What started as a simple giveaway morphed into an AWESOME and HEART WARMING exercise. Last week, I announced a small giveaway I’d be hosting and to enter, all I asked was for people to comment and tell me what they’re grateful for. I kid you not, the response brought tears to my eyes. Thank you all so much for opening your hearts and sharing the love. Life can be tough, mundane, challenging – a jumble of sorts. As a result, we oftentimes lose sight of what matters most. We become immune to our greatest blessings. Each day they wake up with us. It’s up to us to recognize them.
You guys have inspired me to dig deep and share some gratitude today.
I’m thankful for all of the times I’ve been told no – every no was only a yes in disguise to something greater and better.
I’m thankful for friends near and far who remind me daily that I’m never alone.
I’m incredibly grateful for my health and the fact that I can run. I may not be fast but running makes me feel so strong and empowered to be the best woman I can possibly be. Thank you, God, for waking me up each morning and letting me walk and RUN after my dreams.
Forever grateful to do what I love as a means of supporting myself.
God’s timing. While it’s hard to understand and embrace at times, I trust it’s right for me.
The opportunity to grow.
Butterflies in my tummy from someone special.
I’m grateful for parents who remind me every single day that love is a choice we make. And oh, is it one worth choosing ALWAYS!
My sister, Elizabeth (who I lovingly call B), who is in so many ways my soulmate in life.
My brothers, Dave + Colin, who always give me reason to make light and FUN of a situation.
I’m thankful for my adorable nephew, Noah, who reminds me every day that there is magic to be seen.
Grateful for my drive and ambition.
Twix, hugs, high fives (and high 1′s with my nephew!), yummy margaritas (nice one, Erin J!), fall weather, cuddling, kisses on the forehead, peppermint mochas, scarves, not settling, Pazzo man, emoticons, happy mail, thoughtfulness, yellow and orange, mini marathons, baby steps and leaps of faith, traveling, texts from my parents, Christmas (FOR SURE), white lights, I Love You’s, laughing too loud, those moments before you fall asleep, spontaneity, a good stretch, to name a few others..
When I pulled a name at random out of a hat to determine a winner, I was so happy to see this name in my hands. Her entry LITERALLY stopped me dead in my tracks:
“This week I am grateful for God’s timing… regardless of what I think is meant to happen or that I wish at the time to occur, I am always amazed and in awe of His overarching plan. I have been waiting for my license to go through because there were three jobs available that I wanted. The jobs were available three days prior to my license being confirmed but then on the day my license went through, all three jobs were filled. At the time I was disappointed, but then this week I found out my mom has a brain tumor. Since I wasn’t able to take on of those positions, I will now be able to be with my mom for the appointments, surgery, and recovery process. I have complete faith that this was God’s plan. How amazing that He would make it so I could give back to my mom by being there for her in the same way she has been there for me my entire life. God is good. Oh, and thankful that the tumor is benign.”
Congrats, Jessie! I am so excited to see you in the fall!
Thanks so much to everyone for participating. As always, we have so much to be grateful for…