Monday, November 24, 2014

#MicroblogMondays: Choosing to be Thankful

Sometimes its easy to get caught up in the negative. To succumb to the stresses and pressures from everyday life. There's been a lot of negatives lately, with me struggling to find permanent employment, Grey trying to wrap up his postdoc and transition to the job market, financial worries from raising twins and the fact we've all been sick in some form for almost a year. All of it draining.

Jos post today was the kick in the butt I've been needing. I reminder that even when things are tough, especially with this time of year, there is still so much good in the world.

So, inspired by Jos, here's a brief list what I'm thankful for today.

  • Grey. For being an amazing life partner who has and continues to stand by me through thick and thin. For believing in me during moments when it feels like no one else does. For seeing the good when I'm surrounded by the bad.
  • The Beats. For reminding me how crazy/wonderful this world can be. For helping me remember to find joy in the simplest things.
  • Our support system. Who help keep us fueled with love, weekly meals and excuses to get outside. These friends and family members have been invaluable and I hate to think where we'd be without them.
  • Our home. Though Seattle is gray this time of year, it's still amazingly beautiful here. The Beats and I have walked this city up and down and are still finding new wonders (like the Sea Lions at Alki Beach) at every turn.
  • Connections and unknown opportunities. I currently have so many irons in the fire at the moment. Yes, I've been burned at times, but the fact that my connections are working with me as I work on finding a new path career-wise, I know I'm fortunate. 
  • Finally, for these two amazing souls. Who know just the right moment to cuddle in when all seems wrong in the world. Who tolerate not-so-gentle pets from the Beats (we're working on correcting this) and remind me that sometimes the best cure is a good meal and a long nap.


  1. Much as a dislike the call to gratitude that happens around this time of year, I felt it today, too. We do have a lot to be grateful for. Sometimes it sneaks up on us, doesn't it?

  2. I'm glad you were able to find some positive in your day as well!

  3. It's so important to count your blessings. Sometimes it seems like the negative overshadows the good, but then you take a step back and realize there is a lot to be thankful for. I'm so glad you have such a strong support system. Many people aren't so lucky! Having people in your life to love and support you makes the world of difference.

  4. It's definitely easy to get bogged down in the minutiae sometimes and forget about all the good stuff around us. Glad you had a reminder to look for yours.

  5. I'm thankful for you dear Cristy!!! Yes, our little wonders help remind us that the world is, well, wonderful!

  6. I definitely needed to read this (as the negative Nancy I was yesterday!). You are so right. Despite the negatives there are so many positives. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  7. What a lovely post!! Wonderful reminders this week (and always!).

  8. It was a good post for me to read tonight. It is easy to sink into the negative, especially during times when the negative feels so huge, so heavy. But it does help to take that step back and recognize the good.

  9. Oops, I think I just lost my comment. I'll try again (and hope two comments don't appear).

    I really love this, especially the last item about your cats. They definitely shouldn't be left off the list!

    I just reminded my disgruntled and cynical husband that there is good in our lives, and good in the world too. But it isn't always easy to remember, especially as we - like you and Grey, except probably at different ends of the career journey - are both struggling to get employment. So this is a good reminder to me too.

  10. We all need to be reminded now & then how good we really have it. :) Thanks for this, Cristy! :)


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