Thursday Thankful List: 10 Things I'm Thankful for Right Now

Happy Thursday beauties! Hope you’re having a nice week. I’m really thankful to be getting back into the swing of things around here. In the midst of our chaotic days and weeks, it’s important to take a step back and evaluate what we are thankful for at a very given moment. Sometimes in the middle of our crazy days, it’s hard to remember what we’re grateful for – what makes our hearts sing. If you’re having one of those crazy days, I encourage you to step away from your desk and take a five minute walk outside. Or just take a mental vacation and shift your thoughts from your to-do list to a “what I’m thankful for” list. Or text someone telling them how much and why you love them. Thinking about people I love always pours more and more reasons to be thankful into my head and hands.

Here’s 10 things I’m thankful for right now. Now it’s your turn to share!

1. Daylight Savings Time — more time to soak up the sunset goodness after work. The weekend seem longer and lovelier with the extra sunshine.

2. Juicing! I’m on day four of another juice cleanse with Thrive Cleanse. Feeling very thankful for rested nights and energetic days.

3. Reading a good book — I’m currently juggling three books: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon van Booy and An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson. There is something about getting lost in a good book {sounds cliche I know…} that makes me way too happy.

4. Phone calls with the right people at the right time — preferably from my favorite queens: my mom, grandma or sisters.

5. Perspective — my sisters and I have been sharing stories we’ve found on the Makes Me Think website and they are heartbreaking and beautiful and hard and so good at the same time. Some stories are happy and inspiring and others are difficult to wrap my head around. All of them provide me with much needed perspective. The storie begin with “Today…” and end with MMT {Made Me Think}. Here’s a few:

Today, my 8-year-old brother came into the living room crying as my parents and I screamed at each other again, and said, “I wish you all loved each other as much as I love you.” MMT

Today, nearly 15 years after he passed away in a car accident on our three-year anniversary of dating (which also happened to be our high school prom night), his mom, who I have remained in touch with, showed up at my door with an engagement ring she found under a floorboard in her son’s old bedroom. Along with the ring were several hand-written notes detailing his plan to ask for my hand in marriage. MMT

Today, I met a 53-year-old pediatric neurosurgeon who retired early and lives in a trailer in a remote part of Africa simply so he can perform surgeries and provide medical care free of charge to children in need. MMT

6. Certain songs on repeat — for me this week: Gypsy by Suzanne Vega and Ghost on the Shore by Lord Huron. Really just thankful Courtney has amazing taste in music and puts it all on Spotify for me to enjoy.

7. A college education and joy-filled four years spent in Athens, Ohio. — This article made me teary this week.

Ohio university

8.  Rest — as much as I love the gogogogogo-ness of life, it is so nice to get back to my regular routines. To simply sit down and rest.

9. Sending and receiving handwritten mail —makes me so very happy to come home and find a little surprise in my mailbox. I also love hearing from people when they received a card or package I sent them.

10. The here and now — Reading Ann Voskamp’s blog is always a daily crown polish and joy refresher that I need. This post is no exception. I really like the way she illustrates how we can dare to live where we are with what we have right now. More below!

When Monday gets caught in your teeth like a piece of spinach, the crazy thing is you could dare to laugh  — it gets things unstuck. You could — you could dare not to take yourself so seriously. Dare to not to give yourself a lecture, but dare to give yourself grace. So go ahead — Dare to be brilliant — just seek the light in everything. Dare to Give Big because this is how you Live Big. Dare to believe that it’s only your own sacrifices that show up at your funeral.

The here and now

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