Friday Gratitude: The End of My Summer

August 23, 2013
Friday Gratitude: The End of My Summer - Sweet and Savoring

Doesn’t this flower make you think of spring?

This summer, I didn’t have a set list of goals. I didn’t have a certain number of books I wanted to read, or movies to see (but we did see Man of Steel and Elysium), or specific activities to complete by August’s end. I am happy with all the pictures I took this summer, despite the fact that I still need to get my Canon G12 repaired. I caught up on ‘my shows’ (ha, I sound like my Grandma!): Parks and Recreation and True Blood, both perfect summer fare.

My one unofficial goal for this summer was to have fun and enjoy myself as much as possible before the start of my nursing program. I went to California in June, drove down to Long Island a few times and visited New York City once, attended lots of free events in the area, went to art shows and festivals and ate a lot of good food.

I also wanted to enjoy myself as much as possible because at the end of the spring semester I thought, This is my time. It’s my up time, my mostly-happy time of year, when I do my best to stockpile the laughter and fun and good cheer for the winter months.

Friday Gratitude: The End of My Summer - Sweet and Savoring

Autumn has been spotted!

But let’s get to the positive from this week specifically, shall we?

Friday Gratitude!

 I’m grateful for all the donations to my nursing school fundraiser, receiving federal grant money, and getting accepted for medical insurance– all this summer! All of those things continue to help with various expenses, mainly school-related. Thank you thank you thank you!

I mentioned medical insurance. But in particular, I’m grateful for prescription drug coverage! I went to the pharmacy today to pick up my antidepressant refill and brought along my brand spankin’ new insurance card. Do you accept this? I asked, not realizing how nervous I felt until the words were out of my mouth. They accepted it. I babbled something about not remembering the last time I didn’t have to pay out-of-pocket for a prescription, widened my eyes at the lack of a co-pay, and bam, I had my medication. Free! Andy and I walked down the aisle about fifteen feet, and I stopped in my tracks and burst into tears.  He shushed my attempts to explain and just told me to be in the moment as he held me. Granted, I may be premenstrual and a tad emotional today, but oh my stars, how grateful am I? I have a card that allows me to get free medication to manage my depression. Another revelation!

Friday Gratitude: The End of My Summer - Sweet and Savoring

Generosity begets generosity. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give to others, namely my sister. So many times, I’ve been sheltered, fed, supported and held by others when I was in need. As I reflect on all the receiving I’ve done in the recent past, I’m glad we were able to show my sister some hospitality last night and this morning. She was in the middle of driving up the whole East Coast, and who doesn’t need some family/homey time when they’re en route to a new apartment and new job? We all have something to give, whether we realize it or not: a hearty dinner, hugs, support, pillows, photos to go on an otherwise blank refrigerator, trail mix for that inevitable mid-morning hunger.

Friday Gratitude: The End of My Summer - Sweet and Savoring

An abandoned farm in Pine Plains, NY

One last thing: I’m grateful for my fellow bloggers! I’d like to highlight two ladies in particular: Stevie of Joy in the Midst Of and Erika of Chimerikal. Stevie writes from the heart; each post of hers is beautiful. We found each other through SITS Girls and both struggle with depression, but luckily we have other, positive things in common, too 🙂 Erika is the one who inspired me to write my Reverse Bucket List, but she’s more than just amazing travel experiences: Erika writes about personal challenges, gratitude, and documenting growth and change. Check these inspiring women out!

What are you grateful for this week? Do you have any summer highlights you’d like to share?



When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.     –Paul Coelho

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  • Tamara August 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I love Stevie. I think I probably found you two around the same time, but I honestly don’t remember when at all! It must have been June because I remember your San Francisco post!

    • Christy August 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Ahh, San Francisco. It feels like *ages* ago!
      So glad I discovered both you and Stevie 🙂

  • Sarai August 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I love reading posts like these!

    “Generosity begets generosity. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give to others, namely my sister.”

    I really like that, feeling grateful for even having the opportunity to give to others, whoever they may be.

    • Christy August 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks, Sarai! I realized that with all the help I’ve received lately, giving back to someone else is nice to be able to do. Besides, my sister’s worth it.

  • Olivia @ Liv Lives Life August 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Such a happy post. I love it!
    Sometimes I think it’s best to go into things with an agenda or goals. That’s why I’ve stopped making goals for New Year – I always felt like I *had* to achieve them, or else I failed! Not a good way to exit out of any season or year. That said, it sounds like you had a wonderful summer. And the pictures in this post are beautiful!

    • Christy August 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Glad you liked it, Liv! And thank you so much for the compliment about my photos!
      You’re right; it is tough to put pressure on ourselves to achieve certain goals or resolutions. I feel like right now, all I want to do is get through my first semester of nursing school- but first is my first week! Haha. My new motto is one day at a time.

  • Shana Norris August 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Oh, Christy, I’m so happy for you and your prescription drug coverage. I went without insurance for about a year a while back and it’s an eye-opener. My heart is heavy for the healthcare issues in our country. It’s such a highly politicized issue, but we would all do well to remember the all-to-real human element, the frightening reality, and approach the issue with empathy and compassion no matter what our stance on the issue.

    • Christy August 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you, Shana- I never thought I’d get so emotional at the pharmacy. Ha! I agree, I wish the issue wasn’t so politicized. It truly sucks that basic human rights are really about who has the most money sometimes :\

  • Deb August 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Yay, that’s a great relief…you remind us all not to take our blessings (and benefits) for granted. I am grateful for you, dear Christy, and for your kind and loving nature.

    • Christy August 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I’m grateful for you, too!

  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey August 26, 2013 at 9:25 am

    What a great post. I love it when I remember to sit down and just be grateful. It instantly puts me in a better mood. I loved this idea, “We all have something to give, whether we realize it or not: a hearty dinner, hugs, support, pillows, photos to go on an otherwise blank refrigerator, trail mix for that inevitable mid-morning hunger.” It is so, so true. I find that often times, when I focus on giving something of myself to someone else, I feel better.

    Glad that I found your blog!
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    • Christy August 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting, Amy! I really didn’t think I had much to give last week, but sometimes we surprise ourselves! All I had to do was remember multiple journeys of my own when I needed comfort and support, and I was able to be present and not worry about my own stuff for awhile.
      (love that just reading the title of your recent post is a nice, relaxing deep breath for me. yay for giving ourselves a break!)

  • Jackie @ Marin mama cooks August 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Love this post girl. It looks like you had a wonderful summer full of sunshine, play and just all around love in your life. That’s what summer should be about. It’s a time for carefree living and play. I’m grateful that we’re finally getting a summer out here in the bay area. It was a cool summer thus far and these past few weeks have been full of sunshine and warm temps. I just heard a saying today that struck a chord with me, “We rise by lifting others.” This rang true to me and I can see that it rings true to you as well. Have an abundant week girl! xoxo, Jackie

    • Christy August 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Yeah, my summer wasn’t bad- good thing I had so much fun because classes started today and it’s serious business from here on out!
      Glad you’re finally getting some warmer temps, too! I love that quote…just might have to share it 🙂 Have a great week yourself, and thanks for your support as always, Jackie.

  • Kate August 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I am also so thankful for my health insurance. Even though I still have my co-pays, I would be in a lot of trouble without the help. I have 3 doctors appointments today! So instead of hundreds of dollars, it will only be $60. Thank goodness!

    • Christy August 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Isn’t it amazing to health coverage, Kate? What a blessing!

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