100 things I am grateful for



I'm a huge fan of the list of 100. In a previous post I challenged my readers to make a list of 100 things they love about themselves. Today, I was on a walk in this beautiful weather, pushing my 2 beautiful children in the stroller. I was overwhelmed with how blessed my life is and it always seems to get better the more grateful I am for what I have. So, I thought I would share with you my list of 100. And I challenge you to do the same. Having repeats is okay. It shows patterns of what is really important to you.

I'm grateful for:
  1. My husband. He has integrity, is loving, patient and is a kind soul. I hit the jackpot.
  2. My mom taking me to church when I was little. It shaped my faith.
  3. Legs that work. Because I love to run.
  4. My husband's secure job.
  5. Health insurance.
  6. My healthy teeth.
  7. Running water. Bathing and brushing my teeth are good things.
  8. My dads sobriety. I'm so proud of him.
  9. Being able to stay home with my kids.
  10. Being recovered from disordered eating and exercise.
  11. Knowing my purpose on this earth.
  12. My son's birth. I knew he was safe when I had to have him via cesarean section.
  13. My daughters birth. Having her vaginally was a magical experience. Yes, I just said "vaginally".
  14. My ex husband cheating on me. It made me find my self esteem.
  15. My first marriage. I learned so many things about myself and relationships.
  16. My relationship with a drug addict. I learned to say goodbye to codependency.
  17. Living in San Diego, the most beautiful city in the world. (In my humble opinion).
  18. Santa Claus.
  19. Having reliable transportation.
  20. Date night with my husband. The conversation always inspires me.
  21. Music. I am so moved by music.
  22. Exercising. It's so worth it.
  23. Dancing.
  24. Having the guts to stand up for what I believe in.
  25. Being literate. Thank you mom, dad and teachers for teaching me to read.
  26. Razors. Because I don't like it when my armpits are hairy.
  27. Brownies, chocolate chip cookies and cake.
  28. Being able to breast feed my children.
  29. The clothes in my closet. Sometimes I think I have nothing to wear. I have plenty.
  30. My degree in fashion merchandising. It made me realize I wasn't meant to work in the industry.
  31. Girl Scouts. I learned so many things and it shaped me today.
  32. My daughters toothless grin.
  33. The Internet.
  34. My dad teaching me the importance of a firm handshake.
  35. My parents ability to afford braces for me.
  36. Lactation consultants and doulas.
  37. My right to free speech.
  38. My dad teaching me how to play tennis.
  39. Feminists that fight for women's rights
  40. Shoes. Like the clothes, I have plenty.
  41. The heater in our house.
  42. Our home. Sometimes I wish I had more counter space, but we have enough.
  43. Volunteering for the Special Olympics.
  44. Online support groups. When I was pregnant with my daughter and wanting a VBAC, the ladies on that support group were immensely helpful.
  45. Hand-me-downs for my kids.
  46. Laundry detergent.
  47. Recycling.
  48. Facebook. I've reunited with so many important people that I'd lost touch with. And met new ones.
  49. The beach.
  50. My sense of humor.
  51. My fertility. I am so, so grateful to be able to have babies when I wanted them.
  52. My physical health.
  53. My mental health and stability.
  54. Living in a hygienic environment. Sounds strange, but a lot of people don't have this.
  55. Modern medicine.
  56. God in my life.
  57. Entertainment options. I should never be bored.
  58. Coffee.
  59. Believing in the importance of personal growth and development.
  60. The people who will be my clients this year while I go through CTI certification. I don't know who they are yet :)
  61. People that read and comment on my blog. It helps to keep me motivated to keep writing.
  62. Seatbelts.
  63. All the jobs I have had. I've learned so much.
  64. My values and core beliefs. Knowing them means I can honor them.
  65. Being able to be a stay-at-home-mom.
  66. Getting to snuggle with both babies in bed in the morning, watching Sesame Street.
  67. Having reliable transportation.
  68. Having a fridge and cupboards full of food.
  69. Parks.
  70. This crummy economy. It's made me realize how much we have.
  71. Connecting with incredible people. Human contact.
  72. My Beco baby carrier. My daughter practically lives in it.
  73. Not having to take medication anymore for anxiety disorder.
  74. My therapist.
  75. My sister.
  76. Pets. Even though we don't have one right now.
  77. The fact that I chose my own happiness.
  78. Eating dinner as a family.
  79. Service to others. Giving back.
  80. A comfortable, warm bed.
  81. Clean underwear.
  82. Being brave enough to stand up against "the bad guys".
  83. Having a choice.
  84. My education. Eternally grateful for that.
  85. Student loans. They suck sometimes, but without them, I couldn't have gone to college.
  86. Being in a functional, loving, drama-free,mutually respectful relationship.
  87. Bubble baths.
  88. My self esteem.
  89. Classic 1970's rock.
  90. Admitting I'm far from perfect, but doing the best I can.
  91. Learning to be myself with ease.
  92. Laughter.
  93. My family's good health.
  94. Access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
  95. The ability to dream.
  96. The right to vote.
  97. Forgiveness.
  98. That my life didn't turn out as I expected it to.
  99. The fact that I was born in this amazing free country.
  100. My life.
Photo courtesy of Malu Green

2 comments:

Teresa said...

Thanks for the link, sweetness! I spent New Years Eve at a gathering hosted by my meditation teacher. Everyone listed 108 things they are grateful for then we meditated in the decade. It was a powerful way to start the year, but I was so jet-lagged I was coming up with things like, "45. My big toe. 46. My second toe." Not that I'm not grateful for all my little piggies, but it does point that redoing the exercise in a considered manner would be a great thing to do right now. So...I will. Thanks for the implied challenge! xoxo

Andrea said...

Thanks Tee! It took me about 4 days to come up with all 100, but I had a lot of inturruptions. I kept thinking of things randomly throughout the day :)