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 May 2014.
That I can make myself a cup of coffee in the morning without thinking about it — my trusty feet for continuing to run – my shoes that don’t yet need replacing – hot water – amenities
A Friday day at work – funny texting to distract me – extra coffee delights – watching fun shows with the kids – that everyone made their own dinner.
That I am still wanting to go run — feeling energized after my run – doing my core workout – a clean kitchen – making healthy comfort food.
That although foggy and rainy we still had a great run – that the huge uphill we ran also had downhill – running with others – time on the yoga mat – that my husband still does grocery shopping.
flexibility at work – being able to go and watch the kids dance recital – finding the last parking spot – seeing a little person’s confidence grown on a big stage – sitting down.
being able to coordinate and plan the day efficiently – a easier visit to the dentist with the kids – shopping for lunches after the appointment – getting the boy to soccer – my good effort and willingness at my running workout.
a whole day off – catching up with myself – finally getting to the pharmacy – getting in a good workout at the gym – feeling content.
that my son was cooperative about waiting – coordinating my run with the kids soccer practice – that the weather was so nice while I ran – that there were less bugs today on the trails – eating a tasty dinner.
buying new books – reading new books – avocados – planning summer vacation – napping.
really sleeping in – taking the time to enjoy the sunshine – running with fun music – letting go of expectations of myself – making chocolate cake.
sleeping in a little bit – going for a solo run – the gorgeous sunshine and kind man with dog I met on my run – more contented yoga time – having the afternoon off while my husband dealt with everything.
still eating chocolate cake – realizing my body doesn’t handle so much sugar so well – choosing to lessen my sugar intake – no coffee – getting through withdrawals.
still no coffee – feeling better already – a good/hard adjusting workout on the track – a good book at bedtime – going to bed when my body said so.
feeling stronger instead of so sore – my mom coming to visit – a good workout in the gym – when the advice you get is useful – being able to walk home from the gym.
forcing myself to go and run and having a wonderful run because of it – new music on interesting podcasts – sunny, easy weather – dinner at the dining room table – green leafy salad.
a day off with the kids – going for a walk along the ocean – going out for lunch and coffee and drinks – feeling supported – not having to schedule anything.
coffee in the morning – having wine whatever the time – going for a run whenever – realizing that not every run will be great and not beating myself up about this – my husband’s support.
not feeling too rushed to get to my race on time – Sunday morning trail race in the dust and mud and trails – having my son and mom come out and cheer – feeling tired but happy after my run and placing well – choosing to take the afternoon to myself and not going to yoga.
my mom’s company – my mom’s composting skills – help with the garden – making salad and bbq for lunch (and eating it!) – a lovely long weekend.
being able to illustrate cause and effect to my son as he feels immediate repercussions – the time, dedication, and patience the kids’ teachers and counselor exhibit at school – the time the teachers took with me today to support my daughter – my husband’s agreement and support – not feeling great, but still having fun and a good workout at this evening’s practice.
homemade pizza leftovers for lunch – being able to move my day off to match school schedules — changes in my workout routine – scheduling more appointments conveniently – feeling changes in a good way.
my son’s expression of relief when he was ready on time “I feel so relaxed. It’s like I just came from the beach!” – getting homework done before soccer practice – my happy legs that took me for a happy run — the massage my husband gave my sore shins and feet.
that my husband always says yes when I want to buy more running shoes – a low stress day at work – the rain that watered the garden – the sun that warmed the day – reading wonderful blog posts.
running when I wanted to go – the chalk signs on the sidewalk near the end of my run that said: smile – laugh – be happy – being outside and seeing the garden starting to sprout up — that sometimes the kids figure out what I’m yelling about – time with my sweetie and his kind words.
being out on the trails again – the rush of running faster than I thought I was – the kids being so calm – a delicious raw nut burger – yoga.
taking care of my body – meeting my coach for coffee – framing things in a way I feel comfortable – that I got home earlier than expected – that I went to bed earlier than expected.
other parents for being able to drive my kids – figuring out schedules – that everyone could still do what they wanted – my pick-me-up coffee this afternoon – instigating change.
that I could move a work day to be home with the kids – the lazy morning I had with the kids – the busy and fun afternoon I had with the kids – new shoes – home before rush hour – that my husband managed dinner.
being so busy at work that the day flew by – a quick nap after work – feeling better after my run – watching my daughter play soccer – going to bed early.
that my husband went on my daughter’s camping trip so there were enough parental supervisors – when things go on sale in the grocery store – warmer weather – spending the evening with my son – vitamin B12.
the effects of B12 — a lazy, dance-party morning with my son — not eating breakfast until we felt like — running later in the day and doing alright with it — a quiet afternoon.