90 Days of Thankfulness, #81 - 90

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Well, folks, we finally made it. The last post of the year, and the last thankfulness series recap of the year, too. What a ride 2013 has been, hasn't it? When looking back at the year and doing the "top ten" recaps, I was actually surprised. Despite having a very, very rough year, I actually got quite a lot done! I didn't share as much on the blog proper as I would have liked too, but I did share quite a bit on social media.

At any rate, doing this thankfulness practice has been incredibly impactful on my life, and I will continue to journal privately in 2014. I have never been a person who "got" journalling, but now that I've actually done it, I can't imagine not doing it. Hopefully I'll still keep the rhythm of it despite not having an audience! Ha! I have more to say on the subject of the thankfulness posts and looking forward to the new year, but I said it in the thankfulness post I did today and yesterday, so you can read those at the bottom of this post.

Here's the final entries in my 90 Days of Thankfulness exercise:

90 Days of Thankfulness, #81

Today I am thankful for: * Food to fill my belly * Blankets to keep me warm * Honey to soothe my throat * Games to occupy my mind * Family to make me laugh * Holidays to keep my spirits uplifted * Love to fill my heart

90 Days of Thankfulness, #82

Today I am thankful for: * All the beautiful lights that so many people have decorated their homes with for the holidays -- we have our route we take every few nights to check them all out * Being able to visit with usually-far-away family * Knowing that what we're doing/giving/having for Christmas is enough * Another great read. I'm only just beginning, but it really has captured my imagination -- The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

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90 Days of Thankfulness, #83

* The shopping is done * The presents are wrapped * The stockings stuffers are ready and waiting * Our annual Feast of the Seven Fishes that we have on Christmas eve is simmering and the house smells fantastic * Being able to have a joyful, abundant Christmas despite having been through such a difficult year. That it can be so is magical.

I hope each of you has an absolutely magical Christmas this year, too.

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90 Days of Thankfulness, #84

It seems almost wrong to have a usual list of thankfulness items on such a special day. But on the other hand, I don't have a singular thing that stands out as being the only thing that I am thankful for today. It's been such a great day. Lovely family connections, special moments, new books to read, crafts to do and art supplies to play with, fun doing legos and puzzles with children, tons of food. It's just a whole day of abundance that I feel eminently blessed by. And the house doesn't look completely trashed, either! All of that blended with hope, faith and a sense of anticipation for the future. Plus I'm still sick, but I'm way better than I was a few days ago. I couldn't ask for better. Much love and Merry Christmas!!!

90 Days of Thankfulness, #85

Today I am thankful for: * Several of my friends have been expecting, and they all had healthy babies! I'm so happy for them and excited to meet all the little bundles of joy!! * Amazing homemade chocolates made by my sister-in-law that were all healthy and non-allergenic for us! So good!!! * A nice day to just be home and recover from all of the whirlwind of Christmas * Yet another microscopic step toward health. It is taking a long time to get well, but I'm working on it! * The beginning of the process of getting ready for the new year. 2014 is going to be awesome, I just know it.

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90 Days of Thankfulness, #86

Yesterday I was thankful that I didn't have to go anywhere or do anything and I was able to rest. I'm still not any better today and I am starting to wonder if maybe I need to do something more. This is why I am so careful not to let things settle in my lungs because I have such a hard time getting rid of them. But in the meantime I am so very thankful that I have the luxury of being able to rest and attempt to recuperate. I know many people don't.

90 Days of Thankfulness, #87

Mr. Magpie and I spent a lot of today talking about exactly how to proceed with the kitchen, how to best use the small budget, what is a good idea or not, worth the effort or not. As usual, it was a little bit, um, shall we say passionate? I thought for sure we weren't going to come to any conclusions today. We certainly weren't seeing eye-to-eye. And then, at dinner, I drew up two floor plans as possible examples, and he was able to "see" it -- and he picked the one I liked best!! It means we'll have to do a phased approach with a small bit of project work now just to make the kitchen habitable, then a bigger project down the road, but I'm just so thankful that we have a plan! That we were able to agree! Yay! What a relief.

90 Days of Thankfulness, #88

When I woke up this morning, I wasn't sure I even saw the point of getting out of bed. I really was not doing well. It seems like we've been struggling with the same things for so very long. I know, empirically, that things are different than they were a year ago, or a few years ago, but the progress is glacially slow, and I do try very hard to be okay with that, but sometimes it's just too much. I need change NOW.

Later this afternoon while taking down my Mom's Christmas lights (a little fresh air seems to be a universal cure for my foggy brain), I was talking to Mr. Magpie, and he said he felt like 2014 was going to be our year. I feel that, too. But it's not like, a guarantee, more like it's our year, but it's also our year to lose. So -- what should we do? I decided that what I needed to do was to look at everything with clear eyes and decide: What exactly am I trying to do? What *small* number of Really Big Things do I want to accomplish this year? Is what I am doing nourishing to me or my family? Is there a better way to get whatever I'm getting out of this experience?

I hate to use the words "laser focus" because they feel corporate and frantic and counter to my original mandate for 2014 which was Breathe. But guess what? You can't have space to breathe unless you are focused! If you clutter your life, mind, home, soul with junk, you can't breathe. It requires clearing out the excess, simplifying, *focusing* in order to make enough room to get the breath in.

I'm so thankful I learned that today.

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90 Days of Thankfulness, #89

Wow, I can't believe I have worked on this so consistently. I don't think I've ever taken up any other posting/sharing project that I've finished. It has been such a transformative process. I knew I would get something out of a gratitude practice, but I never thought that I would get so much out of a journalling practice! Having a space each evening to summarize my daily experiences has been extremely powerful. Something about putting a frame around my thoughts makes me soak them up in a way I wouldn't otherwise. Further, going back and re-reading the entries on the recaps has been amazing. All the details and moments that I would otherwise quickly lose are there, and I can feel them all again. It's really, really profound for me. I am so thankful that I undertook this project, and while, after tomorrow night, I won't be sharing these publically, I intend to continue journalling them throughout 2014 and beyond.

90 Days of Thankfulness, #90

Well, friends, the New Year is upon us, and this will be my last thankfulness post. I mentioned yesterday how profound of an experience it has been to maintain this practice for these three months, and I will continue to practice privately in 2014. If you are so inspired, I can't recommend it highly enough.

Meanwhile, I just want to say thank you. Thank you to all of you, in all the different ways that you have given me the gift of you. Thank you for sharing in my daily thoughts for the last three months. Thank you for being so supportive on my journey of self-discovery. Thank you for being a friend, shoulder and confidante during the times of crisis for my family. Thank you for creating an amazing local community for homeschooling, local food, seasonal living and more. Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing, and generally just being the coolest, smartest, most creative bunch of people I have ever had the privilege to know, whether online or in real life. I am blessed beyond measure.

May your new year bring you all of the wishes and hopes you desire. With love to all of you,

Happy New Year!!!

 ~Angela :-)

~Angela :-)