‘For this I am thankful’–a new slant for this blog

Hello, blogosphere!  It has been ages since I last wrote on this blog (like almost a year).  There’s a lot going on in my life these days:  juggling 5-6 part time jobs, making cooking videos on YouTube (Intrigued?  Check ’em out here), building a fence to keep the deer out of my garden, dreaming up a new entrepreneurial idea, knitting for fun/family/my business…the list continues and I shall bore you no longer.

The real reason for this outpouring of random thoughts in my head is I feel like I need an outlet.  Despite what has happened in our crazy world over the past year (or longer, but why depress ourselves more than necessary?) I have a lot to be thankful for.  I stopped journaling years ago, which is something I wish I’d kept up, to be honest.  But I really feel in the depths of my soul that this outlet needs to be public.  To serve as a reminder to all of us who have the privilege of free time that allows us to blog (or for those who actually make a living writing blogs) that we have much to be thankful for.  And so I thought it might be nice to document some of these things.  Not because I need affirmation or attention or anything like that.  I feel like this outlet should be public because maybe someone out there having a bad day will stumble across these ‘thankful notes’ and it will help them realize what they have to be thankful for.  Maybe these ‘thankful notes’ will spread good spirit, or at least during this time of year, holiday spirit (but why should holiday spirit end come the new year?  It should be a year-round spirit for the benefit of mankind, don’t you think?  Would we not be in a better place if we were more conscious about goodwill towards our fellow humans all year and not just ‘during the holiday season’?  I mean, Santa is watching us year-round, after all…not just between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve).  Or maybe by documenting my ‘thankful notes’ I will remind myself to be more gracious for what I have in my life and how I view and treat others who don’t share the same luxuries I do.   Maybe these ‘thankful notes’ will…maybe all of this sounds pretentious.  Or maybe not.  Y’know, I’ve been avoiding spending much time on social media lately because it seems like every day the stories become more and more depressing/vitriolic/greedy/etc.  So maybe by focusing on the good in the world, the things I am grateful for, maybe it will help me feel more hopeful for what is to come in 2018.  So maybe this is just a way for me to keep myself grounded, but I hope it will resonate with meaning for you as well.  Will these posts bring peace on earth?  If only!  I mean…who knows?  Never say never…

What will my first post be about?  I’m not sure yet.  I have SO much to be thankful for in my life.

WAIT.

I can hear you now.  “You’re not even going to say what you are thankful for in your first ‘thankful note’ post?  Lame!”

Okay, fine!  I hear you loud and clear, along with all those other voices in my head.  Sheesh, it’s noisy in here!

So what AM I thankful for?  Well, tonight I am thankful to be sitting in a warm house, by a fire in my woodstove, drinking tea, and watching my 12 1/2 year old puppy dog, Stinker, sleep as I type this.  I am happy and I am at peace.  If only I could share this feeling to make everyone feel exactly as I feel at this moment…I honestly don’t know why there wouldn’t be world peace.

May you be happy and at peace as well.

sleeping stinker

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