If you follow RunItLikeAMom on Instagram (if you don’t, you should), you may have seen that over the course of last week each blogger shared one thing they were thankful for this Thanksgiving. As I thought about my answer, I realized it is not often that I reflect on how truly thankful and blessed I am every day. So, I decided to recount some of the things I feel thankful for on a regular basis. The things I often take for granted, but know I shouldn’t. Sort of like a public thankful/gratitude journal, so in times of stress or frustration, I can easily be reminded of the positive things in my life.
1. So, if you did not see my Instagram post, when I was first asked what I was thankful for this Thanksgiving, I immediately thought of my son’s health. We were just recently cleared by his ENT. After a year of chronic ear infections, nothing makes me more thankful than knowing his hearing is 100%, all fluid is gone and we have been ear infection free since July. We never had to do the 2 surgeries originally recommended by our first ENT.
2. As most of the bloggers stated, I too am incredibly thankful for my family. My husband is my absolute rock, teammate and best friend. I am so thankful for him and my son, who fill my heart with love every day. More props to my husband for bringing me coffee and breakfast in bed this am – how awesome is he!
3. I am thankful that despite the fact I moved to Miami 10 years ago, my parents still love to come visit and stay with us about 4 times a year. While we were not together for Thanksgiving, my dad came to town on Monday and my mom will be here in a few weeks.
4. I am so thankful for my son’s teachers. There is no better feeling than dropping your child off at school and not having a single worry. I have complete confidence and trust in their care, and can go about my day knowing he is happy and loved at school.
5. In that vein, I am thankful I have finally found a job I love. A job that allows me to work on my own schedule, at home, with complete flexibility. I very much enjoy what I do, but I also very much enjoy that I have every afternoon at home with my son. Some say balance doesn’t exist, but I think I have finally found it.
6. Lastly, I am thankful for the motivation I get from the RunItLikeAMom bloggers. These ladies are seriously impressive – running marathons in the rain, running half marathons in frigid temps and constantly trying new fitness routines. Thank you for sharing your fitness journeys and for motivating me to keep up with mine.
Are you still feeling thankful? Do you keep a gratitude journal? I’ve read that doing so can have significant impact on your mood, health, stress level, sleep patterns and more. Maybe I will considering doing this on a daily basis.