give thanks – day 27

I had a late night, an early morning, a day of class, then work. I was exhausted and possibly even a bit grumpy.

Then I arrived at work to find a beautiful poinsettia arrangement at my cube. I opened the note and it read: “Hang in there. Love, Mom and Dad.”

Nothing profound. Nothing life changing. Not the secret to the lottery numbers for tonight. However, those little words and that little thought brought so much joy and encouragement to my day.

I’m so thankful for people in my life who encourage me. However big or small the gesture, it is so appreciated.

I enjoy receiving encouragement. I’m sure others do too. Note to self: pass it on.

give thanks – day 26

Thankful for joy and laughter. The kind of laughter that makes you spit out your drink, cry, and beg it to stop. The kind of laughter that has your sides splitting at the seams. The contagious kind. The kind that comes when you are so tired that EVERYTHING is funny. So funny. More funny than it should be.

This was last night. Put together two roommates, no sleep, end of the semester school work, and just awkward life stories and you get sheer hilarity.

It was so good. Just to laugh. To laugh until the point of exhaustion. I need more of that in my life.

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I know, as the first post in…oh, 3 months, you’d expect something flashy, deep, or profound. Well, this isn’t it.

My life has been far from those things in the past few months. The past 3 months have been tough, emotional, and uncertain, to say the least.

However, with each challenge comes an opportunity for growth and learning. I’m trying to make the most of these opportunities and learn from the wiser, more seasoned people in my life.

Last night…at 12:14 a.m…I became a couponer. (not even sure that’s a word, the red line is trying to debate me, but I’m claiming it as my title) I left the new 24 hour Harris Teeter with a whopping savings of about $50 thanks to coupons and HT deals!! I saved more than I spent!

I had trouble sleeping last night due to the elation of feeling like an 80 year old woman and a barganista at the same time.

Learning to embrace the simple things in life (or not so simple…couponing is not a brief or painless endeavor) brings about moments of joy and victory in the mundane.

Celebrate those! I rode my shopping cart out of the grocery store yelling, “Woot Woot!” It’s okay to do.

Work hard. Get messy. Celebrate.

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