Yeah, didn’t keep up with my promise to get back into this. Sh*t happens, what can I say. They’re here though! That’s what really matters, right? What’s in store for days 21 through 26? Let’s see:
With the opening of a new month and new opportunity, I want to bring something a little different to this little site of mine. I read a great post from nellytherebel.blog via a Facebook group I am in (shoutout to y’all!), which was titled: “66 Days of Gratitude: Make Gratitude a Habit.” I read it and thought, “this is great.”
1. It provides a simple way to think about the little things. As I’ve beat down on many times on here: I experience major depression and anxiety. Thankfully the depression is in a ‘trough’ right now, but anxiety is still a b*tch. This forces me to think about things that I love daily for at least a little bit.
2. I’ve said time and time again here that I want to be more consistent. This is another way to create content that is authentic and meaningful, while remaining consistent.
With all of that being said, I would like to adapt Nelly’s 66 days to 31….one post for every day this month.
Day 21: What sound are you most grateful for?
This is an interesting one, and I’m not sure that I can think of any particular sound. I like the sound of ‘outside.’ It’s not something that I can really describe well, but I’ll try. For example, at work, I am inside for roughly 7 hours. There are some days where I am able to break that up a bit, but for the most part I do not leave the building. There is a marked difference between this environment and the liveliness that exists outside of the building. Now, this isn’t just particular to being at work, this applies anywhere. There is always a wonderful vitality that exists outside of any bubble. This is why I would love to just walk from my house to the other side of campus and back when I was feeling down at school. Even when no one was outside, there was always the sound of a sprinkler, the crunching of small rocks under my feet, the rustling of leaves, small animals….so much. This is why I try my best, even when I have no reason to, to be outside for at least 15 minutes or more every day. It’s very refreshing.
Day 22: What phrase or word are you most grateful for?
Home. I’m a big homebody, and an introvert. Home is my place to recharge. It’s my fortress. Nothing makes me happier than to know that I have a place to go back to to just decompress. I also look forward to owning my own space and really making it reflect my tastes.
On a rough day, home is where I can go back to to shed the events of the day. On a good day, home is where I can go to chat and connect with my loved ones. When I need a change of scenery, I am thankful that I have two places I am able to call “home.”
Day 23: What clothing are you most grateful for?
Linen pants, sweatpants, oversized t-shirts…..comfort is key for me. Anything that gives me space, and is comfortable is great. In the summer, these items must also keep me from sweating my skin off. In the winter (and actually, sometimes in the summer too), I need to be kept warm. All in all, as long as I can breath in it and it’s comfy, I’m game. I do also tend to like things with really funky prints, so there’s that too!
Day 24: What in nature are you most grateful for?
Water. I may be impartial since I’m a fixed water sign, but there’s something so calming but also powerful about water to me. I touched on a comparison someone made between me and water a couple posts ago I believe. Water has restorative properties, and so much more.
I also like water because it is an element that is related to the moon. I love the night, and feel like my peak productivity occurs during late hours.
Day 25: What decision have you made earlier that you are you most grateful for?
Getting an external hard drive. I needed to buy this MacBook Air on a fly because my old MacBook broke two months out from the end of college. I had numerous assignments and projects (including a research project) I was working on, and needed a quick and relatively inexpensive fix that was compatible with my stuff. Downside? These things don’t have space for sh*t, and my disc space is pretty much full after only 3 months of use.
I wasn’t able to get one before, but I bit the bullet and purchased an external hard drive on Friday. Now, I can commence blogging and possibly video making since I can save all of my things on there. Also, I won’t succumb to the same devastation I encountered when my laptop broke and when I lost my backup flash drive. I will be able to restore all of my files! Let me tell you, I was upset when my laptop died, but I wasn’t too bent out of shape because I had the flash drive. When I realized my flash drive was gone, I literally cried. Worst part? I have NO CLUE where it went. I was studying for finals, needed to print something, and by the time I realized it wasn’t on my person it was nowhere to be found. Thinking about it now makes my chest hurt.
But, I am really happy about this external hard drive.
Day 26: What things have you learned from your parents or guardians that you are most grateful for?
I have learned what unconditional love looks like from them, because I see them give it to me all the time. I love my parents unconditionally, and admittedly, am trying to learn to do this with others. I am thankful that they have taught me what this looks like so that I am able to recognize my lack of it where it applies.
If you missed the previous posts, you can check them out:
- August 1st – 2nd
- August 3rd
- August 4th
- August 5th – 6th
- August 7th
- August 8th
- August 9th – 11th
- August 12th – 20th