i read some really beautiful words on social media the other night that said the practice of gratitude is 3 things.
1. notice. 2. savor. 3. express.
i loved that. such a beautiful reminder.
i’ve learned over the years that one of the very best gifts i can give myself is my outlook on life. on finding gratitude and joy in what and who is around me. it’s hard sometimes. it’s hard a lot of the time. i’m human, and sometimes that stupid greener grass over there looks just so freaking green, that i start to forget just how blessed and fortunate i am to be standing on any grass at all over here. and what incredible grass under my feet it is! i’m thankful for it.
i’m thankful for this holiday that helps me pause and take notice of my blessings. i’m thankful for so many things. for things like my warm coat to early bedtimes for the kids (praise!) to good friends and good health to coconut syrup that has changed the way i drink a diet coke. for this city that i sometimes struggle with but still can’t get enough of. for my faith. and for my courage (because it’s hard sometimes and crawling under that rock and hiding forever and ever begins to look mighty fine). for this blog that has brought on incredible opportunities we couldn’t be more thankful for. for all of you who come to this space and share your support and love and encouragement and feel like a friend. but especially my family. my loving husband and my three beautiful children. i look at these people every day, my people, and i just wanna pinch myself. i seriously can’t believe they are mine.
when it’s one of those days where it’s hard to keep a positive frame of mind, and it takes my all to just patiently and kindly put my little ones to bed and tidy up the apartment and try to begin my work at an hour where i just want to sleep myself, i often cuddle up beside my love, and i just wanna slap myself. because this life is so good! how is this my life?!
i wish you the most wonderful thanksgiving with your loved ones. and if you’re in a place that doesn’t celebrate thanksgiving today necessarily, i wish you the most magical start of this holiday season!
photos are a few outtakes from when we took some pictures for our family christmas card. taken by the wonderful katie rain.