Practicing Gratitude [02.11]

>> Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Valentine's Day edition!  Well, almost...

This time of year, I can't help but be thankful for The Man and the relationship we have together.  This weekend we will celebrate NINETEEN years of marriage!!  Crazy.  Sometimes it feels like F.O.R.E.V.E.R., but most times, I just can't believe it's actually been that long already.  I'm grateful he's my best friend and the person I most love spending time with.

And that he's handy with fixing stuff.  :)

I'm grateful for an awesome employer.  I started my seasonal tax-time job a little early this year (yesterday) on a special project that's a little tedious and decidedly unglamorous, but the office is just such a great place to be that it really doesn't matter what they ask me to do, I just enjoy being there.  I'm fortunate to have a boss who goes above and beyond to make the workplace a place I and my co-workers actually enjoy going to.

I'm thankful that though my MRI at the end of last month did indeed show two herniated discs in my back, both are quite minor.  In fact, the one was a complete surprise to me!  The other one, not surprisingly, is in exactly the area that could be causing or affecting my hip/back issue, but it's not severe enough to know for sure.  My doctor's only suggestion was to continue with physiotherapy.  I was a little bummed about that, but his assurance that general, day-to-day activities wouldn't exacerbate it helped. I'm grateful this problem hasn't ever actually laid me up at all over the two years it's been an issue, despite the range of discomfort, and even though I've definitely had to make concessions and compensations because of it.

Most of all, I'm thankful it hasn't kept me from walking.  I don't always go as often as I can/should each week, but man, I'm not sure how I would cope if I suddenly couldn't do it anymore!

What are YOU grateful for this week?

Valentine rain hearts 


FMF: focus

>> Saturday, February 6, 2016

5 Minute Friday is "sort of a writing flashmob" hosted weekly by blogger Kate Motaung.  Each week she selects a subject and your job is to write about it for 5 minutes and link to her post.  Whatever comes to mind, even if you aren't sure what the subject is about, don't know anything about it, or haven't ever really thought about it.  Just write.  For 5 minutes.  Doesn't that sound fun??

And there's only one rule:  After you've linked your post, you MUST visit the person who linked up before you and leave a comment on their post.  (Of course, you  may visit any or all of the others, too!)

Okay, ready?  Today's topic is: FOCUS.

Ready, set... GO!

I meant to post this yesterday, but I got a little sidetracked getting ready for weekend guests.  And then some unexpected business stuff popped up that had to be dealt with.  And it was all kind of ironic, because in thinking about what I would write when this prompt was first revealed on Thursday evening, the phrase that immediately came to mind was "focus on the task at hand."

We often see it on school report cards and we say it relatively frequently to the girls at home, too.  They come from a line of easily-distracted women.  I'm that way, my mother is that way, and in general, my understanding is that it is a bit of a pervasive, North American female problem.  We all pride ourselves on multi-tasking and yet how much really gets accomplished when we're trying to move forward on a few too many fronts?  In reading a blog post earlier in the week, I came across a woman who talked about starting so many times but not finishing, either because she got distracted by other things, or because it wasn't working out as perfectly as she'd envisioned and so the project was abandoned.  She'd decided this year that she wanted to stop being a perfectionist and to focus on rather becoming a COMPLETIONIST.  I like that.  It's a good word.  I'd like to focus on that, too.

Aaaaaaand... STOP.

Wanna join in?  Click the link at the top of the post to visit our hostess and other bloggers linking up for this 5-minute writing frenzy!



WW: Sundrops

>> Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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