Giving Thanks 2016

I wasn’t sure if I was going to write a Giving Thanks blog this year or not.  What with emotional landmines I’ve been uncovering, the charged political environment, and the fact that 2016 has been taking so many good entertainers from us, I didn’t know if I’d be able to come up with much.

But I saw a post recently that helped put things back into perspective.  It doesn’t matter which one it was–especially since I’ve seen several different ones over the last few weeks–but here are some to put you in the same state of mind:

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So as I sit down to write this blog, I’m looking at the things in my life that I have every reason to be thankful for:

  1.  My family – My husband, Craig, is SUCH a wonderful, supportive man.  I couldn’t ask for a better life companion, and I’m SO grateful that he’s in my life.  My step-daughter, Athena, is also an amazing young woman.  I love watching her grow into herself, and enjoy hearing her insight into a variety of topics.  And I simply adore our two cats, Jasmyn and Bot (short for Purrbot).  These wonderful bundles of fur make my heart swell with love nearly every day, and I couldn’t imagine my life without them.
  2. My job – Yes, I’m back at a day job, but once I got over my bruised ego at not being as successful as quickly as I’d hoped to be, I can see that this new role is much better suited to me.  Plus, it pays well and they’re willing to let me work part-time, so I can have more hours in the day to pursue my preferred interests.  It’s also close to home, so I’m thankful for the short commute.
  3. College – I’m thoroughly enjoying the classes I’ve been taking this Fall semester, and am looking forward to the new ones in the Spring.  Obtaining new skills and meeting new people in these classes will help prepare me better for my chosen careers.
  4. Entertainment – I’ve seen some amazing movies and TV shows this year (I’ve also seen some crap, but the good outweighs the bad in this case).  I’m thrilled to see new voices coming out with snappier writing and better interpersonal relationships.  It helps me to know we’re moving in a good direction.
  5. Sleep – For the few months that I stepped away from a day job, I napped nearly every day and it was AWESOME!  I’m sure I was one of those kids who didn’t like naps after a certain age, but I’ve definitely gotten over that.  Even at my day job now, I try to find a little nook somewhere at least once a week to nap during my lunch hour.  That kind of reset does wonders for my mood, as well as my mental clarity.

There are quite a few more things I could list here, but I’m guessing you, dear reader, will be thankful if I keep this post relatively short.  ;o)

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  May your holiday be filled with love, laughter, great memories and a wonderful nap.

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Giving Thanks 2011

I’m going to make it an annual thing to discuss things I’m thankful for in my life.  The Secret talks about having an attitude of gratitude, and I really like that concept.  It’s something I strive to do every day . . . this is just a public rendering of my gratitude.

I’m thankful for my mom and dad.  Their love, wisdom and humor helped shape me into the woman I am today.  I don’t know that I thanked my dad often enough while he was alive, and I worry that I don’t thank my mom often enough either, but I am very grateful that they got together, had me and my brother, and taught us all that they could.

I’m thankful for my job, and not just during these tough economic times.  My day jobs have helped me live the life I want to, and enabled me to pay my bills while I prepare myself for the new life I want.  I’ve been able to travel around the world, meet incredible people and see amazing things . . . things I wouldn’t have been able to do, were it not for my day job.

I’m eternally grateful for Craig, and for the love we share.  I finally have the “happy ever after” romance I’ve always dreamed of, but from a mature and realistic sense.  He understands and gets me, and even thinks some of my idiosyncrasies are adorable (since they’re part and parcel of who I am).  I’m truly blessed that I get to wake up next to this man each and every day for the rest of my life.

A huge THANK YOU to my Sisters in Crime pals, and all my author friends, who have helped me on my path to becoming published.  I’ve learned so much from them; whether it’s by asking their advice on things, reading their books, or simply observing how they do things, and what’s worked/not worked for them.  I’m a stronger writer and person because of all of them.

I’m grateful for all my other friends; the ones who have offered me joyous times, and those to whom I could turn, were my life to disintegrate today.  Knowing that they’re for me, and that they’d help me out if need be is the foundation of my belief in myself.  I know I can do anything, because I’ve got them to shore me up.

I can’t leave out the wonders found in nature.  Each morning, I get to smell the wonderful autumn fragrance left by the fallen leaves and crisp morning air.  On my ride home, I’m in awe of the beautiful sunsets painted on the sky’s canvas.  I’m grateful for the wind and how it feels as it caresses my face, or plays with my hair.  Sometimes I love to just stand facing the wind, with my arms out wide and let it wash over me.  I feel so cleansed after a “wind bath”.

I’m grateful to live on an island that resembles the Midwestern landscape in so many ways.  The houses, the neighborhoods, the sense of quiet and calm . . . all of it speaks to me of a security and sense of “home” that I never knew I needed (and probably still don’t fully understand, to be honest).  I especially love living on this island at this time of year, because I get to see the wonderful fall colors, even here in  California.

And I’m especially grateful for all of you readers, without whom this blog would be nothing more than an electronic journal.  The fact that you come and visit my blog means so much to me.  Knowing that you’ll be reading these makes me want to improve my writing, and discuss topics that I feel might be enjoyable to you.  Whether you visit regularly, or just once in a while, thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Let’s keep this good feeling going . . . please tell me what you’re thankful for.

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