Tuesday, December 2, 2008

i'm annually reminded

i fully intended to post this list on thanksgiving day (i even took my laptop up to my mom's specifically for that purpose) but i forgot that vacations turn into time suckers - all the sudden it was midnight and i was sleepy! the whole vacation was like that. it was so fun and adventure packed that i didn't have time for half the stuff i wanted to do. consequently, i am just posting it today. (jessi beat me!) to make up for it, i will list more than one item per day. i didn't keep track of the dates (i could go backwards from today, but i don't want to) and i ended up writing down at least 2 things i was grateful for everyday, and sometimes more. anyway, without further ado, here we go!

- the gospel
- my family, immediate and extended
- memories
- the internet
- advice from people i trust
- prayer, and answers to prayers
- the priesthood
- sunshine
- jessi, dude, and scott, and fun hang out days!
- the scriptures
- my awesomely amazing memory
- things working out the way they should, not necessarily the way i want them to
- hope
- my cell phone
- text messaging
- a sense of humor
- my car
- china!
- my computer
- the freedoms i have
- that i love to read, and the good books in the world
- inspiring words
- my cute piano students!
- my grandma
- my dogs
- air conditioning
- music
- playing fun games
- my glasses
- my talents
- good relief society lessons
- the library
- free laundry machines
- people who are kind for no reason
- being in control of my life
- freedom to choose
- flip flops
- my ipod
- the elliptical
- missionaries
- oceans
- accomplishing goals
- my fantastic boss, and job
- patience, and opportunities to gain more
- the jazz
- the office
- sports
- prophets and apostles alive on the earth today
- the passing of time
- having fun
- good leaders
- new things
- dvr
- singing in a choir
- the moon
- sushi
- water
- peach fresca
- chick flicks
- going to church
- courage
- spending time with good friends who are also good people
- working out
- finding new music
- temples
- my sister, and my brothers
- my parents
- holidays
- laughing
- my bishop
- cheaper gas
- to be alive!
- love stories
- the beautiful world
- that i have so many things to be grateful for

that got a little out of hand... like jessi said, going back through the list really brings back the feelings and things i was doing on the days i wrote those things down. it's so funny - some days i was so tired or grumpy that i just wrote down the first thing i could see. but i ended up thinking about it, and really realizing how appreciative i am of the little things and big things in my life. anyways, i have decided to keep adding to the list. a gratitude journal maybe. it helps me to be more aware of the things around me, and definitely keeps me happier!

2 comments:

Kara & Chant said...

I like that you said being aware of the things keeps you happier. Sometimes it easy to get busy and not pay attention to our blessings. Great idea of the gratitude journal!

Emil, Caroline and An Angel... said...

what a fab idea, your list makes me feel like i should be more grateful for the little things. so here goes, i'm thankful for your list Jenna. =)
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