I first came across this idea as Project Gratitude through a fellow blogger, Writing Ruth. I had looked for a way to cherish and acknowledge some things in each day that I appreciate. So much of what I feel in a day rushes through me and I am often left overwhelmed. This list is my daily reminder of what those little aspects are, and how each day has worth. I am thankful for what I have and where I am, but it’s easy to be complacent or to feel ‘not good enough.’ By being more focused on the little bits that make up my bigger picture, I hope to share more peace with my day. I will archive my daily reminders and post them at month’s end.
1. having the day off (thank you Canada!) — the hot weather — finishing my run — lots of d0-nothing time — that my husband took my daughter to see fireworks while I went to bed.
2. less sugar — reading funny commentary — not having to wear so many layers — coffee visits — picking up my kids.
3. emails with photos from travelling family — the man who held the door open for me –the extra bag I brought to buy groceries — my favorite yogurt — my favorite yogurt on sale.
4. slow day at work — leaving early — clean floors– enjoy my dinner — my coach recognizing how tired I’ve been.
5. running with my husband — taking it really easy — lots of rest time — kale from the garden — lots of me time.
6. my son’s humour — his positive energy — his help with groceries — not being so scheduled — sleeping in.
7. green lights in traffic — healthy choices for lunch — giving my daughter options she could accommodate — being patient with my feelings — chocolate.
8. my son’s exuberance about his cooking camp — recognizing when I am overwhelmed (even if it may not appear like it) — being mindful — finding parking.
9. an easy run — a (legs only) dip in the ocean — dogs and their funny personalities — dogs on the beach — spending time with my kid.
12. going for an easy, sunshine-y run — taking the time in my day to take care of me — being able to also fit in activities for the kids — riding the train — afternoon rest.
13. chocolate and almond power bars — running with friends — living in such a scenic and accessible place — mango popsicles — beach time.
14. sunshine — yoga — predictability — decaf coffee — an end to the day.
15. resisting temptation — strength in choices — accepting me now — my son’s comment when we were brushing teeth “boy, I have a handsome smile!” — my daughter’s steps towards independence.
16. a day off — a good “float” — that to lose weight means I need to be okay with where I am now — pants that fit — familiar strangers.
17. lunch with a colleague — that people are not as scary as they seem — that I do seem to have a “work” persona — running for fun — lemonade on a sunny day.
18. a better night’s sleep — reminders of the past — realizing I made it through some of the experiences I’d forgotten out — how much the kids are enjoying their summer camps — fresh kale.
19. still taking the time to be easy on myself — starting to feel better physically — patience — trusting that things will change — trusting that things can change.
20. the quiet of early morning — how predictably delicious my breakfast tastes — a good trail run — sunshine — beautiful scenery.
21. a few extra moments at the end of the day — easy traffic — the boy’s positive attitude — getting weekend laundry done — summertime meals.
22. a new cleaning lady — good neighbours — blue sky — a small kindness with big rewards — feeling sore from my run but immensely satisfied.
23. patience for challenges that I cannot relate to — longer evenings — my husband for feeding the kids — making time for my workout — an unexpected glass of wine.
24. making vacation plans — simplifying plans — taking the time to do what I want — running shoes — feeling present during my run.
25. running errands at lunch — doing nothing in the evening — letting go of tentative plans and not feeling obliged — the upcoming forecast — chocolate milk.
26. longer runs — having water on my longer run — not feeling great, but still feeling accomplished — fresh salad — espom salt baths.
27. trail runs with great people — the view from the peak — a haircut — watching buskers with the kids — still having a few hours for Sunday nothings.
28. the kids up early — the kids getting out of the house on time — finding money in my wallet — the free coffee on my rewards card — the giant potato my son grew.
29. my husband’s texts –