So thankfulness on a Thursday is not really working out for me… Because once again it is Saturday… And perhaps thoughts of gratitude haven’t invaded my everyday, but I am still enjoying stopping and reflecting…
Nov 16: A good list – I have a long list of things I need to do at work… Unfortunately for everything I cross off 2 more things seem to be added… But today I got lots done… And there is nothing better than the feeling of crossing things off the list…
Nov 17: Listening ears – so after my over achieving yesterday, today I crashed and realised that Christmas is coming like a steam train and I am no more ready than I was weeks ago… But luckily I sit with a winner friend at work who was more than helpful as I panicked.
Nov 18: How far I have come – I had the opportunity to reflect today on how far I had progressed at work over the last 2.5 years, and to be honest it was a pretty good reflection, I have grown a lot as a dietitian, but also in a number of other areas and I am really thankful to work somewhere that helps me use and also appreciates my skills.
Nov 19: Private Health insurance – Tonight I ordered new glasses, something that would have been much more expensive without my health insurance, but more than the discount I got today, I am thankful that we can afford luxuries like health insurance, because there are lots of people that cannot.
Nov 20: Home – I know it sounds simple, but I am thankful for our house. It has all we need and we have made it ours and it is good.
Nov 21: Friendsgiving and Pumpkin Pie – Hanging out with people you love seems to be a theme of this thankfulness month, but I suppose it just highlights how grateful I am to have friends and family who I love and can spend time with. There is also something special about baking special treats for people too and today I made a pumpkin pie, thanks to a generous recipe share from a friend, just for Davo, although we all enjoyed it too, because praise the Lord it turned out pretty good.
So there you go, another week of November gone…
Ok, so I missed Thursday again this week, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thankful this past week, I have… here check it:
Nov 7: Catch-Ups with old Friends – there are some friends who I don’t see all that often, but when I do it is like no time has passed, things just click back together. I am truly thankful for this because I know it isn’t always the way these things work, but I am so glad that with these guys it always seems to happen. So much has changed since we first meet during O-week at Uni, but the three of us remain solid… it’s good.
Nov 8: That God made berries and that we could pick them – But this is so much more than berry picking, although we picked so many and they were so very delicious, we also got to hang out with My brother and his girlfriend and enjoy the beautiful sunshine… just a winner combination.
Nov 9: Skills – This one might sound a little arrogant, but I am thankful that I have skills in a lot of different things and that I am currently in a job where people appreciated my skills and encourage me to use them. It’s good to feel supported and appreciated.
Nov 10: The gym – It’s a love hate relationship, but this week I have been really glad to be back in the gym, it’s good to exercise… I wish I felt like this more often.
Nov 11: Meeting wise people – During Alpha at church we have been put in a group with some pretty wise people, I don’t think I will ever get sick of learning about what God is doing through people, or challenged about how I can lift my game.
Nov 12: Friday Feels on a Thursday – Today was a great day at work, and there was a Friday feeling in the air, even though it was Thursday, although technically my work Friday… because I wasn’t actually working on Friday… but it wasn’t just me… work was just really fun today and for that I am thankful.
Nov 13: International Post – It was my bestie’s birthday yesterday and I popped a card in the post last week hoping that it would make it but not expecting that it would… and guess what, it did. Only a day late for her birthday, but even so I am pretty proud of myself and really thankful that it actually made it to London.
Nov 14: Camping – I really love it, much to the surprise of my friends and family. So a impromptu overnight camp organised by Davo to help me cross some things off my list is pretty flippin good. We crossed three things off the list… 61. Go Camping, 31. Stargaze while lying on the grass and because Davo planned the whole thing just for the list we also get to cross off no. 48. Go on a romantic getaway. But even without these things on the list, it was just really nice to be away even just for one night, see some wildlife including a random deer (who knew that was a thing in the Yarra Ranges), go for a walk and have some peachy keeny custard with our worrying about a thing.
Nov 15: Birthday Brunch – You know the thing I wrote about for Nov 7? Well its true for today as well. Today we celebrated another besties birthday with delicious breakfast and it was good, everything about it was good, except the serve that was pretty bad, but everything else was top notch. I am thankful for the people that are in my life, especially the ones like those I hung out with this week, who have known me for longer than I care to think about and still love me anyway. Friends who just accept me for me… they are good ones.
So far November is proving to be a winner.
At the beginning of every year the list starts strong… really strong… I go pretty hard and then always slam on the breaks because I have this panic that I will run out of things to do and that the list will run out. It’s a stupid thing to do, because then at about this time each year I look at the list and thing heavens above there is a lot of stuff left… will there ever be a year where I actually finish the list? So here we are again… so far I have crossed off 51 things… which is a pretty good effort… but there are only 7 weeks left in the year… and 49 things to do… that is a lot… so I am asking for help… here is a good old list update with both the things I have done (click the hyperlinks to read the blog I wrote about it, or just enjoy this little blurb if it’s a fresh one)… and the things that are still left to do… so if you see something that you think you might like to help me with, sing out… it’s going to be a mad rush to the end.
Visit Hobbiton– completed: 01/01/15
- Make my own dumplings
Do another Pinterest craft– completed: 13/02/15 Make my own hot cross buns– completed: 05/04/15
- Follow through with the 2015 date box again
Paint Something– completed: 15/08/15
It wasn’t quite the painting I thought I would be doing, in fact technically it was ‘oiling’ but I used a paint brush for a bit… so I think it counts and the deck looks pretty flippin good.
Eat something I have planted– completed: 27/01/15
- Buy lunch at work no more than twice a week
Go to two weddings– completed: 21/02/15 (wedding 1, wedding 2) Order fish at a restaurant– completed: 06/01/15
- Try again to embrace home cooking
Have a weekend away– completed: 26/04/15
- Go to some carols by candlelight
Work as a classroom teacher– completed 13/03/15
- Make the most of my gym membership
- Run 5km without walking
Do some trivia– completed: 17/01/15
- Learn another song on guitar
- Have a picnic in the backyard
- Start collecting and sorting photos of Dave and I’s family history
See some black sand– completed: 02/01/15 Put some new photos up around the house– completed: 11/04/15
- Blow some giant bubbles
Ride a rollercoaster– completed: 09/04/14
- Play mini golf
See a movie at the drive-in– completed: 14/02/15
- Build a sandcastle
- Buy an ice cream from an ice cream truck
Take a selfie with the selfie stick fully extended– completed: 10/01/15 Go to the beach at least 5 times– completed: 26/01/15
- Stargaze while lying on the grass
- Watch the sunset from a beach
Rent a bike and go on an adventure– completed: 03/01/15 Stay at the Langham– completed: 07/01/15 Go Hiking– completed: 03/01/15 Take a last minute road trip– completed: 01/10/15
It was only really last minute for me because I left it until the last minute to get myself organised to go… but that still counts. Davo and I headed to NSW for his Masters Graduation! I was a very very proud wife and it was definitely worth the trip.
- Make a playlist for each season (Summer and Autumn)
We can now add Winter:
– Touch The Sky – Hillsong United
– No Longer Slaves – Bethel- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
– This is Living – Hillsong Young & Free
– Captain – Hillsong United
– Great I am – New Life Worship
– Believing A Lie – Joel Shannon & Asher Johnson
– I’ll go in the Strength of the Lord – Salvation Army
– O Boundless Salvation – William Booth
– Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland, Wizard of Oz
- Bake a cake for someone
- Buy a stranger dinner (e.g. pay for someone else meal at a restaurant)
Learn a greeting in a language I haven’t spoken before– completed: 07/11/15 Give a heartfelt surprise to someone– completed: 10/08/15
It doesn’t really matter what it was, or who got it… because I feel like giving that away on here ruins the magic of it… but it happened… and if you recognise the picture for this one… well then I guess you know… but if not, you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you it happened.
- Dance in the rain
Plant a tree– completed: 22/09/15
Well Dave actually planted the tree trees without me… so instead I got to plant the vine in the middle… but the backyard now has an orange tree, a lemon tree and a passion-fruit vine… lets start praying for some delicious fruit soon!
Knit a scarf– completed: 30/05/15 Read a book on a subject you wouldn’t normally choose– completed: 08/06/15
- Fly a kite
- Write and email/call a company from which I received excellent service
- Go on a romantic getaway
- Help someone in need
Learn something in sign language– completed: 08/06/15 Wear fancy dress to something– completed: 29/08/15 See two oceans meet– completed: 05/01/15 Go in a sea vessel… kayak, canoe, paddle boat, regular boat… whatever– completed: 06/01/15 Play a board game with friends– completed: 11/07/15
- Write at least 3 letters to my prayer pal
Go fruit picking– completed: 08/11/15
It’s a good thing that my brother’s girlfriend Amy is organised, because without her this would not have happened, but it did… the weather was perfect and we took home a delicious mountain of strawberries, cherries and best of all raspberries….mmmmmm…. so many delicious raspberries… it turns out I like berry picking, especially raspberry picking.
- Swim 20km across the year
- Do another boot camp
- Do another fun run
- Walk/run 400km across the year
- Go camping
- Walk 10,000 steps more often than I don’t
- See some fireworks
Eat a Feijoa– completed: 16/04/15 Go on a luge– completed: 03/01/14 Swim in a thermal pool– completed: 02/01/15
- Cook all meals at home for a fortnight (no going out or lazy take away)
- Take a photo everyday
- Play Super Mario Bros
See a Musical– completed: 07/02/15 Read 15 books– completed: 27/10/15 All done… here’s the full list:
- The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult (finished 26/01/15)
- Still Alice – Lisa Genova (finished 09/02/15)
- Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult (finished 22/02/15)
- Wild – Cheryl Strayed (finished 21/03/15)
- Divergent – Veronica Roth (finished 02/04/15)
- Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith (finished 10/04/15)
- Useful – Debra Oswald (finished 05/05/15)
- Emma – Jane Austen (finished 08/06/15)
- The Burnt House – Faye Kellerman (finished 18/06/15)
- If I Stay – Gayle Foreman (finished 25/06/15)
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (finished 03/08/15)
- Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard (finished 23/08/15)
- Butterflies in November – Audur Ava Olafsdottir (finished 12/09/15)
- We are all completely beside ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler (finished 01/10/15)
- Salem Falls – Jodi Picoult (finished 27/10/15)
- Try four more local cafes in search of our new breakfast spot
I’ve tried 3 and I have one more in mind…. so I am almost there.
- Try Inverloch’s ‘Red Cup’ equivalent
Have a mocktail– completed: 17/02/15
- Finish unpacking the last boxes
Visit a country town I haven’t been to before– completed: 01/10/15
Well I guess by default it is a country town… but it’s a bit bigger than most… We headed to Newcastle in NSW for Dave’s masters… but I had never been there before… and now I have and technically it fits the requirements.
- Put up some outside lights for christmas
- Keep getting closer
See Big Hero6– completed: 30/05/15
- Use a remote control toy
See a live music concert… or 4– completed: 26/09/15
I didn’t think I would be able to cross this off until I saw Taylor Swift in December but a surprise MSO concert means it is already off the list.
- Lady Antebellum – 17/03/15
- John Farnham & Olivia Newton John – 08/04/15
- Michael Bolton – 16/05/15
- MSO Disney in concert – 26/09/15
Do some colouring– completed: 08/05/15 Go to a live sporting event– completed: 08/01/15
- Have a hot jam donut
Have High Tea– completed: 07/02/15
- Cook something from each of my Donna Hay Mags
Learn a new skill– completed: 10/05/15
- Make a photo book of our New Zealand Adventure
Have at least 5 different groups of people over for dinner– completed 07/09/15
Again I feel like if I name names it makes people feel like they were only here for the list, which isn’t true, there has been more than 5 and all of them were for more than just the list… but it is all done.
Ride a push bike without tears– completed: 03/01/15
- Complete my sentence a day book for 2015
- Make a teepee or blanket fort and watch a movie in it
Go to a farmers market– completed: 26/04/15
- Go through the alphabet of foods/restaurants/cuisines
Do something handy at home– completed: 14/02/15
- Walk the dog once a week
Set up our outdoor furniture and eat at it– completed: 19/10/15
All done and I love it! I feel like we might be spending a lot of time out here while the weather is good.
- Actually read through the New Testament
See a wild swimming animal– completed: 06/01/15 Touch a volcano– completed: 02/01/15
Ok… So there you go… that’s where we are at in the middle of November… 51 things completed, 49 to go… and as you can see there are still a lot of gaps… so if you see something you want to cross off with me now is the time to say so… I am going to need some help!
So this has been my thinking this week…. Oh crap it’s November… things are already really busy, but it is about to get worse… Christmas is coming… how on earth will we get everything we need to get done in the next month and a bit… everything please slow down… please slow down… please please please slow down. Because despite what the Christmas tree in my living room might lead you to believe, I am not ready for Christmas or the end of the year. I just don’t want to be surprise attacked by Christmas and I feel that if I don’t go through my regular Christmas time frame… that is exactly what will happen… so the tree is up and it looks nice, but I am still not ready… so rather than remove things from my life (which would be a more logical response) I thought I would add one more thing in… just for November…
I have seen a few bloggers and instagramers doing this too… so it is probably a thing… and now that I am typing… which is pretty much thinking out loud… it’s probably an American thing because it is Thanksgiving this month… but I am jumping on the thankfulness band wagon. It’s not a new concept, in fact I’ve actually tried to do this on this very blog previously but for some reason I didn’t follow through… but it gives me a chance to actually stop daily… but for the sake of the blog lets say weekly and reflect and be thankful on how blessed I actually am, because even when I am having a ‘bad’ week… life is still way grander than I deserve.
So my plan is to make more of an effort to be thankful everyday and then once a week write it down… whatever it looks like… so… As this is the first week of November here I am sharing what I am thankful for… (just as a side note I think next week I will do this on Thursday to take full advantage of the “Thankful Thursday” alliteration… coz alliteration is the bomb.) Anyway… here is what I have been thankful for so far in November:
Nov 1: Country Vic – it’s actually always more beautiful than I remember… seriously and this time was no different, even as we drove through a giant storm.
Nov 2: Understanding Husbands – I have been pretty sick this past week and Dave has been pretty flipping amazing, cooking, cleaning and generally just looking after me with no complaints even when I am crying my eyes out, thanks Davo.
Nov 3: Family and Christmas – Even though it’s the beginning of November traditionally this is the day the tree goes up… and up it did go, as did the tree at Dad’s place complete with a Mexican feast prepared by my bro and his girlfriend. I am truly thankful for my family and that Christmas is a good reason to meet with them.
Nov 4: Whatsapp – this week whatsapp has been my second saviour (Jesus still being the first). Keeping me connected when distance, time zones and tummy bugs want to keep me away.
Nov 5: New friends, Fonda and Fro-yo – what an epic and fun combo, plus Melbourne’s crazy weather passed which also meant a quick walk after work and a balmy and wonderful Thursday evening out.
Nov 6: Writing – I know it sounds lame but I am thankful that I have stopped to do this… It’s made me feel much better about my week which was already feeling good compared to the last one anyway… hopefully this trend continues!
It’s good to be thankful.