In place of a High Five for Friday post tomorrow, I'm posting my annual November Gratitude Journal today. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation of all abundance. ~ Eckhard Tolle
November 1 - I'm grateful for grandparents who trek across the country to take care of their grandchildren.
November 2 - I'm grateful for safe and relatively uneventful travels.
November 3 - I'm grateful for the opportunity to feel the sand on my feet and stand in the waves of the Pacific Ocean for the first time in decades.
November 4 - I'm grateful for chance encounters with good, kind, and interesting people...especially those who make and serve AMAZING Italian food.
November 5 - I'm (once again) grateful for safe and relatively uneventful travels, and for empty middle seats on three-hour flights.
November 6 - I'm grateful for the return to Standard Time!
November 7 - I'm grateful the process of getting Will a new phone wasn't too painful, and for my soccer mom friends, with whom I truly enjoy watching our boys on the pitch.
November 8 - I'm grateful for my right to vote, for others who exercise their right to vote, and for strong candidates to support...even when they don't win.
November 9 - I'm grateful for a great car ride and two-and-a-half hours of lovely conversation with my girl on our way home from a school field trip.
November 10 - I'm grateful Starbucks still has pumpkin drinks on the menu. (Last weekend our entire area experienced a pumpkin shortage. It was rough.)
November 11 - I'm grateful for rain boots, layers, and my Wisconsin blood which, despite thinning a bit since we moved to Texas nearly 12 years ago, kept me warm(ish) at tonight's high school football team. Conditions - rain and a "feels like" temperature of THIRTY SEVEN DEGREES - were brutal!
November 12 - I'm grateful for Ibuprofen.
November 13 - I'm grateful for my kids' friends.
November 14 - I'm grateful for negative test results.
November 15 - I'm grateful for a friend's successful surgery and thus far smooth recovery.
November 16 - I'm grateful to feel no regrets - and for moments and experiences that make it clear we made good choices - when it comes to certain significant decisions.
November 17 - I'm grateful the learner's permit and driver's license processes and acquisitions are behind us (at least for the first time as parents), and that Will is now a licensed driver!
November 18 - I'm grateful tonight's weather was much less wintry than originally anticipated, and for a smoothly-run and well-received Nutcracker outreach event in downtown Bryan.
November 19 - I'm grateful for the trust placed in me both as a hard-working, contributing member of "the team" and as a confidant.
November 20 - I'm grateful to have witnessed such tremendous support for community organizations at both the Jingle Bell Market in College Station (raising money for BCS Together, which supports kids and families in/connected with the foster care system) and the Tats for Cats in Bryan (raising money for Six Kittens Rescue). What a "feel good" day of shopping and planning for my next tattoo. 😉
November 21 - I'm grateful for the return of the World Cup - better late than never! (The powers-that-be decided that the weather in Qatar - the host of the 2022 World Cup - would be too hot for summer games and the tournament was moved to November and December.)
November 22 - I'm grateful for 44 years on this earth.
"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."
November 23 - I'm grateful for all of the birthday phone calls, texts, emails, and Facebook messages I received yesterday. Social media has its downfalls, but allowing - even encouraging - users to make sure family members, friends, and acquaintances feel loved on their birthdays (and supported through times of crisis) is not one of them.
November 24 - I'm grateful for the opportunity to take what I've learned this month out into the world with me.
Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. ~ A. A. Milne
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
No HFFF post tomorrow. See you Tuesday!