Thankful Thursday

I have been in this whole self-improvement thing this summer. I completely changed my eating habits and went vegan a couple of months ago, I have been meditating almost daily, and I am really trying to practice gratitude. Not just saying I’m grateful, actually, really feeling grateful, every day. With my crazy life? Well, some days that is a challenge to say the least. I feel like it’s necessary though, and it’s important. And the saying is true: there is always something to be thankful for.

I am always, and eternally, thankful for my children and grandchildren. We have been through so much together, and my kids have certainly been through some things that I never wanted them to experience, but the bad experiences have led to a closeness that I wouldn’t trade for anything in this world. And when I am at work on my lunch hour, and open Instagram and see a video clip of my 6 month old granddaughter laughing a full on belly laugh? It is impossible not to be in a good mood.

I’m grateful for my mom. I haven’t written very much about my mother, because family can be such a delicate subject, but my son and I are  temporarily living in my mother’s house. My mom and I have always had a rather difficult relationship, and it hasn’t been an easy situation for any of us. We argue, and I whine every day, but what it comes down to is my mother opened her home to my son and me at a time that she was really enjoying being alone because I really needed the help. That is beautiful and amazing and I truly am grateful for her help.

I am grateful for my job. I really love working for THE BANK. Sometimes it is crazy , and sometimes it is super stressful, but I work with a really great team for a company I really do love and respect. Today, I was named the Employee of the Quarter in my branch. It’s a really great thing to have my co workers and supervisors recognize my hard work!

Tonight, I am so grateful, and so, so excited to be leaving New Jersey for the weekend and going to Maryland!! I am going to take my son to his dad’s house one more time before school starts again, and spend some time with my kids and grand kids who are there, and then tomorrow night I am going to S.G.’s house for the weekend. (For an explanation of the acronym, please refer to “About a Girl”) I am always happy to spend time at S.G.’s house. Aside from, obviously, spending time with her, I have come to have really good friendships with her friends and neighbors, through her. I always come away from time with her happy and relaxed, and I can’t think of a better end of summer getaway.

I am going to try to take pictures this weekend. I would love to be able to do a weekend recap in pictures here, however my family and friends usually fight pictures. I’m going to try my best. Have an amazing weekend everyone!

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