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 2014.
taking a little longer to get my running shoes on — smelling the sunshine among the trails on my run — the yoga class that helped ease my stiff back — the yummy spring rolls I had after yoga — realizing I had a well-timed physio appointment the next day.
getting up earlier to get ready for the day — leftover spring rolls to pack for lunch — my physiotherapist and the relief she gave me — feeling put back together again after my treatment — also feeling completely wiped out and being able to have a quick nap.
focussing on what I want, rather than what I fear — taking the time to give myself time — how strong and in control I felt during my hard run — that I planned and did my run early — getting both kids to different soccer fields on time.
the relief I feel when I know I have a day off — seeing my daughter being recognized at the school assembly — feeling good after my gym workout — the washer and dryer who do all the work — the relaxed feeling of knowing that tomorrow is a planned day off.
being able to take a day off to deal with school disruptions — being able to close my bedroom door — that although my run felt horrible it still gave me some mental peace of mind — the garden sprouting — watering the garden.
a quick day of work — lemon water — friendship — sunshine — laundry baskets.
sleeping in — that although I had plans I didn’t have to keep them — going back to bed — my husband’s care and support — skipping my run to take care of myself.
feeling better than yesterday — that although my run still feel tiring, it was enjoyable to be out in the sunshine — the good podcast that was right on topic — the delicious raw/vegan wrap after yoga — being able to eat my wrap alone.
having enough time in the morning — making dinner for us all to eat together — winging the coconut/cornflakes/chocolate chip cookie recipe — having the cookies turn out better than expected — no homework.
committing to something that scares me — that my husband’s work is flexible — that my husband stayed home with the kids — not spending money impulsively — accepting where I am, at least for a few moments.
the new photocopier that united the office in common frustration — surprise cookies! — drinking more water — the strong and grounded feeling I have after a good gym workout — walking home in daylight.
my kind psychologist — how much clearer I felt after talking — realizing that expectations are not always motivating — how good experiences make a stronger foundation than bad memories — feeling more like myself when running.
being able to watch my daughter’s graduation from elementary school ceremony — appreciating how kids change — that I was able to find childcare on very short notice –so many green lights in traffic — the lazy feeling on a Friday afternoon where you can just tell that summer is coming.
exploring and running on unknown trails — the smells in forest after a fresh rainfall — hot coffee after a thorough soaking outdoors — couch time! — literally putting icing on the cake.
butterflies — my husband who is also a father — feeling good before my run — my yoga/vegan lunch routine — that Sunday felt longer than Saturday.
that the kids had a good day — how a clean house can lift your mood — that sometimes we can do things that are illogical or frivolous or both — the garden’s bounty that my son planted from seed — eating chocolate cake.
solving something I had ignored for weeks — meeting up with my weekly run group — running in circles on the track and feeling good about it — that tomorrow I am off work — that tonight is like a Friday.
walking to the gym — a good work out — feeling perseverance pay off — support from my husband — the dedication of our teachers to their students.
going for a run and having ice cream too — good neighbours — more bounty from the garden — seeing the garden grow — watering the garden.
London fog (the drink) — the kids packing their own stuff for the weekend outing — ferry reservations — warm layers — sleeping through the cat’s wake-up call.
visiting with family — eating a picnic dinner in the park — that my husband was with me — getting to bed and being able to fall asleep — trusting myself.
being a morning person at 5:30am — sunshine to start the race — the mental techniques and support from my psychologist that helped me sustain myself through the race — cel phone: so I could find my ride after the race — making it home on an earlier than expected ferry (again!)
comforts of my own bed — watching my son’s fast-paced soccer game — that my daughter was able to go to her end-of-year class party — coconut yogurt — my foam roller on my tired legs.
my naturopath (she’s such a delight!) — walking back to work slowly — a gentle run through the forest — warmer weather — summer nights.
switching up my workout — a kind friend who went above and beyond for me — getting what I want for cheaper than expected — the feel of the air on a summer night — a day without my daughter.
a day with my daughter — quiet summer-like mornings — cranberry ginger muffin — less schedules — more salad.
more positive changes and support for the kids — being able to go to appointments together with my husband — driving against traffic (i.e. no traffic), especially when I’m late — feeling like the day was restful — Friday night nothingness.
watching early morning tennis with the kids — finally satisfying my craving for pancakes — running later in the day — running with a view of the ocean — more time to myself.
Sunday morning trail runs — exploring new terrain on our run — snacks on the way home — the kids going out — feeling rested after the weekend.
a day off — going out for lunch with my sweetie — eating dessert — picking up the kids early — dinner together.