Lately it seems like I've been focused on everything that is hard or stressful in my life. And you know, just that mindset can keep you stuck in that space. I've recently been reminded of how lucky I am and how grateful I am for so much in my life. It's amazing what just a little bit of gratitiude can do for you - and even though I've tried to end every single post on this blog since I started it in 2006 with something I'm grateful for...sometimes I need to be reminded how much I truly have - not in things but in the wealth I have through my relationships, and just the joy and wonder of living this life I've been given.
So, I just wanted to share a few little things I'm grateful for today. The photo above (taken with my phone via the Instagram app on Friday morning) is of one of the two vases of roses Eric surprised me with for our five year anniversary. I am so lucky to be married to this man, and so glad that I have so many wonderful memories of our life together and especially of our honeymoon in Rome - I thought of our time in Rome all day on Friday!
And where would I be without my friends who I trust and treasure. Those who are always there for me, and I never have to wonder where I stand with them. It is truly a blessing to me to have people in my life who remind me of my strength and independence by exampling to me their own. Where would I be without my sisters of the heart, those women who I can talk to about anything and know they're not going to judge me or share something I've told them in confidence. And even if it's only via email, or a stolen lunch during a layover, I'm always thankful for those touchpoints. And there is nothing better than a friend who "gets" you. Someone who knows exactly what to say, or exactly the thing to surprise you with.
Weekend before last, I got to see Sylvia during a quick layover she had in Dallas. And I was so glad to see her face, and have a big hug. And look what she surprised me with - a little something from Germany for my A&E wall.
And of course, I'm grateful for my stitching and for having the time to do it on a regular basis now that I'm done with school. And even though it's been bothering me that I got so off track in February with my goals of finishing an ornament a month, and one of my AOTH blocks a month... Guess what? A finish is still a finish, regardless of whether it's done "on time" or not. And this little finish (my second ornament for the year) made me so happy while I was stitching on it. It was a good thing to work on after my root canal, or when I'd had a hard day. How can you not smile when you're stitching Shepherd's Bush?
This is Joyful Night by Shepherd's Bush and it was republished in the JCS 10th Anniversary Collection. I stitched it on 32ct Cream linen with DMC. You may remember I stitched this for my guild's ornament exchange back in December, and I had to stitch one for myself too.
I also have to thank my lucky stars that the planets aligned and my border on Dorothy met up. Cue angels singing.
You can see I made a little bitty start on that little bitty chimney while watching part of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I remember watching that movie with Eric when I was so stressed out about our wedding planning. It made me feel like everything would all work out
And on Sunday, I worked on ATS. And even though this was where I was last April on this piece, I'm grateful that I'm finally making some progress on her. This is where I left off last Sunday
And I took a quick snap this morning via the Instagram app again to show you my progress from last night.
Several more motifs done, including another bird and the start of a flower and a butterfly. I'm almost at the point where I'll have to roll my fabric. I'm so glad that even though this piece is taking me a long time, I'm sticking with it and enjoying it. (Plus, OMG I'm addicted to Instagram, can you tell?!)
So, sometimes it's the big things and sometimes it's the small things, but I've been reminded that you have to focus on what there is to be grateful for rather than how hard things suck on the suck-o-meter. It truly changes your perspective and the more you recognize the good things, the more good things there are to recognize.
And I'm thankful for each and every one of you that visits my blog and peeks into what's going on here. I deeply appreciate it.
I am grateful for so much...