As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m participating in the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge on Instagram. It’s such a great way to think about many of the things I’m thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving. I thought I’d expand on a few of my favorites so far!
Day 1 – Home
My entire life I’ve called the small southeastern corner of the Jersey Shore home, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else! There’s a bike path that runs through my town and several others. No matter the day of the week or the time of day, you’ll always pass a friendly face – children riding their bikes to school, parents pushing their little ones in a stroller, and retirees enjoying a nice stroll. The bike path promotes such a wonderful sense of community. I’m so thankful for a welcoming place to run and walk with Baby D.
Day 8 – Family & Friends
When I think of my family and friends, my heart just bursts with love and joy. As much as I like to think I have a way with words, I’m always at a lost when I try to articulate what they mean to me. The walls of my house are filled with pictures of all our loved ones, and I smile and count my blessings every time I walk past them.
Day 15 – Music
Oh, how I love Christmas music! While I typically try to hold off until the week of Thanksgiving to start listening, this year has been a little different. Since I’ve been home on maternity leave with Baby D, I’ve gotten the festive holiday bug to start listening a bit earlier than usual! As a kid, my parents would play songs by Dean Martin and Perry Como so my playlist has some of their classics along with my new favorites by Straight No Chaser, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson. With every song, I reminisce about how lucky I was to have wonderful Christmases as a kid and look forward to watching Baby D make memories each year that includes some of my favorite songs!
Are you participating in the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge? What are you thankful for?