Dear Week Forty-Nine 2014, you were very intense, let’s not do that for a while, m’kay? Still, you contained a lot of good things too, and coming to the end of the year there is so much to be grateful for. While I eat a massive bowl of watermelon (yay summer!) and watch a documentary on sharks, let’s take some time to reflect on what happened and all there was to be grateful for in my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2014 – Week Forty-Nine.
Monday: The first day of the month! I was grateful for a reminder from Leonie Dawson that we still have a month left of 2014 and the chance to make it a perfect one. Not perfect as in everything will go right and all events tied with a big red holiday bow, but perfect for practicing gratitude and trying to spend more time with family and friends.
Tuesday: Today I was grateful to wake up early for a workout. I always feel better when I start my day with my heart beating loud and summer sweat dripping off my face. It makes sitting in an office for 9 hours a lot more tolerable too!
Wednesday: Today was a long one at work. 13.5 hours long to be exact. When I got home from work I was grateful to see Chris. I was also incredibly grateful that he got dinner for me, and tucked me into bed when I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I am grateful for this man who steps up to the mark when work demands are high.
Thursday: Another long day that I won’t bore you with, but I was grateful for my colleagues today. One of the guys in the logistics department treated me to a cup of coffee for helping out their team, and one of the other ladies in the office stayed behind to help me to get out some files that were rushed last minute at the end of the day.
Friday: When I woke up this morning I just didn’t feel right, and after two days of hard work my body just needed a rest. I was grateful for a day of pottering around the kitchen, feeling the spirit of the season starting to come to life.
Saturday: Today I joined Mum and Jess at the markets for breakfast and fitted in an intense run before heading to lunch with my family to celebrate my Mormor’s 80th birthday! I am grateful to still have her in my life, and to be able to learn from and listen to stories from her life in Denmark, as a newcomer to Australia, and as a single mother to three little girls in the 60s and 70s. She has taught me so much about being a person in the world and striving for the best you can do, but enjoying what you have while you are working hard for your dreams.
Sunday: This morning Mum and I finished making Christmas cards, Dad finished decorating the outside of the house, and I snuck a slice of Linzer Torte for breakfast. I was grateful for a Christmas filled morning with Mum before visiting the gym and snuggling inside the house to finish decorating our Christmas tree with Chris.
- This week got off to a sweet and spicy start with my gluten free Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.
- I adapted my Mum’s family recipe for Linzer Torte to a gluten free friendly version and we were all second-slice happy with the results.
- Christmas calls for some time with my favourite authors, including Nora Roberts, I stole, ahem, borrowed The Witness from Mum and I am really enjoying it.
Tell me dear readers, what are you grateful for this week? How are your Christmas or holiday decorations and plans coming along?