It seems as though gratitude might be more necessary now than I had anticipated last week when I wrote my first post. I will not write about the results of the election, however it’s impossible to ignore the uprising that has happened in the last 24 hours. I wish nothing but peace, security, and gratitude to my fellow Americans that might be struggling with what is to come. Root your day in gratitude, my friends!
Last week I started the journey toward thirty things to be grateful for in November, a play on the traditional daily posts that typically flood your newsfeed, I highlighted [FAMILY], [JUSTIN], [MY JOB], [COMMUNITY], and [THE CORNER OFFICE] as things I was grateful for. To continue in my thirty days of gratitude, here are the eight things I am grateful for this week:
[RIGHT TO VOTE] Regardless of the outcome, I love in a country that allows me to cast a vote for the candidate of my choosing. I have a say, and that’s worth something.
[FRIENDS AT WORK] I am incredibly lucky to work with some amazing people that I have built strong, supportive relationships with over the last year. They push me, value my strengths, look out for me, and fight beside me. My life wouldn’t be the same without them.
[FOOD] Food insecurity is an epidemic across our nation, people, on a daily basis, don’t know where their next meal will come from. I am fortunate to have the means to put food in my fridge and the ability to chose the food I eat.
[OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN] I am a firm believer that you never reach your capacity to learn something new. I strive to increase my skill set in my career and personal life on a regular basis, and having the means to do so and the support to move forward cannot be overrated.
[INSPIRATION] This week I spent some concentrated time brainstorming and working with my other half at work. She took the lead, asking me questions, organizing thoughts, and helped me see a path that I was struggling to see. That clarity helped to inspire me in my work, which after six years, can be hard to come by.
[HOME] A place to go at the end of the day, a warm bed to sleep in, and community I’ve known all my life. I am so thankful to be home, back in the neighborhood I grew up in, and to have a safe, comfortable, and warm place to come home to.
[FUR KIDS] These three fur kids of ours are loving, annoying, spunky, adorable, and ours. I can’t imagine our life without any of them, they are our stinky little fur kids and we love them.
[COFFEE] I mean, let’s be honest, getting up by 6am everyday doesn’t happen on its own. My first cup of the morning at home, while it’s still dark outside is my absolute favorite. There’s something comforting about a nice cup of coffee, the caffeine doesn’t hurt either.
What are you thankful for today?