For the month of November, I’m going to list 30 things that I am great full for in my life. Being great full is good for your brain. Gratitude rewires our brains to think positively, and helps with depression.
Day 1: I’m thankful for my husband. <3 He is very kind hearted and sweet. He takes good care of me and my daughters. I was a stay at home Mom for 7 years, while he supported us. He takes the girls to school and picks them up after I work late at night, and doesn’t make me get up and take them when he is off. He will do anything I ask, and cooks for us. I am very blessed to have a great husband, with a nice disposition. No wonder we have been married for almost 16 years.
Day 2: I am thankful for my two daughters, that are 2 years and 9 months apart. They fill my heart with love, they make every day count. They have truly blessed my life. They are so sweet and funny. They each have their own strong personality.
Day 3: I love my parents so much. I am so grateful for them. They have been so supportive of me all my life. Both are so supportive emotionally, and my daddy is a handy man, he doesn’t have to, but he works on my house, like fix the furnace and put the swamp cooler in. He has installed new lights. They baby sit my kids, and without this I would not be able to afford day care. I will take care of my parents as they age, since I work in assisted living, I want what is best for them. I will definitely take care of them as they have taken care of me.
Day 4: I am thankful for my job. That I have a job to support my family. I am an caregiver for the elderly. It is very rewarding, and brings meaning to my life, but at the same time exhausting, and there ratio to caregiver to resident isn’t what it should be, it can be stressful. I am glad that God blessed me with this gift to have patients to care for the older population, and make their last days count.
Day 5: I am thankful for the friendships I have. I have fun with them, and I feel connected when I have someone I can relate to. Social support is wonderful. It’s nice to have someone to rely on. Friendship helps me be an emotionally stable person but obviously you cannot depend on other people to be happy. It is nice to have support.
Day 6: It’s 30 degrees out and drizzling. I’m freezing. I am thankful for the heater in the car, and the furnace in my house. Thankful for heat, and a job to pay the electricity bill.
Day 7: I fell today, so I am thankful for my massage chair. HAHA! Seriously I am, because it helps me with pain. My job as a caregiver gives me pain from improper lifting techniques, when I lift the elderly.
Day 8: I am thankful for my furbabies! My dogs that knocked me down yesterday! They are so fun and playful. They give me a good exercise, (they are my jogging buddies) keep me entertained and have protected my kids from someone that has tried to attack them. They fill my heart with love and offer companionship. I am thankful for my loving cats that purr at me and cuddle me in bed. They are so sweet and funny.
Day 9. I’m thankful for the ability to walk, and be physical because I have a friend that is a paraplegic, and I have taken care of a quadriplegic. I am very active and cannot have a sit down job. I feel depressed if I cannot get up and walk. I can’t even sit through a movie unless it is interesting, but it really has to catch my interest. I must have ADHD like my daughter.
Day 10: I’m thankful for my church community that supports me and uplifts me.
Day 11: I am thankful for my health. I am pretty healthy. My blood count and test are all normal. I only have asthma. Part of it is genetics, and I try to eat healthy and exercise. I take supplements, even though the doctor says they don’t help, but I don’t believe it. 🙂
Day 12: I am thankful for sleep. Sounds cheesy? Seriously, I love it because it refreshes me, and makes me feel recharged. After a long day of work, I love crawling in my comfortable bed.
Day 13: I’m thankful for the Internet. I can work from home, and spend more time with my family. I don’t like how addicting it is, but still.
Day 14: I’m thankful for youth group, it’s a good influence on my kids.
Day 15: I am thankful to live in Colorado. Born and raised. Colorado has a nice climate, beautiful weather, and the rocky mountains to ski and hike. It also has great hot springs to relax in.
Day 16: I’m going on vacation in – minus 2 days, and I cannot wait! I am thankful for vacation. I’m going to enjoy the wonderful state that I live in. I love vacation, I can get refreshed and recuperate, from my busy life, and demanding, stressful but rewarding job.