30 Day Challenge Post #16

Today I’m thankful for the nurses at VA hospital.  For over 20 years they have taken care of my dad and they have done it with a smile.  Never a bad nurse.  Thank you.

30 Day Challenge Post #14


“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.”

Friends…this is what I think of when I read the above quote.  Friends are like my second family and in some case more family than friend.   They keep me grounded when I feel a bit out of sorts, we share many laughs, treasured moments, secrets, and they are there to pick me up (this works both ways) when life throws a 1, 2 punch.

And who doesn’t like to have a lunch buddy every once in a while– especially when you find out they have some of the same weird attributes as you and you both laugh with a little wicked grin.  Because your family already knows how weird you are and they have to like you, but your friends see the weird and still want to be your friend.

Today I’m grateful for my friends.  I might only have a handful of GREAT friends, but I’ll take any day over 2 handfuls of so-so friends.  Thank you my friends – you truly do make a difference in someone’s life.

30 Day Challenge Post #13


Today is simple – Water.  It’s one of the 4 most important things you need to live – the others being Air, Shelter, and Food.  Over the past week my kitchen sink has been out of order because of a broken seal.  I didn’t feel the need to buy a new faucet and was able to order a replacement seal that would be delivered to my home in 5 days.  It’s amazing what we can take for granted and that simple task of turning the handle on a faucet could set my day off in the wrong way.

Today my faucet was better than new.  “It” looked revived and “I” felt revived.   Then it dawned on me how easy it was for me to get clean water any second, minute, and hour of any given day.  What a luxury this was and how fortunate I am.  We have people, families, children, and even animals in our own country, and around the world, that don’t even have clean water to drink.

As an Aquarian, the water bearer zodiac, I think this was my sign to invest in helping others get clear water.   I’m not sure what I will do yet, but I know that I cannot take that action for grated anymore.  I know this is a growing issue, but like the saying goes “if you only have faith the size of a mustard seed…” Well the mustard seed has just been planted for me.

Today – I am thankful for the simple twist of a handle that brings forth clean water to drink.  May I find a way to help others, no matter how small or great, for no one should be without water to drink – be it from a faucet or some other means.

30 Day Challenge Post #12

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Animals – They are a huge part of my life.  Whether I have them in my home, donate to multiple organizations, or am helping with shelters & fostering programs animals are woven in my daily life.  I think it’s important, even for people who don’t really care to have animals, to be educated about them and to teach our youth the importance to care and respect them all.  Animals teach us about our own self and how to be selfless – much like children.  They don’t have a voice so we must and as humans, a community, and global society learn to respect and understand all types of animals and promote the safety and care of them everywhereToday I am grateful for my animals who teach me every day to have a little more patience and know that I am unconditionally loved – even when I don’t feel loved by one or many of them. 

30 Day Challenge Post #9


This goes hand in hand with Post #4 – whenever I hear music  I want to dance.  I love watching any show that has dance in it – especially my “Dancing with the Stars” and the Young & Talented kids on “So you think you can dance…”  I think I might have been a dancer in one of my other lives J and it has carried through to this one.  Today I’m grateful for Dance.  I might not be as coordinated or talented, but I do love to dance and to me just being able to get up and dance to my hearts content is truly a blessing.

30 Day Challenge Post #7


For a brief moment today I was thinking about my “woes” in life when I came across this picture/quote that made me stop dead in my tracks.  It was my sign today, the ever reminder that makes me turn my train of thought back to what I have and what I am TODAY.  Today I’m grateful for a shelter, whatever that may be, over my head.  The food I can buy and eat every day.  The Blanket, the warmth, the family, the friends…the list could go on.  My cup has runneth over and I will not ask for more than I need.

30 Day Challenge Post #5

I found this quote today and I thought this is exactly what I want – to NOT live in my past.  Nor do I want to be judged for it.  I am trying to learn from my mistakes, Lord knows I’ve made a FEW, but I want to live in the present and dream for my future.  It also reminds me to not judge others.  Today I am grateful for my future and to not live in my past.  To hope that what I do today will reflect my growth and not be judged for my marred past that I cannot change…but to only grow from it.

Nov. 2, 2012 Gratitude Post #2

Today was overcast, something us Michigander’s know a lot about, and try to get out in the outdoors as much as possible when the weather breaks.  What I found interesting was the fact that there was this monstrous black cloud as I was driving into work and surrounding it was the bluest sky that was shining bright with the early November sun.  As the day progressed the sun hasn’t been able to peek one little ray of light out of the clouds, but that one moment reminds me to be thankful for the dark and the light.  For what is hidden in the dark will always be revealed in the light.  Today I’m grateful for the Light.


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