Friday Gratitude: Optimism

January 23, 2015

Friday Gratitude: Optimism - Sweet and Savoring


noun \ˈäp-tə-ˌmi-zəm\

: a feeling or belief that good things will happen in the future : a feeling or belief that what you hope for will happen

Things are looking up, my friends! I’m so pleased with the new layout and love hearing all the positive feedback from you guys. Let’s jump right into the first Friday Gratitude in a loooong time.

Today, I’m grateful for…

1. Andy, of course! My husband Andy was the one who pushed me to start the redesign, and did basically all the behind-the-scenes work. He spent hours for several days tweaking and fixing the tiniest details. Without Andy, I wouldn’t even have a blog.

2. Juno. I’m always grateful for my dog. Last night as I was trying to fall asleep, her dreaming noises were the most adorable sounds ever.

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

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

3. Taking care of a kid that I actually feel a bond with. I mean, it makes a difference, you know? Coming home after spending the entire day with him and not feeling exhausted, or like I want a do-over, looking forward to the next time I see him, feeling such joy when he learns to say a new word…yeah, those are nice feelings.

4. Optimism. The days are getting longer. Andy and I joined Planet Fitness this month and we went there yesterday for the first time– my first time going to a gym, ever! So I’m excited to get in the habit of working out regularly and seeing the difference that makes. Plus, on my good days, I feel a sense of renewal (maybe the blog has something to do with it?). I remind myself what I’ve always known: I can, have, and do make things happen for myself. Don’t just talk about it, do it. Seek out new experiences! Treat yourself better!

Friday Gratitude: Optimism - Sweet and Savoring

5. TRAVEL! I saved the most exciting item for last. My sister is counting down the days until her tenth anniversary cruise in February, and I said to her I need something like that to look forward to. So, I started paying attention to all the travel-related emails I get featuring flight sales (from sites like TravelZoo, Airfare Watchdog, and SmarterTravel). I couldn’t decide where to go, but kept checking what the deals from my area were for suggestions. The few things I did know for sure about my destination: someplace I’ve never been, not too expensive, and easy to get around.

Happily, I finally bought a plane ticket tonight!I’m going to Seattle, Washington for a week in mid-March! Besides meeting the three aforementioned criteria, Seattle has so much going for it: right on the water with lots of islands a ferry ride away, tons of parks to hike in, great museums, and underground tours, to name a few. Here’s an excerpt from Y Travel’s Guide to Seattle:

For me, Seattle is a blend of everything that’s great in the world. The city is brimming with delicious espresso, culture, art, open-mindedness, jazz music, and intellect. It has three-story bookstores and libraries that are built to be pieces of art, for goodness sake.

The entire city is filled with a salty breeze from The Harbor and all the food is made with quality and ingenuity unmatched on the west coast.

There’s just something about Seattle that feels like happiness. It’s got a very distinct vibe and flavor and I love that. You’ll never be bored. It’s a place where people aren’t afraid to be themselves and that resonates deeply with me.

How great does that sound? Here are some photos of the library she mentioned— I can’t wait to see it in person (ha, said the librarian’s daughter)! The anticipation, the research and planning are major factors in the experience of travel; I’ve already bookmarked a ton of Seattle-related pages (including best doughnuts, of course) and can’t wait to find out more in the coming weeks.

It has been way too long since I’ve seen a view like this:

Friday Gratitude: Optimism - Sweet and Savoring

What are you grateful for today? Do you have any travel planned in the near future? Have you ever been to Seattle? Please share your favorite places and things to do!

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  • Kelly January 24, 2015 at 8:22 am

    What a fabulous trip. The entire Pacific Northwest is on my list. I am grateful for weekends, occasionally forced snow days, and an extra hour of sleep. Have a wonderful weekend!
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    • Christy January 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Yes, I’d like to explore the PNW as much as I’ve explored our coast! I’ve been to Portland, and Vancouver, WA, and that’s it. I feel like I’ve read so much about Seattle and Washington in general and I can’t wait to see it in person.
      Hope you’re having a good weekend too!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

    O so many wonderful things! Washington will be beautiful I’m sure! I have been craving to take a trip somewhere, but I just don’t have the means!
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    • Christy January 24, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      I hear you, Rebecca. It was a bit of an adjustment for me getting married, because I used to travel so much more before, when I was footloose and fancy free. But luckily, my husband understands that travel is part of who I am- it helps me keep sane I think!

  • Kristen @ 31 Million Seconds January 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I think you’ll really like Seattle. It’s a funky city with a lot of character. Even though it’s touristy, you should definitely try to get to the top of the Space Needle on a clear day. The views are breathtaking!
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    • Christy January 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      I’m happy to hear another endorsement! The Space Needle is probably one of the only touristy things I’ll do 🙂

  • Rea January 24, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Seattle sounds like happiness, really! So many wonderful things to be thankful for. And yeah, optimism is the way to go!
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    • Christy January 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      I’m so excited to see it. I wonder how my impressions will match that description above!

  • StR January 24, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Take pictures of all you can see from the top of the space Needle and we can compare them to ones I took 47 years ago while waiting to go to Vietnam. Check out the Public Market too.
    Mt St Helens is pretty amazing, but it’s a long ride from Seattle. We saw it from the east side by taking the forest roads south of Randal. Most people see it from the west side as it’s more accessible; ; the view is better view from the east side.

    • Christy January 26, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Okay! I’ll have to see if Mt St Helens is in the cards- lots of planning to do!

  • erin hartsmith January 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Seattle??????!!!! The volcano clue was a tricky one. But anyway I know lots about seattle so… hit me up babes.

    • Christy January 26, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Hellooooo! Yes yes I will hit you up. I am so so excited.
      (was the wee one in the locked car? oh dear)

      • erin hartsmith February 8, 2015 at 10:16 am

        Oh no. That’s my own particular paranoia. I never even close all the doors of Henry is in the car.

  • erin hartsmith January 24, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    P.S. I needed a little help from ani today to recover from locking my keys in my running car. Up up up up up up.

  • Carolann January 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I’m itching to go to Seattle one day soon. I hear so many awesome things about it. Congrats about the gym! I have to get my butt in gear too. You inspire me young lady!
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    • Christy January 26, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, Carolann! Today was day 3 at the gym and no crazy aches and pains yet, wahoo.
      I hope to return from Seattle with many awesome things to report!

  • Life Breath Present January 25, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Never been to Seattle nor do we have definitive travel plans. I do think we might be heading for an adventure in the next couple of months. That’s always exciting, even if it’s a forest or state park we’ve been to before, we always have such a good time. And as Baby Boy continues to grow, he’s so much more interested in and grasping new things. It’s truly amazing to witness.

    In the other news, I’m glad to hear you doing so well lately! 🙂
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    • Christy January 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Absolutely, I love exploring new state parks, too. There are plenty in Central and Western NY that I haven’t been to yet- look out, 2015! Year of the state parks!
      Thanks on that last line 🙂 Hugs to you!

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