Everything I’m Most Grateful For (Big and Small!) Right Now

Happy Monday and Thanksgiving week! I like to think that I’m a pretty thankful person all the time, but of course like everyone else I put a bigger emphasis on it when this time of year rolls around. Life has kind of been whatever lately – maybe it’s stress, everything going on in the world or what-have-you, but it has been extra-important to me these days to try to focus on and give thanks to the little everyday positives. A mental gratitude journal or checklist, if you will. For today, I’m putting my fingers to the keyboard to share everything I’m most grateful for – big and small! – right now. Because maybe you, too need a small pick-me-up and reminder to look for even the most insignificant things to bring a little light to your day.

The X Things I'm Most Grateful For Right Now

photo cred: Alex Good Photography | more of our fall shoot in Cedarburg, Wis.

Ryan and Finley. Duh, I’ll just go for the big one first. Obviously, I’m thankful for my little family every single day, but Ryan has been going above and beyond to keep me sane this last month. Even something as simple as emptying the food trap in the sink – a task I find really revolting – shows me that he cares and is thinking about me in small ways throughout the day. And, we already have established that I’m psycho-crazy in love with my dog, so I’ll just leave it at that. Finn is girl’s best friend and has let me cry into his fur more times than I count the last few weeks.

Concealer. Am I getting some eye rolls with this one? Well, too bad because it’s true. I’m having some weird, dry skin/hormonal reaction on my right cheek that is less-than-pretty to look at. If it wasn’t for concealer, I probably wouldn’t leave the house because I’m too embarrassed. So, seriously – thanks to whoever came up with the eight million options we now have in this department.

My health. I’ve found a new obsession with the stair climber, and I have to give credit to all my running for building up my endurance and leg muscles to take on this machine. A year ago, I probably wouldn’t have made it more than five minutes. Now, I can go almost 30 minutes and then still run a mile and a half after! My health isn’t always something I think about day-to-day, but it’s things like that that remind me how I’ve gotten myself in shape and continue to push myself/my body to achieve more.

Our home. With what’s going on in California, I feel so thankful that we have a home and roof over our heads. Ryan and I have a tendency to constantly look toward the future and talk about our next house that we sometimes forget to appreciate what we have right now. We’re incredibly lucky and blessed to have all that we have – something that we need to keep in perspective.

Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. On a lighter note because what’s wrong with some cheesy romance holiday movies? Absolutely nothing. They make me smile, laugh and forget about everything else for a couple hours. That’s a gift.

My parents. They’re pretty stellar and the ultimate example of how to step up and do everything right. I love them both and am proud to be their kid.

The slow cooker. Easy, quick meals are my main objective right now. It doesn’t get much easier than dumping everything into a Crock-Pot and setting the timer. No fuss, no thought.

A heated blanket and mattress pad. For someone who is literally always cold, both these things are godsend. Not sure I could survive the cold, winter temps without either.

Time. Because of what I do and my flexible schedule, I recognize that I have more time than some others to accomplish the never-ending to-do list for this time of year. While I still feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, I’m lucky that I can do certain things on my own time and not feel rush/pressured.

I encourage you to take time this week and throughout the hectic holiday season to acknowledge whatever it is that you’re most grateful for! As you can tell from my list, it doesn’t have to be life-altering or something super profound – it’s the little things that add up and make a difference in our daily lives.

I’m signing off for the week, so I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and long weekend! Cheers!

What are you grateful for right now?

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  1. 1.28.19

    Love this list! This year has been a rough one in terms of catastrophic weather damage everywhere so it definitely makes me thankful for my family, health, and that we have a home. Of course I’m also thankful for little things like concealer and hallmark movies too- because who can forget those! 😉 Happy Thanksgiving, friend! Have a great week with your family.

    • 1.28.19

      I’m with you! It has been a rough year for a lot of people, so I think it’s even more important than ever to be thankful for even the smallest things. Hope you had a wonderful holiday and week!

  2. 1.28.19
    Amanda Peterson said:

    What a cute post! I might have to whip up something similar this week. Hope all is okay –in reference to the tears you shed the past few weeks. <3

  3. 1.28.19
    Biana Perez said:

    Girl, I am so thankful for concealer and coffee LOL! I will be stealing this idea from you for my post on Wednesday! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 1.28.19

      Haha, YES! Let’s face it – aren’t all of us extra-thankful for those things these days? Especially new mommas like yourself. 🙂 Hope you had the best holiday!

  4. 1.28.19
    Kay R. said:

    So many great things to be thankful for. I hope you had the best day 🙂

  5. 1.28.19
    The Adored Life said:

    Awwwww. I should do a post like this! I have been so busy I haven’t even taken into account what wonderful blessings I have in my life. Thank you for this WONDERFUL reminder and I am thankful for YOU!!
    The Adored Life

  6. 1.28.19
    Debra Stachelski said:

    This post is a wonderful reminder to count all our blessings, large and small, which I sometimes lose touch with during stressful times! Of course, you, Ryan and Finley are at the top of my list!

  7. 1.28.19
    Brittany Steinkamp said:

    I love that you wrote all these down! No matter how small – I’m so thankful for concealer, too! And we use our slow cooker on Sundays all the time! So easy! Happy Thanksgiving week 🙂

    • 1.28.19

      The smallest things add up the quickest, and it’s those things that really make a difference on the daily! Hope you had a great holiday, friend. 🙂

  8. 1.28.19
    Caroline said:

    Love this!!! We all need to take the time to be thankful not just for what we have but also for the people in our lives. I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! 🙂