This month, I decided a minimalism challenge was in order because sometimes a little refocus is necessary.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.” – Melody Beattie
From little things to bigger things, there is so much to be thankful for. In case you need a little help brainstorming some ideas, here’s a plethora to get you started.
2. Netflix Originals.
3. Your parents—because no matter how old you are, they can still solve any problem.
5. The local farmer’s market.
6. The time you get to spend re-reading your favorite books.
8. Sweater weather.
9. Summer Fridays.
10. Big piles of leaves that you’re never too old to jump in.
11. Sunday afternoons, with coffee and a good book.
12. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
13. Wine. Wine. Wine.
14. The best friend you can call after months apart, and pick up right where you left off.
15. Friendsgiving—the chance for two Thanksgiving dinners.
17. Quirky traditions that make your family special.
19. Girl’s nights.
20. Pizza. Pizza. Pizza.
21. Pints of ice cream.
22. Game of Thrones.
23. Your health—even on days when it isn’t perfect.
25. Every good book you’ve read that has helped you escape for a few hours.
26. The coziest spot in your house.
27. Garbage disposals.
28. Younger siblings you still get to protect, and older ones who will always protect you.
29. Meeting someone and instantly feeling like you met the boy (or girl) version of yourself.
31. Delivery food.
32. The presents you have hidden away, knowing they will make your loved ones so happy.
33. Friendships, new and old.
34. Your support system—be it at work, at home, or spread out all over the country.
35. Correct grammar.
36. Awesome vacations.
37. Messy buns.
38. Sleeping in.
39. Sweatpants. And elastic waistbands.
40. Cheese. Cheese plates. Macaroni and cheese. Grilled cheese.
41. Caller I.D.
42. Laundry machines.
43. The people in your life who have been stand-in mothers and fathers whenever you’ve needed them.
44. Color-coordinated office supplies.
45. Baby giggles.
46. Snail mail.
47. Family vacations.
48. Your nieces, your nephews, your grandchildren.
49. Wool socks.
50. The healing power of music. So damn good.
51. Freshly cut flowers.
52. Headphones on the subway, at work, at the airport, while shopping. Anywhere really.
53. Vacation days.
54. Fall leaves changing colors.
56. Minimally decorated, tidy spaces.
58. Spellcheck. (But not Autocorrect.)
60. Movies you can watch again and again.
61. Songs that hit the spot on repeat.
62. The Weather Channel iPhone app.
63. A day at the museum by yourself.
64. Sisters who you can run any dilemma by, personal or professional, and get answers that keep you grounded and grant perspective.
65. S’mores and campfires.
66. Solo dates.
67. Blanket forts.
68. The perfect playlist.
69. Hot sauce.
70. A continuous string of green lights when you’re already running late.
71. A good hike.
72. Pretty stationery.
73. A really good hug.
74. Long drives on open roads.
75. A heartfelt thank you note.
76. The last slice of pie.
77. A table full of people who can tell stories from a shared childhood.
78. A scenic running trail.
79. Essential oils.
80. Holiday sales.
81. Cozy sheets on chilly mornings.
82. Really good co-workers.
83. Cry laughing.
84. Saturday mornings.
85. Working from home.
I’m typically quite private so sharing what I’m currently learning via blog post seems like a stretch but here goes.
These days I’m currently learning to let life surprise me. This seems like a basic life lesson so you’re probably wondering why this is such an aha moment for me – I can explain. Typically, I enjoy coming to new understandings. I’m compelled to establish my own rules, boundaries, standards, and style. In other words, leaving little room for surprises or unknowns…
I’m focused on attaining my inner goals and standards. I set a particular course based on my theory of what ought to be. I work extremely hard to accomplish what I feel is important. So when things don’t go a certain way it can be quite annoying.
Funny thing is, no matter how planned or calculated I am, life has a way of surprising me. Lately, I’ve experienced a few unexpected things and well … I’ve quite enjoyed it.
Life is richer when we let our expectations be shattered and let life surprise us. In order to be more open to surprises I’m:
- Keeping an open mind
- Moderating expectations
- Shifting my perspective