So, on the heels of sharing my ugly side of parenting, I feel like I should share something a little more uplifting. It is Thanksgiving and the internet is littered with “What I’m Thankful For” expositions.
If you’re looking for some more Thanksgiving posts from me – here you go (click below)!
So I’m going to get REAL literal and tell you the exact things I am thankful for this year. There will be nothing esoteric to be read in to because this is a just plain ol’ “I’m glad for…” kind of list.
I am thankful for:
1) My ability to travel.
I love traveling, with my friends, family or solo. My heart belongs to the globe and any time I can visit a different place it swoons (especially internationally). Earlier this month I spent 10 days in Israel with 200 Jewish moms. It was A-MAZE-BALLS. Being able to logistically leave the county, state or country when I work full-time and have three young children under the age of 5 is a big deal. I make it happen because it’s such a huge part of who I am.
2) My husband’s willingness to support my travel dreams.
I wouldn’t have been able to go to Israel for nearly two weeks if he wasn’t on board. He said, “We’ll miss you, but we’ll be fine. Go and have fun.” Read this if you want to know more about why I love him so.
So I nap for 2 hours on the weekends and it’s GLORIOUS.
4) NOT being in high school or behaving as if I still am.
I spend a lot of time with strong female personalities and I stay out of the pettiness. It’s refreshing and feels good to know I don’t care about the latest piece of gossip.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then I don’t know if I can explain it. If you know what I’m talking about, then the term “soul friend” resonates with you (okay, maybe I’m getting a little esoteric here… oops).
6) Appreciating what I have and feeling rich.
Although all three nuggets are fighting a bad cold virus and dear Lord last night they were up at 3am came to my bed, and began kicking, turning, and inadvertently punching my hubby in the face while they tried to get comfortable to fall asleep – there are worse things.
8) Hearing my girls play together and the constant cacophony of giggles and squeals I hear every moment of the day they are awake.
Seeing the love and affection they have one for another is one of the most gratifying things in the universe.
9) Writing for Kveller.com and not getting rattled by the critics.
To quote one of my besties, “Haters be hatin’.” My mission is to help others live their best life through my writing. Even if I get some mean comments, at least they are reading!
10) Becoming a regular contributor to Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine
I have always marched to the beat of my own drummer. I really live Dr. Seuss’s sage advice “”Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”