I have given myself a few new challenges for the next few months, and I am hoping to keep to the promises I make here on my blog. My first challenge is that I am going to read a book a week and review it here on each Friday. My first review is going to be up tomorrow, and it is a fantastic read!
My second challenge, is a total experiment in life and social media. I am going to post things that I am grateful for every single day for the next thirty days. Some things are going to be from my past that have stayed with me over the years, and other things will be the normal every day events that we often overlook. The reason I am taking on this project is that I feel like I am in a bit of a rut, and I need a reminder of the good things in life, and for the book part of the challenge, I really have gotten away from reading just for enjoyment, and I want to go back to something that I love so much.
So here we go, my first gratitude day, and I am sure there will be some that you know that I will want to share. My goal is to share at least five things a day.
First of all, I am grateful for my family. Many years ago, I wished that I would some day fall in love, be married and have children. Every dream that I had came true. Thanks for 17 years of married life Tim, and three wonderful children, and many others that have come and gone and have blessed our lives in many different ways.
Second, thanks to my sister, Virginia, for giving me 20 extra years of life. How do you thank someone enough for giving you the chance to have a family, a chance to travel and experience things you only dreamed of? How do you thank someone for the bone marrow that created two other lives, and helped support over a dozen children in their little lives? How do you thank someone for sunsets, walks on the beach, fireworks with loved ones, and new challenges? Thanks for life Virginia, I love it every day.
Third, I am thankful for my health. I still have some struggles, and I still get scared sometimes, but every day I am not in hospital and suffering, it is a blessing. A few times now in the last 20 years I have had periods of being almost overwhelmed with fear about what could happen, but after my last scare, I really thought I cannot live like this, I have to just take every day as it is and enjoy it as much as I can. So that is what I am doing.
Fourth for the day, I am grateful for good books. I had forgotten how much I loved a good book, and that feeling of getting lost in the story and trying to cram it into my day. But a few months ago I saw Jann Arden had given herself the challenge to read a book a week, and I thought about how I use to read a few books a week, and it was never a challenge. So I have started reading again, just for enjoyment, and am devouring books from all different genres. I can't wait to share some of my finds.
And finally for today, I am grateful for an evening off! Ever since Tim's car accident, I have been kind of living like a single parent. So all of the kids' activities, the shopping, the errands, the every day things like taking the garbage out, and the laundry have all fallen to me. So tonight, after picking Shayleen up at school, and returning home, I did not have to go back out the door for anything, and I have completely enjoyed the time to cook, sit, read and do some writing.
I hope that my gratitude will rub off, and you will share your gratitude with someone in your life. It will make them feel good, and therefore you will feel good, and besides all that, it will be fun! I am already thinking about some terrific stories that I can share, and hopefully if the people are not on facebook, someone will pass the story on to them for me!
Until tomorrow.....have a good night!