Staying grateful is so important — during lows of course, but also during highs.
Because no matter how successful you are, if you lose track of the basics you’re doomed to fail in the end. If not financially or professionally, then spiritually.
So, while things feel like they are 100 percent up and 100 percent down AT THE SAME TIME (how is that possible?), here’s what I am grateful for:
…Please don’t mistake this as a brag list! This is just how I deal with feelings of insecurity, failure, and ruin, which are feelings we all cycle in and out of throughout life. And if you don’t… bottle that and sell it ;-).
- The opportunity to write for a living (it’s mine if I take it, 24/7).
- My husband’s support in whatever (wherever) I want to work, so long as it works financially (and even then, he’d probably be behind me right up until we couldn’t pay for Netflix :-P).
- Access to community resources like the clean library I was in when I drafted this post, with free wifi and hard-backed chairs.
- Google and all of the community I’ve found through its powers. It’s lead me to Paleo AIP, digital marketing, and blogging, and all three of those things have changed my life in unimaginable ways.
- If we’re going there, then the miracle of technology! Connecting me with job opportunities across the country and around the globe and allowing me to work from home whenever and however I want. This literally would not have been possible a mere 20-30 years ago, and I’m trying to deserve it by working hard.
- Air conditioning, and not in a tongue-in-cheek way. Just thinking of all the things that, in another life or world, would seriously impact my ability to do what I do (being super hot, doing laundry by hand, fetching water daily) is overwhelming.
- Our apartment, which is our favorite we’ve lived in so far. In two ways: first, I wake up and it’s beautiful and airy, so I feel safe and classy at the same time. Second: it’s a luxury, and it reminds me that I have to work hard to keep this luxury, so it motivates me to work hard and often.
- On that note, living in a gorgeous mini-community with little parks and benches… they look nice from my window where I look at them, wishing I were out there with a book (haha).
- Parents who made reading and education priority in my life from the beginning. Who support JHubbs and my attempt to make our creative goals our life’s work. They might not understand it sometimes, but they show up wearing Joshua Wake t-shirts and they always tell me they’re proud of me.
- My friend since childhood, LS, who supports me in unbelievably generous ways (you know what I’m talking about!) and in small ways that totally refill my inner well and inspire me to keep trying to be awesome at any cost.
- Other wonderful, met-later-in-life friends who I can talk to about anything and everything, just about all day.
- The close group of friends we’ve met through church, who are trying to live Catholic and Christian lives and be good people in our chosen industries (and it’s hard sometimes!). We always have a buddy to watch a movie with or take a walk with, and I think that’s special.
- The emotional benefits of Paleo AIP for freeing me from the need to count calories, stress about exercise, and generally worrying about what I eat (within the bounds of the protocol, of course).
Apparently I could go on and on, but I’ll stop with lucky #13.
What are you grateful for? Do you keep a list?
PS I’m also grateful professionally, but I keep those lists separately.