This week was a bit disjointed. The Hubs was gone, and we were both out of our regular routine once again, so things came off a little bit hectic. No biggie. It’s the weekend now so we can slow down, and regroup. But first, gratitude.
1. You guys might think I’m nuts with this one. Have you ever been dancing at a nightclub and you get into a groove then suddenly, POW! The song hits a high point and the lights flash and the crowd goes crazy? This week when I was running a super difficult hill run, the song in my headphones hit a highpoint right as I reached the top of a huge hill, and the sun burst out through the clouds at the exact same moment. I know it sounds so ridiculous, but the run was so hard, and I needed that boost at that exact moment, and it was such an awesome feeling. Little moments like that one are floating in and out of our lives all the time. When I actually take a second to notice and soak them in, they seem to stay with me for a long time.
2. I almost gave The Hubs a heart attack this week when I told him I was going to the mall with Val on a Sunday. That’s something that hasn’t happened in probably 15 years. It wasn’t terribly painful, and I did get a new fragrance out of the trip. Fragrance is one of those things you can’t really order online. I’m loving my new scent but the best part is that it’s really long lasting, so I can still faintly smell it at the end of the day. Risk (weekend mall trip) = Reward (new stuff)
3. I got to take a long walk with Jen this week and another one with my friend Becky. I think walking is my friends and my favorite thing to do. The younger me never would have imagined saying, “What are you doing this weekend? Want to take a walk?”, but that’s how we roll. Being outside (especially in the beautiful San Diego weather) is already one of my most favorite things, but combining that with great conversation and a light workout is kind of the perfect combo. It’s funny to think how I used to spend my weekends. (We won’t get into that)
4. I heard from so many of my “kids” this week. First I got a package from Texas. Inside is a necklace that is made from the original artwork of my 7 year old niece, Elsa. It’s a picture of a dog wearing a bow. I about died. Two of my brothers and their kids are at our family lake house in Minnesota. I got a barrage of photo texts of my 7 year old nephew holding a giant fish, my 3 month old niece riding in the boat for the first time, and a video of my 2 year old twin nieces dancing. This morning I got an email from my cousin in Canada with a photo of his two kids, but my favorite of them all was the text I got from my sister in law in Dallas with a photo of my 4 year old niece Alexandra who gave herself a “new haircut”. I mean, she looks like Halle Berry. I haven’t laughed so hard in a while. My sister in law is mortified, but it absolutely made my day.
Just rereading this post makes me feel even more grateful than I already was feeling. Life is frickin’ good let me tell you. Gratitude is one of those self fulfilling prophecies. The more you talk about it, the more things you have to be grateful for. Keep this in mind as you enjoy your weekend.