Been awhile since I’ve blogged. Part laziness; part not feeling as though I had much to contribute; personal stress, trials, and tribulations; and allowing other activities to get in the way. I’m hoping to rekindle my regular posting in the coming weeks.
Thought all day about the holiday and, even with my personal struggles, feel there is a great deal to celebrate.
So, here it is, my list of things about which I am thankful:
- My family, immediate and extended, who I love and miss like mad, and who I hope to see more of in the coming year. Although I will not see them this holiday season, I feel their love and support every day.
- My step grandchildren, Melysa and Owen, for sharing so much of their young lives with me. They make me laugh, remind me of the joys of discovery, and fill my heart with happiness – even when they drive me to distraction. I am fortunate that my stepson permits me so much time with these two kiddos.
- My friends, near and far, for allowing me the gift of their continued presence in my life. You make me richer.
- My pets – Cricket, Beatle, and Luna Boo – who provide comfort, joy, and unconditional love with snuggles.
- NaNoWriMo, for allowing me the excuse to indulge in creative writing with a deadline for the seventh year running, and for those friends who embarked on the challenge along with me.
- My colleagues – remarkable professionals that make me proud and gratified to be a part of such a high-performing team.
- My gracious landlords who have been patient and understanding as I re-establish my life and work to get personal finances back in the black.
- The lovely home in which I live, the beautiful northern California weather, and the fact that I could put up holiday lights outside today wearing a t-shirt and yoga pants, enjoying the warm sunshine on my skin.
- My relatively good health, even as I continue to nurse my sprained ankle. I’m grateful as well for the health and well-being of my family and friends, especially those healing from surgeries (my Dad and a colleague) and undergoing aggressive treatment strategies (my auntie, several friends).
So while this holiday season looks to be an especially lean one for me financially, I am rich in those things that matter most – family, friends, a good job, creativity, health, and happiness.
However you celebrate, may you find joy.