I just read a post on Facebook by a former colleague who shared his grandmother who he felt a close kinship with passed away on Sunday. He’s quite a bit younger than I am, probably about the same age I was when my beloved grandma died. I read the post and shared my sympathies as I sat on my front porch. This was my grandma’s wicker chair that my parents bought her one birthday from Cracker Barrel. I’ve had it for about 15 years.
Tag: daily gratitude
I quite literally experienced a shitty, humid run 🏃🏼 Monday afternoon. Hence, the Goose Guano 💩 Gauntlet.
Running along the Ohio River through three different parks in Cincinnati, Ohio didn’t help with the humidity or goose droppings either.
And yes, I know that guano is technically the excrement from seabirds or bats, but I couldn’t pass up the alliteration.
• Tuesday’s weather. At the start of my run this evening it was sunny, 77º with only 29% humidity.
• Post-run cheers and beers with my fellow runners.
• A very productive work day.
• Sticking to my daily budget – at least for today.
• That $25 Skyline Chili gift card I forgot I had and then found. It allowed me have a 3-Way for dinner AND stick to my budget.
• Facebook for reminding a former co-worker’s birthday is tomorrow. The reminder brought back a lot of great memories.
- Using my ADHD superpower of hyperfocus for good – namely obsessing over a creative problem until I came up with a creative solution for a work project 💪🏻
- Texting stay-in dinner prepping and plans with my fiancée 🍽
- Remembering that I’m at my best when focused more on process instead of end product (be that a personal goal, work project or target marathon)
- Informal group runs begin Tuesday evening 🏃🏼
- A running friend group-texting pictures of his newborn grandson and his other months-old grandson 👼🏼
- Receiving multiple updates from my mother and sister about my almost-three-year-old niece using the potty. I loved the pride they exuded about as much as my niece’s developmental milestone 😍
- The number of old friends who I have not spoken with in a long time whom have contacted me lately
- Daydreaming about summer activities
- The return of spring temps, if only for a couple of days
- Coming home late after a long day of work and still finding the desire to write this list
- Letting a friend pick the post-work run location and then accosting them for picking such a hilly route
- Creating To Do lists
- Constructive feedback from coworkers and friends
- Catching-up conversations over post-run beers while sitting outside
- Cheap sushi
- Conversations of substance that are both terrifying and fulfilling at the same time
- Watching my niece owning the stage, dancing and singing her heart out as no one watched. Her “stage” just happened to be framed by the open doors of the shed at my parents’ permanent campsite
- All of the sunshine
- Options and happenstance
- Feeling like I’m planning and moving forward with purpose
- Spending time with my mom on Mother’s Day (I wouldn’t be here without her)
- Beers at MadTree brewing and deep conversation with my fianceé
- Unexpected invites to run from friends I have not heard from in quite some time
- The weekly “How to ADHD” video podcast (Assertive Communication, say what?!)
- Organizing help tools (I hate organizing)
- Lots. Of. Sleep.
- The view from my kitchen window as I sit and type this
- Cool, early spring temps that I’ll miss in a couple of weeks
- The people who inspired me to write these daily gratitude lists
- Not necessarily not caring about certain things, but gaining perspective and in turn, identifying what’s really important while moving forward
- A new space to find my peaceful place (h/t Rooted Yoga)
- Learning how to fly
- Honestly, thank God it’s Friday
- Wendy’s Son of Baconator, large order of fries and a Coke Zero
- Anti-anxiety medication (brutal truth here)
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Long talks during short rides
- Buying a ticket for an upcoming screening of “Say Anything,” followed by Q&A session with actor John Cusack (I shouldn’t have but I did anyway)
- Looking forward to a quiet evening in and an early Saturday morning run along a scenic recreational trail
- Getting back on track and following through with these daily gratitude lists
- Standing in the middle of the John A. Roebling Bridge and taking pictures
- Running a segment of the Riverfront Commons Trail for the first time
- Finding a budgeting/financial planning tool that works for me
- Ridiculous group-text chains
- This quote: “We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty”
- Binge watching episodes of the new “Twilight Zone” hosted by Jordan Peele
- Signing up for a Yin Yoga session at Rooted Yoga in Covington, Kentucky
- Occasional rain showers followed by partly cloudy skies
- Being just a little more comfortable in my own skin
- Singing “You Can Call Me Al” along with Paul Simon in the drive to work
- A quiet evening in
- Deep conversations over porch beers
- Shakeout runs that feel so good they turn into progression runs
- Sunshine on skin
- The music of John Prine
- The smell of fresh cut grass
- Making plans for the future – both far off and near
- Driving to work with the car windows down
- Being tired but content
- Looking forward to another evening run and nothing to do afterward