Friday Gratitude, My Weekly Meditation

January 17, 2014

Friday Gratitude - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Earlier this week, on the nearby Rondout Creek

Oh my goodness, did I leave this post to the last minute or what? I figured it would be better to write it now, at the end of my Friday, than this morning, or even yesterday, when I was in a much lower mood. So the first item on this week’s Friday Gratitude list is somewhat related to that.

1. I’m grateful that this week is ending so much better than it started. Talk about grumpy pants! That was me this week. Let’s also add in bored, cranky, fed up, listless, and completely blah. Of course, it all makes sense now that I know I can attribute it to hormones 🙂

Friday Gratitude - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I love this one! I love that I can brag about my husband’s work and really mean it!

2. I’m grateful for Trader Joe’s Orange Blossom Honey French Liquid Soap. I LOVE this scent so much. Can’t get enough! No sponsorship, no free products, nothing like that; I’m just sharing something I love 🙂 When we were down in North Carolina, our friend Whitney had it in her bathroom and I instantly knew I had to have it for my very own, and promptly bought my own bottle the next day.

3. I’m grateful for possibility, and the willingness to talk about my dreams. So what if we’re not sure when exactly certain things can happen? It feels so much better to talk about plans and opportunities and desires than to just ignore them and not even entertain the “What if”s, you know?

Friday Gratitude - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

The old railroad bridge over the Rondout on a very foggy day.

4. I’m grateful for blogging communities like SITS Girls and the Northeast Bloggers NetworkThank you so much to everyone involved in these supportive groups: for your compassion, generosity, kindness, help, reaching out, sharing, insight, and wisdom. I had no idea that communities for bloggers even existed before last year. You know how you always wonder How did people do x before the Internet? That’s how I feel about SITS, especially: How did bloggers  do it before such amazing community existed?

5. I’m grateful for the gift of words and language, the ability to impart knowledge and experience, and my ability to hear. Some people can’t hear. Some people can’t speak. Some people can’t see. Others can see but can’t read. Some people can’t put their thoughts and ideas into words, or have lost the ability to. I’m grateful for each of these things, for all those little gifts and abilities that we rely on for connection, yet undeniably take for granted.

Friday Gratitude - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Bridge stars and stripes.

 I’d love to hear what comes to mind when you think about gratitude: something that just happened today, something from this past week, maybe something you’re looking forward to in the coming weeks. A person, a meal, some flowers, a particular quote or movie or moment on your walk today? I’m all ears!



Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.     –Louise Erdrich

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  • Tamara January 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Your husband’s work is breathtaking. I was telling someone the other day that nearly the only thing I like about winter (other than holidays) is the photography. I’ve been doing winter wonderland shoots with clients. So good. And that Trader Joe’s soap. Someone gave it to me once during a really rough day and it totally opened my heart up and changed my whole day.
    Speaking of gratitude, have you read “Me Before You”? It’s weighing heavily on my mind.

    • Christy January 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      I’ve just requested Me Before You from the library! My blogs have given me such great book recommendations lately, and I finally decided I need to record all of them and make my 2014 Reading Goals official.
      About to head out on a walk with the camera in the winter wonderland that is my neighborhood! I will pass on your compliment to Andy 🙂

  • Shana Norris January 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Those photos are absolutely wonderful. I don’t think I knew that Andy did photography. It’s so fun getting to know you two!

    SITS is a great community, isn’t it? Are you doing the find-your-tribe thing next week? I’m so ridiculously excited about that one!

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. Sometimes I have some down days, then realize it’s hormones and somehow that makes me feel a little better …

    • Christy January 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Aren’t they?? I can’t believe I didn’t leave the link for more photos:
      I was wondering about the SITS tribe thing! I know I signed up but was wondering if I was missing anything, then saw on the FB page that everyone will be receiving emails tomorrow night. Yay!

  • misssrobin January 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    The photos are amazing! Thank you for sharing them.

    And thanks for your reminder to be grateful. I haven’t been in a happy place, so I needed the reminder.

    I am grateful to be back in my own room and bed. My daughter had her wisdom teeth out a few days ago and has been recovering in my bed, so I’ve been on the couch. I really value having somewhere to escape to, so it’s been hard not having my room. Hopefully my mood will improve now that I don’t feel so displaced.
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    • Christy January 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

      My pleasure, Robin. It’s not easy for me to do Friday Gratitude, but sometimes that’s exactly why I need to- to get out of the funk and sit in a place of feeling blessed for a little while. I know what you mean about needing your own space! Everyone does 🙂

  • Michelle January 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Those photos are absolutely stunning!! One little thing that has been making me happy lately is one of our cats has been super cuddly at night. I don’t know why it makes me so happy to have her snuggled up under my arm but it does. I think it’s calming. I love the SITS group, but I’m not really involved with the Northeast bloggers group. I noticed you are in Kingston…I’m in New Milford, CT, really not all that far.
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    • Christy January 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Yes, cuddling with cats/dogs is so comforting, that’s it! I think I’ll stop by the local shelter today to get some cuddle time in. And you’re right, we’re not far from CT at all- and our last name is Milford!

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