Gratitude Journal Day 25

Today I am grateful for:

  1. productivity! It’s been a non-stop productive day. I’m on my 36th hour of consciousness and packing. I pulled an all-nighter last night and somehow I’m still the energizer bunny I was yesterday.
  2. a wonderful and early breakfast with my dad. There’s nothing like getting up early on a Sunday morning and going out for breakfast. Especially when he drives me up to Auburn to eat at Katrina’s Cafe. It was delicious!
  3. a great afternoon and evening with one of my best friends. It’s been a while since we’ve had a day like today.
  4. my best friend, for coming over and helping me pack. And for dealing with the awkwardness that came along with it.
  5. my mom, for taking me to look at some adorable antique nightstands from Craigslist. We ended up buying them for my room at her house and I’m in love. I also fell in love with Wendy’s Junk in the Trunk, the vendor who sold us the nightstands. ( check out her Facebook page) I’ll post pictures of my room when it’s all moved in and put together.
  6. my mom (again) for dealing with my ever-changing sense of style when it comes to decorating my room. I think I’m probably on my 20th room theme at this point. haha
  7. another trip to IKEA. I can’t get enough of that place!
Here's a little sneak peek of one of the nightstands I bought.

Here’s a little sneak peek of one of the nightstands I bought.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Journal Day 24

Today I am grateful for:

  1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants on TV last night. It almost makes me want to re-read the series…almost.
  2. going to IKEA. It’s one of my all-time favorite places.
  3. my mom, who lets me be creative and have fun with decor.
  4. the guy who made our Take’n’Bake Pizza at Papa Murphy’s. He made it in the shape of a heart per my special request. Totally made my day!
  5. the motivation to pack, pack, PACK! I don’t know where it came from, but now I resemble the energizer bunny in packing mode.
  6. Craigslist. I love a good deal!
  7. my family, for always making sure I feel welcome and loved.

What are you grateful for today?

 

 

Gratitude Journal Day 23

Today I am grateful for:

  1. waking up next to my puppies. Have I mentioned I love my dogs?
  2. waking up in footie pajamas. That’s always a fun way to start the day.
  3. my dad taking me shopping.
  4. my dad being patient while I perused through Target. It’s like the Bermuda Triangle in there!
  5. going out to sushi with my dad after our fun-filled shopping spree (or at least I thought it was fun… it was probably torture for him haha)
  6. my great-aunt and uncle. They leave for Maui in the morning and I said goodbye to them tonight. I won’t see them for a couple of months, but I am so grateful to have them in my life.
  7. falling asleep to Pocahontas on ABC Family. I love it when Disney movies are on cable!

What are you grateful for today?

 

 

Gratitude Journal Day 22 AND My 50th Post

Well ladies and gents, here it is! My 50th post:

Today I am grateful for:

  1. the people of FedEx Kinko’s. I left my credit card in one of the self-serve kiosks five minutes before closing on Christmas Eve. Luckilythe kind people of FedEx Kinko’s found my lonely little debit card and saved it for me to pick up today. 
  2. my best friend. Sometimes it feels a little easier to breathe when she’s around. Although it never seems like long enough.
  3. my aunt and her boyfriend. They invited me over for a movie night tonight.
  4. footie pajamas… enough said.
  5. Hallmark. They’re still playing Christmas movies and I will stretch the Christmas season out as long as I possibly can.
  6. falling asleep next to both of my precious puppies. It’s my absolute favorite way to sleep.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Journal Day 21

Today I am grateful for:

  1. Christmas! It’s finally here. 
  2. spending Christmas morning with my wonderful aunt and cousins.
  3. the look on everyone’s face when they opened my hand-made gifts (especially my aunt’s). I’m planning on posting LOTS of DIY tutorials for all the gifts I made very soon. Bear with me!
  4. a Christmas nap with my puppies. My dad and I fell asleep for most of the morning on my aunt’s couch…whoops!
  5. seeing Parental Guidance with my mommy. I needed a good laugh and that movie is exactly what the doctor ordered!
  6. my kitty, Tedi, attempting to show me some love. See the bottom picture.
  7. falling asleep to Hallmark Christmas movies.
The seashell ornaments I made for my aunt for Christmas. They were a hit!

The seashell ornaments I made for my aunt for Christmas. They were a hit!

Seashell Ornament with the quote, "Sometimes happiness just happens" written on the back

The back of one of the seashell ornaments. I love that quote!

my cat Tedi sitting on my head

Tedi’s idea of snuggling

What are you grateful for today?

 

Gratitude Journal Day 20

Today I am grateful for:

  1. Christmas Eve! It only comes once a year.
  2. a family filled morning at my great aunt’s and uncle’s.
  3. productivity. I got ALL of my laundry done today.
  4. homemade turkey noodle soup. It nourishes my soul.
  5. holiday store hours. Sometimes it takes last-minute procrastination in combination with limited resources (aka Kinko’s closing early) to kick my butt into high gear.
  6. discovering Martha Stewart’s chalkboard paint. It’s so fun!
  7. falling asleep on Christmas Eve all snuggled up with animals… even if they are kitties.

What are you grateful for today?

 

Gratitude Journal Day 19

Today I am grateful for:

  1. patience. My dad went last-minute Christmas shopping with me today and I know he was wearing his “most patient hat” the entire time.
  2. open-mindedness. I went to not one, but two church services this morning. Keep in mind I never go to church and I’m not the biggest fan of it. The last time I attended was last Christmas Eve. However, I actually enjoyed the second service simply because I kept an open mind.
  3. my cousins. We went to lunch with them today after church. I love spending time with them. They’re always so positive and upbeat. And their children are probably the most adorable kids I’ve ever laid my eyes on…bonus!
  4. open-mindedness (again). It deserves to be said twice because I was quite open-minded today. Today, my mom and I adopted two kitties. One of them is the kitten I posted a picture of in yesterday’s gratitude journal entry. I hate cats. I can probably count on one hand the cats I’ve come across and liked in my lifetime. And now I share a home with two of them. We named them Tika and Teddy and I’m actually growing very fond of both of them. I’m keeping an open mind and learning to love the two newest members of our family.
  5. my great-aunt and uncle. Not only have they graciously opened their home to me over winter break, but they’re just all-around amazing. They’re both so funny and caring and I feel so loved whenever I’m around them.
  6. falling asleep snuggled up next to animals. I’m currently tucked in bed with two kittens purring between my legs. It’s not quite comparable to snuggling with my puppies, but I’ll take it.
Teddy and Tika, our newest family members

Teddy and Tika, our newest family members

What are you grateful for today?

 

Gratitude Journal Day 18

Today was the kind of day where I wanted to pull the blankets over my head and hide in my bed all day.

Sometimes, life feels like it’s kicking you while you’re down. Sometimes, I just want to have a sad day.

But then I realize… it takes a strong person to think positively all the time, but it takes an even stronger person to be positive when it’s easy to think negatively.

So after my sheets and I had our pity party, I decided to get up and turn my day around. And I did.

Today I am grateful for:

  1. my bed. (Well, I’m kind of renting it while I stay at my wonderful aunt and uncles’ house.) Even though I was having a pity party, I’m thankful that I had a bed to have it in… some people in the world don’t even have beds.
  2. my mom. She took me Christmas shopping today so I didn’t have to face the crazy last-minute shoppers alone.
  3. kind sales associates at stores. They become a rarity as Christmas nears and I’m always appreciative when I come across someone in a good mood.
  4. a roof over my head. Although I’m kind of floating around while transitioning between houses, I’m grateful to have a warm place to stay – especially in this rain!
  5. eating ice cream out of the carton. For some reason it’s way more fun when you don’t use a bowl.
  6. cracking myself up because I think something is funny – even if other people don’t have the same sense of humor.
  7. being open-minded. I may be a cat-owner soon. I never thought I’d say those words.
  8. Miracle on 34th Street on AMC. enough said.
My Mommy and I during Alpha Chi Omega's  (my sorority) Mom's Weekend.

My Mommy and I during Alpha Chi Omega’s (my sorority’s) Mom’s Weekend.

one of the little kitties we're thinking about adopting

one of the little kitties we’re thinking about adopting

What are you grateful for today?