Grateful Living

Now is that time of year where everyone is posting their lists of things they give thanks about.  Well, just a couple weeks ago while in Park City, Em and I had a conversation surrounding my issue with being grateful.  See, its not that I’m not grateful for everything I have, because I am.  Sometimes, however, I get into my own head and bemoan the things I could have or could do.  I know its ridiculous because there are tons of posts on this blog alone about all the great things we’ve been doing in the last six months.  However, I see posts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram from people’s adventures and travels and the green-eyed monster of jealousy rears its ugly head.    I think to myself I could be doing that, we should still be traveling around Europe, we should still be living in our quaint village in England, too bad we’re stuck in this apartment while someone else is enjoying our house.  So I start feeling sorry for myself despite all the great things in my life.

I have decided to start working on being more grateful and desire less.  Much easier said than done.  So, whenever I start to think of what I don’t have, I remind myself immediately of all the wonderful things in my life like:

– An amazing husband who not only supports me in everything I do, but joins me for crazy adventures (and makes sure we can afford our life)

– Our parents (and families) who raised us to reach for the stars, and allow us the room to do so

– Friends near and far that keep in touch no matter how difficult it may be

– Our first child, Lacey; she may chew my shoes, wake us up in the middle of the night and beg endlessly, but nothing beats walking in the door and seeing that fur ball

– A career that I truly love which allows me to heal the sick while making a respectable living and giving me time to travel

– The amazing and rare opportunity to live abroad


These are just a few of the things I’m grateful for.  I hope during the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas you take some time to reflect on your blessings.