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.

Running. I’ve been doing a bit more because Dexter has been having episodes of reverse sneezing (any one with experience with this, talk to me!) and when he runs, he’s less likely to, and I will do anything for my dogs, even running. I’m so grateful my body can do this, that it allows me to keep trying.

Blogging. I’m still so in love with the whole thing, the crafting and the creating, the writing and the visuals, and especially the connection with readers and other bloggers, (the only thing I don’t love is tagging and categorizing posts). This week especially, I was so grateful to my kind and gentle readers.

Meditating. For the past few years, I’ve struggled with where to put this in my schedule, have tried all kinds of variations to get it to fit, to stay, to stick, but I think I’ve finally got a system that works, a routine, and I’m so grateful.

Sandwiches. Yay Turkey from the Red Table (even better when eaten across the table from Chloe’) and my favorite made at home sammie: Garden Burger, hummus, spinach, and cucumbers (even better when they are from my own garden) on thin multigrain bread.

Farmer’s Market. Our first one back in Fort Collins, and we got all this, plus some amazing fresh tortillas.

9 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

  1. Kimberly Fields

    Reverse sneezing! As soon as I saw that, I thought that might be what Sally does on occasion, and upon looking it up, yup, that’s it. I’m glad to know what those little episodes are and what I can do to help. As always, you’re an angel of perfect timing in my life.

    I wrote you a long comment earlier this week, when you wrote that you were feeling shaky, and then I lost the post, because I was on a different browser than what I typically use and wasn’t logged in and accidentally closed the window when I was prompted for a password. I’ll recap: First of all, I felt you. A few days earlier, I had commented to Justin, “I can’t figure out if I’m exceptionally lonely, or if all people are just lonely, and that’s the human condition.” Like you, I hunger for “more,” all the time, and it is so refreshing to read your blog, because you remind me continually of how universal that struggle is, and that in sharing that struggle, we’re actually not alone.

    There was more, I’m sure, but that’s what I remember. Keep writing, even if it means you have to push some of your paid work aside. 🙂

    P.S. My contract doesn’t start until the 14th, but of course, I’ll be in a meeting today. Alas. I FEEL you.

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      I’m glad I could help! What upsets me about Dexter is he’s never done it before, and at nine years old he suddenly is doing it almost every time we go on a walk and the vets not quite sure what’s going on. He is teaching me about living with uncertainty, (little bastard).

      You know, I think both of your guesses about loneliness are right–some of the time it’s a individual, immediate need for connection, but it’s also just something we all feel. As an introvert, I need lots of time alone, and most of my ability to be around people, my daily allotment, gets used up by my paid work, not my friends, so that leads to me feeling lonely, as I’m not getting enough of the kind of connection I really need and want. It’s why when we have book club, my face hurts from laughing, because it’s so out of practice. In other words, maybe we should hand out more often. In the meantime, I’ll write and you comment, and that way we both feel less alone.

  2. Ruth

    I really enjoy blogging too. At first I thought it was necessary to blog every day but I don’t feel that pull on me now. I blog when I feel like it or not.

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      I can totally see that happening at some point, Ruth, and certainly can’t imagine keeping up with the amount I write now forever, but for now, I’m loving it.

  3. janethovde

    Jill, If it feels appropriate, I’d love to hear about the meditation routine you have worked out. Good for you on your running, blogging, meditating, sandwiching & farm-marketing, a full week of feeding all your senses!


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