There are days when keeping those negative thoughts under wrap are hard. Those days when all you want to do is crawl back in bed, forget everything that is going on around you and start fresh tomorrow. It is easy to get caught up in those days and when you do one day seems to turn to two and so on.

Let’s stop those negative thoughts today! Today let us be thankful.

I have so much to be thankful for today:

  • Today I am thankful for my two healthy children.  Even though their smart mouths and stubbornness get the best of them at times, I am so happy that they are healthy enough to have such spunk about them.  One day that stubbornness  will start to look more like determination.
  • Today I am thankful for my husband. There is no way that I can put into words how I feel about him.  He is my rock and my soul-mate.
  • Today I am thankful for my job.  I do not enjoy it most of the time, but it pays the bills.  In a time when so many people are out of work, I am thankful for the opportunity.  I am also thankful for all of the invaluable people skills I have learned while working here.  Difficult people are no longer so difficult to deal with.
  • Today I am thankful for my freedom.  I have the freedom to do and say just about anything that I wish.   In a time when the whole world seems to going to hell in a hand basket, I am very grateful for my freedom and can never give enough thanks for the people who fight for it.
  • Today I am thankful for you… my reader.  It is nice to know that sometimes my ramblings do touch people and make their day a little better or that they get a laugh out of a post.

This list could go on and on, but I’ll leave it at that today.  Tell me what you are thankful for.

 

Do you ever run across a quote or a saying that makes so much sense it’s ridiculous?  I did today.  Time to make some changes and start seeing the results that I want.

What things would you like to change in your life?

 

 

I’ve spent a lot of time lately really thinking about the relationship I have with a few family members. I won’t subject you to all 34 years of that history, because it is a complicated beast. I’ve spent a lot of my life (both as a child and adult) trying to live up to this image of perfection; striving for approval that never seems to be there.  I’m amazed at how this need affects other areas and relationships in my life.

The older I get the more comfortable I grow with me, with my thoughts, opinions and with my choices.  I like who I am.  I like the life that I have.  I love the family that I have created.  I think I have done a great job.

I’m letting go of the need to please.  I’m letting go of the need to be perfect.  I know that it is OK to set boundaries.  I know that is it OK to lay out terms for our relationship.  I know that it is OK if they don’t accept those terms.  I won’t cease to be me and I won’t stop being happy.

My advice to you is to live the life that makes YOU happy!  Don’t stress yourself out trying to fit into someone else’s idea of perfection.  It’s OK to walk away from people who only bring you down.   

 

 

Today I am thankful for:

  • My amazing husband.  I can’t believe that we have spent almost 14 years in wedded bliss together.  I love him more now than I ever did.  He is my best friend.  He is my rock.  He treats me like a princess when I need it but let’s me fight the battles that I need to fight on my own.
  • My wonderful kids.  They are really who make me important in this world.  If I raise two smart, responsible, compassionate and happy people to turn loose into the world, then my mission will be complete.  I try to be a little more like them each day.  Their innocence and wonderment of the world is something we all should strive for.
  • My family.  The hubs and I have such a great family surrounding and supporting us.  The kids couldn’t ask for better grandparents and I love that they have such a great relationship.  This is something that I didn’t grow up with and something that I really wanted for them.
  • That we always have “enough”.  I may not have everything that I want, but I always have enough.  This is something that is always being shown to me.  I have learned not to worry about everything.  In the end, whatever the situation is, we always come out alive.  Most of the time, we come out better and stronger than before.  I’ve learned that “enough” is really all that I need.

There is no way that I could ever list all of the things or all of the people who I am thankful for.  I am such a lucky girl and I love the life that I have so very much.

Let’s all reflect on what we are thankful and grateful for this Thanksgiving week.  Be sure and tell those close to you how much they mean to you.  Even if they know it, it’s nice to hear.

 

 

 

Life gets tough for everyone.  Having just one good friend can make it all better.  Be sure that your friends know how much they mean to you.  You never know… it may be just the day they need to hear it.