Anticipation! This coming week, on Thursday to be exact, if the weather is good, I get to go see my sister in TN! I am looking forward to spending a few days with her completing a project I referred to on Day 3 of this blog. I have a lot to do before Thursday comes but I'm am excited just thinking about spending time with my sister! I have a lot of siblings, 9 to be exact. I'm the oldest and there are 6 girls and 4 boys. Same mom and dad if you're wondering. These days with step-parents and half siblings it is not uncommon to have several siblings but for us we are all from the same set of genes. I miss spending time with them as they are spread out all over. My brother, Josh and I are here in Indiana, there is one in Virginia, one in Tennessee, and six in Texas. I am so thankful for any time spent with any of them!
DVRs! I am usually so busy with my 2 nanny jobs and my It Works business that I don't have a lot of time for TV watching unless it is late at night when I need to veg out. Although I am usually still messaging and posting things on facebook through the night. So I am thankful for the 2 DVRs I have in my home that allows me to record up to 7 shows at once! I love the ability to watch a show or shows in through the night whenever I can. I'm grateful for technology that fits into my life and makes it convenient to keep up on my shows!
I am grateful for music, specifically Christian music! I was not able to attend the Winter Jam concert with Newsboys because I was babysitting for my nephew so my sister-in-law and brother could go. Maybe you know him? Josh Engler from Abandon! (Justin Engler, my other brother, is now the lead singer) Josh is now the Worship Pastor at my church and I have enjoyed talking about music with him recently. I have been in the church since I was 10 and have been through many different waves of Christian music, from rap by DC Talk to worship from Hillsong. And although I am partial to the music of Abandon, I enjoy many types of music, bands and genres. Music has evolved over the years through invention and generational differences. The elevator music of today was once a hit playing on every radio station a few years ago. Can you imagine the elevator music for the next generation?
It is said that:
"Music soothes the savage beast" -Almeria in the play Mourning Bride
"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen
"I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music" - Psalm 101:1
Music is a part of life. It's in stores, restaurants, your home, phone and car. Music is everywhere and can help and encourage or stir up and entice. Movies have truly proven that a sound track can make or break a scene. We all at times, especially teenage girls, have used music to sooth a heartache and drown our hurts. Music can help us rally for or against a cause. It can unite or divide. Music can help settle a baby for sleep or get them to dance their wiggles out. We all have those mix tapes from years past or playlists of today for working out, crying out our sorrows or stirring up the butterflies of a new love. Where would we be without music? Life would be a dull, quiet existence.
I am grateful for music so according to Psalm 100 let's:
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing."
and let's not forget the admonition of Journey:
"Don't stop believin', Hold on to that feelin'."
I got another one of those phone calls again from my kids telling me the latest funny things my granddaughter has said. They kept me in stitches telling me her stories and how she mispronounces words. (Hint: she can't say 'bridges') I love hearing how her little mind thinks and how that ends up coming out of her mouth. Her parents have a handful that's for sure! And life is never dull when she's around! I am grateful for a spirited little granddaughter and for her parents that keep me filled in on her antics.
The calendar button on my website blog dashboard. It helps me stay on track, sort of, when I have several days in a row that I haven't been able to sit down at my computer to write.
I am grateful that it exists and I can continue to document what I am grateful for even if I have to post a couple of days all at once.
Prayer...whether you claim to be a "believer" or not, it seems when things go bad or there is fear and uncertainty praying is a go-to for a lot of people. They need to have an outlet, a rope to hold on to, something to fall back on, to cling to for hope and help. Prayer for healing, for finances, for strength, for wisdom. For yourself, your child, your parents, your friends. There is a deep longing in most of us to believe that prayer works, that God listens and hears and will answer. When things happen our gut reaction is to cry out to God asking for help and action. I am thankful that we have this avenue to find peace and comfort. I pray you do as well.
Dear God, I ask that You bless all who read this. I ask for blessings, safety, comfort, health and love for them and their families. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with them. In the name and by the blood of Jesus! Amen!
Sunshine! It was actually warm, well warmer, today and the sun was shining! I used every red light on the way to church today to face towards the sun shining in my window to soak up as much warmth as I could! There are only 55 days until Spring and I can not wait! But for now the memory of warmth will have to get me through this next week as single and even negative digit temps return. So I will be back to being grateful for the space heaters again very soon!
Today I am grateful for naps! I have been running around so much this past week. Between 2 nanny jobs, running my It Works business, helping my mom edit her books, and everything life requires, I have been pulling some late nights and early mornings. I have goals and dreams I am working towards and all will be worth it but in the meantime it is refreshing and helpful to put it all on hold and just take a nap. I feel better and am now ready to post and edit and work on things to do for next week!
So today there is a tie between family and space heaters! Actually I am grateful for family with extra space heaters! We don't have central heat in our house. I have lived here 17.5 years (my husband has been here 27) and I have never won the battle to install central heat and air. So we make due with window a/c units in the summer and heaters in the winter. Most of the time we are good. Things work well and we are comfortable. Our electric bills fluctuate but it's never been more than we can afford. But this year with this polar vortex our 3 heaters are not keeping up with the cold! So I have had several family members give or loan additional heaters and even have more I could go get if needed. And I am so thankful! It warms my heart (and toes and hands and...) that everyone cares and has been willing to help!
New! I am grateful for the new things in life right now. New nephew :) New nanny job with my other nephew. New products in my company. New promotions and bonuses! New loyal customers and new distributors. Some new things aren't as fun, like my new food restrictions, but they are necessary and helpful, so I will embrace them. And also with my new nanny job comes a new schedule and less sleeping in but I am getting used to it and the reward of the big smile when I walk in the door is worth getting up so early. New things bring change and that can be scary, but right now changes are welcome and I am grateful for the newness around the corner!
I am thankful for warmth anywhere I can find it. My space heater, my warm car, my brother and sister-in-law's fireplace, multiple blankets on my bed, the body heat from the furry friends, etc... Living in the southern most tip of Indiana we get weird weather. One winter will be mild and the next not so much. This winter has turned out to be the coldest I ever remember. I just want to say that during the past summer, when we had temps over 80-90 degrees and higher, I never once complained because I knew we had the potential for days like this! I will take 100 degree weather any day over this -degree windchill crap! I am very grateful that I have many places and ways to get warm. (Shouts out to my family here in Indiana, if I didn't love you all so much, I'd be outta here and on my way to somewhere warm!)
Laughing! I love to laugh. I love to hear my granddaughter's laugh. My nephew's giggle is contagious! I love that when I am stressed or busy or tired and my son or daughter-in-law will call and tell me something funny, usually about something silly either one of them did, and it will change my whole attitude. I just received one of those calls and it again made me realize how thankful I am that I have laughter in my life. How they can make me smile and laugh in the midst of a rough day or a day that was so busy that I didn't stop. I can take a moment and enjoy the story, laugh with them and sometimes at them, lol. They know I love to laugh and are willing to sometimes tell on themselves because they know I will enjoy it and appreciate their unique sense of humor. I love them and I love to laugh!
Encouragement! I am grateful for the encouragement I received today from a couple of ladies I have grown to love and appreciate so much! They have come along side of me to help me with my business and in turn became my friends. They are always there with a word or a compliment to help motivate me to be my best and not give up. I see them working hard for themselves and our team and I know they are pulling for me to succeed every step of the way. When others are not so encouraging I know if I call them I will get the boost I need and will be able to press on. They are there in not only words but actions, if I have something that needs to be done or someone to meet with that I can't, they are willing to help. I couldn't do this without them. As I have said before, I think God brought this company into my life for more than a few reasons and meeting these ladies was definitely a big part of that! The encouragement I receive from them is beneficial to me in many ways and I am so grateful!
Today I am grateful for impromptu road trips with family! I had the opportunity to go on a short trip with my brother and sister-in-law today. It was only a couple of hours there and back but I really enjoyed spending time with them. It is good to be able to have a sibling living near me again and to spend time having fun! There were laughs, great conversations and even some missed exits but all went well and our mission was accomplished! And it looks like we may get to have more of these in the near future! I can't wait!
Social Media! So many possibilities to share your thoughts, your pics, your business, your life. As a business owner I really appreciate the avenues available to me to promote my business and inform my potential customers of what I have to offer. I am on several different sites and I like them for different reasons. And things are great when everything is working. Lately my company has been having some problems with Facebook and Instagram. They won't let us post links to our corporate website. Our corporate office is working on it but in the mean time it really limits what we can share.
So I am glad we have other avenues.
So if you are interested and want to find and share my info, hint hint, here are the links:
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I promise that this 365 Gratitude project will not be all about my company. But I am very grateful for it and everything it has brought into my life and want to share it from time to time. Today my company, It Works, is holding their annual conference in Florida and I was not able to go this year. I went last year and had an amazing time. During conference they announce new promotions and new products and I am so thankful that I am a part of this amazing 12+ year old DEBT FREE company that gives back to their customers, distributors and the community! All of their products are all natural, whole foods and are made with the highest quality ingredients and standards. They have changed my life! They strive to keep current and help all of us build our business and get and stay healthy! So today as I continue to get updates from my team members that are there, I am so thankful and appreciative of this opportunity God has given me to be a part of this company!
Can I say doggie door again? Just kidding, although after taking the puppies with me all week to my new nanny job with no doggie door it really does make me appreciate them all the more.
But seriously, today is proving to be difficult to come up with something. I am hoping that by just diving in and starting to write that something will jump out at me. I am aware that I have so many things for which I am and should be grateful: my nanny jobs, my company, my warm home, my car, food on the table, gas in the tank, furry friends that love me unconditionally, family, friends, and I could go on and on. But there are days like today where I am finding it hard to pick that one thing that stood out today that I want to expand on and appreciate fully while sharing with the internet. Maybe today it's just the knowledge of all the little things I have? Maybe it is being ok with a blah day and accepting that not everything goes as planned and sometimes a good cry eases things? And just because you have a bad day and can't come up with a blog post doesn't mean you're ungrateful.
Today I am thankful for my loyal customers! I am thankful that my business is growing. I know that God has brought this business to me for many reasons like my health, my finances and to meet some wonderful people that I might never have met otherwise.
But I also think He had other reasons in mind. I used to be much more of an introvert. I never like to be the center of attention or speak in front of a group of people. I am not a born salesman nor do I have an outgoing personality. And you could forget about me posting my pic all over the internet! I was embarrassed to talk about myself to anyone other than close friends so a blog would have been out of the question. All that started to change once I began using these products. My life changed for the better so much and so quickly that I wanted to tell everyone. I wanted to share what I had found that was helping me. And if it could help me, someone with fibromyalgia, then it could help anyone. Now almost 2 years later I am more outgoing. I will tell anyone who listens all about me, my journey with fibro and my business and products. I stand in front of networking groups and can talk without problems and share my story. I can post my pics and write my blog and tell about the things I am most grateful for and not be embarrassed or have fear of rejection. I have learned that for everyone I talk to or share with or who reads my posts, it's either the right time or the wrong time. And if they say yes and want to be a part of this amazing opportunity then great! And if not then it might not be the right place, right time for them. I have been learning not to take it personal, not see it as they are rejecting me or even my company sometimes. It might just be the timing of it all. And I am ok with that because I will be here when their time rolls around and so will my company. Plus just like last night, there will be a loyal customer or distributor out there that says "Yes, today is the perfect time for me to sign up for It Works!" And I thank God for those perfect place, perfect time moments that are still coming.
having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future.
"a two-pronged campaign to woo potential customers"
synonyms: possible, likely, prospective, future, probable
latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.
"a young broadcaster with great potential"
synonyms: possibilities, potentiality, prospects
I am thankful for potential, in all of us, in everything, every situation, no matter what, there is always potential. I am trying to see the potential in myself. I am putting myself out there in my business, with my blogs and website and trying to expand my previous idea of myself into something bigger. I have always had dreams and hopes and would sometimes reach a little for them but I am realizing that a little is not enough. I am broadening my horizons, taking a leap of faith, trying new things. Potential is looking at something in a new light, a different way.I need to see the potential in my relationships. I am aware of the great potential in the team I am building within my business. I see amazing potential in this company. The potential for my health to improve even more is a constant motivator to use the products and share them with others. It is said, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." What greater potential could there be?
So I previously said that some things might be silly or little. Ok so today may be to some people frivolous? But it doesn't matter because I am thankful for doggie doors! I have 2! One going from my kitchen to the garage and then one from garage to the backyard. Best investment in time, money and installation headaches ever! House to garage wasn't bad. Garage to outside meant installing it in the HEAVY METAL DOOR BY MYSELF. My husband was out of town and I tend to plan my projects for those times. He doesn't like the process or mess so I usually have it finished by the time he gets home. I didn't realize when I started the project at 2 am that night that the door was THAT heavy. (I am a night owl and I am more creative and energetic late at night.) By the time the door was off the hinges and the full weight of the situation, pun intended, hit me on the foot, it was too late to back out. It was off and needed to go back on so I might as well follow through and install the doggie door. Getting the door on the sawhorses was a comical site I assure you! But mission accomplished, doggie door installed and the door was back on the hinges before daylight.
My dog, Rok, took to it right away. He loves the freedom and I think the ability to go out and come in when he wants makes him think he's in control around here. Sadie is getting used to them. She still likes it when I let her out and in but she will use them if she needs to go out. I love the ability to leave the house and know that they can go out by themselves and don't have to be in a kennel. I love being able to not have to get up and let them out and then let them back in again to do it all over if they get a whim and want to investigate something or go bark at something. So as silly as it may be, today I am thankful for doggie doors and the freedom that comes with them :)
I am thankful for the weekends, I really am, but I wish they were longer! I try to enjoy them and make use of my time off work but Saturday and Sunday seem to go by so fast! I have big plans for them but not everything gets accomplished! More sleep, clean house, pay bills, laundry, and so on and so on... It feels like I start the new week out even more behind sometimes.
And before you know it, here comes Monday!
Today I attended a birthday party for my one-year old nephew. Birthday parties are fun in general but a party with a guest of honor who is not expecting anything but is thrilled with every little thing, even the boxes, (sometimes only the boxes), is the best party to be a part of. His face lit up with every new thing and he enjoyed every bit of it. He is not yet at the age where some kids are ungrateful or greedy or disappointed. It is new, innocent, fun-filled, and it takes all the other parents in the room back to the day their child had their first birthday. So as simple and silly as it might be, today I am thankful for one-year olds and birthday parties. They're both amazing!
I am not one to run to a doctor for every little thing. I will wait it out and use every natural remedy I can find online before I will break down and seek medical attention, barring emergencies of course. But sometimes there is no other option and my son has realized that for himself. He is currently stationed as a Marine in NC. He has been in 6 years and experienced back issues and injuries during deployment that have continued to progressively get worse over the course of time and with the duties of his job. Many treatments have been tried and he only seems to get worse still. But we now have some hope! Two months ago he went through a seven day trial for a spinal stimulator. The trial went really well but being a trial it had to end which left him in severe pain again. They finally approved for him to receive the device permanently and he underwent that surgery today! Everything went well and he was treated wonderfully by the hospital staff as was my daughter-in-law while waiting by herself all day. He has to wait until the swelling goes down to turn the unit on but the docs say everything went as planned and he should be pain-free in a few days! My son is in some pain from the surgery itself but he is in great spirits and is looking forward to picking his daughter up again without fear of dropping her.
So today I am thankful for spinal stimulators and the promise of some pain-free days for my son to enjoy life and be a part of his family again. I am thankful for all the doctors and nurses that cared so well for my baby and his wife since I couldn't be there to help. I am thankful for his wife that she can now care for him as well or maybe better than I could myself. And for my granddaughter who keeps trying to "make daddy all better"! I'll share updates later on...
So the pic is from last week but it shows where and how I spent most of today. Being a nanny has some drawbacks, germy children being one of them. I am sick less than most children's caregivers. But it does occur occasionally and it hit me early this morning. So here is my list of thankfulness on this sick day:
1. My families are understanding and can work around an occasional sick day.
2. This apparently is a 12 hour stomach bug so I am almost over it. Plus using my It Works supplements I have been building my immune system and I didn't get as sick as some of my friends have gotten. And my supplements will help me recover faster.
3. My husband was off work and actually a great caregiver today. (He wouldn't let me put his pic on here)
4. My puppies were of course very supportive!
5. Toilets, running water, Sprite, my couch, and sleeping!
So if I have to have an occasional sick day I think I weathered it well and will soon be up and going again!
Do you hear that? So do I! Total silence! After the afternoon I had with the kids I nanny, I am so thankful for a quiet, peaceful, silent house. My husband is working, the dogs are sleeping, the tv is off and there is no sound, no whining, no yelling, no fighting, no tattling, no nothing! The only things I hear are the hum of the refrigerator, the occasional car driving by and the sounds of my keys on the laptop. Silence is wonderful! And tonight I am grateful for it!