This is Thanksgiving week in the United States. So if you are one of my listeners in another country, please still listen since I do appreciate you and you can always learn something new.
I thought to make this episode a bit short and sweet since you might have a lot going on with relatives coming in for a visit or you’re getting ready to travel to see family or friends.
Or you may be alone this holiday and are beginning to feel a bit sad and depressed.
Please don’t do that.
Your life has incredible value and my wish for you is to know that it’s just a day.
Find something that will bring a bit of joy into your life and be thankful for what you do have.
Trust me there is always someone out there that is worse off to make you grateful for what you do have.
The universe is always able to give me examples and show me how lucky I truly am when my pity party becomes an out of control rager of “It sucks to by me.”
So what am I thankful for this year?
I thought it would be fun to tell you some of the things I’m thankful for this year and encourage you to pick up a blank piece of paper, the back of an envelope, or your journal, and make a list of everything that you’re thankful for this year.
Here are some of the top things on my thankful list.
Some of these you might not be aware of since like an iceberg, this podcast sometimes only shows what’s on the surface because I can’t tell you everything that’s going on below the surface. Some of it might be due to my embarrassment, my own limits on what is truly private to me, or it may incriminate me in a bad way. Hehe.
Here we go!
I am thankful that my parents moved closer to me.
My parents and I have lived on opposite sides of the United States for the past 16 years. I am so happy that they live closer to me.
My mom is one of my best friends so to have her just down the street from me is absolutely wonderful.
We now can go shopping together instead of sending photos of how we look in an outfit. We can get mani/pedis together. We can go see girlie movies together. And the best part is that they will be coming to my house for Thanksgiving dinner.
They were living on over 20 acres in California near Yosemite and it was getting to be too much work for them. Now they live in a fabulous retirement community where they can age gracefully and it makes my heart happy that they can use their time for things they want to do instead of worrying about being evacuated since a forest fire may burn down their house.
I am thankful that I made it to the 46th year of my life.
Yes! I made it through another year with no major health crisis.
I will gladly take stiff muscles from one too many squats, tight hip ligaments from too much sitting, or a hormonal headache since I can manage all of those things.
By now I’ve learned what foods make me sick or give me aching muscles and that I love to exercise.
I’m going to keep doing all the things that make me happy but with 46 years of wisdom to also keep me on track.
I go once a year to my doctor for my annual physical, get a mammogram, go to my annual at my OBGYN, and get my eyes checked.
I take my vitamins, eat more spinach by sneaking them into my morning shake, and still enjoy my mom’s shortbread cookies because they are TO DIE FOR!
I’ve decided balance is the way to go with everything.
I am thankful that I launched my podcast.
This amazes me the most because I set out to create a podcast and I did.
It’s not like I haven't’ set other goals and achieved them but this one seems more personal to me.
I think it’s because the podcast is truly an extension of me.
I created it so I protect it fiercely as I would one of my own children.
When people ask me why I wanted to create a podcast I tell them I feel like I have a lot to say and I want to help as many women as I can. It’s like I’ve been clenching my teeth and biting my tongue for the past thirty years and creating my podcast has allowed my voice to truly be heard.
Creating the podcast was one of the most selfish things I have ever done and I’m so proud of myself for doing it.
I am thankful that everyone is healthy in my family.
As of the recording of this episode, everyone in my family is healthy.
I am especially sensitive to this one because this year was a bit rough on my husband. In June he had his left meniscus repaired in his knee. While on the road to recovery with that knee, he tore his ACL in his right knee when he caught an edge with his skate playing ice hockey. He had the ACL repaired but after a week or so it was discovered that his whole knee and possibly leg was infected. This is something that rarely happens with ACL surgery but of course it happened to my husband.
He was out of commission for two months and now is barely returning to work. He lost almost 30 pounds and cheekily told me that he was at his high school weight. Not the best way to go about losing weight.
He still has a long way to go since for two months he was stuck at home resting on the couch, going to physical therapy, and dealing with a lot of pain. He also had to have six weeks of intravenous antibiotics that I gave him every night.
I chuckled every time someone said to me, “You’re amazing for what you’re going through. I don’t know how you do it” I replied, “No, I’m not amazing. I’m tired.”
I am so thankful to everyone that helped me and my family and I’m truly grateful that my family is healthy again.
I am thankful that I can do a whole set of burpees without stopping.
I have been slowly working on my burpee technique for the past 5 years.
Yes you heard correctly.
It took me about 5 years to be able to do a burpee and keep doing them without stopping for 30 seconds.
I could give you a list of the reasons why it took me so long, at least these are the reasons or a better word is excuses that I have ready to go when someone thinks this is not an accomplishment especially since it took me 5 years.
But guess what?
I’m not going to tell you what they are. All you need to know is that I did it and I am extremely proud of myself for setting the goal 5 years ago that someday, I would be able to do 30 seconds worth of burpees with a push up without stopping.
Can you tell my face is grinning right now?
I am thankful that I have the power of choice.
This concept is something I’ve built upon this year.
If I chose to keep saying no to myself then I have nowhere to go and only one person to blame if I don’t move forward.
I have the choice to choose a new path that is definitely scarier than the one I’m on.
I have the choice to change my mind about a decision that was made earlier and hopefully reverse any damage that occurred.
I can keep making choices until I see the results that I want.
I felt that the power of choice for many years was taken out of my hands since I allowed every one of my decisions to be driven by what my children and family needed from me.
When I now make choices I try very hard to listen to what I want first and allow that to lead me.
Are people getting upset and frustrated with me?
Am I okay with that?
So what are you going to be thankful for this year?
So take the time to come up with your list of being thankful.
I had many, many more things on my list but I promised you short and sweet this week and hopefully I’ve kept my promise to you.
There is one more thing I am very, very thankful for.
Can you guess?
It’s you silly.
Tuning in each week to listen to what I have to say makes my heart expand just a bit more.
Sending you much love today.
I’ll talk to you later Beautiful!