It’s the week of Thanksgiving!! 😀 What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?
If you didn’t know, this week is very special to my husband and I. You can read about it in my first 30 Days of Gratitude post. It’s been an even more exciting week with hearing news about getting my sponsorship all completed and my husband received news that he will be promoted to Petty Officer Second Class. Lots of smiles are filling our home, including the smile as a sip this week’s tea…
Tea of the Day: Country Peach Passion
Brand: Celestial Seasonings (again, this is from another sampler pack of fruit teas)
Color: This peach tea is pretty pale at first with a yellowish color.
Taste: WOW! You can totally taste the peach in this! It is fairly sweet without needing to add any sugar. The peach flavor is dominant and no other flavors are really present. It’s classified as a herbal tea, but there is no herbal flavor.
Ideas for next time: I wouldn’t add anything to this tea with its natural sweetness. I can see myself opting to use these bags to make a pitcher of iced tea in the summer time.
15. What season are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for the winter. I do rather enjoy the cold and seeing snow. I grew up in the Southwest region of the US and had to drive at least a few hours to experience snow. I grew up skiing though and love it to his day. I prefer to sleep when it’s colder because I am so grateful for blankets and this is the perfect time of year to use them! I love hot drinks (obviously, it’s a tea blog lol) and foods (soup anyone?). It’s just not the same to eat/drink them as much when it’s warmer. As much as I complain about my toes being cold, I have said for awhile that it’s easier to warm up than to cool down. I can only take off so many articles of clothing but I can keep layering. 😉
16. What about your body are you grateful for?
I’m not so much grateful for any particular part of my body as much as I’m grateful that I’ve been able to communicate with my body better. So, I’m grateful for my body’s communication? Haha. In all honesty though, over the last few years, I’ve paid more attention to how my body reacts to certain medications, foods, and environments. I can pick up quicker if I’m about to get sick so I can start fighting it sooner. I know which foods that I should stay away from and what the consequences are if I decide to indulge anyway.
Here’s a funny story and example of what I mean. I love Raising Cane’s! The sauce is so amazing and their chicken strips are just something completely out of all the other chicken strips’ league. BUT whenever I eat this glorious fried masterpiece, I have at least 3 pimples the following day. I don’t know what it is specifically about Raising Cane’s because I don’t particularly steer clear of fried and/or oily foods, but THIS makes me break out without a doubt. SO, I plan when I eat it around times when I know I don’t need to be camera ready in the next week or if I have something like a job interview where I really want to impress.
17. What knowledge are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for my knowledge in how to research things. I’m not talking about heavy duty, Nobel Peace Prize worthy research. I’m referring to research things that purely interest me. How long can I visit my husband before I need to return to the US (during the time before my visa comes in)? What foods are more beneficial for someone with PCOS? How do I start a business as a life coach to continue using my education while abroad? What job opportunities exist that I can do remotely?
This is just a handful of things that I’ve researched and used the knowledge to benefit my life. I’ve found supplements and foods that can decrease the symptoms of PCOS. I am familiar with the Schengen Area and it’s tourist rule for Americans. I know the steps to take to register my life coaching business. I’ve looked at various opportunities that I can do for “work” while living in Italy.
Also, this isn’t the kind of research where you google something and then click the first link. Google is great! And my first resource when I have a question or interest. However, I click on multiple links, compare/contrast information, read forums when others have asked the same question, and post when I find an answer to a question someone asked that I feel can be helpful.
18. What piece of art are you grateful for?
It’s not a piece of art per say, but it is art. I am grateful for the art of videography. Yesterday, Matt and I were blessed with the first draft of wedding video. And oh my goodness, it is beautiful. I could watch it a million times and this is just the first draft! It perfectly captured the day and all the emotion from getting ready to walking down the aisle to dancing to our sendoff. I’m so grateful that this technology exists. Our photos are gorgeous! But this video is really something else. 😉
Thank you Harley Bonham!
19. What touch are you grateful for today?
Today, I’m grateful for the touch of my husband’s lips when we kiss. It’s amazing the power one kiss can have. Marriage has been so fun but it does come with some challenges, and, lately, a lot of those challenges have been popping up as we adjust to each other. Our first time living together and the longest we’ve spent with each other continuously. Before September, the most days we had spent together in a row was 17. I think we were together a total of 60 days in the first 18 months of our relationship/marriage.
AND kisses from him are my way of knowing that we will get through whatever is thrown at us no matter what. Not one morning or night has gone by without a kiss, and there is plenty in between. 😉
20. Who in your life are you grateful for?
Am I allowed to say my husband? Lol. Truthfully, I am so grateful for him. I know I’m not perfect and I know what he has to put up with. I’m not an easy person all the time. And he doesn’t ever let that get in the way of making sure I know that he loves me. He’s seen the best of me and the worst of me, and he accepts that. He doesn’t try to change me. He communicates amazingly. And that is why I’m grateful for him. He’s really my other half, possibly my better half… but let’s not get too crazy.
21. What song are you most grateful for?
I have an odd obsession with Call My Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson. I loved it when it came out. I loved it when the Harvard baseball team put out their video. I loved it when service members put out a parody video the Miami Dolphins’ cheerleaders. It just makes me happy. 🙂 And it’s my go-to karaoke song when I can’t think of anything else I want to sing that night. I love it so much that it was on our must play list for the wedding and I excused myself from a conversation I was having to join my friends on the dance floor when it was played.
If you’d like to do your own 30 days of gratitude, here’s where I found the prompts I’m using. And catch up! You’re late!
What are you grateful for? Leave me a comment!