Today marks the final day in what has been a whirlwind couple of weeks. I’m so exhausted, but feeling grateful for a wide open weekend ahead of me to recharge. I know I’ve been missing Great Lists here and there, but I try to keep this a meaningful space, and lately I’ve been so physically and emotionally spent, I haven’t had the mental capacity to write anything significant. I’m not much better off today, but my gratitude list is starting to get pretty long, so I’d better get it out while I can.
1. Val and Stefan came to visit us two weekends ago and I can’t even put into words how grateful I was to be able to hug my best friend. I try not to think too much about San Diego and everyone I left behind because it’s still very hard for me, but let me tell you, I miss them terribly. Having them here, and hearing Val say, “this feels like your home” meant everything. I’ve always known deep down that we’ll all be ok, that this move won’t change our friendship, but this visit was truly reassurance of that.
2. I’ve been working like a dog lately on photoshoot after photoshoot. Last Friday I styled and photographed a series of tablescapes which is way outside of my comfort zone. I’m grateful for any opportunity to push myself creatively, and I feel super accomplished after editing the photos and seeing the final results.
3. This was the first week that I made it everywhere I needed to go without using my GPS. Could it be that Oakland is starting to feel like home? Maybe. Maybe not, but I am grateful that I’m starting to know the lay of the land. It makes everyday errands much easier.
4. My ankle scab fell off a few days ago. I know that sounds gross, but this spider bite turned leg infection has been the bane of my existence for more than a month. I’m so grateful to not have to perform first aid several times a day, and to actually FEEL healthy for the first time in ages. Life is hard enough without oozing infections, and severe pain am I right?
5. Currently I’m sitting on my couch with the windows open listening to the neighbor kids laugh and play outside. As much as I loved our home in San Diego, I hated living on such a busy street. I’m grateful for our new quiet street where kids can ride bikes until dusk on these long summer days or until their mom yells out the door for them to come home. It reminds me of my own childhood.
That’s it for now. Time for some sleep, reading, and all around relaxation. I’ve earned it.