Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Sometimes I get carried away by thoughts in my head that are not so positive.  I'm sure this happens to all of us, probably more often that we'd like to admit.  Lately, thoughts of comparison and lack, and even worry about what I may not have in the future (I know, who can predict that?! - Needless and useless) having been taking up residence in my mind.  I am trying to be more conscious of when this happens and try to let these thoughts enter but then just as swiftly exit my mind.  So, today I wanted to start what may end up being a regular feature and remind myself of just a few of the many things I have to be thankful for today:

1.  The feel of the sun warming my face on a gorgeous 75 degree day like today (in October!):

2.  A strong, healthy body that allows me to run, walk, bike, swim, dance, and play to my heart's content:
3.  An amazing family that includes: Caring and supportive parents, the two best sisters in the world, the cutest nieces and nephews ever, and the most awesome cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents in the universe:
4.  Two incredible shelter cats that decided to make me their mommy, nine not-so-long years ago:
5.  Friends that I know I could never live without:
6.  My cozy little apartment, full of hand-me-down furniture, that keeps me safe and warm :)
7.  Vegan anything, but mostly, Vegan Treats!  (If you are in Bethlehem this weekend for the Runner's World Festival, go there!!)
8.  Big hair (mine).
9.  Old movies.
10.  Good books.  


11.  Cucumbers the size of my arm!!!
I am headed back home to Pennsylvania for the Runner's World Half  this weekend (another thing I am thankful for!) so I'll catch up with you next week.  I'm looking forward to a fun weekend with family and friends, maybe spotting some bloggers IRL, and having a great race.  Best of luck to everyone else who is running!
Your turn!
If you'd like, you can share something you're thankful for today!



  1. What a great post Jill! Thanks for sharing!

    It's a great idea to share what you're thankful for from time to time. We try to do this every night with our kids as we sit around the dinner table...always a fun time with our 8 and 6 year old!

    I'm thankful for many things - as you are - but for now I'll say I'm thankful for the encouraging and helpful running blog community I've found! There are some great people online sharing their running stories!

    1. Hi P.J. Thank you! Such a great idea to do this at the dinner table! I can't wait until I have kids of my own and can have great dinnertime conversations with them.
      And I'm with you there - I love the running/blogging community as well :)

  2. Thanks Jill. I use an app for expressing gratitude DAILY. I love the convenience of it whether I am on my iPhone or iPad - I do it regularly every morning. It is a terrific booster.

    I learned somewhere along the line in my life, there is no sense in comparing ourselves to anyone. Someone, you or the other, will come up short. I don't even compare myself to where I used to be. That can often be a similar let down! Just be. Be who you are and - be grateful for that.

    over from LinkedIn group BHB

    1. Hi Patricia! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing. I would love to know what gratitude App you use - that sounds like something I'd love to make part of my morning routine!
      I also love your wise words. They are so true, and sometimes hard to do, but I am trying!