It is so important in life to have support of people. Family, friends, loved ones, really anyone around you that can lift you up. I remember as a child having support of teachers was invaluable.
In children’s lives there are so many kinds of support that are important and that later in life they realize they are grateful for.
1. Support from teachers/coaches and those at school: The ones they are with all day everyday. The ones that shape who they will become. The ones that make those bad days better and teach them things that stay with them forever. I know for me I wouldn’t know the alphabetical order of the United States if it hadn’t been engrained in my head in 2nd grade. I wouldn’t know that I had a problem with math in 3rd grade if it wasn’t for a very sweet teach making me realize that I see numbers a little mixed up. Teachers form a great amount of support.
2. Parents: Parents are the biggest amount of support. They are with us from day 1. They support us through good times and bad. They stay up all night helping with those science projects. They see us off to college and stay on the phone when we get homesick. They help move us into that first apartment and make sure we aren’t only eating Ramen noodles. They are there on wedding days, the day you give birth etc.
3. Friends: You always have friends you can turn to for different kinds of support. There are the ones you go to for laughter, tears, the ones that you go to just to take your mind off things. The ones that will run a marathon with you. The ones that will come over and craft with you. The ones that will let you cry on their shoulder over and over. The ones that will listen to you rant and rant. The ones that you grew up with and know about the time in 4th grade where you spilled a snack pack all over yourself during lunch.
Support comes in all shapes and sizes and today I am grateful for the many kinds of support in my life.
What kinds of support are you grateful for?
I love being outside. Especially long walks. They are so great for not only the body(exercise) but the mind. I particularly love taking my morning coffee on a long walk in the cooler temps. Something about it lets me clear my mind and get the day started on a great note. With the cooler temps starting recently I have been able to do this on a more regular basis and I can see a huge difference in the way I feel mentally.
I think this is such a great thing for people to be able to do. Long walks are also great for families at night, during the day if you have little ones or just to cool down after dinner.
My boyfriend and I love to unplug by going on walks and just talk to each other about life. Going for walks is a great time to unplug from the TV, your cell phones, computers, iPads, video games etc.
There is something about that freeing feeling of being outside and knowing that you are both helping your mind and body get healthy that makes you feel so great inside and out.
Its hard to not be grateful for our beautiful planet that we are so lucky to live on but in these cooler temp days its especially hard to not be grateful for taking a minute, or an hour a go for a long walk.
I highly suggest trying it out.
Something happens in the Fall. I get this feeling when the cool crisp air hits(hasn’t quite hit Texas yet). But the Fall activities have. The Pumpkin Spice lattes are at Starbucks, NFL and College football is on TV.
So I figured I would list a few of the things I am most Grateful For today about Fall Activities:
Warm coffee on a walk in the cool mornings
Any kind of outdoor activity(running, walking on trails, biking, hiking)
Watching Football with my family
Going to high school football games
Making Healthy cooler weather foods(vegetarian chili is my favorite)
Curling up in warm clothes and watching a movie
I am so grateful for this time of year because something about it just makes me so happy! Fall is definitely my favorite season and I am grateful it will make its Texas appearance hopefully sometime soon!
Here in Texas its almost laughable to say you are Grateful for Seasons. We dont get too many of them. We get a long hot summer that lasts from beginning of May to end of October and then about a month of Fall, followed by 3 months of winter, a month of spring and then we do it all over again.
Summer or at least the brutally hot part is coming to an end and its almost at the time where you can go outside and breathe again and that I am thankful for.
I am thankful for days spent outdoors cooking on the grill. Taking long walks at night, talking about life. Seeing kids go off to school(even though I have to deal with school zones again). The mornings, oh how I love the mornings the 70 degree temps and taking my cup of coffee outside for some reading or work and having those peaceful moments of clarity. Things you cant do when its too hot or too cold. Things that do make you appreciate the Summer.
I like to think there are things you can find to be Grateful for in every season. It may not always be your favorite one. Mine personally are Fall and Winter but I love the peaceful mornings of Spring and Summer and for those I am Grateful.
I feel like rainy days can be both a good thing and a bad thing depending on how you look at them. Its just like the glass analogy. Do you see it as half empty or half full? I see rainy days as a good thing. They keep our trees and grass watered and plants and flowers alive. They cool off a really hot day. If its summer we can play(assuming its not a bad storm of course.) After the rain comes the fun part for kids at least when I was little…puddle jumping!
What I also love about rainy days is that they also give you the chance to do some great indoor activities. For adults we can read, maybe watch a movie we’ve been wanting to watch, do a crossword puzzle, spend quality time with loved ones.
For kids you can build forts out of the couch cushions(a childhood favorite), box mazes out of boxes found in the attic or garage, color in your coloring books, or just play together as a family.
Rain is never a bad thing, rain is a chance for rejuvenation.
I am grateful for Rainy Days. There is just something so special about them.
OK I know this sounds weird. Being grateful for pencils. But last week I was strolling through target and how much do we all love a good stroll through target. I mean we go in for a birthday card and spend $150 right?
I came across the school supply schedule and immediately came across the school supply section and saw the pencils. Pencils were my favorite. Most people love mechanical. I liked original. Something about them screamed fall. I love that quote from You’ve got mail about a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils meaning fall.
Soon enough even this week some kids start school. The madness begins. The newness begins. For some its a sort of rebirth. A chance to do it all right again. A chance for reorganization. A chance to buy those pencils, pens, notebooks(oh trapper keeps how I miss you) and planners. That first week where you can locate everything in your backpack and your locker looks perfect. When you keep on track with assignments.
I was so nostalgic for those days and for remember my school days. I saw the young children oooohing and ahhhing over the supplies. Now Justin Beiber and so many stars that I have no idea who they are. I just couldn’t help but smile. I couldn’t help but be grateful for the education that is offered in our country and how stores like target donate money to local schools(not a sponsored plug btw).
So lets all take a minute and remember those days where buying lined paper and pencils was just enough to get us excited about a new beginning.
We all have the ability to do whatever we want. Volunteer, go to college, change the world.
Our parents tell us from a young age “you can be whoever you want to be.”
This post maybe quite a bit personal and honestly today I have no other choice.
I have grown up in Dallas, TX and lived here the better part of my life. A beloved radio DJ, (Kidd Kraddick )in Dallas passed away over the weekend. He had a brain aneurism. He left behind a daughter and wonderful charity which has put his heart and soul into his entire life. Helping kids all over the country with disabilities and illnesses enjoy life and remember that their disabilities dont make them who they are.
When hearing of his passing it made me realize that I dont use my abilities to their fullest. How many of us say we are going to volunteer and dont? How many of us myself included say we want to make a difference and dont?
We grow up with our parents telling us “you can change the world!” and Kidd Kraddick looked beyond that and knew one person could change the world and he did that everyday. His legacy is that of changing the world with his ability to laugh and smile and make people want to be better.
He makes me want to be better.
I think we should all be better. We should all use our abilities to the fullest and become better people.
He ended every show with ”Keep lookin up cause thats where it all is”
I think now we should all do more for the world around us, get our kids involved, do more for our community and make this selfless man proud!
I grew up in a house where being silly was OK. Playing jokes on one another as long as they weren’t hurtful or hateful was part of life. My dad the constant jokester still thinks “hey pull my finger” is hysterical. My mom laughs at everything and has the most infectious laugh.
As an adult now I cant help but be silly more than serious. I try to laugh as much as possible and I enjoy funny silly movies and TV shows. I do enjoy the serious but Im a big fan of laughing.
I think its so important to remember to laugh and be silly in life. It makes you healthier, happier and honestly you will live longer. Being silly as an adult is tough however because you have to walk a fine line of silly and setting a good example.
I think being silly with your kids is one of the best things you can do!
Today I am grateful for my silly ways, even though Im technically an adult
As I stood watching Fireworks in my favorite city on the Fourth of July I had a jolt of memory as a child…
Laying on the hood of my dads car parked right undre the fireworks with ear plugs in watching the pretty colors take over the sky. Its amazing how something so simple as seeing a firework can bring back a cherished memory you’d almost forgotten.
Childhood is such a simple time and I think as we get older we start to forget those simple days. The days of watching fireworks, playing in the sprinklers, running around outside until way after dark, catching fireflies in a jar etc. That pretty much sums up my childhood even though I grew up in the big city of Dallas, TX.
I was in Chicago over the July 4th weekend and even though I was exhausted for the 9:45 start time of the firework show I sat there and watched with my mouth gaped open with that childhood simplicity and loved every second of it. I forgot that I was tired. I forgot I had woken up at 2:30 AM to make a flight that day. I had forgotten about the trouble checking into the hotel, etc. When you are a child you dont worry. You don’t have to deal with things like early flight stress, you just sit back and enjoy the fireworks.
We should all be grateful for the simple things in life. Next time you are outside and see a firefly remember that.
I think patience is definitely not a trait I am wonderful at. I strive every single day to become a more patient and understanding person. I am grateful so much for the gift of learning patience.
I use a few different practices when I feel myself getting impatient.
First I ask myself: Is it necessary to be impatient about this? For instance a long line. Is my time more precious than everyone elses time? No.
Second: YOGA I highly reccommend yoga. It has helped me so much with my patience, my personality, everything. It has made me a more calm and collected person.
Lastly meditation. If I have had a really truly awful day. I meditate. I know myself and that calms me so much. To have time within myself to calm down and regain my patience.
I think the real gift of patience is learning the above things. Those are the things I am grateful for that I have the ability to learn yoga, meditation and was once told to ask myself if my time is more precious?
Its so easy in life to become impatient. Especially in a world where everything is go go go and we are constantly getting everything as soon as we want it. If you want a book you no longer drive to a bookstore, you immediately have it on your iPad. If you want a song same thing. No more making mixed tapes for us!
I believe as a society this has made us more impatient. So remember to be grateful for patience. Our time is not more precious than the person in front of us or behind us.
Also just breathe…