50 Things We Are Grateful For

In gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday we wanted to revisit one of our favorite holiday posts from a few years ago, our original 50 Things We Are Grateful For. Next week we’ll share some brand new things we’re thankful for. We thought it would be fun to see the progression of the wonderful things we gain in life with the passing of time. So read below, share your own list, and be sure to come back next week to see how our lists have changed 🙂

“Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.” – Marcie

There is lots of advice for the TTC community on how to deal through the holidays. How to navigate those questions from family members, asking you..and asking you…about when you plan on having children. Even worse, when they offer “well-meaning” advice.

Our suggestion is actually simple. Rather than being reactionary, try to think about the fact that this advice or questioning – unless you are dealing with a true sociopath – is most likely coming from a good place in their hearts. Try not to dwell so much on the conversation, but rise above and see the conversation from a different place. A place of love and trust – that those family members or friends truly do want the best for you. Draw from them all of that good energy and try to enjoy yourself.

Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday because it helps us to think of all of the things in our live that we should be grateful for. Sue and I both took the time to write our top 25…this is a personal list for each of us. Of course yours would be different. What is your top 25?

Joanne’s Top 25

1. My husband and soul-mate who supports me in every way possible
2. My healthy and happy children
3. Family
4. Creativity
5. Friendship
6. A place where we relax, love and call home
7. The chance to create a company that is helping others in profound ways
8. My community
9. Books (and the library, where they let you take a stack of books for FREE)
10. The internet
11. Photography and the art of capturing memories
12. Our dog that brings my hubby and kids such joy
13. The changing seasons
14. The change in my attitude about exercising my body
15. Journaling and honing my writing skills
16. My 20/20 eyesight
17. Meditation and expressing gratitude
18. Netflix and Pandora
19. The help that we have received as a company from so many brilliant people
20. A great glass of wine
21. Crockpot dinner on a Sunday afternoon
22. Health of my family – now and continuing on
23. Challenges in life that has made me who I am
24. Our country, and the rising tide of the economy (we can dream, too!)
25. Helping others

Sue’s Top 25

1. My Friday night date night with my husband and my martini
2. Snuggling with my 4 year old
3. Hearing my 16 year old laugh
4. Circle + Bloom and the ability to have a job that does not feel like a job
5. My Faith which gets me through all that life brings
6. My Family and knowing no matter what they will accept me just as I am
7. My Health, and the health of my family
8. My Friends who don’t let me get away with saying “I am too busy”
9. The great outdoors, there is nothing better than a great hike in the woods
10. My sun filled office
11. My gas fireplace that I thought I could never like
12. That my stress comes from my every day life, not lack of food, shelter or political unrest
13. My Neighborhood
14. My book club
15. Food TV Network
16. The smell of a Christmas tree
17. My spin class and spin instructor who pushes me to my limits
18. Sunsets (sunrises are too early for me to enjoy!)
19. My comfy bed
20. DVR – what would I do without being able to fast forward through all the commercials
21. My i-phone
22. Knowing God is right by my side during the tough times of my life
23. My favorite pair of jeans, they never fail me no matter the occasion
24. Music – almost any kind!
25. Life!

YOUR TURN!! Please share…

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