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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Day 3



GRATITUDE
*new opportunities (to learn)
*textbook rentals and saving $
*coffee

I have 2 article summaries to write, a marketing plan to submit, 5 chapters to read and a test to study for and I am not stressed anymore.  Go figure.  I took a chill pill and I am calm.  It will all get done.  Just might need to make some sacrifices (sorry dart tournament).  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Day 2



Gratitude
*Connecting with old friends
*having an understanding professor
*a boss who takes what I say into consideration

In the last 24 hours I have reconnected with an old friend.  Haven't seen them in a while and distance is a factor but it's nice to talk to old friends.  I decided I need to focus more on a few relationships in my life and decided to reach out to a friend that I have lost connection with and it is a connection in my life that has been vitally important so it is worth reconnecting.  

I have also decided to focus and see which relationships are worth keeping and which relationships are clearly not salvageable.  One of these will be harder to let go than others, but in the last run it will be the best for all involved. 

Wish me luck as this will be a very difficult step.  



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Day 1 - Redo 2016 Recap

So last year I started this blog about being happy and writing about 3 things I am grateful for and then a positive story from the past 24 hours.  Evidently I watched a webcast about being happy.  Kind of wish I would have bookmarked that.  However, reading back on that week today made me happy so I am going to go back to this.

Since I missed quite a bit of last year I am going to do a giant gratitude list.

Gratitude
*Going to Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
*Going to New York City
*Going to Philadelphia
*Going to Hershey PA
*Renting a Chalet in Poconos Mts with my entire family.  
*Going to Indianapolis for GenCon50
*Maintaining a B average despite some hard classes
*Taking our kids to Disney World for the first time
*Girls Winery trip and connecting with friends I have had for nearly 20 years
*Making new friends
*Staying Connected with Old Friends
*Getting Promoted
*Loving my job
*Visiting my Nauvoo Family
*Going to the City I love and miss (Chicago)
*Seeing my kids in Lion King Jr. 
*Serena getting to participate in Summer Worship University
*Sending Serena to Nashville, TN with friends
*Black Friday shopping with my sister, mom and Daughter
*Ryan starting a new job
*Tuesday Night Sushi




Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 5

Gratitude
Extended bonus family
flexible schedule
community theater

After picking up Serena from Hannibal, we stayed in Quincy because I did not want to make the drive back home late at night.  The kids got to swim in the pool before we checked out and then we made our way to Nauvoo, IL.  For those of you who do not know, this is where my stepmom is from.  This is also where we held my dad's memorial service.  And while he is not buried there, it is hard to explain but I feel closer to dad in Nauvoo than Chicago.  I think partly because this is where his brick is in the veteran's memorial park, partly because this is where he wanted to live his last years and partly because he loved Nauvoo.  He said it reminded him of Clinton County.

That being said, we love going to see Ronnie and Sandy.  We are always welcomed there so we decided we were already in Quincy we would drive up and see them.  Bonus that it is Ronnie's birthday tomorrow so that was nice to see him and we brought him some coffee from Starbucks to enjoy every morning.  They were happy to see us.  We had lunch, went out to the field to see the Jamie set up to feed the calves and then back to the house and visited the horses.  It was nice to see them.  I need to get up there more to see them.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Day 4

Gratitude
new friendships
GPS (when they work)
patient kid - Xander did pretty well sitting in the car for 3 hours and then a concert for 2 hours

Today was the end of Serena's week at Summer Worship University.  She had a blast and I got to see what she worked on the week she was there.  It was neat to see it all come together.  She played several songs on her clarinet with the band and sang some songs with the choir.  The music and message was very uplifting  and happy.  I walked out of there feeling happy (and tired).  If you have the chance send your kids to SWU.  It's July 9 through 13 next year.  Serena cannot wait to go back.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Day 3

Gratitude
my parents
supportive husband
my kids


Positivity
So Xander is an only child this week.  Neither one of our kids are by any means neglected but it has been nice to have this one on one time with him.  His personality is enough to make you smile most days.  He only gets the only child feeling once in a blue moon.  I kind of feel bad because Serena does not really get that ever anymore because Xander never goes anywhere yet .  the only way she gets it is if we do a girls shopping trip.  We may need more of those soon.  But in the meantime I enjoy my Xander time even if it's been divided with homework too

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Day 2

Gratitude
Friendships that last
online courses 
technology to keep in touch with people


Positivity
Getting to go to dinner with a friend that I consider to be not only a friend but a mentor.  I seem to call her on her my most important decisions.  Leaving my job, taking a new job, starting school.  She has had a pretty positive impact on my life and I am grateful to be her friend.