Not only did Alabama lose the Iron Bowl, but my refrigerator died and hubs and I had to spend LOTS of money to buy a new one (which we won’t get for 10 days).
Since my weekend was off to such a terrible start, I was sure all of it would be a bust, but I woke up this morning and just starting slaying my to-do list!
Even if you didn’t have to spend your Saturday night shopping for expensive appliances, you may be in a bad mood today because you’ve had some extra time off for Thanksgiving and tomorrow you have to go back to the daily grind. Well, I want to give you my top five tips for slaying your day so you can go into this work week with confidence.
Today is about much more than watching my alma mater, the University of Alabama, face its biggest rival, Auburn University.
It also means hosting my annual Iron Bowl party complete with my barbecue meatballs and Rotel dip, my cousin’s buffalo chicken dip, my aunt’s rice pudding and some fruits and veggies so I won’t feel as bad about myself.
But most of all it’s about hanging out with family members like my cousin, Tasha, who’s also an alum, is like the sister I never had and is one of my very best friends.
My yoga teacher always says that gratitude is the vehicle needed to drive more happiness into your life. And I think he’s right because if I’m being honest with you this year I haven’t been very happy and I haven’t been very grateful, either. There was a time when I wrote gratitude lists every night before bed, but that’s a practice I abandoned months ago. Now here I am writing a gratitude list because it’s Thanksgiving Day and as a blogger, a post about the things I’m grateful for seems required.
Sure, there are some things I’m always thankful for — neighborhood walks with my husband, the strength to run, dance, and do yoga despite my connective tissue disease, girls night with the few friends in my life who love me for who I am and not what I do.
But lately, I’ve been in a foul mood because this year has been a bit disappointing. I am not where I had hoped to be by the end of 2017 and I’m frustrated. Tuesday morning I had a chat with my business coach about these feelings, these feelings that I know come from falling into the trap of comparison. After reminding me that these feelings are normal, she urged me to make a list of all the things I have accomplished this year.
If you’ve been feeling disappointed or discouraged, I encourage you to make a list of your own. Instead of beating yourself up about all the things you haven’t accomplished this year, celebrate all the things that you have.
Here are 7 accomplishments and opportunities I’m grateful for right now:
(1) Working on my selfie game. | (2) @ColorMeCourtney Instagram Stories.| (3) Wearing boots with everything. (4) Jon Bernthal. | (5) Being my husband’s wife. | (6) SOL Dance Experience. | (7) Wednesday afternoon yoga classes. | (8) Training for road races. | (9) Feeling like a runner again. | (10) My Tidal subscription. | (11) My pouch clutch collection. | (12) Teaching 7th graders. | (13) FINALLY hiring a soclal media manager. | (14) Cantu hair care products. | (15) Writing for StyleBlueprint. | (16) YouVersion Bible reading plans. | (17) My button and lapel pin collection. | (18) Seeing See Jane Write members quit their day jobs to follow their dreams. | (19) Miniature Twix bars. | (20) Preparing to slay 2018. | (21) Wicked nail polish by Essie. | (22) Hot Diggity Dog. | (23) Black Bloggers United meetups. | (24) The Marble Ring. | (25) Seeing my coaching clients meet their goals. | (26) Being confident that I’ll meet mine, too. | (27) I’m going to Wrestlemania 34!. | (28) Being a woman with a plan. | (29) Being a woman with a tribe. | (30) Blogging like crazy!