Hawaii, shortly after our first Thanksgiving with Walker.
As I start or stay on this path of carefully reconstructing life post recession, post boutique owner, just post of everything I knew to be security. I find myself being more grateful than ever. It is no secret amongst my dearest friends what a toll the recession took on my business, and my life. However, as I build this blog and I work daily on rebuilding my life one piece at a time in a very mindful way one of the most important steps I take to building this beautiful life I want for myself and my family is a daily gratitude list.
This is a practice I started about a year ago when I hit a wall both mentally and physically. Without my daily list I would not be where I am today. I find that if I dwell on the past in a sorrow filled state I get nowhere, I end up living in a place of sadness and resentment. When I include my past experiences in my list of things that I'm grateful for, my perspective changes and I am able to fully take on each day, pick up the pieces and rebuild what I call in my mind, "Rebecca's dream house."
(A metaphor for the life I want).
So this Thanksgiving whether you have it all, you are striving for more, or you are coming back from a life low. Make your list, because wherever you are in your life path a little gratitude makes for one sweet ride. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who has laughed and cried with me, touched my life and is working to live a life of love and dreams.
My Gratitude Recipe for Thanksgiving 2013.
Every experience good or bad that has made me the person I am today*Walker* Stephen* Miles*My Mom & Dad* My whole family brothers, sister in-laws, in-laws*my new niece Izzie*my dear friends*cold crisp winter days in the Northwest*creativity*the ability to change*my brain and it's ability to keep learning*design work that is plentiful*a warm home with endless possibilities*my therapist:)*a husband that is a gourmet cook* food on the table*bills being paid*building a road to a debt free life*long walks*fuzzy funny printed socks*Homeland*Madmen*books to read*new friendships*making amends*amazing memories of past travels* dreams of new travels*laughter*egg sandwiches for weekend breakfast*champagne*new opportunities*meditation*my daily gratitude list*learning to be a better cook*my red roses that are still blooming in the back yard*being able to let go of the past*the ability to forgive*8 hours of sleep*a fantastic glass of red wine tonight*a family to celebrate the holiday with*readers*me*cuddles this morning from my son*a life worth living*today is Thanksgiving.