Weekly Top 5, Vol. 35 – Thankful

In my last Top 5 post, I said I was going to slow these down, which I have, but I kind of miss them! It’s hard to believe we are now in mid-November, hibernation season as the sun sets early, staring down the Holidays and all the time we get to spend celebrating with friends and family.

As I prepare for this busy and joyful season, here are the things (besides my early bedtime) making me happy…

  1. Run Like You Mean It…When Jain’s, Makeba comes on my running playlist, I automatically pull my shoulders back, lengthen my stride and feel like I’m dominating my run. If you need a little kick to your workout post-Thanksgiving dinner, this will do it.
  2. Nothing Like a Good Book…My favorite pastime is to curl up with a good book. Since kids, I’ve struggled to find that time. So instead of looking for the time, I decided to make the time for something that has always been so important to me. I recently completed (and really enjoyed) Shauna Niequist’s Present Over Perfect. – written in short essays as she opens up about her journey to refocus on the important parts of her life.

    Present Over Perfect

    Yes, I still love a real flesh and bones book. No e-readers here.

  3. Clean Platter…I love a back-pocket, go-to appetizer. I found it in Pioneer Woman’s Bruschetta. Easy, quick and yummy. I only made one modification: we did not butter and grill the bread. After slicing it, we lightly toasted them in the oven. Delicious.
  4. Light Chuckles…So I’m totally guilty of several of these in here, Excerpts from the All Girls Remake of Lord of the Flies, but happy to report that I can still laugh at myself.
  5. Thankful Mindset…With Thanksgiving approaching, I’ve been talking to my boys about gratitude. The older one is starting to understand it and it’s amazing to see the smile on his face and the joy in his voice as he lists the things for which he is thankful. This sentiment captures the beauty of the practice: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!



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