While it can be hard to jump back into the work week, taking a moment to appreciate the highlights of an amazing weekend helps me savor all the moments of joy from the past two days. I wrote about gratitude lists just after the Christmas holiday. Starting the morning with a brief meditation on the positive allows me to go out into the world and share that positivity.
A gratitude list is not religious, though I do find this type of reflection inherently spiritual and centering. The habit of regularly making a gratitude list–not only on good days, but on bad days when I need some creativity–has helped me feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment even in the midst of uncertainty. My Monday list is after the jump.
Brunch on Saturday was the perfect antidote to my issues with repeatedly saying no in social situations during the Whole30. Eight of my sorority sisters (yes, they still matter after college!) came over to catch up over lots of food. When I hear about these women’s personal and professional accomplishments, I can’t help but feel inspired. I am grateful for sisterhood and for colorful fruit salads.
I am grateful for my favorite coffee shop, a cheerful place that must serve productivity in their Americano. The coffee is delicious, and the conversation with insightful friends is even better.
I am thankful for the kindness of strangers, which seems to spring eternal when I least expect it.
I am grateful for the ability to pick up and go running all of the sudden–this would not have happened two years ago! Despite the snow on the ground, my roommate and I went for a run on Saturday: a perfect way to blow off some steam.
Last but never least, I am grateful for jalapenos. They make every breakfast better!
What are you grateful for today? If you share these thoughts on your own blog, I’d love to link up. Please share in the comments.