Gratitude List

day 14


Choose a number and make a gratitude list.

First off, Merry Christmas!

My favorite day of the year is here.

We opened many presents, ate french toast, and had a Pitbull dance party in the kitchen.

You heard me, a Pitbull dance party.

It was so fun watching Ian open presents this year.

Last year he was only two months old so he really didn’t know what was going on.

This year he started to figure out why there were boxes wrapped in snowmen and Santa hats.

I loved watching him figure out Christmas, and I know each year will get better and better.

Since football is on and I have to start making food for Christmas dinner, I’m going to keep this short. This is my favorite day of the year and I want to spend as much time with my family as possible.

It’s only fitting that since today is the 25th of December I make a list of 25 things I’m grateful for.

  1. Ian
  2. My family
  3. My Husband
  4. Pizza
  5. My job
  6. The fact that I can still run an eight minute mile
  7. Marlo
  8. Christmas scented candles
  9. All of the wonderful presents that were given and received today
  10. My health
  11. Mashed Potatoes
  12. The roof over my head
  13. My friends
  14. That I get the day off tomorrow
  15. My new watch
  16. Freeform’s Harry Potter marathon this weekend
  17. Coffee
  18. Coaching
  19. My vacuum cleaner
  20. Fourth place in our fantasy football league
  21. Taylor Swift
  22. Netflix
  23. That Ian usually sleeps through the night in his own crib
  24. Dark chocolate
  25. The fact that I get to live this wonderful life every single day

I hope everyone reading this has the most amazing day and gets to spend it with those who matter most. I’m so excited about dinner tonight I can’t really think of anything else so Merry Christmas, I hope you got to watch Elf at least once today.


Pre Friday Funk.


Do you ever have those days where you just feel..bleh.

You’re not having a bad day necessarily but you’re not having a great day.

That’s me today.

I have been sick since the beginning of the month, I could use some more sleep, and I have no idea what to write about in my blog.

All minor things but are still things that can get you in a funk if you allow them to…and I have done so.

Shout out to my husband who has to listen to me complain.

When texting my husband complaining about my day he said something that I didn’t want to hear but that I needed to hear.

“Think about what you have to look forward to.”

He’s so good at that..telling me what I need to hear, and I am so lucky to have those people in my life that tell me those things.

Instead of spending the last couple of hours dragging my feet around thinking about all of these different reasons why I’m having a bad day I should look at what I have coming up. In just a few minutes I get to go see my amazing little boy. Picking him up from daycare and seeing that wonderful smile makes everything better. After I pick him up I’m going to buy coffee because I want it and I’m going to cuddle with my son. Jason and I get to go visit my dad, have dinner with him, and watch Jeopardy. When I get home I’m going to curl up under a blanket and watch my favorite show in the entire world.

Try it.

Whenever you think you’re having a bad day or in a funk, grab a piece of paper and write down all of the things you have to look forward to or all of the things you love. It’s impossible to be mad after you reflect on the things you have in your life.

Thank Jason, without knowing it you’ve inspired me to write this post and get out of my funk..maybe I’ll keep you around for a little longer..

I think we get into funks because we’ve lost sight of what we DO have. We just simply forget the amazing things we do have in life and we spend our time focusing on what’s wrong.

Another big factor of this funk that people get into is comparing what they have to what others have. It’s so easy to scroll through Instagram or Facebook and see the lives of others looking flawless and adventurous while you spend 8 hours a day behind a desk and get envious.

So much time is spent comparing ourselves to others and wanting what other people have that we lose sight of what we already have. We spend our time trying to think of ways to make our lives better, different, or exactly like someone else s that we forget to see the beauty in our own unique stories.

Funks can’t avoid them..but you can fight back.

Remember what you have, remember who you have, and remember why you’re here.

I have an amazing son, life, job, and cat.

I have the most amazing support system who supports me in every aspect of my life and gives me advice when I need it most.

I am here to help my son grow into the most amazing person he can be. I am here to watch that journey and capture every moment of it that I can.

I like to call this my gratitude list.

Whenever you’re in a funk or stuck comparing your life to the lives of others get a list going. Grab your phone or a spare pen and paper and get writing. Write down everything you love and write down who you love. Write down what you have to look forward to and write down why you’re here.

It’s hard to be in a funk when you’re looking at a giant piece of paper reminding you that you’re life is pretty special.

Thanks again Jason, you continue to help me grow in a million different ways.