My friend Brianne over at BS in the Midwest just published a gratitude list, and I thought I’d borrow her idea. It’s been a rough past few months and this is a good exercise to focus on what I’m thankful for instead of the woe-is-me stuff.
One-on-one yoga classes
My work brings in a yoga teacher once a week. It’s one of the most amazing perks. The class is open to all staff, but I was the only one who showed last week. So I got a private yoga session, 100% tailored to the stuff I needed to work on. It was super great.
After months of hearing my friend Jess go on and on about how much she loved The Chicago Skeeball League, I finally signed up last skeeson. Iit was a lot of fun (even though I was pretty bad.) The next skeeson starts up this week, and I am starting to see why Jess is so into this. About half the teams that participate on our night are friends or friends of friends. As an adult, it’s rare that you get to see so many friends all in one place so regularly. Plus, I’m getting better and hope to actually compete this time instead of consistently scoring low.
Cooking at home
Jake and I started cooking together a lot more thanks to Blue Apron, a meal-delivery service. Every week they deliver us a box of ingredients for 3 dinners. We chop everything up, follow the recipes and enjoy a (usually) delicious we-made-it-ourselves dinner. As my freelance network has been slowly but surely building, I’ve been looking for ways to streamline life tasks since there are only so many hours in the day. Not only do Jake and I cook together more, I’ve been able to completely cut out the meal planning, grocery list making, and grocery shopping that previously sucked up a significant amount of time each week.
New freelance clients
Though it’s taken some self-discipline, I’ve gotten to the point where I will not accept just any client, but only clients that are a good fit for my interests or professional goals.
I started writing for a website that covers news about women in tech. I’m huge into women’s career equality and totally drank the Sheryl Sandberg Lean In Kool-Aid, so I’m happy to lend my skills to a site that champions women.
I’ll also occasionally be reviewing Chicago hotels. Travel writing has always been one of my passions, so I’m glad I get to pick that back up and experience my own city like a local.
As a low-maintenance kind of girl, I’m not really “into” hair. But thanks to the recommendation of a friend, I found a stylist who truly understands both my personality and distaste for spending more than 3 minutes on my hair each morning, then gave me a hairstyle to match.
It’s the easiest, breeziest haircut I’ve ever had, and I always get compliments on my hair— even though all I do is go to Magen every seven weeks and she does all the work.
Running water and a warm apartment
This Chicago winter has been one of the worst. A water pipe in our building froze and burst on Christmas Eve, so they had to shut off the water for two days until it was repaired. This happened again a few days ago. Being without water for a few days or hours made me appreciate that I had it at all. I’m also thankful that our heat works just fine, especially on those -40 degree windchill days.
Libby the cat
I can’t believe that my cat is 20 years old. Every day I’m thankful that this little furball is still around to cuddle with or try to sneakily steal my cheese (she loves dairy just as much as I do.) I’m so lucky to have a pet that has lived this long.
You have pets. You get it. She’s a good friend.
Good snow boots
Never have I appreciated my Sorrel boots more than during this long, icky winter of endless snow and below-zero temps.