I love reflecting on a month and thinking of all the positives. It’s easy to dwell on stressors or worries, but that really gets us nowhere. If we really think about it, we all have people, experiences and opportunities to be grateful for. As I look back on the first month of 2018, these ten things really make me smile.
1). A New Year full of potential and possibility. I’m excited and invigorated about 2018. It’s going to be a good one, my friends!
2). Beech Mountain trip. Until last month, it had been a very long time since I’d spent a day on the slopes snowboarding. It was so much fun to get back out there.
3). Swim training. I started individual lessons last Monday to improve my technique. I had so much fun during my first lesson. Can’t wait to tell you more about that once I get into it further.
4). Wilderness at the Smokies. This was such a fun trip with the boys. I’m writing a magazine article about the destination, so we got to experience all aspects of the resort and water park. We made a lot of fun memories that weekend.
5). The boys’ birthdays. I can’t believe the boys are already 9 and 6. Where does time go? We had a really fun birthday weekend this year full of friends, family and celebrations. The boys even got their names “up in lights.”
6). Donating blood. I haven’t donated blood in at least a year so it felt good to do that last week. I have 0 negative blood which makes me a universal donor. My mom’s illness required a lot of blood transfusions and platelet infusions so I know firsthand how important blood donation is.
7). Work gratification. I’m so blessed to have a job that not only allows me to do everything I love (writing, photography, digital marketing, etc.) but also allows me to do it with a group of fun, awesome, creative people. Cheers to my work family!
8). Reading. I made it a point in January to read every morning and every night, and it feels great. Instead of getting on social media or jumping on my computer, I spend a decent amount of time reading. It’s such a wonderful way to relax before the chaos of a day and decompress at the end of one.
9). Snowboarding camp. Brooks has one more week of after school snowboarding camp. It’s been a great opportunity for him. It’s not an easy sport, and I’ve watched his schools improve over the last several weeks. Next week is his last week. After that, I need to get him on the mountain myself to continue practicing.
10). Beer tour. A friend and I have decided to take on a beer tour challenge. I found this cool map at a local book store that lists all the breweries in North Carolina. We made some headway in January. It’s going to take us a while but we’re up for the challenge!
I hope you’re able to look back on January and find some bright spots. February is already upon us. May this new month be full of blessed moments and fun memories. Let’s not take a moment for granted.