Friday Five – 5 Things I’m GRATEFUL for!

So, at Jennifer’s suggestion, I’m joining the Friday 5 Link Up with Mar on the Run, Cynthia (You Signed Up for WHAT?!) and Courtney of Eat Pray Run. Wahoo! I’m excited to start adding some more content to my little blog space and I think this is a fantastic way to connect with other bloggers!  I was especially  excited to see that today’s topic was a “You Pick” because it will allow me to highlight something that I’m passionate about.

 

GRATITUDE. 

This seems to be a popular topic these days, and for good reason; when you are grateful, great things happen! I very strongly believe in the laws of attraction, the power of positive thinking and the idea that the more grateful you are for the things in your life, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Sounds a little cheesy, yes. Definitely sounds a lot like The Glad Game in Pollyana, and it kind of is. You should always find the good in something…especially the small things. It helps give you some perspective and to see the big picture.  For example, my kitchen has not been updated since approximately 1950 so there is no dishwasher (first world problems to the extreme, right?!). I wash everything by hand, usually a few times a day: after I make breakfast, all of my Tupperware containers from my lunch, after dinner clean up, etc. There’s a lot! I could be a brat about it and bitch and complain (full disclosure – sometimes I still do), but when I catch myself going down that route, I stop and think. Washing all of these dishes means that I had plenty of food to eat today. It means that I have clean, running, HOT water to wash them in. It means that I have a job that allows me to buy the food. I could go on and on, but when you turn things around and look at it from another angle it really makes you think twice.  I’m sure we all have minor things that we complain about; next time you catch yourself complaining about washing the dishes, or paying a bill, or whatever….find the good in it. Makes a big difference!  I also keep a Gratitude Journal, which I use every day to list things that I’m grateful for.  

Starting the day with coffee and gratitude is always a mood booster!

Starting the day with coffee and gratitude is always a mood booster!

So, now I’ll get off of my Gratitude soapbox and tell you the 5 things that I’m grateful for now.

My Tall One.  His birthday is this weekend, so I’m making sure I show the love! I am grateful for this guy every.single.day. I hate to get all cheesy on you, but I know that what we have is special. I love him to pieces!   He always knows how to make me laugh, even when I don’t want to.

He doesn't like taking pictures in general, and he really doesn't want his pictures on-line, so here he is utilizing my Christmas present from my mom.

He doesn’t like taking pictures in general, and he really doesn’t want his pictures on-line, so here he is utilizing my Christmas present from my mom.

He’s been my rock through a lot of things over the years, especially this past summer, and not only is he always looking out for and taking care of me but now he also looks out for my mom and makes sure that she is taken care of. No matter what need done, he is right there. He is one of the most selfless people I know and would do anything for us.  I’m not sure where I would be without him, but I know that I don’t want to find out.

This little blog and the people that I’ve connected with because of it! When I first started this blog, I wasn’t looking for much other than a place to track my training and maybe have one or two people to share advice and training with. But, between this blog and fun stuff like Daily Mile (you should be my friend! Add me!) I have started meeting and connecting with so many other runners and bloggers in the area! I have a whole new network/support system that cheers me on when I have good weeks, and give me pep talks when I’m having shitty weeks. I’ve met a few in person and am always meeting and hoping to meet more (who is going to be at the Spring Thaw race tomorrow?? If you’re there, say HI!!!) Awesome runners! I’ve made not just a running friend, but a real friend (sorry Jennifer, you’re stuck with me!) and now that I have the opportunity to make many more!

 

I used to refer to us as "running buddies" or "running friends", but now I think it's just friends! :-)

I used to refer to us as “running buddies” or “running friends”, but now I think it’s just friends! 🙂

 

My Kitties. You think I was going to list 5 things and NOT mention them? NOPE! The title Crazy Cat Lady is not an exaggeration. These furry guys ARE my babies and I love ‘em! They bring so much happiness to our little home and we are obsessed with them.  Each one has their own personality, attitude, and quirks that make them unique.

 

These guys are too much!

These guys are too much!

 

Remote Start.

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Hello, lovely!

 

First World luxury? Yes. Am I still grateful for it? Abso-freakin’-lutely! With as cold as it has been lately, my remote starter has been a lifesaver!

 

My Health! I am so grateful that overall I’m a healthy, happy person. The gift of health is so fragile, and often times we take that for granted until it’s lost whether that be to a brief illness like the flu, or something more serious.  Training for a marathon during cold and flu season has made me hyper aware of every sniffle and sneeze that I hear during the day and I’m very grateful that I haven’t had another run in with the flu virus this year. *Knock on wood* I had some troubles early last year that wiped me out, and I learned very quickly how fast you can lose your health.

So, as you can see my list is a mix of some big time things and also small things that you may not even think about on a day to day basis.   Tell me something (or a few somethings) that you are grateful for!

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8 thoughts on “Friday Five – 5 Things I’m GRATEFUL for!

  1. Love this topic and this list, but my favorite thing….the cat blanket!!!! 🙂 Happy birthday to your husband! And aww, I’m touched that I made the list. 🙂 I consider you a friend, not just running friend too, but I’ve never had a running friend before so I hate to lose that term. Maybe BRF is more appropriate! But yes, I agree completely that having an attitude of gratitude is so important!!!

    • Running friends really are the best – it’s great to have someone who understand/appreciated the trials, tribulations, and victories of running! My husband is always my biggest supporter, but a non runner can only listen to so much before their eyes start to glaze ;-)!

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