Thanksgiving was already four days ago, but I’ve decided that it’s not too late to write about what I’m thankful for. Like always, I am thankful for my funny family that I love so much, for my friends that feel like family, for good health, and for our cozy little home. Those are the biggies. But there is still so so much that I am thankful for, and that’s what today’s post is all about:
THE TOP TEN THINGS I’M GRATEFUL FOR RIGHT NOW:
- Thanksgiving. That’s right, I’m thankful for Thanksgiving. I love that this country celebrates a secular holiday that’s all about gratitude, food, and awesome leftovers.
- Free stuff. The best things in life are free, right? I think that saying was meant to apply to things like love and health, but for me it has come to also include clothing swaps, library books, on-line learning (like creativelive.com), curb-side furniture, the Buy Nothing Project, youtube, 21-day meditation programs, Craigslist, and TED Talks.
- Technology. I know I’m constantly taking screen time away from my kids, but holy cow, what would I do without it? I rely on it for everything. Technology is how I’ve made a living, and it’s part of just about everything I do: listen to music, watch TV, blog, put books on hold at the library, read e-books, get directions, communicate, make travel arrangements, find recipes, shop, market myself, learn stuff, schedule my life, take pictures, make pictures, and the list goes on and on. Isn’t that crazy?
- Exercise/Yoga Pants. Some days were just meant to be spent in yoga pants – the only legitimate way to wear pajamas all day, without actually wearing pajamas. If I happen to get a light jog in too, well kudos to me.
- Proximity. I love walking, running, biking, skateboarding, or scootering to and from school with my kids every day. I love biking to my office. I love that I can walk to the store (which means I can only buy as much as I can carry), walk to the park, walk to our friends’ houses, or walk to the beach from my house. Proximity rocks.
- Snowfall. I am so glad that I live in a place with four distinct seasons, and that none of them are too harsh. Winter temperatures in Seattle rarely go below freezing, and if we want snow we usually go the mountains to get it. But when it does snow in Seattle, like it did this weekend, it is a treat. It pretties up the place, makes things quieter, the kids love it, and, thankfully, it doesn’t hang around too long.
- New Friends. Tai Lopez always says “New friends are good, but old friends are better.” I get what he’s saying; I’ve known my best friend Barb since kindergarten and there is nothing more fun or more comfortable for me than hanging out with her. But I have some amazing new friends in my life, mostly people I’ve met through my kids, like my most favorite playground moms. I’m pretty sure these new friends will eventually become old friends for both me and my kids. I want my kids to have a Barb.
- Tortillas and Peanut-butter. As a mom I rely heavily on tortillas and peanut butter. When the cupboards are bare I can still usually make peanut butter sandwiches or tortilla pizzas to put in lunch boxes. We have tacos for dinner more than I care to admit. I’m sure we have tacos for lunch every weekend. Miles eats peanut-butter right out of the jar for a snack, or dips carrots into it. And who doesn’t love a delicious banana and peanut butter? YUM.
- My office. I’ve been working in my new office space for a year now, and it has been life-changing. I’m only there from 9am to 3pm, but I fill those 6 hours with concentrated work without the distractions of home. Plus, I get to work and hang out with my wise and awesome friend Sonya who I share the space with, our Krypton group meets there every other week, I’m going to have a holiday pillow sale there in a couple of weeks, it’s not too expensive, it’s in a great neighborhood, and I can bike there. How lucky am I?
- My Mid-life Crisis. Is it possible that the best thing that ever happened to me was two years ago, when I was 46, and I hated my job so much that I quit in a fit of frustration? Vowing to never go back? It might not be the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but it sure feels good. I love being my own boss, spending more time with my kids, being creative, and doing things I love and that are meaningful to me. I ♥ my mid-life crisis! (Shouldn’t that be a bumper sticker?)