Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Great List of Grateful: 20 Reasons to Say Thank You

I've been blogging every single day in November as part of the Blogember challenge. A happy girl blog was nice enough to provide the writing prompts, all I had to do was come up with the words. That's the easy part, right?

November 24: 20 things you are grateful for

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching this seems like a wildly appropriate blog topic. Gosh, what am I thankful for? So much.

1. My husband

He would be embarrassed if he knew I was writing about him like this, but he usually doesn't read my blogs (so shhh no one tell). My husband has beautiful blue eyes that reveal an inner soft side that his tattoos try hard to conceal. When he feels driven to do so, he gives with his whole heart. He'll do anything to help a friend. He loves me (faults and all) and supports me in everything I want to do. He sacrifices himself for my happiness all the time. He has a wicked sense of humor which keeps our house filled with laughter and love. He is my very best friend.

Me and my boog.

2. My parents

I feel so grateful to be born into family where I was provided with unconditional love, structure, and discipline. I was taught from an early age to be compassionate, tolerant, and giving. My parents instilled in me a work ethic and a sense of humor, a combination that has gotten me pretty far in life. My mother is there for me as a friend and as a mother. She is one of the strongest women I know. My father taught me so many life lessons just by his actions. I love and respect them more than I can express in a blog post.

The most recent pictures I could find. ha ha.

3. My brother and sister

My sister is hands-down the smartest person I know. She is gorgeous, humble and unselfish. My brother is one of the funniest (and most handsome) guys out there (sorry ladies, he's taken). I couldn't ask for a better brother and sister. I miss them a lot and wish I could see them more often.

sis, bro and me.

4. Our home

We bought a little old house and remodeled every inch of it over the last eight years. This house was built in 1953, but we rebuilt it from the ground up. I think the only original thing in the house today might be the window sills. From the outside you would never guess that our dream home is nestled inside this unassuming old house. We live on a half acre in a little town outside of Fort Worth.

our dream home in Fort Worth, TX

5. Running

I am thankful for the ability to run, for my two strong healthy legs and heart that allow me this privilege. Even when I take it for granted or neglect running, it is always there for me. It is a stress reliever, a weight control method, and mood enhancing drug all in one.

6. This blog

I can't even begin to talk about how I am grateful to you, the people who actually read this blog. I am routinely surprised that people care to read what I write. I am blown away by the kind words and encouragement from strangers. I get the nicest, most amazing blog comments and messages that make my small heart grow three sizes. Thank you for all of your continued support. It really means the world to me. I never imagined that this blog would grow like it has. I am thankful for the opportunities that have been offered to me because of this blog and very grateful for my association with Fitfluential.

7. Friends, and one in particular

I am blessed with a very small circle of friends who really love me. I say that the small circle part is a blessing because each of these friends is like an extended family member to me. Each of these people are a part of my heart. I don't have any superficial friends. I choose to only surround myself with the people who deserve it. I'm particularly grateful for one friend. She gives herself to everyone who needs her (sometimes until there is nothing left). She is probably the most unselfish person I know. She is beautiful inside and out, sweet, generous, strong, smart, loving, and talented. She is my hero. (love you Cathy.)

Me and my BFF
8. My Job

While sometimes I wish I was independently wealthy, or at least a professional blogger (Is that really too much to ask?), I am extremely grateful for my full-time professional career which provides us with the means to live a financially carefree life. I've worked enough crappy "careers" for crappy companies with crappy bosses to really appreciate it when the people who surround me at work are smart, loyal, and supportive. It is not always easy, and things are not always perfect, but I know enough to know I just need to say thank you.

9. My health

This is something I probably take for granted too often. I've never had any serious health issues. Let's keep the streak alive!

10. Ollie (and the other dogs that were in our lives)

Our fur babies of past and present show us again and again the meaning of unconditional love.

Always Running with Ollie

11. Jennifer

I have a friend who passed away in December 2009. I am forever grateful for the time we had together, for the laughs, the love, and sweet friendship. Her friendship in high school helped shape the person I am today. I miss her so much, especially this time of year. Love you Jen. On the anniversary of her passing, I usually like to share the poem I wrote about her, you can read it here.

My Sweet Jennifer

12. Music

I have such a passion for music, when I listen to my favorites I can feel it in my soul. I am grateful for the artists who create it, my concert buddies who experience it with me, and the online communities who share my passion. Music is such a source of happiness in my life, I don't know what I would do without it.

13. Sleeping in
14. Weekends
15. Unexpected snow days
16. My friend's sweet kids
17. Vacations
18. Technology 
19. Coffee
20. Freedom

Ahhh...I cried all the way through this post. What are you grateful for?

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  1. Such a beautiful post - it brought tears to my eyes!

  2. I'm proud to be your mother.

  3. OMG - I love it! Your honesty, your humor and last but not least - the fact that your list and my list have SO many of the same things to be grateful for! Thank you for sharing your wonderful list. Have an amazing Thanksgiving!

  4. This is such a great list. It's always nice to stop and remember everything you have to be thankful for, it reminds us of how much we truly do have!

  5. Wow that picture of your kitchen is amazing! We've been renovating our house too because it was badly smoke damaged. I wish ours looked nearly as great as yours!

    - Lauren @

  6. What a wonderful post! It's good to stop and think about all the things we are grateful for! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  7. Great list Lea. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

  8. All great reasons to give thanks.


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