In celebration of my last 20-mile training run before I start tapering for the Richmond Marathon, I’m counting down 20 reasons to be thankful.
Some big, some small. Some silly, some serious.
But they all have one thing in common: they fill my heart with gratitude.
20. Fountain Coke
Especially after a long run. There’s something about that perfect combination of fizz and caffeine that hits the spot.
19. Hot Showers
Again, nothing is more rewarding after a long run than standing in the shower until all of the hot water is gone.
18. Story Time with My Girls
There is nothing sweeter than Monkey snuggling in my lap and asking ‘More’ after we finish a story. Unless it’s having a discussion with Bean about the merits of a story.
17. Financial Security
I’m so thankful I don’t have to choose between turning on the heat in my house or putting a meal on the table. I know there are countless families who can’t say the same. I never want to take that for granted.
16. Faithful Friends.
It’s hard to make friends when you work from home. But I do have a small group of close friends, and they mean the world to me. I may not see them as often as I’d like, but they are a constant source of support and encouragement.
15. My Health
I’ve had enough scares with loved ones to know the importance of health. It’s part of why I run. I want to be around for my girls for a very long time.
14. My Parents, In-Laws, and Extended Family
I have the most amazing parents and in-laws. I’m so glad my girls know their grandparents and are building lasting memories with them. And I’m incredibly happy my girls have fabulous aunts, uncles, and lots of cousins, including one on the way!
13. Dance Parties
Even though Bean requests some questionable tunes (I’m not sure Moves Like Jagger is entirely appropriate for a four-year-old!), I can’t deny my precious girls when they want to dance, even if my moves are most definitely not like Jagger.
12. Blue Bell Ice Cream
Still sold in the half gallon cartons. Sweet!
11. Working from Home
Sure, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns, but it’s pretty close. I get to work in my sweat pants, after all!
My four-legged baby and the best big bro Bean & Monkey could ever have.
What a rewarding journey! In six months, I’ve already met so many incredible people. And contributed to a book!!
If you’re a runner, you understand. It’s a way to relieve stress, to let go, to carve out ‘me’ time. It’s all of those things and much, much more.
7. Runner’s Metabolism
I like to eat. A lot. Thank goodness running torches so many calories. That reminds me. I’m hungry.
6. Our National Park System
America’s Best Idea. There is no place I’d rather be than on a trail, soaking up nature’s splendor.
5. Hokie Pride
My alma mater is so much more than a diploma.
4. Family Meal Time
It’s rarely a gourmet meal. It’s far more likely to be take-out or frozen pizza. But it’s time spent together, and it means the world to me.
I’m incredibly lucky to have and give love in my life. Love comes in many shapes and sizes, and we should embrace and share it more.
2. My Immediate Family
My ultimate source of joy.
1. Another Day
Any day above ground is a good day. Every day can’t be picture perfect, but each day is a precious gift.
What are you thankful for in your life? Have you told someone how much they mean to you today?