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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

Today I am thankful that my sister and I found some time in our busy schedules to slip away and go to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower before it left theatres.  If you didn’t get to see it, do.  If you haven’t read the book, read it.  Go buy the soundtrack, it’s fantastic.  Or, if you want, just go listen to it on Spotify:

The movie was beautifully done.  I think it helped that the novel’s author, Stephen Chbosky, wrote the screenplay and directed the film, too.  As much as I loved the book, I think this film might have been even better.  Although that might have been because the actors were so endearing.  It was truly one of the best movies I have seen in recent memory.

Afterward, LC and I went to Starbucks for a bit of an afternoon pick-me-up, and to take advantage of their “buy one holiday drink, get the other free from 2pm-5pm deal”.  I treated myself to a Grande Skinny Peppermint Mocha for 130 calories.  It was a delicious treat.

Weekends like this one, where my sister and I get to spend a lot of time together (we lounged around for much of the day yesterday, too) are all too rare, making them all the more precious.  I’m so grateful that my sister is my best friend and that she and my nieces live right next door.

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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

Today I am thankful that the rain let up and Sofi and I were able to take a nice, long afternoon walk. I’m also thankful that the steroid shot that I got last week helped to keep the plantar fasciitis pain at bay.  On the walk this afternoon, it felt like it had been a really long time since we’d taken a good walk together. With the time change, working late, and Sofi going to doggy daycare twice last week (where they walk her 1-2 times per session), it had been a little while since we’d gone.

I love taking walks with Sofi because nothing helps me clear my head or manage feelings of stress like taking a walk with her.  It gives me time to slow down life’s hectic pace and just enjoy the surroundings.  Appreciate the everyday.  With that spirit in mind, I decided to take some photos along our 35-minute walk.

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Even an everyday path becomes something worth exploring after the rain.

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Sofi saw another dog and his owner taking advantage of the break in the weather.

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I have a special affinity for vintage/old cars.  This one caught my eye.

20121117-163515.jpg Beautiful roses.

20121117-163553.jpg This tree was alive with fall colors.

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I love the cast of our shadows in this picture.

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Sofi got a bit tangled in the leash.  Silly girl!

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I love this shot, both for the leaves, and for the “action” shown.

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Another great shot showing our movement, along with the fall leaves.

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Sofi’s favorite places to sniff out the “news” – bushes.

20121117-163647.jpg Sofi didn’t want the walk to end.

20121117-163654.jpg I had to show my fall decorations.

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I love that face and I’m so thankful for it, every single day.

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Welcome home!
(I also wanted to show off the new entry rug I bought for fall. I like it so much that I may keep it out longer).

It was so nice to get out of the house, get the blood pumping, and breathe in the fresh air.  I’m thankful for today’s walk with Sofi.

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As I stop and think for a moment this morning (now afternoon), I realize that there are so many things that I am thankful for, and I thought it would be nice to share a few of them with you.

  • I am thankful for my family, above all.  This has been a trying year for all of us, especially my sister, but I am grateful that we were there for each other and were able to support each other through it all.  And now my sister can look at all the possibilities that she has available to her, and she can once again hope.
  • I am thankful for my friends.  I have so many people who love and support me (many of them are reading this blog right now), and I am lucky to have each one in my life.  The core group of friends that I see on a regular basis remind me of who I am inside and bolster my spirits when I’m feeling low.  They have been here through thick and thin and I appreciate them whole-heartedly.  And to those friends whom I have yet to meet in person, but who have become my best friends, I am so grateful to know you – I am a better person because you are in my life.  Thank you.
  • I am thankful for Sofi.  She adds joy to my life and reminds me to enjoy the here and now.  I live in the moment when I’m with her and I realize what is truly important.  She has given me perspective and patience.  She is amazing and I love her more than I ever knew I could.  Everything does happen for a reason, and I know that I was meant to have Sofi in my life.
    • I am thankful for Heather, Sofi’s breeder, whom I can call, email, or FB message about any question, big or small.  She has been an amazing support system for Sofi and me, and I don’t know how I could have done it this time around without her.  She has made me a much better doggy mommy and has become a friend.  She is one of the most nurturing people I know, and a true example of someone who gives of themselves for others.  She’s the best!
  • I am thankful for my job.  In these times of economic turmoil, I am happy that I have a profession that I love and that fulfills me on a daily basis.  I get to touch the lives of thousands of students, and they get to touch mine.  I guess that’s worth the countless hours  spent grading essays.  😉
  • I am thankful for my health.  Even though I’m 150 lbs overweight, I can walk and run (in short bursts) and Zumba and ride my bike and jump and dance.  I can MOVE.  I have not developed any of the co-morbidities that often come with obesity, and for that I am immensely grateful.  I am also happy that I have made huge strides to insure that my health improves by leaps and bounds as I lose weight.
  • I am thankful for my attitude.  I know that keeping a positive outlook on life and appreciating everything and everyone around me is what helps me live a happier existence.
  • I am thankful for my life.  Sure, there are still tons of things that I have yet to accomplish, but when I stop for a moment to look around at the little life that I lead, I realize just how amazing it is.  I live in a wonderful house, surrounded by family and friends (and pooches!), and I am able to enjoy each day and look forward to the next one.  Not everyone can say that.

What are YOU thankful for?

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