Come Join Our Attitude of Gratitude

How are you doing out there? Anyone losing their minds lately, like me?

If so, I’ve got something for what ails you (no, no, not that–go put that bottle of wine down).  It’s our old friend, gratitude (or figuring out how to be grateful for all the good stuff in my life again, otherwise known as trying to get back on track in these here parts).

As some of you know, I’ve already done this exercise publicly–twice now, actually.  But as often happens, life (and my big ‘ole brain) gets in the way and before you know it, I’m all pissy and miserable and wondering what the fuck is going on.

That’s been my life these past couple of weeks. I’ve gotten all crazy over a zillion different things, including the fact that we’re losing our kick-ass nanny Carissa this week, then flying out to CA for Ken’s dad’s 1-year-memorial service while also burying his grandparents (don’t ask).  Of course, I’ve also been making myself crazy finding a new sitter and wondering how we’ll ever say goodbye to Carissa (who’s become a part of our family in the past 3 years).  And wondering/worrying about the two agents who are currently looking at my book proposal, then wondering/worrying when this project’s finally going to get off the ground.  Then wondering/worrying about Gabriel finally starting preschool, which is totally awesome and yeah, kinda bittersweet at the same time.


I meant to tell you about it.  I’ve started and stopped a handful of different posts about transitions and how I don’t do well with transitions and blah blah and hmm, how can I make this funny?, but you know what?  They all sucked.  Kind of like my brain has sucked these past few weeks.

As you can see, it’s been very exciting around here.


But today I am done with that suckiness!  Done with the complaining/general pissiness and moving on to the good stuff instead!   Because it’s so much more fun.

And even though it’s not New Year’s, it is August, which is the beginning of another kind of year–school.  So let’s start this sucker out right.

From today on out, let’s be about possibility.  Let’s look for the good in our day, and be thankful for the people in our lives.  Embrace possibility instead of fueling negativity.


For the next week, list 3 things you’re grateful for every single day.  That’s right.  All you have to do is list 3 things.  If you’re a super-star, or just need a giant kick in the ass, like me, extend that week to 21 days (the amount of time it takes to really ingrain a new habit).

If you’re feeling shy about it, just follow my lead. As always, I’ll be doing this publicly, making a general ass of myself.  But you know what? I don’t care.  And that, my friend, makes it totally worth it.

So here’s what I’m thankful for on Day 1:

  1. Having such a wonderful sitter/nanny/person in our lives these past 3 years. I’m so grateful that we took a chance and opened up our hearts to Carissa–it’s truly changed our lives.
  2. Juliet’s awesome dance class, which always saves my butt.
  3. My wonderful friends, old and new.
  4. All you awesome readers of this blog.  Who would’ve thought this strange little side-project would turn into something so life-altering (not to mention fun)?  I’m so grateful for every one of you.  You guys rock!

OK, that’s it for me before I start sobbing again.  See you tomorrow with my brand-spankin’ new list of what I’m grateful for.  In the meantime, what are you grateful for?



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5 Responses to Come Join Our Attitude of Gratitude

  1. tpajevic August 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Day 2:
    Today, I’m grateful for
    1. a friend’s kind comment
    2. a stranger’s kind comment (and laugh)
    3. managing to make it through the airport w/ kids in a much more relaxed way than I usually do. What a difference!

    • tpajevic August 5, 2012 at 4:05 am #

      Day 3: What I’m grateful for yesterday: taking a long nap, having a great dinner with my extended family and staying up late enough to watch something besides synchronized diving in the Olympics.
      Day 4: Today I’m grateful for being outside, the sun coming out of the clouds and the peaceful quiet after a giant tantrum.

      • tpajevic August 6, 2012 at 2:56 am #

        Day 5: Today I’m grateful for 1. overhearing Ken and Nico talking about the planets and stars at bedtime, 2. for our awesome dog and for 3. Gabriel telling me how much he loves me, how much he loves Ken and how much he loves sleep.

        • tpajevic August 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

          Day 6: Today, I’m grateful for 1. a pillow war with N & G, 2. listening to them laugh and 3. my awesome husband.

          • tpajevic August 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

            Day 7: Today, I’m grateful for 1. hearing one of my favorite songs while I was out and about, 2. that N & G are doing so well with our new sitter and 3. that I stuck with this exercise even when I wanted to give up–it’s made all the difference!

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