As we celebrate All Saints Day and move into November, it is not uncommon to see friends begin thankful projects. Research has shown that if you begin a gratitude ritual on a daily basis that you will be a happier person.
Regularly I practice being thankful for something throughout each day. If I did not have this ritual in place, I am not certain how I would have made it through the past year of my life. I also know that with this being the first holiday season without my Mom and Nanny there is the potential for some very difficult days ahead. That is why I became excited when I came across Kenzie at Chasing Happy and her Thankful Project for November.
For the next 28 days, I intend to utilize her prompts to help me stay focused on being thankful and grateful. I encourage you to begin some type of practice in your own life either in a journal form or by taking time to evaluate your day.
Today’s prompt is to focus upon on person. Of course, the first person is my husband but I have often shared about him, and I want to acknowledge that there are other people in my life that have blessed me by being my friend.
It was very easy to chose my friend Jennifer for this prompt.
I’ve been thankful for my friend Jennifer all summer long. We initially became friends as we were co-workers but over the years we bonded over our love of Target, Starbucks and I even let her have my hair stylist’s name and number. This spring she made the decision to leave her social work job to return to school and become a special education teacher not long after I resigned from my position.
Many times in life we become friends with our coworkers because of the bond of work but we may find that after we leave the same work environment, the bond is no longer there. Jennifer and I found ourselves in the same position this summer of not truly knowing what our next steps were going to be in life. It helped us to continue the bond. The first thing we did know that we needed to do was start taking care of ourselves. Thus, we developed a workout routine of meeting 3 days a week. Having someone to hold you accountable is one of the best things in regards to exercise and there was more than one day when each of us reported if we hadn’t been meeting the other, we wouldn’t have worked out.
Our workouts helped us both physically but I know that having Jennifer on my schedule those 3 days a week helped me emotionally in regards to my grief work. It wasn’t that grief was ever our main topic but it was the fact I had someone to see on a regular basis.Without those days, there was the possibility I could have sit at home and simply felt sorry for myself. We both did a lot of processing about life in general this summer. I should also add – we probably spent way too much time at Starbucks after our workouts.
Jennifer is a beautiful woman, inside and out. She is a fantastic mom to two little ones and one of those friends you know will always be there. I love the fact that she wanted to color her hair with purple highlights this summer (it’s her version of a mid-life crisis and she did have to persuade our hair stylist). She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and she appreciates sarcasm and dark humor.
Over the past few weeks, because of sickness and bad weather, our work out routine has changed. Although we’ve talked and tried to encourage each other to work out alone, it hasn’t been the same. I know that with the winter months, we are needing to reevaluate our routines. Frankly, I’ve missed her and can’t wait until we get back into some type of routine next week.
So Jennifer, thank you for putting up with me – especially on those days when you had to remind me to slow down! I appreciate everything about you and my life is blessed because you are in it. (Please don’t hate me for the pictures!)