It’s Friday. And you know what that means. It’s time for Friday Favorites!
Today’s post is going to be on gratitude, and specifically, 5 things I am immensely grateful for right now in my life.
It’s hard sometimes to not take life, and all its amazing gifts, for granted. A lot of times I catch myself wishing that I had something else, something more, than I already do. It’s hard not to get caught up in what else is out there for us.
However, it’s best to take a moment to slow down, and truly feel gratitude for what we have been blessed with. Besides, no better way to bring better stuff into our lives than to be grateful for what we already have!
Friday Favorites – Gratitude Edition
1. The opportunity to buy a house. Or as I like to say “living the American dream”. However, it’s a dream that doesn’t come true for a lot of people, especially those who can’t seem to break the cycle of poverty. It was a lot of work, and stress, but I know it’s stress and work that come with something that not everyone has access to. And for that, I’m super grateful. (Will be sure to post a few pictures once we move in next week!)
2. Sharing a life with a man I love more than anything in this world. Not to mention marry him next summer in a unique and beautiful setting (and have a big party with family and friends to celebrate!). If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I thought love could ever be this grand, I would have said no. I could never have imagined the connection we have, the laughs we share, and the utter love and respect we have for one another. I truly care about his happiness and well-being as much (if not more so!) than mine. Ok, I’ll stop with the mushy mush.
Me and my love, cruising along The St. Croix River.
3. The ability to take advantage of all the cool things Minneapolis has to offer. Like taking in a Twins game in the middle of the afternoon. We had amazing seats (thanks to a friend’s uncle!) and it was a beautiful day. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
4. All the money I could possibly want and need. I mean sure, I could always have more, but do I really need it? No. Let’s face it, teachers don’t make that much money, but we do get the summers off, and to me, that is priceless. It gives me the opportunity to do things that are really near and dear to my heart (like coach soccer, teach yoga, attend Twins games in the middle of the day…). Not to mention, when I compare my situation to others around the world, I seriously can. not. complain. Ever. Or at least I certainly shouldn’t.
5. Feeling safe. With all the fighting going on around the world currently, I can say that I truly am grateful to live in a place in which I don’t feel my physical safety is threatened. I think about all those who do live in a constant state of fear and panic, and can’t imagine what it is like. Someday, perhaps all fighting will come to an end. Until then, I will send my wishes for peace to those who need it, and continue to be grateful for my own.