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How is it possible that we are closing out the first week of November?! You’ll get no complaints from me. October has not been a friend to me this year. It usually brings pumpkin patches, apple picking, nature walks and overall family togetherness. Not this year. We did none of it. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Instead, life got the better of me and I faltered a bit. I’m so happy to see that the last few weeks are behind me and I can get back to building up my life.

I like to have multiple chats with God throughout the day. Random thank you’s, ooh’s and awe’s, I’m sorry’s (because I may have just cursed that person out in my head),  that sort of thing. I feel that it helps me appreciate the little things, practice patience and stay humble.  I also like to run through the people and things I’m thankful for. The thing is, my thankful’s had become stagnant. It was the same things, over and over, word for word. I’m thankful for my kids, for our home, my job. Blah blah blah. Okay, that came out wrong. I am thankful for all of that, absolutely. But I need to delve deeper and find the details. I need to take what I perceive to be negative and find the positive.

  • I’m thankful for my kid’s and their ability to make me laugh with their innocence and imagination.
  • I’m thankful that the second I walk in the door after work, they shower me with hugs, kisses and I love you’s.
  • I’m thankful that my employer is incredibly generous in a variety of ways.
  • I’m thankful that although I may have mere cents in the bank, my bills are paid for the month.
  • I’m thankful for mandatory overtime because it helped pay those bills.
  • I’m thankful for the incessant amount of reminders the universe seems to be throwing in my face that if  I want something, I have to really work for it.

I am also thankful for a few other things that are new to my life. The first is the podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking“. It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It has been the perfect reminder that we all experience our own trials and what we do as a result is completely up to us. I’m pretty sure I’ve felt every emotion with each episode and listening to other’s life stories has been incredibly cathartic for me. The second piece of goodness is the book “The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children“. It resonated with me and gave me hope for the future.