July: Attitude of Gratitude
July was a month of reassessment.
We start to really feel summer here in July and this month was a blessing. Sunshine and perfect, warm nights made everyone happier. As we shifted into the heat of the season it felt as though change was available to me. I talked to my coach and we reassessed my run training approach for less expectations and more fun. This month I have learned to be more in the present and to enjoy what I am doing.
It’s not an easy process for me, but when I am committed the present moment is full of opportunity and potential. I highly recommend a visit.
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 July 2013.
a swim in an empty pool — an emotional realization on motivation — a cooperative kid — reading at the beach — chocolate.
long weekend — watching my 7-year-old do bathroom renovations — the bathroom being renovated — buying all the groceries except what I had on my list — feeling energetic after 6pm.
more sunshine – a day off – making a FB page for my blog – lunch with my Sweet – hand-delivered coffee at home.
the kids going to day camp and me staying home — early morning swim — my motivation — a good workout at the gym — picking the kids up early and having them do most of the grocery shopping.
having done laundry the night before — leftovers for lunch — hiding chocolate in a place that only I will find it — coming home — love.
my naturopath – my naturopath’s advice – answers to questions – a pause in my day – cooperation creates harmony.
the whole house sleeping in — waking up slowly — doing my workout later in the evening — having fun shopping with the boy — that driving all the way across town (twice) was tolerable and easy.
the family going to a movie — running my usual route backwards and without a watch — enjoying coffee on a sunny bench alone — my hubby putting in a new kitchen sink — feeling like the day was not so rushed.
that the catastrophe that left us without child care for one kid was solved — sunny breezes — focussing on myself — coffee date with my Coach — letting go of self pressures.
a fairly successful work meeting — the anticipation and satisfaction of a hot beverage — picking up a really happy kid after camp — stopping a hard workout before it felt destructive — getting prepared for the next day.
getting up early to swim — leaving my swim workout knowing that I didn’t have to do it all — losing expectations — choosing what I want — hot chocolate.
not buying a muffin for lunch and feeling good about my choice – the pretty braids my daughter had when she came home from horse camp – an extra long nap – my son being self-sufficient – even if it involved TV and cereal – going to bed on time.
the wonderful blog post by RollerGiraffe that helped me see others feel like I do — going very slowly — a chance to run without expectations — the convenient and flexible babysitter — help.
seeing the kids in swim lessons — coffee drinks to go — coming home and having a nap — going out for a summer music fest — taking the motorbike so that we had easy-peasy parking and got home ahead of the crowds.
going for a stress-free run — coffee delivered by hand — chocolate — a cute summer dress — new music.
taking the girl to camp — getting coffee on my way to work, because I was already so late — picking up a happy kid from bike camp — going for a treat with this happy kid — going home and doing nothing.
letting go of expectations at work — choosing tea instead of coffee — reading good writing — getting through a track workout I didn’t think I could do — feeling more patient when exhausted.
an early morning to go for a swim — an easy morning at home — doing what I want — getting a lot of work done — going for a bike ride with the boy and my sweet.
my husband making lunches – making it through the meeting without falling asleep – not feeling as hungry – Thursday – almost having a blog post ready to publish.
having prepped part of lunches the night before — not forgetting my phone at home — eating chocolate and liking it — leaving early — focusing on the moment.
doing an extra workout that wasn’t planned – eating out — making delicious brownies that everyone loved — spending time with my Love — a good book.
waking up to a quiet morning — an easy, enjoyable run — a long nap — doing the groceries when the store was almost empty — going to bed.
a good cup of tea with honey — my Sweet coming home early — having a micro-nap — hot chocolate — the joy my son expresses at finding clean clothes in the dryer.
looking at my training week with no expectations — being inspired by good writing — no expectations at work — being able to articulate myself — meeting a new counselor.
eating less — a good cup of London Fog — my Sweet meeting me for tea and muffins — picking up kids who were cooperative and calm(ish) — going to bed earlier with a good book.
sourdough bread — the cute guy on the bike who smiled at me — the random dad and daughter on the street wearing the same t-shirt — taking matters into my own hands — a half-price sale.
the coffee delivered to me in bed (and made by someone else) — swimming with the kids — going for a run with J — the babysitter who lives across the street — going to a movie on short notice.
getting up when I want to – going for a run and liking it – having a super nap – biking downtown with the kids – the free and fun Busker’s festival.
the kids helping make lunches — green lights when I’m late — a hot beverage pick-me-up — a quiet work day — doing nothing when I got home.
giving myself enough time to get ready in the morning — a blog post — being able to leave home early for my evening workout — support through my workout — coming home.
a full month of sunshine — a day off — a spa appointment — a successful and rejuvenating swim — a nap when I wanted one.