June: Attitude of Gratitude
Now that July is leaving room for August I realize that I have not yet posted June’s A of G! My apologies.
June was a busy month – emotionally. It felt like the month that I tanked and swam around on the muddy bottom of a pool for a while. Actually it was my running shoes and soul/sole that got muddy, but not in the fun, exhilarating, and good kind of way. So I plodded on. I kept doing what I know works for me. I tried to be patient. I tried to see the good in each day by keeping up with this list. Some days this seemed like a real challenge.
Most days I write down five things I am grateful for, big or small, subtle or apparent. I archive and post the list monthly. This is June 2013.
a great run even though I got lost for 45 min — running on trails — feeling better about obligations — letting go and moving beyond — a tired boy who went to bed so quickly.
a delicious breakfast – breakfast (just me and my son) – watching bike races (just me and my son) – a good nap – the appreciation for my son’s sensitivity.
waking up and feeling mostly awake — warmer temps both inside and outside — a tasty hemp protein and berry smoothie — another easy/non-structured week of running — great podcasts to enjoy while running.
rest day — publishing a post — making changes — a good and hot cup of green tea to start the day — my son’s hugs and humor.
getting to the gym after work — my husband coming home early — being able to watch my daughter race in a track meet — watching the track meet but being thankful I don’t have to run it myself — so much sunshine.
a day off — running when I want to — running in the sunshine — running longer because it feels good — a good chiropractor.
waking up and feeling like things are funny — going to work and realizing funny is all in the audience — my son waving goodbye from behind his binoculars — not going to the work meeting that everyone else did — warmer outside than inside.
*my chiropractor — hugs from my kids — Bach’s rescue remedy — finding an umbrella in my backpack when I needed it — finding matching socks.
swimming — watching the Parade with kids — a good latte — returning my DVDs to the Library on time — making a new-to-me meal of comfort food.
coffee date with my coach — the kids going to a birthday party — yoga — swimming — two naps.
hearing concerns – voicing concerns – realizing that sometimes people do run away – the trust of others (in me) – yummy salad for lunch.
doing something you fear to realize it’s okay — a massage — tired kids who go to bed early — going to bed early myself — an unlocked port-a-potty!
getting up early and going to the gym — making lunches in record time — being so early I could stop for coffee on my way to work — drinking said coffee — my husband’s patience.
surprise blueberries in my morning waffle — getting to work on time (two days in a row!) — not having to wear 15 layers of clothing to work to stay warm — a warm cup of tea — eating my body weight in delicious cookies.
realizing that waiting can be the hardest part — learning that I don’t like to delay the inevitable — a clean house — a lovely evening at home – going to bed content.
sleeping in — getting back on my feet and running — getting more errands done in a day than I have in the past month — getting through the day with grace — patience.
more sleeping in — going for a swim — YOGA — empathizing with the pressures of growing up — going to bed early.
joyful unexpected abundance in the mail — only three more days of my current situation – compassionate people – this new WordPress dashboard redesign – eventually, the waiting will be over.
my Coach, who knows my mind well — kids who get dressed quickly — being disciplined with my thoughts — remembering to water the plants — soup for lunch.
a day off — getting up for a swim — going back to bed for a nap — seeming productive — dinner out with the kids.
getting into a routine — an end, which leads to change — taking care of myself — really, really helpful kids — my time alone with the kids.
waking up to less stress — realizing I can choose a different path — knowing that I matter — watching a movie with the kids — going for a walk.
knowing that my Love is coming home – going out for coffee, solo – going for a swim and having the lane to myself – almond joy brownies – Big Full Moon.
yoga, again — hot chocolate — going out for dinner — going grocery shopping solo — doing my first run in a week.
less stress at the Grind — a coffee pick-me-up — going to bed early — not making dinner — eating cookies instead.
more clarity — sleeping in a little — last week of school: today was whacky hair day — strange dreams — realizing that I don’t like waiting.
happy kids — feeling better after a gym workout — completing errands — making the kids happy (school outing) — feeling a little more together.
last week of school — my husband on vacation — my mini-vacation starting soon — breathing room — rest.
green lights in traffic — a tasty lunch — letting go of expectations — sunny weather — that I didn’t have to do anything at home
sleep — rest — recovery — run — regeneration.