You know, I go back & forth with posting my gratitude lists on this little blog of mine. It’s not because I don’t continue to keep them, I just sometimes worry that they can come across as… privileged, maybe? I know that I am very, very deeply & importantly lucky to live the sort of life that I do. I’ve structured my life in such a way that I get to live it exactly as I choose, & I know that not everyone who reads this blog has that luxury.
In my efforts to try to worry less about what others think about me, I am recommitting to posting my gratitude lists. It’s important to me to put these out into the world, no matter how spoiled I might appear. Please know, though, that these posts are not about bragging about how sweet or awesome my life is, or an effort to make you jealous! I just believe that when you have an “attitude of gratitude” (oh how I hate that phrase!), more amazing things can come into your life. I’ve been living this way for about three years now, & the way my life has changed & expanded is a real testament to how much I believe it works.
Anyway! On with the list!
Trevor LaForce & the spillway(radio) podcast network. You have no idea. I launched my podcast yesterday, & there was absolutely no way I could have done it without Trevor. He took all of my fear, all of my doubts, all of my everything about releasing a podcast & made it so completely easy & awesome. He also was so, so patient with my learning curve!
My podcast is a real thing. It’s actually out in the world & is happening. I have been working on the idea of having a podcast for so long, & now I actually do!
Kilna. Man, Kilna stepped up this week! Answering my panicked texts, helping me problem solve GarageBand, producing the intro & outtro for my show—Be More Awesome would not have gotten off the ground if not for him.
My cheerleading squad. Travis, Kim, & Robert are my biggest, most vocal fans. Every day at least one of them helps me get over my negative beliefs in some way, opens me up to new possibilities, & most importantly reminds me of why I do the work that I do.
The way my mom listened to me on Monday. Look, I have a sometimes-strained, often tenuous relationship with my mother. I live my life in ways that she doesn’t always understand—my lack of need for security completely baffles her. But on Monday, she & I spoke on the phone when I was on my commute to work, & she was so open & receptive to listening to me blather on & on about my podcast & hosting & ROI & Google Analytics & speaking engagements. I know she didn’t understand a lot of the content, but the fact that she was making an effort to understand me was a really big deal in my heart.
Learning to enjoy sports. Saturday morning I watched the Liverpool soccer match “with” Travis (since he’s in San Diego that means we both watched it online & texted each other through the game). I also got some free hockey tickets to an Ottawa Senators game this week, which was beyond fun! While I’ve never been much of a sports person, I can really appreciate the athleticism that is required. So I guess I’m kind of into sports now?
Reddit. Okay, I’m really, really, really late to the Reddit game. But I have found a community of personal development junkies on there just like me! I learn something from that community every single day.
My friend Kim started her own business this week. I just… I can’t even. I am so, so proud of her. She has brilliant marketing ideas & I think you should check her website out. She’s the best. We are planning a little launch party for her business (& to a much lesser extent my podcast) for the weekend, which basically involves us in onesies eating small food & drinking champagne. Right up my alley!
Grooming as a meditative practice. I used to listen to lots of distracting things while in the shower & doing random self-care tasks, but this week I made the active decision to stop doing so & to just be quiet with myself. It was hard at first, but I am learning to better focus on the tasks & do them properly instead of being slap-dash about it, & it has caused me to start to fall a little bit more in love with my body & the magic it can do.
Making big, big 2014 plans. Just you wait! 2014 is going to be out of this world!
Other little things which made my heart sing…
Having a day off where I didn’t have to do anything (this hasn’t happened since I got back from California at the beginning of September & dang it was lovely) * “Now I’m the one keeping clean sheets!” * Getting rides home from work * AlphaBrain * GarageBand * Forward planning * Pet names * Using my really long commute to really have a good think * Fleece onesies! I literally never want to take mine off, & only do so when I absolutely have to * Uggs as slippers * Crockpot cooking * Less than two months until SoCal for the remainder of the winter! * Checking projects off my list * Working with amazing clients * My hair is getting so long! * My wool beret with buttons on it * Having laundry in the house again * I booked a speaking gig! (More info on that at a later date) * Daydreaming about SoCal * Being read to before bed, even if it is over Skype * Brilliant friends with amazing ideas * Songza * All the podcasts! All of them! * Getting work done at Starbucks—I am just a machine in a coffee shop! * Locating my jewelry & getting to play with it * Crystal rings * Constant, endless, boundless, exuberant inspiration * Surprise parades * Amazing feelings bubbling up & out of my heart * Learning to get to work & be disciplined—it’s really a good idea for me to take my own advice * Buffing my nails to a very high shine * Getting epic video-bombed
That’s it for this week! I hope you have lots to keep you grateful for this week, & if you want to share your gratitudes I’d love to hear them!