Ending My Pity Party with Gratitude

I’m a glass half full kinda gal.

Actually, I’m a cup runneth over with endless refills of bubbly Fountain Coke lady.

But I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately.

Maybe it’s an intense work project that has me shackled to my laptop.

Maybe it’s Monkey’s utter disregard for mama’s need for beauty rest.

Maybe it’s the niggle in my hip that has turned into a screaming pain in my ass.

Likely, it’s a combination of all those things.

A huge thanks to Laura at Mommy Run Fast for popping my pity party bubble recently. Her post, Practice Gratitude, reminded me there’s no faster way to snap out of a self-inflicted funk than to reflect on the good things in life.

Fierce hugs and sloppy kisses from little (and big) ones don’t hurt either.

So, today I’m joining Laura to share things that fill me with gratitude and joy. I hope you’ll join me.

I’m Grateful For

Happy, healthy children
(even when their exuberance drives me absolutely insane!)

A husband who supports my working, running, blogging, and everything in between
(without complaining about my complete lack of domestic prowess)

 Loving parents and in-laws
(who spoil Bean and Monkey to no end)

The sweetest four-legged baby on the planet

Good friends who listen to me bitch & moan

The best buddies in the entire blogosphere

A boss and supportive colleagues who never complain about rescheduled meetings to accomodate unplanned ped’s appointments and snow days
(or at least mute their phones while they curse me)

My health


Bean’s curiosity, sensitivity, and stubborn desire to excel at everything

Monkey’s brash, fearless, party-never-ends outlook on life

A sister whom I’m closer to now than ever before, even if we don’t see each other very often

Sweet, smart, and sassy nieces and nephews

A mom who can make me laugh so hard I almost pee my pants

A dad whose gruff exterior encases a heart of gold

 Never having to choose between a warm meal and a warm bed
(and the means to pick up Chinese take-out after a rough day)


The ability to give my daughters experiences I never had growing up

The wisdom not to spoil them rotten
(that’s the grandparents’ job!)

An upcoming – and much needed – vacation

And, above all, another day with loved ones

Fountain soda picture by evan courtney

What fills your heart with gratitude?

37 thoughts on “Ending My Pity Party with Gratitude

  1. I need to do this exercise again as well, so I may steal this gratitude post idea. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate, so a well-deserved vacation should help. I recently discovered someone very close to me is having some health issues, so that really put things into perspective for me. There are so many things I take for granted, and I need to remind myself I have so many beautiful blessings. :)
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  2. Domestic prowess is over-rated anyway. That’s what I tell myself. Glad you’re feeling better! I am grateful to be over this nagging cold and back to training as usual!

  3. Beautiful post and so much to be grateful for! It’s good to see someone write about gratitude so others (myself!) can step back and see all they have and all that brings them joy.
    Sounds like you have so many wonderful people in your life, especially monkey and bean!
    Without making my comment a blog post, here’s what fills me with gratitude: my husband and pup; my niece’s laugh; my family and in-laws; supportive friends; the means to stay warm, eat, and travel; a healthy body to exercise; the list could go on and on!
    Happy Friday, Nicole. Hope that vacation comes quickly!
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  4. At this moment, I’m grateful for our 15 month old who still loves to sleep on me and the daybed in her room.

    I’m grateful for the rainstorm pounding the roof and the plants growing in the greenhouse.

    I’m grateful for the unknowns of life and faith to navigate them.
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  5. You just need that wonderful, warm vacation that you have planned. A change of scenery is always wonderful. Wish we were going with you. The girls need a change of scenery too and they will have a blast!
    Glad I can still make you pee your pants!
    Love you,

  6. Like Abby and Eli, I’m thankful you wrote this post too! To some extent, we become what we focus on. So if we’re overwhelmed and keep pondering our problems, we’ll never see the good stuff. (Unfortunately, I’ve been in a bit of a funk too- and that’s what I do- keep the negative thoughts spinning). I’ve been better this week, and I’m so thankful for friends who care and make me laugh (you), kids who are healthy, creative, and loving, and a husband who really could be named a saint.
    Oh yeah- and I’m thankful for those bubbles in my Coke- why do they make everything seem better?
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  7. This is so sweet, I love all of these things. I am so grateful for my family, my friends, my blogging community, and my band. I feel like I could go on and on though! It’s definitely helpful to focus on these things when there are so many other things going wrong.

  8. Love what you said about your mom–that’s fantastic! And this really is the best way to turn things around.

    My list is long but I’ll start with this one: grateful for a free afternoon (well, until 3:00) to spend as I wish. AKA–curled up on the sofa with the dog and a good book!
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  9. This is timely for me. I absolutely love that you can un-funk-ify yourself and be so grateful! It took finding out a friend of mine has stage 4 lung cancer to end my pity party. I’ve been in shock since I found out and it’s given me the best perspective and so much gratitude! Drink that fountain coke, kiss your babies and laugh with your mom until you actually pee your pants. Life is good.
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  10. I made myself take a step back and do this a few days ago, and it’s amazing what a better mood I found myself in once I did. We always have SO many things to be grateful for, even if the other stuff makes it hard to see them. I hope things get better soon and that the weather turns better (or that it’s already good where you are) and the funk goes away!
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  11. I need to make a gratitude list. My usual upbeat personality has taken a beating the past couple of weeks. When you are surrounded by doom and gloom most days of the week, it wears on you. Thanks for the reminder to look at the sunshine in your life daily!
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  12. Amen :). It is all a matter of perspective…it can be SO easy to focus on the negative sometimes…that is when we just need to smack ourselves upside the head and re-focus :)! You still have that niggle too!!!!! Every time I think it is gone and I push…it comes back :/……When we moved the hills were a challenge and slightly irritated it…then I thought it was gone and did some speed work on Sat and back it was again. I took yesterday off b/c I am doing a 5k tomorrow….we’ll see what that does to it…just want it totally gone!
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  13. Counting your blessings certainly is the best way to get out of a funk, and you did it so well! Bean and Monkey sound like they fit the first and second born mold perfectly!

    I too, am grateful for an understanding husband and two very cool sons! My list is long, and I’m grateful for that!
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  14. Domestic prowess is SO overrated and I love that your job gets the snow days, as mine does too, and that’s huge. Of course, the fact that I just learned that it’s supposed to snow 6-9 inches on Monday makes me want to impale my kidneys with my son’s sled (of course not really because that’s the best of the whole day) is um, besides the point? Love this. You’re right – happiness is right here.
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  15. I’m so thankful that I have been loved well ~ even when I don’t feel like I’ve deserved it. Thank you for this. Funks are NOT fun. I’m hopeful that if you find yourself headed back into that funk that you are able to remember this post and all of the things you wrote. If not… use post-its to put them all over your house where you go regularly (closet, coffee can, mirror, kitchen, computer)!!
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  16. every day I wake up, no matter what transpired the day before, is an instant ReDo.
    I love that. That you just keep getting another chance to make this life what you want. It’s never too late to seize the day!
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