101 in 1001 days

Just in time for the new year – I have been working diligently on this list for a few weeks now, ever since I finished my 30 days of gratitude in November. I’m pretty excited to get started, and by publishing this post, I get to check the first item off (and a second)!

Starting date 12/13/2018, end date 09/09/2021

My mission: complete all these tasks! 1001 days gives you more time to complete your list, rather than just 365 days of traditional New Year’s resolutions.

Rules for the list:

  • Choose things you love, not things you think you should love
  • Choose things you have control over
  • Be specific and measurable
  • Be realistic

Items listed as ‘XXXX’ are private goals, but I’ll keep track of them and reveal them if completed

Blog related (1-4)

  • (1) Create a 101 in 1001 list published 12/13/2018
  • (2) Post on my blog at least once a week
  • (3) Post regular updates on this list
  • (4) Grow my followers (starting at 134)

Finances (5-16)

  • (5) Pay off my car loan
  • (6) Save $500
  • (7) Save $1,000
  • (8) Save $2,000
  • (9) Save $3,000
  • (10) Have a $0 balance on my credit card
  • (11) Contribute $20 to my savings (or vacation fund) for each thing I check off
  • (12) Donate $10 for anything I don’t complete
  • (13) Make one extra mortgage payment
  • (14) Change my name on my credit card
  • (15) Pay off one of my student loans
  • (16) Pay off my doctors bills from having my ankles looked at

Adventure/exploration (17-28)

  • (17) Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • (18) Go to Hocking Hills state park
  • (19) Take a trip to Traverse City
  • (20) Visit 10 new cities
  • (21) Explore 5 new parks in the area
  • (22) Go to Huckleberry Railroad
  • (23) Go ice skating
  • (24) Go to a hockey game
  • (25) Go to a baseball game
  • (26) Go kayaking
  • (27) Ride on a train
  • (28) Go on a trip with friends

Health/wellness/fitness (29-39)

  • (29) Run a mile (the whole thing)
  • (30) Find a dentist, and …
  • (31) …Go to the dentist every 6 months
  • (32) Floss daily for one month
  • (33) Get new running shoes
  • (34) Try a new fitness class
  • (35) XXXX
  • (36) Find a new yoga studio
  • (37) Buy a new bike
  • (38) Get inserts for my shoes, to help with my ankles & bunions
  • (39) Play Frisbee

Eat/read/watch/cook (40-52)

  • (40) Cook my way through a cook book, cover-to-cover
  • (41) Read 50 books
  • (42) Grow herbs (and try not to kill them)
  • (43) See a play
  • (44) Try 5 new restaurants
  • (45) Go to the farmer’s market
  • (46) Host a swap party
  • (47) Try bubble tea (again)
  • (48) Try 5 new foods
  • (49) Bake banana bread
  • (50) Bake a loaf of bread
  • (51)Make pancakes without burning them
  • (52) Borrow my mom’s dehydrator, and experiment with dehydrating some fruits/vegetables

Self (53-62)

  • (53) Send Christmas cards
  • (54) Volunteer 5 times
  • (55) XXXX
  • (56) Plant a garden (even if it’s in pots)
  • (57) Learn to meditate
  • (58) Start a bullet journal (to keep track of all this stuff) Started 12/12/2018, the day before I published my list, still counts!
  • (59) Get a manicure
  • (60) Random act of kindness
  • (61) Buy myself flowers
  • (62) Buy someone else flowers

Make/create (63-69)

  • (63) Crochet a baby blanket
  • (64) Crochet 2 blankets
  • (65) Complete an embroidery project
  • (66) Complete a cross stitch project
  • (67) Crochet a headband
  • (68) Make a festive wreath for the door
  • (69) DIY Halloween craft

Home (70-82)

  • (70) Close on the condo
  • (71) Unpack all the boxes
  • (72) Paint the living room
  • (73) Find a buffet for the kitchen
  • (74) Refashion a piece of furniture
  • (75) Replace the hot-water tank
  • (76) Have a house-warming party
  • (77) Hang pictures
  • (78) Set up a guest room
  • (79) Clean the carpeting
  • (80) Fix the fire place, so we can have a fire

Family (81-87)

  • (81) Take a walk with my dad
  • (82) Visit my sister
  • (83) Have family over for a meal
  • (84) Bake cookies with my mom
  • (85) Treat my parents to dinner
  • (86) Go to the Painted Pot with my mom & MIL
  • (87) Visit my grandparents up north

Tweed & The Beard (88-96)

  • (88) Recreate one of our wedding photos
  • (89) Complete a puzzle
  • (90) Celebrate our 4 year anniversary
  • (91) Celebrate our 5 year anniversary
  • (92) Celebrate our 6 year anniversary
  • (93) Take a cooking class together
  • (94) Take a trip together
  • (95) Adopt a pet
  • (96) Add at least 1 Christmas ornament to our tree every year

Matron of Honor duties (97-101)

  • (97) Plan and co-host bridal shower
  • (98) Put together an amazing gift
  • (99) Craft decorations
  • (100) Assist with planning bachelorette party
  • (101) Go dress shopping with the bride
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30 days of gratitude, day 30

Day # 1: I’m thankful I have a job, even if the hours are long and our healthcare is expensive. Michigan’s unemployment rate is 4%, which is just slightly under the national average (5%). I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about being unemployed and trying to find a new job.

Day # 2: I’m thankful for my husbands sweet gesture this morning. I was grumpy and he surprised me with a candy bouquet that he snuck into my car. It really made me slow down and appreciate how thoughtful he can be, I’m lucky to have him!

Day # 3: I’m thankful I have a reliable vehicle, that hasn’t required too much maintenance in the three years I’ve owned it. This is the first vehicle that I have purchased (and financed) on my own, and I’ve been very happy with the purchase. My job prior to my current one was working for a non-profit. I worked in a donation center that priced and sold donated vehicles to low income families, so I know how lucky I am to have a reliable vehicle.

Day # 4: I’m thankful for a day off work. I go into work 6 days a week, so I’m very thankful when I get one off. I usually use my Sunday’s for meal prepping and bumming out. It was day-light savings time this weekend, so we even got an extra hour! I meal prepped, we looked at another house, and binge watched The Haunting of Hill House. It was a good day.

Day # 5: I’m thankful the weather is warmer today (50 degrees), it’s supposed to snow later this week, so today I’m happy its warmer. We ran out today to look at a house at lunch, and I’m dropping my car off for an oil change tonight. Errands suck a little bit less when the weather is warmer (and suck more when it’s cold).

Day # 6: I’m thankful I was able to exercise my right to vote this morning. Women did not get the right to vote in the US until 1920, which was only 98 years ago! My husband and I went this morning before work, and there was already a huge turnout.

Day # 7: I’m thankful for copious amounts of green tea. I haven’t been able to drink coffee for many years, but a hot mug of green tea usually does the trick for me. It’s a hug in a mug! I’m struggling today, I had a hard time coming up with something I was thankful for today. I am, however, looking forward to going home and curling up on the couch. Green tea with lemon is usually my go-to, this week I’m enjoying Lipton Green Tea – Orange Passion fruit Jasmine

Day # 8: I’m thankful for my window seat at work. This is the fourth desk I’ve sat at here, and the first two had no windows in the vicinity. It was difficult to work without seeing the sunshine all day. My current office has a big window that I get to sit next to, which is great for daydreaming. It can get a little warm in the summer when the sun can get a little aggressive. However, tomorrow when I look out this window I will be seeing snow.

Day # 9: I’m thankful the snow that is falling this morning is not sticking to the roads or sidewalks. I do think it’s pretty to see it clinging to the trees, buildings, and grass, but dread driving through it. This is the kind of snow I can appreciate! This is the first snow of the season so I’m thankful the commute wasn’t too bad this morning, and it should be ok tonight too. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the colder temps, it really snuck up on me. It’s Friday so we get to leave an hour early (5pm)

Day # 10: I’m thankful for our home, even if it’s not a house. We have a place to come home to every night, and it’s ours. It may be cluttered, rented, and too small, but there are a lot of people who don’t even have that. I can’t even imagine having to evacuate my home, like those in California due to the wildfires. I just keep telling myself the longer we look for a house, the longer we have to save money and pay down debt.

Day # 11: I’m thankful The Beard and I had time for a walk today. It may have only been 31 degrees outside, but it was just what we needed. Walks help us de-stress, connect, and explore.

Day # 12: I’m thankful I have access to clean drinking water. If you know anything about Flint, Michigan, you know they haven’t had access to clean drinking water in years. Since 2014 Flint has been dealing with dangerously high levels of lead in their water. Earlier this year they announced they will no longer be providing free bottled water to residences. How horrible to not have access to clean drinking water, water for cooking, or showering. I remember donating bottled water when the crisis first started. I’m thankful I don’t have to worry if my water is safe to drink or cook with.

Day # 13: I’m thankful for my sister. She’s my best friend, my PIC, my person. She’s funny, adorable, and my constant confidant. My only wish is that we lived closer together so we could grocery shop, hang out, and get hygge together. From when we shared a bedroom as children, to working our first jobs together, to being my Maid of Honor, to moving away from each other. Thanks for always making me laugh ❤

Day # 14: I’m thankful the sun was out today. We were able to take a walk at lunch today and the sun helped a lot with the bitter cold. I’m one of those people who gets a but blue in the winter time, so I definitely appreciate the sunny days. I’m also lucky enough to have my desk right up against the window, so they sunny days keep me toasty. It can get real cold in the office in the winter time, so I’m thankful for the days I get to sit in the sun like a cat.

Day # 15: I’m thankful my husband drove us to work today. We work for the same company so we ride in together most days. It’s snowing today so I’m thankful I didn’t have to brave the storm myself. I’m also thankful that at this point most of it has melted on the roadways. So thanks for driving today my love ❤

Day # 16: I’m thankful my co-worker had a spare magazine I could borrow at lunch today. I just finished the book I keep in my drawer at work, so it was nice she had something I could borrow while I ate my lunch. Normally The Beard and I eat lunch together, but he took a half day today, so I had an hour to kill.

Day # 17: I’m thankful for my mother-in-law. The Beard and I went to the movies with her on Saturday, to see Bohemian Rhapsody and it was such a good time! She is funny, kind, and so supportive. I’m so very thankful of the good relationship that we have, as I know that not everyone can say the same for their in-laws.

Day # 18: I’m thankful The Beard and I decided to drag our booties to the gym to workout, and hopefully that will become part of our weekend routine. Hello endorphins! My back was bothering me before we went and I felt a lot better after walking on the treadmill for a bit.

Day # 19: I’m thankful for a short week this week! I’m working Monday – Wednesday, and them I’m off Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I plan on just hanging out Friday at home, I’m not brave enough to hit the stores.

Day # 20: I’m thankful we were able to change our lease to month-to-month today. We renew in December and were going to do another year, but we put in an offer on a condo today! Wish us luck 🙂 This will make it easier for us to move out once we are ready.

Day # 21: I’m thankful for good news. Our condo offer was ‘verbally’ accepted today, just waiting to make it official! If all goes well, we should be moved in before the new year. I’m having a hard time managing my stress, but am excited for what is to come.

Day # 22: I’m thankful for some many wonderful people in our lives. We have three stops this Thanksgiving, and it’s so nice having so many people to spend the day with. It can be a little stressful going from house to house, but it really makes you appreciate those in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating.

Day # 23: I’m thankful for Thanksgiving leftovers. Since we no longer live at home and are not able to host. I have to rely on my mom sending me leftovers, and man, did she come through for me! All of our sides were vegan, but we did have turkey and gravy. Savoring the day off and the leftovers.

Day # 24: I’m thankful our inspection went well! Things are moving in the right way for us, and they did not find anything major with the condo. We will need to get a new water heater ASAP, since it is original, but everything else is pretty minor. Fingers crossed.

Day # 25: I’m thankful for a good time visiting with The Beard’s family, the leftovers she sent home with us, and the boxes she gave to us! We are trying to not spend too much money during this move, so we are swiping boxes from work (paper boxes) and she was able to get a bunch from someone who was giving them away.

Day # 26: I’m thankful for my mother-in-law for sending me home with my favorite soup, I got to have butternut squash soup for lunch, and it was delicious! I ate it with the everything bagel chips I keep in my desk drawer.

Day # 27: I’m thankful for lunchtime with my husband. It’s nice to have that time during the day, even if we are just running out to the store or sitting at his desk. It really helps break up the day and we have a bit of time to get stuff done.

Day # 28: I’m thankful for a patient husband. I have been beyond stressed lately due to work and purchasing this condo, and he has been pretty understanding. Moving is up there on the list of most stressful life events, but I think all things considered, we are handling it pretty well so far.

Day # 29: I’m thankful for a day off tomorrow. I am really struggling to get through the day today. I feel anxious and bored. But The Beard and I took the day off tomorrow to kill one of our vacation days and I also made plans with my mom. Counting down the hours until I get to leave work today.

Day # 30: I’m thankful for my dad, who is the most honest, hardworking person I know. I’m thankful for my mom, who took the day off work to spend time with me. I’m thankful I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, and good health. I’m thankful to have made it through 2018. I’m thankful for friends, family, and love.

 

 

30 days of gratitude, day 29

Day # 1: I’m thankful I have a job, even if the hours are long and our healthcare is expensive. Michigan’s unemployment rate is 4%, which is just slightly under the national average (5%). I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about being unemployed and trying to find a new job.

Day # 2: I’m thankful for my husbands sweet gesture this morning. I was grumpy and he surprised me with a candy bouquet that he snuck into my car. It really made me slow down and appreciate how thoughtful he can be, I’m lucky to have him!

Day # 3: I’m thankful I have a reliable vehicle, that hasn’t required too much maintenance in the three years I’ve owned it. This is the first vehicle that I have purchased (and financed) on my own, and I’ve been very happy with the purchase. My job prior to my current one was working for a non-profit. I worked in a donation center that priced and sold donated vehicles to low income families, so I know how lucky I am to have a reliable vehicle.

Day # 4: I’m thankful for a day off work. I go into work 6 days a week, so I’m very thankful when I get one off. I usually use my Sunday’s for meal prepping and bumming out. It was day-light savings time this weekend, so we even got an extra hour! I meal prepped, we looked at another house, and binge watched The Haunting of Hill House. It was a good day.

Day # 5: I’m thankful the weather is warmer today (50 degrees), it’s supposed to snow later this week, so today I’m happy its warmer. We ran out today to look at a house at lunch, and I’m dropping my car off for an oil change tonight. Errands suck a little bit less when the weather is warmer (and suck more when it’s cold).

Day # 6: I’m thankful I was able to exercise my right to vote this morning. Women did not get the right to vote in the US until 1920, which was only 98 years ago! My husband and I went this morning before work, and there was already a huge turnout.

Day # 7: I’m thankful for copious amounts of green tea. I haven’t been able to drink coffee for many years, but a hot mug of green tea usually does the trick for me. It’s a hug in a mug! I’m struggling today, I had a hard time coming up with something I was thankful for today. I am, however, looking forward to going home and curling up on the couch. Green tea with lemon is usually my go-to, this week I’m enjoying Lipton Green Tea – Orange Passion fruit Jasmine

Day # 8: I’m thankful for my window seat at work. This is the fourth desk I’ve sat at here, and the first two had no windows in the vicinity. It was difficult to work without seeing the sunshine all day. My current office has a big window that I get to sit next to, which is great for daydreaming. It can get a little warm in the summer when the sun can get a little aggressive. However, tomorrow when I look out this window I will be seeing snow.

Day # 9: I’m thankful the snow that is falling this morning is not sticking to the roads or sidewalks. I do think it’s pretty to see it clinging to the trees, buildings, and grass, but dread driving through it. This is the kind of snow I can appreciate! This is the first snow of the season so I’m thankful the commute wasn’t too bad this morning, and it should be ok tonight too. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the colder temps, it really snuck up on me. It’s Friday so we get to leave an hour early (5pm)

Day # 10: I’m thankful for our home, even if it’s not a house. We have a place to come home to every night, and it’s ours. It may be cluttered, rented, and too small, but there are a lot of people who don’t even have that. I can’t even imagine having to evacuate my home, like those in California due to the wildfires. I just keep telling myself the longer we look for a house, the longer we have to save money and pay down debt.

Day # 11: I’m thankful The Beard and I had time for a walk today. It may have only been 31 degrees outside, but it was just what we needed. Walks help us de-stress, connect, and explore.

Day # 12: I’m thankful I have access to clean drinking water. If you know anything about Flint, Michigan, you know they haven’t had access to clean drinking water in years. Since 2014 Flint has been dealing with dangerously high levels of lead in their water. Earlier this year they announced they will no longer be providing free bottled water to residences. How horrible to not have access to clean drinking water, water for cooking, or showering. I remember donating bottled water when the crisis first started. I’m thankful I don’t have to worry if my water is safe to drink or cook with.

Day # 13: I’m thankful for my sister. She’s my best friend, my PIC, my person. She’s funny, adorable, and my constant confidant. My only wish is that we lived closer together so we could grocery shop, hang out, and get hygge together. From when we shared a bedroom as children, to working our first jobs together, to being my Maid of Honor, to moving away from each other. Thanks for always making me laugh ❤

Day # 14: I’m thankful the sun was out today. We were able to take a walk at lunch today and the sun helped a lot with the bitter cold. I’m one of those people who gets a but blue in the winter time, so I definitely appreciate the sunny days. I’m also lucky enough to have my desk right up against the window, so they sunny days keep me toasty. It can get real cold in the office in the winter time, so I’m thankful for the days I get to sit in the sun like a cat.

Day # 15: I’m thankful my husband drove us to work today. We work for the same company so we ride in together most days. It’s snowing today so I’m thankful I didn’t have to brave the storm myself. I’m also thankful that at this point most of it has melted on the roadways. So thanks for driving today my love ❤

Day # 16: I’m thankful my co-worker had a spare magazine I could borrow at lunch today. I just finished the book I keep in my drawer at work, so it was nice she had something I could borrow while I ate my lunch. Normally The Beard and I eat lunch together, but he took a half day today, so I had an hour to kill.

Day # 17: I’m thankful for my mother-in-law. The Beard and I went to the movies with her on Saturday, to see Bohemian Rhapsody and it was such a good time! She is funny, kind, and so supportive. I’m so very thankful of the good relationship that we have, as I know that not everyone can say the same for their in-laws.

Day # 18: I’m thankful The Beard and I decided to drag our booties to the gym to workout, and hopefully that will become part of our weekend routine. Hello endorphins! My back was bothering me before we went and I felt a lot better after walking on the treadmill for a bit.

Day # 19: I’m thankful for a short week this week! I’m working Monday – Wednesday, and them I’m off Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I plan on just hanging out Friday at home, I’m not brave enough to hit the stores.

Day # 20: I’m thankful we were able to change our lease to month-to-month today. We renew in December and were going to do another year, but we put in an offer on a condo today! Wish us luck 🙂 This will make it easier for us to move out once we are ready.

Day # 21: I’m thankful for good news. Our condo offer was ‘verbally’ accepted today, just waiting to make it official! If all goes well, we should be moved in before the new year. I’m having a hard time managing my stress, but am excited for what is to come.

Day # 22: I’m thankful for some many wonderful people in our lives. We have three stops this Thanksgiving, and it’s so nice having so many people to spend the day with. It can be a little stressful going from house to house, but it really makes you appreciate those in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating.

Day # 23: I’m thankful for Thanksgiving leftovers. Since we no longer live at home and are not able to host. I have to rely on my mom sending me leftovers, and man, did she come through for me! All of our sides were vegan, but we did have turkey and gravy. Savoring the day off and the leftovers.

Day # 24: I’m thankful our inspection went well! Things are moving in the right way for us, and they did not find anything major with the condo. We will need to get a new water heater ASAP, since it is original, but everything else is pretty minor. Fingers crossed.

Day # 25: I’m thankful for a good time visiting with The Beard’s family, the leftovers she sent home with us, and the boxes she gave to us! We are trying to not spend too much money during this move, so we are swiping boxes from work (paper boxes) and she was able to get a bunch from someone who was giving them away.

Day # 26: I’m thankful for my mother-in-law for sending me home with my favorite soup, I got to have butternut squash soup for lunch, and it was delicious! I ate it with the everything bagel chips I keep in my desk drawer.

Day # 27: I’m thankful for lunchtime with my husband. It’s nice to have that time during the day, even if we are just running out to the store or sitting at his desk. It really helps break up the day and we have a bit of time to get stuff done.

Day # 28: I’m thankful for a patient husband. I have been beyond stressed lately due to work and purchasing this condo, and he has been pretty understanding. Moving is up there on the list of most stressful life events, but I think all things considered, we are handling it pretty well so far.

Day # 29: I’m thankful for a day off tomorrow. I am really struggling to get through the day today. I feel anxious and bored. But The Beard and I took the day off tomorrow to kill one of our vacation days and I also made plans with my mom. Counting down the hours until I get to leave work today.

 

 

30 days of gratitude, day 26-28

Day # 1: I’m thankful I have a job, even if the hours are long and our healthcare is expensive. Michigan’s unemployment rate is 4%, which is just slightly under the national average (5%). I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about being unemployed and trying to find a new job.

Day # 2: I’m thankful for my husbands sweet gesture this morning. I was grumpy and he surprised me with a candy bouquet that he snuck into my car. It really made me slow down and appreciate how thoughtful he can be, I’m lucky to have him!

Day # 3: I’m thankful I have a reliable vehicle, that hasn’t required too much maintenance in the three years I’ve owned it. This is the first vehicle that I have purchased (and financed) on my own, and I’ve been very happy with the purchase. My job prior to my current one was working for a non-profit. I worked in a donation center that priced and sold donated vehicles to low income families, so I know how lucky I am to have a reliable vehicle.

Day # 4: I’m thankful for a day off work. I go into work 6 days a week, so I’m very thankful when I get one off. I usually use my Sunday’s for meal prepping and bumming out. It was day-light savings time this weekend, so we even got an extra hour! I meal prepped, we looked at another house, and binge watched The Haunting of Hill House. It was a good day.

Day # 5: I’m thankful the weather is warmer today (50 degrees), it’s supposed to snow later this week, so today I’m happy its warmer. We ran out today to look at a house at lunch, and I’m dropping my car off for an oil change tonight. Errands suck a little bit less when the weather is warmer (and suck more when it’s cold).

Day # 6: I’m thankful I was able to exercise my right to vote this morning. Women did not get the right to vote in the US until 1920, which was only 98 years ago! My husband and I went this morning before work, and there was already a huge turnout.

Day # 7: I’m thankful for copious amounts of green tea. I haven’t been able to drink coffee for many years, but a hot mug of green tea usually does the trick for me. It’s a hug in a mug! I’m struggling today, I had a hard time coming up with something I was thankful for today. I am, however, looking forward to going home and curling up on the couch. Green tea with lemon is usually my go-to, this week I’m enjoying Lipton Green Tea – Orange Passion fruit Jasmine

Day # 8: I’m thankful for my window seat at work. This is the fourth desk I’ve sat at here, and the first two had no windows in the vicinity. It was difficult to work without seeing the sunshine all day. My current office has a big window that I get to sit next to, which is great for daydreaming. It can get a little warm in the summer when the sun can get a little aggressive. However, tomorrow when I look out this window I will be seeing snow.

Day # 9: I’m thankful the snow that is falling this morning is not sticking to the roads or sidewalks. I do think it’s pretty to see it clinging to the trees, buildings, and grass, but dread driving through it. This is the kind of snow I can appreciate! This is the first snow of the season so I’m thankful the commute wasn’t too bad this morning, and it should be ok tonight too. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the colder temps, it really snuck up on me. It’s Friday so we get to leave an hour early (5pm)

Day # 10: I’m thankful for our home, even if it’s not a house. We have a place to come home to every night, and it’s ours. It may be cluttered, rented, and too small, but there are a lot of people who don’t even have that. I can’t even imagine having to evacuate my home, like those in California due to the wildfires. I just keep telling myself the longer we look for a house, the longer we have to save money and pay down debt.

Day # 11: I’m thankful The Beard and I had time for a walk today. It may have only been 31 degrees outside, but it was just what we needed. Walks help us de-stress, connect, and explore.

Day # 12: I’m thankful I have access to clean drinking water. If you know anything about Flint, Michigan, you know they haven’t had access to clean drinking water in years. Since 2014 Flint has been dealing with dangerously high levels of lead in their water. Earlier this year they announced they will no longer be providing free bottled water to residences. How horrible to not have access to clean drinking water, water for cooking, or showering. I remember donating bottled water when the crisis first started. I’m thankful I don’t have to worry if my water is safe to drink or cook with.

Day # 13: I’m thankful for my sister. She’s my best friend, my PIC, my person. She’s funny, adorable, and my constant confidant. My only wish is that we lived closer together so we could grocery shop, hang out, and get hygge together. From when we shared a bedroom as children, to working our first jobs together, to being my Maid of Honor, to moving away from each other. Thanks for always making me laugh ❤

Day # 14: I’m thankful the sun was out today. We were able to take a walk at lunch today and the sun helped a lot with the bitter cold. I’m one of those people who gets a but blue in the winter time, so I definitely appreciate the sunny days. I’m also lucky enough to have my desk right up against the window, so they sunny days keep me toasty. It can get real cold in the office in the winter time, so I’m thankful for the days I get to sit in the sun like a cat.

Day # 15: I’m thankful my husband drove us to work today. We work for the same company so we ride in together most days. It’s snowing today so I’m thankful I didn’t have to brave the storm myself. I’m also thankful that at this point most of it has melted on the roadways. So thanks for driving today my love ❤

Day # 16: I’m thankful my co-worker had a spare magazine I could borrow at lunch today. I just finished the book I keep in my drawer at work, so it was nice she had something I could borrow while I ate my lunch. Normally The Beard and I eat lunch together, but he took a half day today, so I had an hour to kill.

Day # 17: I’m thankful for my mother-in-law. The Beard and I went to the movies with her on Saturday, to see Bohemian Rhapsody and it was such a good time! She is funny, kind, and so supportive. I’m so very thankful of the good relationship that we have, as I know that not everyone can say the same for their in-laws.

Day # 18: I’m thankful The Beard and I decided to drag our booties to the gym to workout, and hopefully that will become part of our weekend routine. Hello endorphins! My back was bothering me before we went and I felt a lot better after walking on the treadmill for a bit.

Day # 19: I’m thankful for a short week this week! I’m working Monday – Wednesday, and them I’m off Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I plan on just hanging out Friday at home, I’m not brave enough to hit the stores.

Day # 20: I’m thankful we were able to change our lease to month-to-month today. We renew in December and were going to do another year, but we put in an offer on a condo today! Wish us luck 🙂 This will make it easier for us to move out once we are ready.

Day # 21: I’m thankful for good news. Our condo offer was ‘verbally’ accepted today, just waiting to make it official! If all goes well, we should be moved in before the new year. I’m having a hard time managing my stress, but am excited for what is to come.

Day # 22: I’m thankful for some many wonderful people in our lives. We have three stops this Thanksgiving, and it’s so nice having so many people to spend the day with. It can be a little stressful going from house to house, but it really makes you appreciate those in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating.

Day # 23: I’m thankful for Thanksgiving leftovers. Since we no longer live at home and are not able to host. I have to rely on my mom sending me leftovers, and man, did she come through for me! All of our sides were vegan, but we did have turkey and gravy. Savoring the day off and the leftovers.

Day # 24: I’m thankful our inspection went well! Things are moving in the right way for us, and they did not find anything major with the condo. We will need to get a new water heater ASAP, since it is original, but everything else is pretty minor. Fingers crossed.

Day # 25: I’m thankful for a good time visiting with The Beard’s family, the leftovers she sent home with us, and the boxes she gave to us! We are trying to not spend too much money during this move, so we are swiping boxes from work (paper boxes) and she was able to get a bunch from someone who was giving them away.

Day # 26: I’m thankful for my mother-in-law for sending me home with my favorite soup, I got to have butternut squash soup for lunch, and it was delicious! I ate it with the everything bagel chips I keep in my desk drawer.

Day # 27: I’m thankful for lunchtime with my husband. It’s nice to have that time during the day, even if we are just running out to the store or sitting at his desk. It really helps break up the day and we have a bit of time to get stuff done.

Day # 28: I’m thankful for a patient husband. I have been beyond stressed lately due to work and purchasing this condo, and he has been pretty understanding. Moving is up there on the list of most stressful life events, but I think all things considered, we are handling it pretty well so far.

 

 

30 days of gratitude, day 23-25

Day # 1: I’m thankful I have a job, even if the hours are long and our healthcare is expensive. Michigan’s unemployment rate is 4%, which is just slightly under the national average (5%). I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about being unemployed and trying to find a new job.

Day # 2: I’m thankful for my husbands sweet gesture this morning. I was grumpy and he surprised me with a candy bouquet that he snuck into my car. It really made me slow down and appreciate how thoughtful he can be, I’m lucky to have him!

Day # 3: I’m thankful I have a reliable vehicle, that hasn’t required too much maintenance in the three years I’ve owned it. This is the first vehicle that I have purchased (and financed) on my own, and I’ve been very happy with the purchase. My job prior to my current one was working for a non-profit. I worked in a donation center that priced and sold donated vehicles to low income families, so I know how lucky I am to have a reliable vehicle.

Day # 4: I’m thankful for a day off work. I go into work 6 days a week, so I’m very thankful when I get one off. I usually use my Sunday’s for meal prepping and bumming out. It was day-light savings time this weekend, so we even got an extra hour! I meal prepped, we looked at another house, and binge watched The Haunting of Hill House. It was a good day.

Day # 5: I’m thankful the weather is warmer today (50 degrees), it’s supposed to snow later this week, so today I’m happy its warmer. We ran out today to look at a house at lunch, and I’m dropping my car off for an oil change tonight. Errands suck a little bit less when the weather is warmer (and suck more when it’s cold).

Day # 6: I’m thankful I was able to exercise my right to vote this morning. Women did not get the right to vote in the US until 1920, which was only 98 years ago! My husband and I went this morning before work, and there was already a huge turnout.

Day # 7: I’m thankful for copious amounts of green tea. I haven’t been able to drink coffee for many years, but a hot mug of green tea usually does the trick for me. It’s a hug in a mug! I’m struggling today, I had a hard time coming up with something I was thankful for today. I am, however, looking forward to going home and curling up on the couch. Green tea with lemon is usually my go-to, this week I’m enjoying Lipton Green Tea – Orange Passion fruit Jasmine

Day # 8: I’m thankful for my window seat at work. This is the fourth desk I’ve sat at here, and the first two had no windows in the vicinity. It was difficult to work without seeing the sunshine all day. My current office has a big window that I get to sit next to, which is great for daydreaming. It can get a little warm in the summer when the sun can get a little aggressive. However, tomorrow when I look out this window I will be seeing snow.

Day # 9: I’m thankful the snow that is falling this morning is not sticking to the roads or sidewalks. I do think it’s pretty to see it clinging to the trees, buildings, and grass, but dread driving through it. This is the kind of snow I can appreciate! This is the first snow of the season so I’m thankful the commute wasn’t too bad this morning, and it should be ok tonight too. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the colder temps, it really snuck up on me. It’s Friday so we get to leave an hour early (5pm)

Day # 10: I’m thankful for our home, even if it’s not a house. We have a place to come home to every night, and it’s ours. It may be cluttered, rented, and too small, but there are a lot of people who don’t even have that. I can’t even imagine having to evacuate my home, like those in California due to the wildfires. I just keep telling myself the longer we look for a house, the longer we have to save money and pay down debt.

Day # 11: I’m thankful The Beard and I had time for a walk today. It may have only been 31 degrees outside, but it was just what we needed. Walks help us de-stress, connect, and explore.

Day # 12: I’m thankful I have access to clean drinking water. If you know anything about Flint, Michigan, you know they haven’t had access to clean drinking water in years. Since 2014 Flint has been dealing with dangerously high levels of lead in their water. Earlier this year they announced they will no longer be providing free bottled water to residences. How horrible to not have access to clean drinking water, water for cooking, or showering. I remember donating bottled water when the crisis first started. I’m thankful I don’t have to worry if my water is safe to drink or cook with.

Day # 13: I’m thankful for my sister. She’s my best friend, my PIC, my person. She’s funny, adorable, and my constant confidant. My only wish is that we lived closer together so we could grocery shop, hang out, and get hygge together. From when we shared a bedroom as children, to working our first jobs together, to being my Maid of Honor, to moving away from each other. Thanks for always making me laugh ❤

Day # 14: I’m thankful the sun was out today. We were able to take a walk at lunch today and the sun helped a lot with the bitter cold. I’m one of those people who gets a but blue in the winter time, so I definitely appreciate the sunny days. I’m also lucky enough to have my desk right up against the window, so they sunny days keep me toasty. It can get real cold in the office in the winter time, so I’m thankful for the days I get to sit in the sun like a cat.

Day # 15: I’m thankful my husband drove us to work today. We work for the same company so we ride in together most days. It’s snowing today so I’m thankful I didn’t have to brave the storm myself. I’m also thankful that at this point most of it has melted on the roadways. So thanks for driving today my love ❤

Day # 16: I’m thankful my co-worker had a spare magazine I could borrow at lunch today. I just finished the book I keep in my drawer at work, so it was nice she had something I could borrow while I ate my lunch. Normally The Beard and I eat lunch together, but he took a half day today, so I had an hour to kill.

Day # 17: I’m thankful for my mother-in-law. The Beard and I went to the movies with her on Saturday, to see Bohemian Rhapsody and it was such a good time! She is funny, kind, and so supportive. I’m so very thankful of the good relationship that we have, as I know that not everyone can say the same for their in-laws.

Day # 18: I’m thankful The Beard and I decided to drag our booties to the gym to workout, and hopefully that will become part of our weekend routine. Hello endorphins! My back was bothering me before we went and I felt a lot better after walking on the treadmill for a bit.

Day # 19: I’m thankful for a short week this week! I’m working Monday – Wednesday, and them I’m off Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I plan on just hanging out Friday at home, I’m not brave enough to hit the stores.

Day # 20: I’m thankful we were able to change our lease to month-to-month today. We renew in December and were going to do another year, but we put in an offer on a condo today! Wish us luck 🙂 This will make it easier for us to move out once we are ready.

Day # 21: I’m thankful for good news. Our condo offer was ‘verbally’ accepted today, just waiting to make it official! If all goes well, we should be moved in before the new year. I’m having a hard time managing my stress, but am excited for what is to come.

Day # 22: I’m thankful for some many wonderful people in our lives. We have three stops this Thanksgiving, and it’s so nice having so many people to spend the day with. It can be a little stressful going from house to house, but it really makes you appreciate those in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating.

Day # 23: I’m thankful for Thanksgiving leftovers. Since we no longer live at home and are not able to host. I have to rely on my mom sending me leftovers, and man, did she come through for me! All of our sides were vegan, but we did have turkey and gravy. Here is my plate. savoring the day off and the leftovers. 

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Day # 24: I’m thankful our inspection went well! Things are moving in the right way for us, and they did not find anything major with the condo. We will need to get a new water heater ASAP, since it is original, but everything else is pretty minor. Fingers crossed. 

Day # 25: I’m thankful for a good time visiting with The Beard’s family, the leftovers she sent home with us, and the boxes she gave to us! We are trying to not spend too much money during this move, so we are swiping boxes from work (paper boxes) and she was able to get a bunch from someone who was giving them away. 

 

 

30 days of gratitude, day 22

Day # 1: I’m thankful I have a job, even if the hours are long and our healthcare is expensive. Michigan’s unemployment rate is 4%, which is just slightly under the national average (5%). I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about being unemployed and trying to find a new job.

Day # 2: I’m thankful for my husbands sweet gesture this morning. I was grumpy and he surprised me with a candy bouquet that he snuck into my car. It really made me slow down and appreciate how thoughtful he can be, I’m lucky to have him!

Day # 3: I’m thankful I have a reliable vehicle, that hasn’t required too much maintenance in the three years I’ve owned it. This is the first vehicle that I have purchased (and financed) on my own, and I’ve been very happy with the purchase. My job prior to my current one was working for a non-profit. I worked in a donation center that priced and sold donated vehicles to low income families, so I know how lucky I am to have a reliable vehicle.

Day # 4: I’m thankful for a day off work. I go into work 6 days a week, so I’m very thankful when I get one off. I usually use my Sunday’s for meal prepping and bumming out. It was day-light savings time this weekend, so we even got an extra hour! I meal prepped, we looked at another house, and binge watched The Haunting of Hill House. It was a good day.

Day # 5: I’m thankful the weather is warmer today (50 degrees), it’s supposed to snow later this week, so today I’m happy its warmer. We ran out today to look at a house at lunch, and I’m dropping my car off for an oil change tonight. Errands suck a little bit less when the weather is warmer (and suck more when it’s cold).

Day # 6: I’m thankful I was able to exercise my right to vote this morning. Women did not get the right to vote in the US until 1920, which was only 98 years ago! My husband and I went this morning before work, and there was already a huge turnout.

Day # 7: I’m thankful for copious amounts of green tea. I haven’t been able to drink coffee for many years, but a hot mug of green tea usually does the trick for me. It’s a hug in a mug! I’m struggling today, I had a hard time coming up with something I was thankful for today. I am, however, looking forward to going home and curling up on the couch. Green tea with lemon is usually my go-to, this week I’m enjoying Lipton Green Tea – Orange Passion fruit Jasmine

Day # 8: I’m thankful for my window seat at work. This is the fourth desk I’ve sat at here, and the first two had no windows in the vicinity. It was difficult to work without seeing the sunshine all day. My current office has a big window that I get to sit next to, which is great for daydreaming. It can get a little warm in the summer when the sun can get a little aggressive. However, tomorrow when I look out this window I will be seeing snow.

Day # 9: I’m thankful the snow that is falling this morning is not sticking to the roads or sidewalks. I do think it’s pretty to see it clinging to the trees, buildings, and grass, but dread driving through it. This is the kind of snow I can appreciate! This is the first snow of the season so I’m thankful the commute wasn’t too bad this morning, and it should be ok tonight too. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the colder temps, it really snuck up on me. It’s Friday so we get to leave an hour early (5pm)

Day # 10: I’m thankful for our home, even if it’s not a house. We have a place to come home to every night, and it’s ours. It may be cluttered, rented, and too small, but there are a lot of people who don’t even have that. I can’t even imagine having to evacuate my home, like those in California due to the wildfires. I just keep telling myself the longer we look for a house, the longer we have to save money and pay down debt.

Day # 11: I’m thankful The Beard and I had time for a walk today. It may have only been 31 degrees outside, but it was just what we needed. Walks help us de-stress, connect, and explore.

Day # 12: I’m thankful I have access to clean drinking water. If you know anything about Flint, Michigan, you know they haven’t had access to clean drinking water in years. Since 2014 Flint has been dealing with dangerously high levels of lead in their water. Earlier this year they announced they will no longer be providing free bottled water to residences. How horrible to not have access to clean drinking water, water for cooking, or showering. I remember donating bottled water when the crisis first started. I’m thankful I don’t have to worry if my water is safe to drink or cook with.

Day # 13: I’m thankful for my sister. She’s my best friend, my PIC, my person. She’s funny, adorable, and my constant confidant. My only wish is that we lived closer together so we could grocery shop, hang out, and get hygge together. From when we shared a bedroom as children, to working our first jobs together, to being my Maid of Honor, to moving away from each other. Thanks for always making me laugh ❤

Day # 14: I’m thankful the sun was out today. We were able to take a walk at lunch today and the sun helped a lot with the bitter cold. I’m one of those people who gets a but blue in the winter time, so I definitely appreciate the sunny days. I’m also lucky enough to have my desk right up against the window, so they sunny days keep me toasty. It can get real cold in the office in the winter time, so I’m thankful for the days I get to sit in the sun like a cat.

Day # 15: I’m thankful my husband drove us to work today. We work for the same company so we ride in together most days. It’s snowing today so I’m thankful I didn’t have to brave the storm myself. I’m also thankful that at this point most of it has melted on the roadways. So thanks for driving today my love ❤

Day # 16: I’m thankful my co-worker had a spare magazine I could borrow at lunch today. I just finished the book I keep in my drawer at work, so it was nice she had something I could borrow while I ate my lunch. Normally The Beard and I eat lunch together, but he took a half day today, so I had an hour to kill.

Day # 17: I’m thankful for my mother-in-law. The Beard and I went to the movies with her on Saturday, to see Bohemian Rhapsody and it was such a good time! She is funny, kind, and so supportive. I’m so very thankful of the good relationship that we have, as I know that not everyone can say the same for their in-laws.

Day # 18: I’m thankful The Beard and I decided to drag our booties to the gym to workout, and hopefully that will become part of our weekend routine. Hello endorphins! My back was bothering me before we went and I felt a lot better after walking on the treadmill for a bit.

Day # 19: I’m thankful for a short week this week! I’m working Monday – Wednesday, and them I’m off Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I plan on just hanging out Friday at home, I’m not brave enough to hit the stores.

Day # 20: I’m thankful we were able to change our lease to month-to-month today. We renew in December and were going to do another year, but we put in an offer on a condo today! Wish us luck 🙂 This will make it easier for us to move out once we are ready.

Day # 21: I’m thankful for good news. Our condo offer was ‘verbally’ accepted today, just waiting to make it official! If all goes well, we should be moved in before the new year. I’m having a hard time managing my stress, but am excited for what is to come.

Day # 22: I’m thankful for some many wonderful people in our lives. We have three stops this Thanksgiving, and it’s so nice having so many people to spend the day with. It can be a little stressful going from house to house, but it really makes you appreciate those in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating today!

 

 

30 days of gratitude, day 21

Day # 1: I’m thankful I have a job, even if the hours are long and our healthcare is expensive. Michigan’s unemployment rate is 4%, which is just slightly under the national average (5%). I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about being unemployed and trying to find a new job.

Day # 2: I’m thankful for my husbands sweet gesture this morning. I was grumpy and he surprised me with a candy bouquet that he snuck into my car. It really made me slow down and appreciate how thoughtful he can be, I’m lucky to have him!

Day # 3: I’m thankful I have a reliable vehicle, that hasn’t required too much maintenance in the three years I’ve owned it. This is the first vehicle that I have purchased (and financed) on my own, and I’ve been very happy with the purchase. My job prior to my current one was working for a non-profit. I worked in a donation center that priced and sold donated vehicles to low income families, so I know how lucky I am to have a reliable vehicle.

Day # 4: I’m thankful for a day off work. I go into work 6 days a week, so I’m very thankful when I get one off. I usually use my Sunday’s for meal prepping and bumming out. It was day-light savings time this weekend, so we even got an extra hour! I meal prepped, we looked at another house, and binge watched The Haunting of Hill House. It was a good day.

Day # 5: I’m thankful the weather is warmer today (50 degrees), it’s supposed to snow later this week, so today I’m happy its warmer. We ran out today to look at a house at lunch, and I’m dropping my car off for an oil change tonight. Errands suck a little bit less when the weather is warmer (and suck more when it’s cold).

Day # 6: I’m thankful I was able to exercise my right to vote this morning. Women did not get the right to vote in the US until 1920, which was only 98 years ago! My husband and I went this morning before work, and there was already a huge turnout.

Day # 7: I’m thankful for copious amounts of green tea. I haven’t been able to drink coffee for many years, but a hot mug of green tea usually does the trick for me. It’s a hug in a mug! I’m struggling today, I had a hard time coming up with something I was thankful for today. I am, however, looking forward to going home and curling up on the couch. Green tea with lemon is usually my go-to, this week I’m enjoying Lipton Green Tea – Orange Passion fruit Jasmine

Day # 8: I’m thankful for my window seat at work. This is the fourth desk I’ve sat at here, and the first two had no windows in the vicinity. It was difficult to work without seeing the sunshine all day. My current office has a big window that I get to sit next to, which is great for daydreaming. It can get a little warm in the summer when the sun can get a little aggressive. However, tomorrow when I look out this window I will be seeing snow.

Day # 9: I’m thankful the snow that is falling this morning is not sticking to the roads or sidewalks. I do think it’s pretty to see it clinging to the trees, buildings, and grass, but dread driving through it. This is the kind of snow I can appreciate! This is the first snow of the season so I’m thankful the commute wasn’t too bad this morning, and it should be ok tonight too. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the colder temps, it really snuck up on me. It’s Friday so we get to leave an hour early (5pm)

Day # 10: I’m thankful for our home, even if it’s not a house. We have a place to come home to every night, and it’s ours. It may be cluttered, rented, and too small, but there are a lot of people who don’t even have that. I can’t even imagine having to evacuate my home, like those in California due to the wildfires. I just keep telling myself the longer we look for a house, the longer we have to save money and pay down debt.

Day # 11: I’m thankful The Beard and I had time for a walk today. It may have only been 31 degrees outside, but it was just what we needed. Walks help us de-stress, connect, and explore.

Day # 12: I’m thankful I have access to clean drinking water. If you know anything about Flint, Michigan, you know they haven’t had access to clean drinking water in years. Since 2014 Flint has been dealing with dangerously high levels of lead in their water. Earlier this year they announced they will no longer be providing free bottled water to residences. How horrible to not have access to clean drinking water, water for cooking, or showering. I remember donating bottled water when the crisis first started. I’m thankful I don’t have to worry if my water is safe to drink or cook with.

Day # 13: I’m thankful for my sister. She’s my best friend, my PIC, my person. She’s funny, adorable, and my constant confidant. My only wish is that we lived closer together so we could grocery shop, hang out, and get hygge together. From when we shared a bedroom as children, to working our first jobs together, to being my Maid of Honor, to moving away from each other. Thanks for always making me laugh ❤

Day # 14: I’m thankful the sun was out today. We were able to take a walk at lunch today and the sun helped a lot with the bitter cold. I’m one of those people who gets a but blue in the winter time, so I definitely appreciate the sunny days. I’m also lucky enough to have my desk right up against the window, so they sunny days keep me toasty. It can get real cold in the office in the winter time, so I’m thankful for the days I get to sit in the sun like a cat.

Day # 15: I’m thankful my husband drove us to work today. We work for the same company so we ride in together most days. It’s snowing today so I’m thankful I didn’t have to brave the storm myself. I’m also thankful that at this point most of it has melted on the roadways. So thanks for driving today my love ❤

Day # 16: I’m thankful my co-worker had a spare magazine I could borrow at lunch today. I just finished the book I keep in my drawer at work, so it was nice she had something I could borrow while I ate my lunch. Normally The Beard and I eat lunch together, but he took a half day today, so I had an hour to kill.

Day # 17: I’m thankful for my mother-in-law. The Beard and I went to the movies with her on Saturday, to see Bohemian Rhapsody and it was such a good time! She is funny, kind, and so supportive. I’m so very thankful of the good relationship that we have, as I know that not everyone can say the same for their in-laws.

Day # 18: I’m thankful The Beard and I decided to drag our booties to the gym to workout, and hopefully that will become part of our weekend routine. Hello endorphins! My back was bothering me before we went and I felt a lot better after walking on the treadmill for a bit.

Day # 19: I’m thankful for a short week this week! I’m working Monday – Wednesday, and them I’m off Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I plan on just hanging out Friday at home, I’m not brave enough to hit the stores.

Day # 20: I’m thankful we were able to change our lease to month-to-month today. We renew in December and were going to do another year, but we put in an offer on a condo today! Wish us luck 🙂 This will make it easier for us to move out once we are ready.

Day # 21: I’m thankful for good news. Our condo offer was ‘verbally’ accepted today, just waiting to make it official! If all goes well, we should be moved in before the new year. I’m having a hard time managing my stress, but am excited for what is to come.