But back and forth for 15 yrs. I absolutely was not in a healthy relationship. My girls no longer felt safe. People can be judgemental but not all women stay because they are weak, scared, or believe they deserve to be treated with disrespect. I was trying to keep my girls happy while I was miserable. I had to get out of it and it’s not been easy. His family’s involvement, moving my life out of his house, and it felt like such a waste of half my life. But then I realized I am thankful I finally told my girls, I stayed with him 2 yrs longer than I should have, trying to keep them from hurting. But I needed them to know a man does not treat a woman that way, so lead by example. I’m thankful I made the decision.
5. This is in reference to # 4 – I decided I had to get out of the mess I was in, stop trying to hide behind my bipolar disorder to avoid life, and make a change positive for my girls. Along the way a friend was by my side. Actually, he tried being there, but I was worried over the problems it would cause. As this man made me laugh, after walking in and seeing me crying over my now ex, and as he showed me compassion, understanding, and how someone should treat me, I realized this man was more to me than a friend. He became my best friend, but I wanted more. He give me time. And then hearing him say he loved me, I am so thankful I found love again, because I was jaded and done.
6. I am thankful for the people in my life that have still stuck around.
7. I am thankful that I have been inspired to show both my blogs attention. Depression and writer’s block took their toll.
8. I am thankful for everyday that I get a chance to become stronger.
9. I’m thankful to all of you wonderful people who take the time to read this and comment. It means a lot.
10. I am thankful that I can sometimes remember to reflect on the good instead of all the bad and it turns out, my blessings outweigh the negative.
Shout out to Lizzi and her TTOT. You show strength by being thankful and keeping up with your blog. I admire your strength through the hard times and hope for you to have happy roads ahead.
I may have to run through this list pretty quick, but I’m thinking acknowledging some thankfulness is better than not. Sometimes, it’s a great effort, but worth it.
1. Thankful my daughters done excellent on their midterms!!
2. Thankful my boyfriend’s daughter had her baby last Tuesday, Ms. Annabelle Grace. Anyone on my Facebook page can see how amazingly beautiful this baby is.
3. My 8 year old’s first game, cheerleading for the same school I once cheered for, the Riverlawn Rams. She has so much energy and loves it. The Rams also won their first game. Now my oldest cheered when she was 8 and she was so adorable. But it was a hassle getting her to cheerleading practice. She enjoyed the games, but not the practice. The following year, she played softball and that was much more her style. Then her little sister played t-ball, but cheerleading is a strength for her.
4. Glad for the nice weather, although the nights are getting chilly and Autumn is settling in.
5. With Autumn settling in, I am thankful for the mountains I live in. The leaves will start changing and the Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular. My favorite photos have been taken in the fall.
6. I was raised religious. I won’t go into that. I will only say that it effected how I feel now about religions and such. However, my granny always said, “When we’re down to nothing, that’s when God is up to something.” I’m finding that to be true.
7. Thankful for some of the amazing people in my life and thankful for the ones that weren’t so amazing. Everything can be turned into a lesson learned.
8. The saying, “do things for others, and you will feel good inside,” is very much true. Just little things can really make a difference in someone else’s life.
9. Wanting to go to a dentist, get my license back, and a few more goals are stressing me out. I believe I need to rethink things or stop trying to accomplish everything at once because I get so overwhelmed when I put too much on my plate.
10. Thankful that I’m trying to step out from writing poems and focus some on short stories and other genres. Hopefully, I will get better.
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. – John Bunyon
- First, I am thankful that my girls got to spend time with their father in Jacksonville, N.C. and they also got to go to Orlando, Florida, so of course, a visit to Disney World.
2. I’m thankful they will be home in a couple days. School started here early, which was Friday. But their teachers were fine with them being on vacation.
3. I am thankful that I have all their school supplies ready.
4. Instead of complaining that our washer is not spinning out all the way, I’ll say, I’m thankful it can still be used. Hopefully until we can get another one. I was without a washer and dryer for several years. The things we can take for granted.
5. I’m thankful my cousin was released from jail after being incarcerated for over a year. I’ll leave it at that.
6. I’m thankful the weather is warming back up. We had 5 or 6 days straight rain and it was fall type weather. I’m not quite ready to tell summer goodbye yet. In my mind summer begins and ends with Memorial Day and Labor Day. I suppose because all the pools, lakes, ect open on Memorial Day and close on Labor Day weekend.
7. I finally broke down and submitted one of my poems to a lit mag. I have been wanting to for some time now and even though I just submitted it, I’m grateful I had the courage to do so.
8. I have come to a point where I know everyone’s advice is to write everyday. Even when I don’t feel like it. I am happy to accept the fact that I cannot write every single day. So, I can stop beating myself up about it so much.
9. I am very excited and happy that my god daughter has enrolled in college and this was her first week.
10. I am trying to do the 30 day Pilate challenge and hope I can stick to it. I’m grateful for the days I feel motivated.
Hop over to Considerings and tell us what you’re thankful for. My copying and pasting links isn’t working so well due to pop on my laptop, again. sigh.
It seems hard at times to find the “thankful” when I feel more like saying, “No thanks!!!” to life. As they always tell people in N.A. groups, even if you used, come to the meetings and practice sobriety, a “fake it til you make it” type of mantra. So, I’ll apply that here today.
1. Sunshine – This has been a rainy, cloudy, and lower temp type of week. Today had the ‘blah’ stamp of approval. Finally, the sun began to shine about 15 minutes ago. I believe it’s proven in scientific facts, but I know for myself, the sunshine can change my moods, and the gloomy days take a toll on my bipolar mind. So, I’m thankful to see the sun out.
2. Good Books – Thankful that I have some good books that I don’t mind re-reading on a cloudy day. Although I will be even more thankful when I get a chance to grab a new one. I’m leaning toward “Gone Girl” as my next read.
3. Experiences – As I was reading Lizzi’s blog on Considerings, she reminded me that my 10th grade year of high school, our science teacher took 6 chosen students that had went above and beyond in his class, rock climbing in North Carolina on Stone Mountain. 600 ft. of climbing and it was scary, wonderful, and I am going to have to scan the photos the next chance I get. I’m glad I have gotten many chances to expand my experiences, and looking forward to more.
4. Music – It is true, that as well as the sun, music can uplift someone, remind them of past, can make them feel sad, loved, happy, lonely, and if it’s good music, you will feel as if the song was written and recorded just for you. This reminds me of my recent trip to Pigeon Forge. I was able to record on my phone two live bands during our stay and they were fabulous. I wish I had thought to get their names and perhaps purchase a c.d. Sidenote to self to look online and see if I round up anything.
5. Necessities – I suppose I do tend to look at the more negative side of things and I don’t remember if I’ve always done so, or if throughout life, I began to do so without realizing it. I think the latter applies because I don’t recall being anything but happy throughout my childhood, until my grandfather had a stroke when I was 16 and in the middle of my junior year in high school. Then it seems when recovering from one death, another seems to come along, I began looking at life more harder and feeling more bitter. So, I want to take a moment and be thankful that my children and myself have what we need. What we need and what we want can get confusing and run together in my mind. Once I begin to separate what I need and what I think I need, and then what I want, I realize we have food, shelter, clothes, water, electricity, and the bills get paid, even if a struggle at times. Then we have things we don’t necessarily need but make the days go by faster, for them t.v., for me the internet and radio, for my youngest her bike. The small family I do have are caring and loving and so life isn’t so gloom after all.
6. Pilates – I am trying to lose weight at the moment. This hasn’t been a problem for me until recently. Willpower to stick to an exercise program is where I struggle most. I still enjoy my evening walks with my god-daughter, my girls, and my two great god-sons. But when the weather isn’t permitting, and I know I need to add a little bit more, I finally found a Pilate challenge for 30 days. I haven’t gotten bored and they seem to be doing what they are intended to do. I’ll admit I have slacked for the past week. Also, I found the challenge bookmarked because it was to begin 30 days before Memorial Day and I bookmark things like this and forget about them. Then in my useless attempt to organize things, I stumble across outdated challenges, outdated submissions for literary mags that I mean to submit a poem to, and other such things. With this though, I figured that better now than never.
7 My children – This is actually my children and my close loved ones. Recently, things have happened that are unfair in my opinion. Living in a small town and with everyone being so close, it has it’s ups. The downs can really get a person down though. I will just say that as a mother, I have made mistakes, but overall my girls are well- balanced, know they are loved, exceed in school, and feel free to talk to me about life’s little ups and downs. We get tested all through life – tested for a driver’s license, tested throughout school, tested for employment, tested on our beliefs, but there are no study guides and then an exam when having children. We all know how we were raised, we even believe before having children that we will be different or the same as our parents. This doesn’t happen. Sure, there are millions of books and articles to read about parenting. I can’t think of one person who remembers these books when situations in life occur. I even took Child Care in high school. Overall, I know there are times I deserve an F and times I deserve an A+. Thankfully, children are forgiving and resilient creatures.
8. Blogs – Not only have I found wonderful people throughout the Blogging World, and amazing prompts, such as this one, but I’m thankful I have a place I can turn to and reflect on things I’m thankful for, things I don’t realize until typing, and a place I can keep all my poetry and little random things that make me happy. I like Facebook, don’t check Twitter as much as I should, and definitely need to post more in my blogs, but just the same, my blogs are my favorite by far on the internet life.
9. Sleep – I am grateful for sleep because of insomnia. I’m also grateful sometimes when life seems to get me down, I can sleep and wake up refreshed and feeling like I can handle anything life throws my way.
10. Laughter – Laughter is healthy, healing, and the best laughter sometimes happens when I’m alone and watch a movie that makes me laugh. Or a book I’m reading has a witty sentence that makes me laugh along with the characters. Memories of silly things that bring a smile to my face. I think that’s the best laughter of all. Thankfully, I made it through this week, and am finished with my post for Ten Things of Thankful. YaY.