Monday, June 30, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - DAY 100

It is day 100. I think when I started this project, 100 days ago, I was sitting right here on the far left corner of my bed typing on this laptop. What has changed? Well, the color of my room, for one. It used to be pink and now it's purple. Most notably my body has healed. I went from barely being able to move without pain to an acrobatic yoga class last week. I still don't have a "job", but I am doing things each day that I feel good about. Brunch Club was born and with the help of my amazing community I have been able to positively impact lives. I have made some really great new friends and my circle has expanded. I have started to facilitate a women's circle in my home and it's been wonderful. I have gone through this journey with my great aunt Edie, who has also done 100 days of gratitude. I have met one of my heroes, Gabrielle Bernstein. I have grown closer to my niece. I have forgiven and let go of some people. I have cried of a broken heart. I have been euphoric in joy over love. I have been sick, healthy, happy, sad, and everything in between. I have lived 100 days of life and in each one found at least 10 things to be grateful for. And I'm grateful to you all for taking this journey with me. Thank you.

I am grateful...

  1. That I kept the commitment to myself to complete this 100 days of recording my gratitude.
  2. To each person that has come into my life during this time, like Adam, who came over tonight with medicine because he knew I was feeling sick, and took me to Whole Foods to get groceries because he knew I had nothing in the house. Like Viviana and Lisa who I didn't know until a couple months ago and now bring so much love into my life.
  3. For Derby Blue, who probably got the most shout outs on all these lists. Who has been a loyal and loving furry friend to me for 7.5 years. 
  4. To my inner guide, my higher power, the spirit guiding me constantly. 
  5. For friends who have continued to be a source of joy, love, and support in my life. For Aliah, who I am so grateful to be able to grow with along our respective paths even though we are so far apart. For Kellie, who has been an awesome companion to live with and learn with. 
  6. For the vast knowledge held by the universe and the access to it. For all the books and articles I've read and the information I have learned, day after day. That because of this and constant new experiences I am able to learn and expand my mind every day.
  7. For the love and support of my family, and connections I've been able to create again, like with my cousin who I hadn't seen in years. For his sobriety and his doing so well. For each moment I get to spend with my niece and nephew. For hugs from my mom and smiles from my dad. 
  8. For Brunch Club, everyone involved in it and their generosity with time, money, and hearts. For everything it has done for each person involved in any way and for everyone willing to help. 
  9. For Jamie. In loving him I have learned about forgiveness, and letting go, and what I really want in a partner. For the way I feel when he looks at me. 
  10. For love. Whether I feel it from Earl, the homeless guy who sleeps by the bank near my house, or in long loving hugs from Kellie or Jamie or in Adam coming over to bring me medicine, I feel love in all the ways it is offered and there is nothing more warming, more beautiful, or that gives me more life than love. For that and everyone who brings it I am eternally grateful.   

Sunday, June 29, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 99

I am grateful...
  1. To sleep in. Really in.
  2. That the first thing I saw this morning was a message from a loved one.
  3. That soon I will be getting a paycheck.
  4. To spend time with Kellie.
  5. For fair food and rides and photo booth fun.
  6. For Derby Blue.
  7. That Lisa is home and I get to see her soon.
  8. That all my siblings who went sky diving today are safe and unharmed.
  9. That I won the coin toss and didn't have to drive to the fair.
  10. For a nice phone call with Adam

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 98

I am grateful...
  1. For such an amazing morning full of love and happiness.
  2. For a mid morning nap.
  3. To see a beautiful friend at the Farmer's Market and give her hugs and kisses.
  4. For an hour catching up with Kellie while laying out in the sun.
  5. That Kellie is happy for my happiness.
  6. That Derby is such a good, sweet girl.
  7. For texts all day that let me know I was loved and thought about.
  8. For the great people that I worked a wedding with who made it run smoothly.
  9. For great clients that are so in love. Couples like them make my job a pleasure. 
  10. For Pablo Fernandez, who is awesome, and who I am very excited to do good work with.  

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 97

I am grateful...
  1. That I got to celebrate my cousin's birthday at a fun breakfast with him and my brother. 
  2. That on his birthday he is 86 days sober and doing great. I am so proud of him.
  3. That my brother gave me a box of shoes for Soles4Souls.
  4. For time to do a little yoga after breakfast and before my afternoon meeting.
  5. For a fairly quick and easy meeting with good clients.
  6. For something to look forward to all day. 
  7. For the consideration of someone telling me in advance that they were running late.
  8. For a great surprise date with someone very special to me.
  9. For a first time acro yoga class, how fun!
  10. For a truly beautiful night and the person who orchestrated it. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 96

I am grateful...
  1. To know who I am and want I want from this life. It took me a long time to get here.
  2. For music, and communicating with people by sending songs back and forth. 
  3. For Derby Blue and her constant companionship. 
  4. For an invitation to have a delicious breakfast with friends new and old.
  5. For a really great and meaningful compliment.
  6. To know that the words I choose carefully and thoughtfully make an impact on people.
  7. To cross a few things off my to do list.
  8. For Kellie, always, and specifically now for lending me epsom salt and vitamins because I'm feeling under the weather.
  9. For my family, who will look for shoes they no longer wear to donate for a project I've been asked to help with. 
  10. To be asked out by the only person I've wanted to go on a date with this year.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 95

I am grateful...
  1. For a chance to sleep in.
  2. To get some emails done before play time.
  3. That the sun came out and the day was beautiful.
  4. To spend a few hours at the beach.
  5. To spend those hours at the beach with my sister and her kids, my little sand crabs.
  6. For SiennaJane and everything she does and says. That she gives me so very much love and affection. For our close relationship. 
  7. For a moment that I can only explain as happysad, that I don't even fully understand myself, that brought me to tears in (I think) a good way. 
  8. For a long walk with Derby Blue and pandora. We both needed it and the night air was perfect.
  9. For a call from a friend who I am so excited to collaborate with!
  10. That so many people are doing different things to help out with Brunch Club out of the kindness of their hearts!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Brunch Club

I am so grateful that there's been interest in Brunch Club. The more people get involved the more good work we can do. For anyone wondering how this came about, it went a little like this...

In May I created my own non profit here in San Diego. Brunch Club is a group I started to positively impact the homeless community. I live downtown and see homeless people every day. Most people walk by them and pretend they don't exist because it's just easier. It seems so daunting to try to help. That, and we're scared. But I believe alienating them is the worst thing we can do. They are people, who started out as babies just like us. A series of unfortunate events occurred in their lives and now they have nothing. Some have fought for our country, many have been abused, and all have been thrown away by society. On my birthday this year I bought some bagels from a cafe and handed them out to some homeless people on Broadway. Just 5 bagels. The gratitude they showed and the look in their eye was so powerful. How simple to just look at them instead of past them, and it makes such a positive impact.

A few months ago I was feeling down in the dumps about a breakup I was going through. I felt myself sinking into self pity and I really didn’t want to go down that road. So I decided to be of service to someone else, which is the best way I know how to get over myself. I knew I wanted to feed the homeless, to give them what I could, but as I’m unemployed, what I can give isn’t much. It was Thursday, and I posted a Facebook invite for a day of service on Sunday. I didn’t know if anyone would show up, and I planned to do it alone if they didn’t, but I knew that if more people came and chipped in a few dollars we could feed more than 5 people. I didn’t want to just drop off stuff to them though, I wanted them to know they are thought about, and cared for, and most of all worthy of a good life. So I made 50 handwritten notes with words of inspiration. On the other side I wrote the name and address of a local shelter.

On Sunday morning 7 people showed up at my house to help me. We made 50 packs with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a bottle of water, a toothbrush, a granola bar, and a note and went to hand them out in a forgotten part of town where the homeless congregate. In a matter of minutes the packs were gone. As I got back into my car I turned and looked at a man sitting on the floor as he took his sandwich out of the bag. Taped on the bag was a note I had written, and as he read it his face lit up and was enveloped by a warm smile. We made eye contact as he held back tears.

Through Facebook, my wonderful local community, and word of mouth, Brunch Club grew. For the second event in June 37 people came to my house. We were able to get some food and hygiene kits donated from some local places. With my own money I bought enough supplies for 150 packs of requested items. I wrote twice as many notes, and other members of the group wrote some too. We fed 200 people and handed out 150 packs. I put out a jar for donations and recouped the costs plus $100 extra that will go towards July's event. We saw more tears of gratitude and joy, handed out hugs, shared prayers, and heard stories. 

In the near future I hope to hand out tote bags or ideally backpacks with the items and notes inside so we can eliminate using plastic bags and offer them another item that is often requested. I hope to get a sponsor or sponsors who will donate bags, food, and items so that I don't have to borrow from my limited resources. 

A meal and hygiene items can really help, but truly it’s the connections that make the most impact. It’s the tears from a 17 year old boy who told us that he’s all alone because everyone he has ever known has been killed on the street. He asked us to pray for him, and we stood around him in a circle and did exactly that. We hugged him, we shook his hand, and we told him we wanted to see him make it to his 18th birthday next month. He just kept repeating “thank you”. This is what the Brunch Club is about. This is what we do. We look people in the eye and tell them they are worthy. We give them what we can. We give them food and stuff they need, and we give them love.

Please 'like' our facebook page to get updates about our events and join in. Follow us on Instagram @brunch_club. If you would like to donate money or items, please get in touch with me at Thank you!

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 94

I am grateful...
  1. For an introduction to someone who wants to help further the Brunch Club.
  2. For lunch with 4 generations of women!
  3. That Sienna picked me to sit next to.
  4. That she put her arm around me. I melted.
  5. For a game of hide and seek in a beautiful setting with little SiennaJane.
  6. To spend time with my aunt Edie, who lives in Florida.
  7. That Pablo and Branko picked me up.
  8. That Kellie invited me to her lovely event.
  9. To catch up with Angela, who I hadn't seen in a while.
  10. For a ride home from Angela, and for all the wonderful things happening in her life.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 93

I am grateful...
  1. To wake up in my beautiful lilac room.
  2. For morning snuggles with Derby Blue.
  3. For good clients. 
  4. For over 100 likes on the Brunch Club page.
  5. For a closet full of nice things to wear. 
  6. For the time to do laundry, clean up the house, and paint my nails.
  7. For leftover food to eat for lunch.
  8. For delicious pistachio gelato, and for the willpower to stop eating it when I was full.
  9. For a new opportunity to write. 
  10. For Derby, who makes me get out of the house to take her on walks, when sometimes I want to stay in. I'm always grateful once I'm out there in the fresh air. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 91 & 92

The past couple days have been a crazy (but wonderful) whirlwind as I prepared for and executed the second Brunch Club - Sunday of Service. So I have combined them :) I am GRATEFUL...
  1. For NamaSteve's beach yoga class, I really needed it after my plane ride back from NYC.
  2. For the breeze on my face, the sun in the sky and the sound of the ocean while I moved through my yoga flow. 
  3. For Adam, who invited me to do everything he did on Saturday because I told him I was in a funk and he didn't want me to be alone.
  4. For Vivianna and Barbs from Sabor Fresh, who took time out of their Saturday to go to Costco with me to get supplies for the Sunday of Service. For their love!
  5. For Kellie, for picking up last minute items, for staying up late to handwrite inspirational notes, for going with me to pick up the food in the morning, and for reading us all a prayer as we worked. 
  6. To El Indio for donating food.
  7. To Pablo and Branko for donating food! The Secret Table gents are amazing. 
  8. To 30+ people who, instead of sleeping in or spending their Sunday doing anything else, came to my house even though some of them had never met me before, to lend a hand in making packs of food and useful items for the homeless. 
  9. For all who donated so that we can keep doing this.
  10. For Natalie, who drove down all the way from Costa Mesa to spend the day helping out.
  11. For those who brought over hygiene packs and toothbrushes and chaptsticks and any items they had to donate into the bags.
  12. For Jessica, who spent her last paycheck on socks for the homeless! Who spent time writing notes of inspiration for people she'd never met. 
  13. For Keith Donahue from Kevala, who has done more charity work in the past year than most people do in their lives and still continues to give time and effort to things like this!
  14. For new friends like Tricia, Natalie, Micha and some other awesome people I got to meet today.
  15. To the homeless people, who were kind and respectful and most of all grateful to us. They lined up, they said thank you, they shared smiles and tears and they were wonderful.
  16. To Jorge, the 17 year old kid who came back after we fed him to talk to us. He asked us to pray for him. He told us that he was alone, that everyone he knew had been killed on the streets. After we prayed he cried to us and we hugged him and shook his hand. Most of all, we looked him in the eyes and told him to take care of himself. That we wanted to see him next time. We wanted to see him make it to his 18th birthday. He allowed us to show him love. He opened up his heart to us. He probably gave more to us than we gave to him. For this I am grateful.
  17. For Juan Carlos from Ceviche House who generously lent us his tent and tables so that we could feed people more efficiently. Who wants to help even more next time.
  18. To Mike Sherbakov for all his help and willingness. He knows the people, and they come out!
  19. To the other group that was out on the streets with us handing out backpacks. 
  20. That this event went to well. That we were able to feed around 200 people and hand out about 150 packs. To every. single. person. involved in any way in this project. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 90

I am grateful...
  1. That once again when I asked people to help out to do something simple but kind for another they said yes! 
  2. That the people in my life are so kind, generous, and compassionate. 
  3. That I saw a book I wanted to read on sale so I got it!
  4. That Escondido Dentistry is going to make packs for Brunch Club for our next Sunday of Service. 
  5. That my dear friend is recovering well after surgery. 
  6. That when I walked in to my parents house today I heard Sienna from all the way across the house saying "Jen?!??!?!?" and when I got to her she jumped into my arms and told me she "missed me when I was on bay-cation".
  7. To see my mom, my great aunt Edie, my sisters, my dad, and my niece and nephew.
  8. For a swim day with my little water baby, Sienna.
  9. To be reunited with Derby! She was so very happy to see me and I missed her! She's now lounging at the end of my bed, right where she belongs.
  10. That Kellie brought home a movie and made popcorn. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 89

I am grateful...
  1. For a long hug and goodbye from Aliah, and that she told me how proud of me she is.
  2. For an on top of it cab driver to take me to the airport.
  3. For one last delicious New York bagel at the airport.
  4. That so many friends with busy New York City lives made time to see me while I was visiting. It was so good to see them.
  5. That my flight to the east coast and back to San Diego were anxiety medication free, for the first time in as long as I can remember. I'm grateful I was able to calm my mind and shift my perceptions instead of relying on pills.
  6. To all the generous people donating time and items to this weekend's Sunday of Service.
  7. That when I arrived home from my trip my home was clean and full of flowers. I have the best roommate! 
  8. For a long hot shower.
  9. To stay up late chatting with Kellie about our weeks and catching up.
  10. To be back in my beautiful home. And that I will see SJ and my family in mere hours! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 88

I am grateful...
  1. That my last day in New York was wonderful.
  2. That I got up early to ride the train into the city with Aliah, my love and generous hostess.
  3. That Elysha made time to have breakfast with me. It was so good to see her and my heart is warmed by what an amazing woman she is becoming. She used to be my intern!
  4. That I got an opportunity to practice self control and did not buy a hundred clothing items that I wanted but instead bought only 1 thing (a super cute romper, if you're wondering).
  5. For a delicious and healthy lunch at Dojo with Aliah.
  6. For all natural gelato and eating it on a park bench with my best friend.
  7. For a stroll through Washington Square Park and all the luscious green therein. 
  8. For one of my favorite things, Drag Bingo! With the amazing Linda Simpson and Glace Chase. And that Linda, my drag queen guru, told me I looked amazing and I was really good at eye make up(!).
  9. For help from my San Diego friends writing notes for our Sunday of Service while I am out of town. Watching them put their time and effort into this loving project fills me up, and I know it fills the world up too.
  10. For signs from the universe. When my eyes are open I see them everywhere.  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 87

I am grateful...
  1. For Diana Romero, who put me in touch with Martha from El Indio restaurant.
  2. For Martha, and everyone at El Indio, who are very generously donating food so that we can serve the homeless this weekend!
  3. For a kale smoothie and a rose flavored macaron for breakfast. A very me combo and a perfect meal.
  4. For Aliah, who actively and supportively listened to me talk about my stuff today. She is a wonderful friend and I am so grateful that this week I get to be with her in person!
  5. That when someone let me down I was able to say to her "I love you" instead of something mean and hurtful. 
  6. For a new summer dress on sale. 
  7. To be in Gramercy, one of my favorite parts of the city, eating outside with my favorite Jersey boy (that's you, Andrew). 
  8. To have the amazing orecchiette with roasted garlic and broccoli rabe from Frank's in the east village that I dream of. 
  9. For dinner with an old friend, Adam, and the chance to tell him in person how proud I am of all that he's been doing.
  10. That my sister told me Sienna asked her when I was coming back from New York because she missed me. And then sent me a video of little angel baby SJ saying "I missss you Jennnn!". My heart melted.  

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 85

I am grateful...
  1. That I woke up in a comfy bed in a beautiful room in Brooklyn at my best friend's place.
  2. For the serendipitous meeting of a new friend; I think we really needed to find each other.
  3. For a yummy breakfast made by Aliah.
  4. For free wine and food at a Bloomsday celebration.
  5. To be in the city! I love the energy of New York and I'm grateful to be here after such a long absence. 
  6. To see Herad, an old friend. 
  7. For really good polenta fries.
  8. To see Leyna, Aliah's sister, who is lovely in all ways. 
  9. That I have so many loved ones on both coasts. How lucky I am!
  10. To feel comfortable in my skin. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 84

I am grateful...
  1. That somehow I got out of bed even though I was frozen when I woke up. I forced myself to get up and walk through the frigid forest into the bathroom to take a shower. 
  2. That I ran through the forest in a towel on the way back to my cabin even though it was cold; I kept a smile on my face and said good morning to each person I came across who was looking at me like a crazy person.
  3. For a really yummy breakfast of organic oatmeal and tea that warmed me right up. 
  4. For a half day with my guru, Gabby. What a pleasure.
  5. For bikini Kundalini. It was hard as hell and my body wanted to shut down, but I survived. 
  6. That my guru was so touched by the energy and love we all brought that she cried while saying goodbye to us.
  7. For a healing circle that gave me an opportunity to send light to my loved ones.
  8. For the best falafels I've ever had.
  9. That something I saw in a meditation yesterday actually made sense today when Aliah read my tarot cards.
  10. That I am able to spend the day and night with my beautiful and amazing best friend!
  11. For my dad, who has given me anything and everything I have ever thought to need from a father. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 83

I am grateful...
  1. For a view of nothing but woods first thing this morning in my little tent cabin.
  2. For a yoga class with a view of more lush trees.
  3. For a delicious breakfast.
  4. For more yoga led by Gabby Bernstein and the strength to do over 3 hours of it.
  5. For one of the best savasanas I've ever had while Ram Daas played a gong that vibrated the whole room. 
  6. For the courage to share in a room full of close to 200 people.
  7. That Gabby gave me advice.
  8. That after I shared multiple people stopped me around the grounds to talk to me and thank me for speaking.
  9. For self control and not buying jewelry I wanted but can't afford.
  10. That I met Gabby Bernstein. And she signed 2 books for me and hugged me and thanked me for sharing. And mostly, that she is a miraculous being who is exactly as authentic as I had hoped she would be.

Friday, June 13, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 82

I am grateful...
  1. For a real New York bagel, toasted and scooped out.
  2. That the sun came out and the rain stopped leaving time for me to go outside and walk around the park.
  3. That Ryan got me an umbrella when he knew it was going to rain, because when I got to omega it was pouring!
  4. That when I asked for guidance to figure out my bus situation I was immediately shown the way.
  5. For a delicious, healthy, organic, local vegetarian dinner.
  6. For subtle shifts. For miracles in my life every day.
  7. That I got to hear my guru speak tonight! And she was amazing! And I get to spend the weekend with her!
  8. That tomorrow my schedule includes yoga with Gabrielle Bernstein while Ram Daas plays the gong.
  9. That I had time to post the Sunday of Service event invite to Facebook today while it rained and that some people are going to come and make it awesome!
  10. That I am about to go to sleep in a little cabin in the woods, listening to rain drops trickle and crickets sing. That I am exactly where I need to be.

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 81

I am grateful...
  1. That Kellie drove me to the airport and saw me off with love!
  2. To the awesome woman who sold me a breakfast sandwich, had great eye makeup, and told me a trick about water at the airport. 
  3. That when I was having a moment of feeling low I looked to a really loving note from a friend and felt warmth.
  4. That I was able to sleep for an hour on the airplane, which is rare.
  5. For window seats and good plane neighbors. 
  6. That Ryan opened his home to me and is being "nicer than I am to most people" to me.
  7. For Gabrielle Bernstein's book Spirit Junkie, which kept me company and kept me centered.
  8. To be back in New York City.
  9. To eat dinner at 9:30 outside and watch the city go by in all its dramatic flair. 
  10. For an amazing playlist and a makeshift solo flow on Ryan's floor. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 80

I am grateful...
  1. For my family, who is watching Derby for me while I'm in New York.
  2. That I don't have to worry about Derb and I know she is having a blast at my parent's house. 
  3. To Kellie, for offering to give me a ride to the airport tomorrow morning.
  4. For my mom, who is so very generous, and gave me my half birthday presents early because she knew I needed them.
  5. That I got to see my sisters and mom and SiennaJane and Everett today.
  6. Always for Sienna's excitement when I walk into her house. 
  7. That Sienna asked me to tell her a story, and to see her eyes light up when I did. 
  8. That when I had to leave, Sienna said "But I don't want you to go.", which fills my heart with love. 
  9. That because I procrastinated taking a shower all day I got to have a beautiful view of the giant glowing moon out my window when I finally did. 
  10. That I feel wanted and loved by so many people that I love and want near.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 79

I am grateful...
  1. For stretchy pants, because I have been a bottomless pit for the past few days and I feel like a whale.
  2. For the luxury of an afternoon nap.
  3. For my new rug.
  4. For each woman who showed up to tonight's circle and brought their lovely authentic selves.
  5. For a pre-circle meditation that brought me out of my ego funk and put me into a loving state that allowed me to lead the circle. 
  6. For Kellie, who didn't have time to learn a moon salutation to lead tonight but did it anyway, and did it well.
  7. For Lisa, who had a 14 hour day and still showed up and was present and mindful in circle.
  8. To be able to have a home big enough to facilitate a circle comfortably. 
  9. For the way the room glowed in soft candlelight. 
  10. For Gabby Bernstein, and the inspiration she has brought to my life. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 78

I am grateful...
  1. That I woke up to a message that made me happy.
  2. That what I am putting out is coming back to me. 
  3. That a few different people today paid me great compliments that were really meaningful.
  4. That I got a new rug and I was able to carry it out of my car and into my place all by myself.
  5. That some sisters who are coming to the circle tomorrow are happy to bring some snacks so I don't have to do it all.
  6. To the women at World Market who helped me and that she was sweet.
  7. That though I spent this day alone I was sent loving messages all day.
  8. That Kevala made their minimum for their Indie Go Go campaign! What a great company.
  9. That I am stronger every day.
  10. To finally feel that I'm on the right path. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 77

I am grateful...
  1. That I woke up this morning clear headed.
  2. For a good parking spot.
  3. For NamaSteve and a really beautiful yoga practice on the beach this morning.
  4. That I got up instead of going back to sleep when everyone else bailed this morning.
  5. For the energy to wake up and do all the shit I needed to do today.
  6. For some inversions today that I couldn't do a few months ago.
  7. That my girls only care about my happiness.
  8. For really great friends who are there to support me and make sure I'm okay. 
  9. That Lisa put time and energy into fixing my dress. 
  10. For love. In all the ways it manifests into my life. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 76

I am grateful...
  1. That my wedding today went well and the bride and groom were happy.
  2. To witness two souls unite in love and devote themselves to each other. 
  3. That I got an hour of sun before work.
  4. That I had work to go to at all.
  5. That my dad is going to help me sort out my medical bills.
  6. For a new season of OITNB.
  7. That I made time to put my heart over my head. 
  8. That tomorrow is free yoga on the beach day.
  9. That tonight I get to spend alone.
  10. That tomorrow I'll be with friends all day.

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 75

I am grateful...
  1. I'm really grateful that at this point in my life I have such a high value for deep connection and I really have no place in my life for sex without intimacy.
  2. That I was able to squeeze in 40 minutes of pure sunshine today.
  3. That my mom is doing much better than she was yesterday.
  4. That I live close enough to my parents that I was able to have dinner with them tonight.
  5. For a beautiful view of the San Diego skyline from Coronado on the water tonight as the sun went down behind the ocean.
  6. To be treated like a VIP and get comped dinner. 
  7. To be able to share that experience with my parents.
  8. That my dad is going to watch Derby while I'm in New York.
  9. For enough leftovers to last me until I leave for New York.
  10. For friends and family. I couldn't get by without them. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 74

I am grateful...
  1. That my morning meeting went well.
  2. That when I got home I got a bunch of stuff on my to do list done.
  3. For a beautiful day.
  4. For a nice dusk walk with Derby. 
  5. That Vivianna is on the mend even though she has carbon monoxide poisoning.
  6. That in a week I'll be in New York.
  7. That my mom is okay and will hopefully be better tomorrow.
  8. That I had time to make my dad a Father's Day card since I'll be out of town on the day.
  9. That I'm better now than I used to be.
  10. For actually laughing out loud. 

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 73

I am grateful...
  1. For a beautiful dream of riding a bicycle through corn fields in the dusklight with summer skin, feeling as free as a bird, happy and calm. I'm grateful that I remember this dream and was able to enjoy the feelings even upon waking.
  2. For a long hot shower.
  3. For time with friends both new and old.
  4. To be told that I am missed.
  5. For a workout on the beach as the sun went down.
  6. That tomorrow I have the time/will make the time to do all the things I need to do. 
  7. To Mike and Vivianna for helping me with my headstand.
  8. To my body for being strong and doing an awesome headstand!
  9. For a healthy community meal.
  10. For Betsy, who asked about my life and really wanted to know, and not only that but listened actively while I told her. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 72

I am grateful...
  1. For the luxury of sleeping in.
  2. For Lisa, who rolls with the punches of me changing my mind all the time, always offers a smile, and is willing to do whatever it takes for the greater good.
  3. For Kellie, who is thoughtful, fun, quite hilarious at times, and always inspirational. She can also tell by my texts if I'm not okay, which is pretty amazing.
  4. For long walks.
  5. For fresh bread and the way it smells.
  6. For the moments that I am guided. 
  7. For women and the connection we all inherently share.
  8. For wine on the balcony as the day turns into night.
  9. That I chose a night in of connection instead of going to 3 different events tonight.
  10. That I'm making something and I like the way it looks. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 71

I am grateful...
  1. For a good sleep. 
  2. For a snuggly morning Derby. 
  3. That I was outside so much today. Nothing soothes like nature.
  4. For a happy and loving site visit. That I brought my authentic self to a part of my life where it's hard for me to do so and it went so very well. 
  5. For a moment I stood in front of a beautiful white horse with grey spots. The horse and I looked into each other's eyes as the cool breeze danced across the afternoon sky. I felt at one with this amazing creature and with the universe as a whole. 
  6. That I got to unexpectedly see my family today. 
  7. That my headstand lasted longer today than it ever has before!
  8. For a free yoga sculpt class on the water. 
  9. For the feeling that I earned my calories today (at least some of them).
  10. For Viviana, who is a loving and generous friend.  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 70

I am grateful...
  1. That I chose self care today and cancelled all my obligations. I'm working on listening to my body, and today it refused to rally.
  2. That Kellie understood that I was too exhausted to go to her yoga class. 
  3. That my mom got me a half birthday present. It doesn't matter what the present is (though it's probably good), she knows that I always wished to have a summer birthday instead of winter and indulges me in this way. What a good mom.
  4. That tomorrow is a new day. A brand new beginning in which anything is possible.
  5. I'm grateful for a shift in perception that makes me excited to begin again tomorrow instead of feeling negatively about today.
  6. That in 1.5 weeks I'll be in New York.
  7. That I received multiple texts from friends and fam today asking how I was. How wonderful it is to feel loved.
  8. That Derby is sleeping snuggled up to me as I type this list. What a lucky dog mama I am.
  9. For advice to always assume people are doing their best. This can be difficult for me but I'm willing to try.
  10. For friends being honest with me about the tough things. I know they are harsh because they love me and they want me to have what I deserve.  

100 Days of Gratitude - Day 69

I am grateful...
  1. To get invitations from friends. It makes me feel loved and wanted. 
  2. That my room is painted!
  3. That I will (hopefully) never have to paint a room myself again.
  4. That my mom hung the watercolor I made her at the lake house and it looks great. She seems so happy with it, which is all I can hope when I give someone a gift. 
  5. Similarly, that Sandy loved the watercolor I made her.
  6. That I got to spend some time with Sandy before she moves. What a beautiful and loving woman.
  7. That I can sleep in a little tomorrow, and will (hopefully) wake up feeling healthy.
  8. For Derby Blue, my little angel baby.
  9. For SiennaJane, an actual angel baby.
  10. That I get to crawl into my warm bed and go to sleep right now.