Thankful Tuesday

Today was a snow day, which is really the only thing that snow is good for in my personal opinion. But it was wonderful to just relax and literally be stuck in my little house. Last week was really crazy and exhausting and the past few days I had been feeling like I had reached my end emotionally. Just ask my poor husband who has had to deal with my tears the past two days. I have been on this health journey since the end of December, and I have been working very hard to treat my body well and also get into my BMI. I’ve been working hard and not seeing the results I would like. But today I have come to a place where I know that even if I’m not where I want to be yet, it’s not for lack of trying. I am working hard and I am being faithful. I am treating my body well and I am not quitting. In fact not only am I not quiting but I am enjoying this journey (most of the time). I am learning how to cook and bake in ways that are new and innovative for me. I am working out consistently and I am working out hard! When I remember all of that it puts it in perspective for me. Would I like to see more results faster? Yes. But that fact doesn’t change the reality that I am working hard with consistency. This is a big deal for me, and I don’t want to lose sight of that. Weight loss or not I am still walking in VICTORY.

I think that’s a great place to start this week’s Thankful Tuesday. So, this week I am thankful for:

1. snow days

2. the gym

3. black bean brownie

4. a temporary full time job, where I can work from home during the move

5. signing the lease for our new apartment

5. a husband who encourages me and pushes me towards success

6. a husband who works hard at the things he is passionate about, like his full length album, and works hard even in the mundane things, like shoveling out our cars

7. daily victories

8. the opportunity to see God work through our move to NC

9. having coffee this week, and not needing sugar in it, and also not needing to drink it everyday

Last week felt long and exhausting, and I didn’t always have a very good attitude about it, but reflecting on life and the things I am thankful for reminds me that I really have a ton of blessings. Even in the frustration and discouragement God is still working, isn’t He? What are you thankful for??

Thankful Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!! I don’t know how it is where you live, but we’ve been starting to get a glimpse of fall around here and I am SO EXCITED! I love fall, I love the crisp weather, apple picking, boots, scarves, and leaves changing color. It’s just the best. I’m sure the heat will make a return for a little while longer, but fall is quickly coming and I can’t wait! For some reason fall makes me extra thankful, perhaps it’s the fact that humidity leaves and with it my heat induced crankiness. Whatever the reason, I’m feeling extra thankful today, so without further ado THANKFUL TUESDAY!

1. Coconut oil- do you know about coconut oil? IT IS MAGIC! Seriously, it does so much. I use it in baking, cooking, dusting, shaving, and for deep conditioning my hair. It’s so multipurpose and it smells like the beach. It’s just so wonderful. Life changed.

2. Coffee- because of the obvious reasons. Do I really need to go into further detail? I don’t think so.

3. Jim Gaffigan- because he’s HILARIOUS! If you haven’t watched him before, go watch him RIGHT NOW. Steve and I watched his latest standup for like the umpteenth time last night and I laughed like a hyena. You can listen to it FO FREE on Spotify, and it’s called Obsessed. Go. NOW.

4. My marriage- because Steve makes me a better person, because being married challenges me and stretches me, because it’s fun and funny, because we get to dream together and work together and encourage each other. Marriage man, it’s tough, but I highly recommend it.

5. Laughter- because it just makes me feel good. It’s so fun to laugh and it just puts me in a great mood. I love to laugh and I love to make other people laugh, and I’m so thankful for the gift of laughing!

6. A counseling appointment tonight/my counselor- because I’m learning so much about myself and others and God and it’s changing me. Slowly but surely I can see and feel the change. Counseling is a gift and I am so so thankful for insurance that covers it!

7. My kitchen- because I love to cook, and I love to bake. One of my favorite things to do is cook a yummy and nutritious meal, whether it’s for Steven or for some friends, either way I love to foster hospitality by providing something yum. My kitchen isn’t just a place where food is made and stored, but instead I see it as a tool for ministering to the people God has blessed me with.

8. Coffee- because it just makes my day better. (yes I know this is the second time it’s on my list)

9. Lavender- because IT SMELLS SO GOOD and also has calming properties that make me feel more zen. I just ordered some lavender essential oil, so I’m pretty darn excited about that.

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10. Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT version)- because it’s basically my self esteem anthem right now. Who can doubt themselves when they remember that the creator of the world knit them together in their mother’s womb and made every part of their body? He knows who I am, He knows my name, and He intentionally created me. SO GOOD.

That’s all for this week folks. Now it’s your turn, what are YOU thankful for??

Thankful Tuesday

As I’ve written before, my word for the year is Grateful. I have been attempting to practice thankfulness with intentionality and consistency so I keep a daily thankfulness journal, I have a thankfulness chalkboard in my kitchen, and I wear a Giving Keys necklace with the word “thankful” engraved on it. I want my life to be one marked by the act of thanksgiving because thankful people are more joyful people. So in an attempt to foster more thankfulness, every Tuesday I’m going to post about the things I am thankful for. I’m borrowing this idea from my friend Chelsea, and if you blog/use social media, I think you should do it too because being thankful literally makes you a happier, stronger and healthier person.

So without further ado, welcome to the first Thankful Tuesday!

Today I am thankful for:

1. Coffee, for all of the obvious reason, especially the one where it turns me into a fully functioning human being.

2. My brother Caleb being born! (Today is his birthday, Happy Birthday bud!)

3. The book Boundaries, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend, because it’s changing the way I view relationships and is really and truly empowering me to make better choices.

4. Psalm 139, because who doesn’t need the reminder that they were knit together by the creator of the world.

5. A husband who will bring my car to the mechanic so that I don’t have to, he’s the best!!

6. On a similar note, a husband who works very hard in the heat and sun to make sure that our yard looks wonderful.

7. Chamomile tea, because it’s instant relaxation in a cup. Bless you whoever discovered chamomile tea, bless you.

8. My job and my awesome boss, because I know I am blessed to have employment that provides for my needs and even some wants, and because I know that some people would love to be able to have a boss like mine.

9. The money to buy groceries that are healthy and nutritious.

10. My church, River Church, because it is becoming home.

11. Having family that live near by, I’m talking to you David and Dee!

12. New friends and old friends that speak truth into my life.

13. Farmers markets

What are you thankful for today? I hope you’ll check back next week for the next round of Thankful Tuesday! 🙂