Gratitude Friday

This post is a mashup of The Little Bliss List and Joy Jam, and as such is meant to celebrate: the little things that brought me hope and happiness this week, the sweet stuff of life, those small gifts that brought me joy this week. By sharing them, I not only make public my gratitude, but maybe also help you notice your own good stuff and send some positive energy out into the world.

1. The view from where I write, roses from my garden and my new favorite book.

2. Sam’s nose is getting better, and might not be Discoid Lupus Erythematosus after all. We took him to the vet yesterday, and he thinks it’s most likely a simple case of skin depigmentation that’s common in Collies that just got irritated by the sun. We got some supplements for him to take (bacon flavored, so he’s happy) and are going to check back in a month. Sam’s coat is also turning “Summer Shepherd,” when he goes from almost pure black to this brindled reddish brown, especially on his neck.

3. Summer vacation. Did I happen to mention I’m on it? For the whole summer? Until August? I took a hefty pay cut to take summers off, but I am guessing it’s totally going to be worth it. Right after I get over the trauma of the to-do list I made yesterday…

4. Brene’ Brown The Power of Vulnerability two day workshop in Boulder. I get to go, and if that weren’t enough, a dear friend decided at the last minute to go with me, so even better.

5. This morning, I wrote an outline of the book I’m working on. I’m not typically an outliner, I’m much messier and more unplanned than that, but this felt right. And you know what, kind and gentle reader? I had a complete sense of power and confidence as I did. This is totally going to happen, and I’m going to learn so much in the process.

6. A good night’s sleep. After waking up so early yesterday and worrying about Sam, I needed it.

7. Even when I plan to take a day off from blogging or writing, I can’t, I don’t. I want to write and there seems to always be something to write about. After 25-30+ years of writer’s block, this is nothing short of a miracle.

Bonus Joy: Watching Away We Go again. I wanted a goodhearted, romantic comedy, and since they are so hard to find, I watched this one again. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it, and Alexi Murdoch does almost the whole soundtrack, so that’s really good too.

14 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

  1. biscuitsandbobbins

    I like the positivity in this post. I am feeling very grateful lately myself, but your post also sort of spurs my thoughts to realizing other good things in my life. Thanks for sharing. PS. Your dog’s fur looks so shiny and soft in the sun, lovely photo!

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Oh, I’m glad I helped you think of even more good things. It really is true how once you start paying attention, you notice how many good things there are, all around you, all the time. P.S. He even smells good, just like what you’d imagine warm, soft, clean dog to smell like.

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Actually, Lindsay, the book I’m working on is a little bit like This I Know. It’s a memoir about a time when I was stuck, a crisis happened (well, more than one actually), and how I was able to wake up and live again.

  2. xiola77

    I think that “Summer Shepherd” is so beautiful. Is it a “real” dog term, or did you coin it? Not that it matters. Here’s to dear friends, summer, good sleep, and writing. Thanks for sharing!

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      I made it up! Both my Dexter and Sam are Shepherd mixes and in the summer, they turn an entirely different color. And yes, yes, here’s to that list of wonderful things!

  3. blairshackle

    Love this list! How COOL that you get summer vacations? I’m hoping to create a life where it feels like I’m on vacation 24/7 – here’s to trying, right!? Hope you have a wonderful weekend, glad I found your site! xo

  4. Suzanne McRae (@SuzMcRae)

    Love your blog post. I really enjoyed reading that even when you plan to take a day off from writing / blogging… you can’t and won’t. Love that you are making up for lost time. I sense that I will be doing the same thing. Thank you for sharing. I found you through Liv’s Little Bliss List.


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