Monday, August 20, 2012

Gratitude Journal

"Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons."
--Ruth Ann Schabacker

This week I untied the ribbons. My husband is away for more training so I am managing the homefront. I am really working hard to keep busy and my spirits up. I'm happy to report I have been successful. This week has been about jumping outside my comfort zone. Sometimes, it's more about the leap of faith than the landing zone. Here is my gratitude journal this week.

#1  McDs Frappes are like heaven in a glass. Love love love them! We are talking serious sugar and caffeine buzz. And sometimes I need to be grateful for that.

#2 Little surprises. My husband texted me Saturday afternoon telling me he would be at his squadron for a couple hours. Wow...completely caught me off guard but I got the kids and grabbed some ice cream before stopping in to see him. I love surprises especially when they include a handsome Marine.

#3 Crafting. I am not a crafty person but I know the basics. This week I started sewing, it's something I do periodically. Which translates to once a year.  Typically my sewing lasts long enough to get stumped by a problem and the project goes in the box. I decided to work through whatever problems arise by creating my own fixes (good or bad). I admit I enjoyed my hobby time.

#4 Family support. I will admit my family relationships haven't always been perfect.  After years of being disappointed, I made the decision ask for what I wanted. Brilliant idea, isn't it? I am so thankful for those key people's willingness to put an effort into our relationship. Their support makes a huge difference.

#5 Air conditioning. I'm telling you as superficial as air conditioning sounds I cannot imagine making it through this heat wave without it. I've got high hopes for a cold front!

I want to share how grateful I am for the positive comments many have left regarding the gratitude journal. I am so happy to hear how you have been inspired to think more positively or take time to reflect on your own blessings. It does the heart good!


  1. I love Frappes! The carmel are my favorite! It is wonderful that you are staying positive and strong while your husband is away. I know it can be very hard to do. Good luck on the sewing. I am a sewer, quilter, knitter, crocheter! If you have a question, you can ask, not sure I can answer, but will try! Keep your head up, it will get easier!

    1. Thank you for the offer Cynthia. I will definitely email any questions. I did find Google was a good resource. It taught me to sew the button on the cozies.

  2. Air conditioning is at the top of my list. Along with clean sheets, running water, electricity and a car that doesn't break down. Oh, I also really like internet and netflix:)

    1. Yay for air conditioning. You must live somewhere warm too. You point out there is much to be to be thankful, big or small. Just keep it real, right?

  3. Yay for surprises from handsome marines! That had to make your day :)

  4. Nicole you inspired several of my posts last week...Friday- I did a post on my gratitude, Saturday I did a post using the Oprah quote. Focusing on gratitude this week has made such a change in my perception...which inspired my post yesterday.

    Thank you my dear for the inspiration! Wishing you a week full of gratitude!

  5. I love to hear that! I hopped over and read them all. I admire your writing style its very whimsical and captures your emotion so well. I will continue to (hopefully) inspire gratitude on this blog because I find it does change our perceptions.