Friday, April 20, 2012

A Bad Week and a Gratitude Journal

It's Friday!  Thank goodness.  It has been a long week despite the fact that I had Monday off.  I am having one of those weeks where I lack confidence and feel like being completely alone.  I don't know where these feelings stem from but they seem to come out of nowhere.  I go into hibernation mode and prefer to go straight home after the gym and crawl into bed rather than be social.  I missed a friend's birthday party, and I skipped out on my favorite night of the month: book club night!  I'm a nerd, in case you haven't noticed.  I layed in bed watching season 2 of Downton Abbey and reading A Home at the End of the World (which is fantastic, by the way).  I even canceled my plans to go to LA this weekend, opting for a relaxing weekend at home in San Diego instead.

Maybe these crummy feelings are in part due to my foot issues.  I just started running again and within a a week or so, my "good" foot suddenly started hurting.  I had finally experienced that running euphoria that I'd missed so terribly, and was forced to stop so abruptly.  I am just fed up with injury.  I don't feel like myself when I can't run.  I really don't mean for this to be a pity party or a bitch fest, I'm just having a rough week.

Do any of you have really bad weeks where you would rather curl up with a book than see anyone?  I always value my alone time but I've taken that to a new level this week.

In an effort to focus on the positive, I decided to start a gratitude journal.  Many of you have these and write in them daily.  Major props to you!  A few of my co-workers are taking part in a daily gratitude challenge, which has been inspiring to follow.  I am a little late in the game, and I don't plan on making this a structured routine, but I thought now was the perfect time to start recording some of the little things in life that I appreciate.



I am grateful for...


An amazing, supportive partner that realizes I am having a bad week and texts me "you are beautiful" in the morning.  :)

My mom who has taught me what unconditional love is and my angelic 14 year old sister.

Snuggling with brand new babies like this one.

Mantras that remind me to love myself first.

My brand new thermos that keeps my coffee warm for hours!
(it's the little things...)

The best snuggle buddy a girl could ask for.

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What are you grateful for this week?
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44 comments:

  1. Love how you make lemonade out of lemons. So sorry to hear you are having foot issues again. Give it a few days and try again. It's too soon for it to be a stress fracture, so it has to be something more minor.

    Gonna check out that book b/c you always have good recommendations. I am reading The Paris Wife and loving it!

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  2. Yes, I hate to admit how often I can get to feeling that way. I think you are right- gratitude really combats these feelings. I try to have the intention to be grateful and compassionate. Both of these things help me move out of seeing what is lacking and focussing on what is good, what is working, what I care about. Hang in there. Hope that foot is okay.

    Your mom is as gorgeous as you are!

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  3. I started a gratitude journal of sorts on my blog this year, inspired by Amanda from Run to the Finish. It's nice to actually say out loud, or write, things that I feel grateful for everyday...whether it's the big important stuff like my family, or the little sweet simple things, like a great cup of coffee! Either way it helps me stay focused on the positive :) Good for you for starting one! Take good care of your foot!

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  4. what a beautiful couple you guys make...I love that picture

    this week has been nothing but horrible..one thing after the other..I wish I could go hide somewhere...

    but I am grateful for my kids and my husband and to be alive. that is plenty

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  5. Hang in there!
    The entire time I was injured, I felt like staying on the down low at home.

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  6. Seriously, realizing what you have to be grateful for sometimes makes all the difference. It's all about perspective! I'm thankful that my husband is doing well freelancing, that I have two awesome dogs, and that a good friend is expecting. And that it's Friday!

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  7. Very cute. Keep on striving just don't give up and God bless to your family.

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  8. this was a great post. I'm having one of those weeks too where I'm just really down about stuff. this reminded me to be greatful for what I have and not sad about what I don't... thanks for that! :-)

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  9. I feel that way more often than I care to admit! Sometimes when I really stop to think about it, I really don't like myself. I can get so torn up and in such a funk over my first-world problems! It's like I SEE myself being a selfish bitch, but I just can't stop, ya know?

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  10. I'm actually having quite the bad week too, even into the weekend. It's tough. I do keep a graditude journal and find it helps. I use it in two ways: on one side of the page I say all the things I'm grateful today, on the other side are my aspirations I wish to come true in present tense. It helps me to focus on the good I have now and focus on what I'm working towards. Today I'm grateful to friends that have taken the time to talk with me even when they knew I didn't want to haha. It's nice to know people care.

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  11. Ah bitch away! I'm grateful for my blog where I can say whatever I want and I usually feel some what better afterward. I'm sorry you feel that way but makes me feel "more normal" when I hear other people want to hold up at home some times too. Heal quickly!

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  12. I think the gratitude journal is a LOVELY idea (and you've got a great list of things to start with). :)

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