Gratitude For What You Gave

I’ve been on medical leave since mid November. Because of my surgery I was dependent on a lot of things. I’m thankful for everything everyone gave me during my hardest first three weeks.

The most important thing is everyone’s time. Time to me is very valuable. My mom, sisters and even my niece and nephew spent time catering to my needs. Then I have the friends and family that took time out of their schedules to visit me. That warmed my heart each time.

Even though their time was the most precious gift for me to be thankful for, there are other things as well. I’m thankful for the food that was bought and/or cooked. That was great since I couldn’t stand that long to do it myself. I’m also thankful for the money and gifts I received as well. Everything was so thoughtful, it is still appreciated.

Being homebound and unable to do the simple things reminds you to be thankful each and every day.

I’m Thankful For My Dad

It’s been four years since my dad passed. I’m thankful for the strength I gained and learned from my dad and during the years since he passed.

My dad was the type of man that always made sure home was taken care of. We always had the things we needed and most of the things we wanted. Even as we grew into adults, he still made sure we didn’t want for anything. I’m thankful for that lesson he taught us. That’s a standard that’s always been high with my sisters and I. Dad showed us what a man of the house was supposed to do. Yes, my mom worked after we were in school, but my dad still made sure she was taken care of, even after they separated.

Even though we didn’t always get along, we created some great memories over the years. It’s those memories that I’m able to carry with me today. I’ll always be eternally grateful for those memories we were able to create from childhood on. Even as I write this I’m remembering some things that always make me smile.

Yes I’m sad that my dad is gone. There’s nothing that can change that. However, I can smile because I know he’s not hurting anymore. I also know that he gave us what he could to ensure we could celebrate him. He gave us memories to carry with us each and every day. He gave us memories to help us smile when we think of him. For that I must express my gratitude.

Daddy I thank you for everything you did for us.

Why Share My Gratitude

I love doing gratitude challenges. I also love to share my gratitude challenges through my blog. Why?

I love doing gratitude challenges because it keeps me grounded. They help remind me of the many things I should be thankful for. The small things sometimes go unnoticed, this reminds me of those things. When I start and end my day by being thankful it makes for a better day and an even better night.

Why share the gratitude challenges on my blog? I know, I could just meditate on it, write it in my journal, but I like to do more. I know, I’m a little extra sometimes. By sharing on my blog it holds me accountable. I’m always looking for ways to make myself accountable. I also do it it in hopes of helping someone else. Sometimes we all need reminders of things we can be thankful for.

Sometimes I know things can be going all wrong in our lives. It makes it hard to be positive and thankful at times. This serves as a reminder that we should be grateful for even the small things in life.

Do you share your gratitude with others, or do you keep it private?

New Connections

Making new connections in business is always important. If you want to grow your business you must be open and willing to make new connections. Without them you will become stagnant. Here are a few connections in grateful for. Some are newer than others, but without them I wouldn’t be here.

  • My Paparazzi uplines. Their knowledge and support has been invaluable. (Crystal, Claudette, Lisa) I love this business. When I may be feeling a bit down I see something on one of their pages and I say to myself “Girl get it together and get busy!”
  • My coach Tandee. I remember when I first meet her at my networking event. I didn’t think we would be friends, but here we are, two introvert business owners. There’s never a moment I’m not thankful for her pushing me and pushing me some more. With her in able to celebrate the small accomplishments as well as the big ones too.
  • Zetamber and her family. When I was starting my photography business they were there. Now, she still supports my ventures!

Those are just three of my many new or newish connections that I’m grateful for. What new connections have you made that you are thankful for?

What Makes Me Smile

It always feels good when we find things that makes us smile genuinely. When we do it makes us feel so good. Or at least for me it does. There are a few things that make me smile.

  • My niece and nephew. Just seeing them can put me at ease. A text or a phone call will have the same effect. No matter what’s going on, they elicit a smile from me.
  • Babies. I love babies. I don’t plan on having any myself. Seeing other babies, especially when they are smiling, cooing or trying to talk brings a smile to my face!
  • Good spoken word. I already love poetry by itself, but to hear a good spoken word artist is like a breath of fresh air.
  • A good smelling man. No explanation needed.
  • A good hugger. Sometimes when things may not be going right, or just not feeling it, a good hug can change things around.
  • Those are five things that make me smile that I’m grateful for. What makes you that you are grateful for?

    My New Item

    Receiving new items is always special. I’m thankful for all of them. However, the one thing I’m most grateful for is my new knee. Yes, a new knee.

    No I’m not completely healed yet, but I’m threaded in the right direction. There’s some pain now, but I remind myself that I could be at work wondering how I will make it through the day, or how many more pain pills will I have to take. Knowing I’ll be better when I go back to work is definitely something to be grateful for.

    This new knee, the total knee replacement, is the new item I’m most grateful for today.

    What new item are you most grateful for?

    Friendship

    There’s nothing like having a great friend that always in your corner. Recently I realized I had a few fake friends in my circle that I had to distance myself from. I’m forever grateful for those loyal few.

    Today though is all about my best friend Brandy. This lady has always be a constant since we meet. One thing I love about her is her heart. She’s always loving. I sent her a message some months ago because I was thinking about visiting. I was all in my feelings that day, the words she spoke bought me to tears. I don’t think she realized just how much those 2-3 sentences really meant. For that one moment I’ll be forever grateful for. Sure reminded me of the foundation of our friendship just that quick.

    As people get older, life changes, peoples likes and dislikes changes too. You won’t always agree on some things. Getting older you understand that it’s okay to agree to disagree. There are things we don’t agree on, but that has never defined our friendship. As a matter of fact, in some ways it has made it stronger.

    Brandy is a friend that I hold dear to my heart. She’s like a sister to me, so much so that her family is mine and mine is hers. I’ll always be eternally grateful for her friendship!!!!

    Who is the one friend that you are especially grateful for?

    A Few Accomplishments

    I’ve the years I’ve accomplished a lot of things. It’s hard to pinpoint what I’m most grateful for. So I’ll talk about a few accomplishments I’m grateful for.

    Being an assistant manger for seven years. I feel like I did a lot in those seven years. Yes, there were some bad days and moments, but the good out way the bad. I learned a lot during those years that I’ve been able to take with me. I’m grateful for that learning experience.

    I’m grateful for my entrepreneurship. It’s great to own my own business. While it’s not full-time and I still work my day job, this has been an awesome road. There are so many people that poured into me to help me find my niche. I couldn’t even begin to name them for fear of forgetting someone! I hope I’ve been able to pour into other the same way!

    I’ve published eight poetry books!!! I started writing poetry what I started college with the help and guidance of a friend. I developed and grew (still growing) my craft. Then a final push from an author that visited our book club I published my first book in 2007. The books cover a range of topics. There’s something for almost everyone.

    Those are just three of my accomplishments I’m very grateful for. Each have taught me some valuable lessons along the way.

    What accomplishment are you most grateful for?

    Foods I’m Grateful For

    Food!!! Most of love food to some extent. What makes food amazing is the variety that we have to choose from. Many times we can make the same dish in different ways based on your preference and location around the globe.

    The food that I’m most grateful for is pizza, spaghetti and lasagna. Why those?

    Pizza, how can one go wrong there? Pizza is easy and quick to fix or buy. Pizza has its own personality depending on where you get it from. Nothing like a good hot pizza.

    Spaghetti and lasagna you can also make many different ways. I almost always do something different when I make spaghetti. What I also love about those dishes is that they taste even better the next day. I don’t really do leftovers, but I can eat on those a few days.

    I’m a very simple eater most days. Because of that, those are the foods I’m most grateful for. What food(s) are you grateful for?