Sunday, February 7, 2010

Did you realize you made it?

It's February 2010 - the 2nd month into a new year! It's still winter - gray trees and dull grass and cold air. But there is a comfort in knowing that it won't be this way forever. Even though we have to bundle up today, we know it will change some day. It always does - at least here in southern New England.

Having a previous experience that changes and knowing it will happen again. Like faith in God. You may have been in a situation before and thinking positive and praying to get through it and then it happened - you were on the other side of it. It just hit you one day. You weren't in the trenches of the situation anymore. It was over. Your heart rate is slower. You are sleeping better. You are smiling more. You feel more grounded.

Did you reflect on the experience? Did you recognize that your prayers helped you? Was there a common thread of positive thoughts and a believe that you would survive the situation?

Somewhere in the process, you learned something...something about yourself, something about another person, something about a process, something about the strength of prayer. Whatever the learning, recognize it and be grateful for it. Embrace this feeling of calmness and gratitude. It can provide a source of strength for your next life experience!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Break week

This is a week that is free from corporate work! I appreciate the time between Christmas and New Years. There are enough days to do nothing, to be productive, and everything in between. I am doing some reading today and some reflecting and creating dreams for myself. I updated my blog format and am thinking about how to get back to blogging.

Tomorrow is another day. Nothing is on the calendar yet. Something will speak to me - I know it will.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Nov 13 - 30daysofthanks

Today is Friday...end of a full work week. There was lots that got done, new ideas and personal learnings.

I am thankful for the flexibility to work from home...2nd day this week. It gives me a quiet environment to work in.

I enjoy watching my son and what he does in his life. He is part of the drama crew and has late practice sessions but it is something he enjoys and will be over next week.

I give thanks for the food I have in my house and can make something nutritious at any time. I am thankful for my friend at work who joined me for a get-a-way lunch yesterday. We had good conversation.

I am starting to get more excited about Thanksgiving dinner at my house this year and what is going to be on the menu. I am also thinking about other things I can make. This time of year, I have an urge to prepare comforting meals for my family and friends.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nov 9 & 10: 30daysofthanks

I was thinking yesterday even though I didn't post of what I am thankful for...

Yesterday we heard re-organizational news at my corporate job. I am thankful that the leaders of our organization think and discuss the business decisions and announce them to us timely. I am thankful that although there are many changes in the works, that I have a job. I do like the work that I do and the people that I work with. The business decision that the company makes are out of my control. I do pray that people who are impacted by the upcoming changes walk into something much better!

Last night I enjoyed dinner with some wonderful ladies from church!! We all felt comfortable getting things off our chest and at the same time support each other. The food was good and the strengthening of our relationships was even better! Sheri (& Jane), Cami and Cindy...I love you ladies for everything that you bring at this time in our lives!!! It's perfect!

This morning, I told my son how proud I am of him. He got ready for school on time, came downstairs, made his breakfast AND his lunch without being told. He picks the 2 days a week that he can buy lunch from school and has to bring a lunch on the other days. He used the calendar on the refrigerator and did what had to be done. He has the night off (no meetings or practices on the schedule) and I don't have anything going on either. Today can be time we can hang out together :-)

I am happy I am going to get my hair done. I love my hairdresser...she is so passionate about her work and I always feel so special sitting in her chair, in the care of her heart and hands, and feel like a new woman when I leave her place and continue on my day's work!

I am thankful for my mother-in-law. She emailed me first thing when she saw the corporate news in the paper this morning and prayed for me and others effected at work. I reassured her that I am okay at this point. The fact she prayed for me and emailed me to let me know and make sure I was okay was so nice. I married into a very loving family.

Are you thinking (and writing) what you are thankful for every day this November? Why not start today? Make it official. It's fun and eye-opening. Go to for more info.

Have a wonderful day full of gratitude!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nov 5 - 30daysofthanks

I spent dinner yesterday with my son and our friends next door! We had good conversation and good food. It was all for a great cause...The Dog Watch Cafe in Stonington has committed to donating 300 turkeys for Thanksgiving and 300 turkeys for Christmas to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center! When you go for a meal (lunch or dinner), you "buy" a turkey for $12. Then the DWC matches the turkeys that were "bought". Win-win! I felt really good being able to participate in this cause so someone can have a turkey for the holidays :-)

I have a new weekly meeting to attend...although it is at 8:00 in the morning, my manager feels I am qualified to represent the group at this meeting :-)

My sister's first baby is scheduled to arrive Nov 17th...we all had a scare around 26 weeks but everything has turned around and she is scheduled to deliver around 39 weeks :-) Mom and baby are doing great! Bonus is that she is not that far away and I was requested to be at the hospital...I don't know if it will be during delivery or not but I am thankful to be that close to the miracle!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nov 4 - thankful

As part of the 30daysofthanks that I signed up I am on my day 1.

I am thankful to Pam Thomas and what she shares. She is a wonderful gift to my life even if I have never met her in person. She joined this 30daysofthanks event on facebook, shared it and I read it.

I am thankful to have read about this 30daysofthanks event and thought about how it would work and if I could commit to doing this - playing full out. I have a to-do list for today, like everyone else does, but for right now, I am taking a few minutes to write what I am thankful for. What could be a better way to start the day?

I am thankful that it was nice out this morning @ 6:30 am, chilly 33 degrees, so I could walk to the bus stop with my son and talk with a neighbor friend who did the same with her son.

I am thankful to be able to work from home today so I can work but in a peaceful environment.

I am thankful that my wonderful husband is sitting in the same room, hearing me typing like crazy and asked what I am doing! So, of course, I had to tell him :-)

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