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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sunshine, Books, Blogs and More -- #ThankfulThursday

Hello beautiful people!

This week has been busy. How is it that without ever really noticing our time gets filled up with all kinds of things. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but it does make time go by quickly.

This week I caught up with some old friends, had a dentist appointment to adjust my braces, and led a craft in my daughter's Girl Scout meeting. It has been an exciting, though exhausting, week and I'm ready to take a few minutes to really appreciate what that means.

Gratitude is such an important part of positive living. I am featuring what I am thankful for with the popular tag #ThankfulThursday. This helps me remember that all the busy can also be a good,positive thing. I hope that it inspires you to stop and consider what you are thankful for this week as well. It can be little or big, it all matters in the end!

This Week I'm Thankful For...

...The Sun!

It has been gray and dreary in Seattle for over a month now. This week the sun has started to shine through the clouds. It is glorious! I can feel myself smile more. I'm still not running outside into nature quite yet because it is still ridiculously cold out. Nonetheless, I prefer to look on the positive side and be thankful for the sun and the energy it brings to me. It is also a beautiful beacon to assure me that spring is just around the corner.

...Valentine's Day Dash 5k

This past Sunday my husband and I both ran in Seattle's Valentine's Day Love 'em or Leave 'em 5k. It was such a great morning. Though it was freezing when we got there, we eventually warmed up during the race. It was at the end of the first mile when my feet finally thawed out and running became enjoyable. The 5k ran around beautiful Green Lake, so there was lots of scenery to admire and appreciate. 

I finished with a personal best, which in itself is call for celebration!

These races always give me a boost in mood and attitude - that is The Power of Running for me. This race was particularly special because I got to share it with my husband. We even went out to brunch with a new friend. I am thankful to go out and enjoy the outdoors doing something that makes me feel confident and capable.

...Oprah Winfrey's Book, "What I Know For Sure"

I started reading Oprah Winfrey's "What I Know For Sure" because it was next on my list. However, it came at a perfect time. In this book, Winfrey tells stories about the things she knows for sure, like how to find joy, be resilient and even have gratitude for the big and small things. Especially since I am beginning to realize just how important that last one is, I am thankful for the positive inspiration to just keep doing my best every single day.

...Frankincense Essential Oil

I wrote about the benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil earlier this week, but that is because I am actively enjoying them myself. I needed the boost in relaxation and calm this week especially. That is the thing with being busy, it makes it harder to fit in those self-care moments. By adding Frankincense to the oil diffuser on my desk, I was able to appreciate the Earthy and uplifting aroma as I wrote, read and mediated throughout my week.

Shelbee on the Edge
...Inspiring Bloggers

One of the things I love about blogging is making connections with other writers and being inspired through quotes, articles, pictures and more. Shelbee on the Edge is a fashion and lifestyle blog that I have gotten fantastic inspiration from, not to mention Shelbee is the nicest lady. Her article, "Running on Overdrive" has helped me out several times throughout the last few weeks remember to take a break and recharge when I begin to feel overwhelmed. Since I tend to get overwhelmed easily, I need all the advice I can possibly find.

Check out her Valentine's Day Challenge to spread kindness and more from Shelbee on the Edge!


May it be little things or big things, I am grateful. My goal is to seek out positive inspiration; I believe appreciation is a big part of that task. Enjoy #ThankfulThursday, a weekly periodical.

I would love to hear what you are thankful for this week, comment below!


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Have an inspired day!


  1. For some reason, I did not know that Oprah had written a book.
    How had I missed that?
    Congratulations on your personal best. I need to think in terms of that for some of the things I do. Makes me wish I were a runner!

  2. I love the idea of personal best because the ability to improve yourself is the one thing you can control. It could apply to anything you are trying to accomplish. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


I love to hear what inspires you. I appreciate feedback to help grow as an artist, I ask only that you stay positive even if being critical. Thank you Writing Companion!

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