Tag: gratitude

41 reasons to love life

2 Birthdays have always been kind of a big deal in my family. My parents made sure every new year was celebrated, particularly the ‘big days’ of turning 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, etc. When I was diagnosed with cancer at 21, birthdays took on a very special meaning and milestone for me, and my

Gratitude project – week 4

As I wrap up the final week of my gratitude photography project, I feel…..grateful! Every night I lay in bed reflecting on the day’s events, conversations and moments. I am so fortunate that the positive greatly outweighs the negative in my days. I try to maintain a positive, optimistic outlook on life and I’m grateful

Gratitude Project – week 3

Well, week 3 of my gratitude project ended yesterday. It was a long, tiring week that included hosting a big work event and several other activities that kind of drained me mentally and emotionally. I was grateful to have some special people bring laughs into my week, and some quiet moments to relax and unwind.

Gratitude Project – week 2

Week 2  of my Gratitude Project ended yesterday. I’ve discovered a fun part of doing this project is that I have a lot to be grateful for – from my health to my family, friends, coworkers and kind strangers to my education and so much more. I already knew I was fortunate for so much

Gratitude project – week 1

My word of the year is FOCUS, which hopefully will keep me focused on the major goals and plans I’d like to accomplish during 2016. That includes staying focused on the many blessings in my life. I have a lot to be grateful for, as do most (all) of us. We all have moments when

30 days of gratitude

2 Life doesn’t always work out as we plan, right? I don’t know about you but I have had many moments during my lifetime where I’ve paused to think, “how the heck did I get to this?” Sometimes we can’t control what happens, other times we made these decisions that may or may  not pan

17 things that cancer made me appreciate that much more

I am a whirlwind of emotions as my 17-year cancer anniversary approaches this weekend. Gratitude and anxiety rank near the top. Gratitude for the obvious relief I feel for still being alive and healthy. Anxiety because the worry – of relapse, injury, side effects and more – never disappears completely. Never, ever. And then there

When life brings you lemons… count your blessings

You may be wondering where I’ve been the past few weeks. I haven’t given up on blogging, nor forgotten about this blog and my faithful followers. Unfortunately Michigan’s winter got the best of me and I slipped and fell on an icy/snowy sidewalk. In my haste to protect my leg (with the titanium rod), I