Today is my day to recharge, my day off. Today I woke up smiling. I had some quiet time for reflection, and all I could think about was how incredibly lucky I am. I guess on a regular basis when I'm all wrapped up in my routine, my day to day, it's not as easy to see it all through the lens of gratefulness. This morning, I did. I am obsessively grateful.
Here's my Grateful Top 10 (in no particular order):
Quiet time: If you know me well than you are aware of my extreme introvertness. I love time with friends and family but afterwards requires a reboot time. It took me a long time to understand this about myself but once I did it all made sense. I love quiet time and I require it the same as I require air, it's that important. I am so grateful for time like this morning to put everything back into perspective, to reboot, to soak it all in. I will continue to relish in opportunities like this morning where I can take care of my soul.
My husband: Ya'll, this man is a saint. He is my rock, my best friend, my support, my confidant, my amusement, he is my everything. He lets me have wings. I could say so much more but I think it muddies it all up.
My paintbrush: Yesterday a friend shared a blog post with me and it was perfection. Please read it here, seriously. It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. Does that happen to anyone else? I love that. "Your life’s work is the love you give and receive — and your body is the instrument you use to accept and offer love on your soul’s behalf." I'm pretty impressed with everything my body can do but I certainly don't obsess over it. There are way more important things to focus on, like using it to paint your life's mural.
Pippin: I couldn't have a grateful list without mentioning the other love of my life, my home slice, Pippin. We recently took her on a camping trip and it didn't go exactly as we had planned. We took her on the same trip last year and she appeared to have the time of her life so we were hoping for a repeat but ended up completely striking out. She was miserable. The. Entire. Time. Dog mom fail. It was hotter than hell and all around pretty uncomfortable. We all made the most of it and enjoyed our time basking in the glorious big outdoors but our sweet pup just couldn't. I'm pretty sure she spent the entire weekend dreaming of the plush pillows on our bed and air conditioning. It wasn't a complete wash as we were able to successfully distracted her with lots of fun, long hikes, boat rides, and shallow water thrashing. You could almost see her smile a few times. But this trip was the first time she seemed to show her age and it pretty much broke my heart. Point taken, Pip. She was saved by her grandparents (my parents) and was able to catch a ride back to civilization a day early, thank goodness. Despite her growing need for creature comforts, I am beyond grateful for this girl. For all of the adventures we've had and all the ones that are yet to come, I am grateful for her presence in them all.
Yoga Teacher Training: This past weekend I finished my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Hallelujah! It was a long five months but I will be forever grateful for the process, the journey, my fellow teachers, my growth, the yoga and the opportunities that this training has opened up for me. (If you're in FXBG, please come check out my class at FLY Fitness Inspiration, every Wednesday morning at 9:00. I'd love to help you start your day off!) YTT was literally life changing in the best way possible. I will forever hold this experience close to my heart. "Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I've ever been." Iain Thomas
My Family: I am so grateful for my family for helping to mold me into the weirdo that I am and for always being so accepting of the weirdo that I am becoming. Seriously, my family is so amazing, supportive, crazy, fun and I wouldn't be who I am without all of them.
My house: I tend to talk a lot of shit about my house. It's a project and probably always will be. It's a labor of love. I've gotten really good at pointing out all the things I want to change about it, all the things that annoy me about it, all the things I can't change about it but in the end it's ours and how unbelievably incredible is that?! It's weird, quirky, small, and old, but it's ours. I am so grateful for this roof over my head.
Travel: I have been so fortunate in my life to travel to some amazing places. It's been a while since I spread my wings last but just the anticipation of 'where to next?' is beyond exciting. I FINALLY did the paperwork and everything that is required to get my new passport with my new last name. It came in the mail last week and it felt like Christmas. I can't wait for all the places it will take me. I've got some big plans.
My friends: You know who you are, you're all scattered about, living beautiful lives but no one makes me smile bigger, laugh harder, or feel more grateful than all of you.
CrossFit: I'm usually pretty reserved when it comes to being involved with CrossFit but here's the bottom line, I'm so grateful for this sport in my life. Not only is it responsible for making me the strongest version of myself, it has introduced me to lifelong friends, a steadfast community of amazing people, it humbles me, grounds me, and always pushes me to new found limits. CrossFit is a gift. Recently, I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach at my gym and I am so excited. To be completely honest, I struggled for a while with whether or not I was ready for this role. I was scared (still am!) and still feel like I am lacking experience. I have been blessed with so many amazing coaches over my CrossFit journey, how could I possibly measure up? Everyone starts somewhere, right? I'm not going to motivate, help, coach or encourage anybody by remaining on the sidelines, I'm just not. So... Here goes nothing!
There you have it, my top 10 for today! I hope that your take away is to give yourself some space. Soak it all in. Look around and embrace what's there.