Here's what left me feeling grateful this week...
ONE: Creative Confidence is currently on my bookshelf, and it's been a practical and inspiring read. I've highlighted a handful of helpful passages and tips that push me to dig a little deeper in my own creativity. The transition of this past move has been a lot easier because I've had the opportunity to express myself creatively. It's unfortunate that as we get older we categorize people as "creatives" and "noncreatives", when in all actuality there's a creative side to each of us just waiting to be unleashed. We just have to allow ourselves to rediscover it.
TWO: This is the first Thanksgiving in two years that Flyboy and I will spend together, and I'm pretty excited! I haven't a clue what's on the menu yet, but it's so nice to know that we'll celebrate the holiday with each other. Part of me lost sight of this a few weeks ago when I found myself worrying about every little detail. I tend to do that a lot. I guess I wanted the day to be perfect and felt a little frazzled by the idea of not having our "stuff." I know it's just stuff, but there are certain dishes and napkins I like to use for the holidays, which make me feel like I pulled off some sort of Martha Stewart spread. Once I let go of the fact that I'd be without my snazzy stand mixer and trusty kitchen gadgets, there was room to remember the whole point of the holiday. I'll be celebrating it in the best company.
THREE: Over the past week, I've laughed a lot. It just feels good to giggle. Better yet, it's nice to be surrounded by family and friends who really "get" you and will laugh with you. They see the beauty and humor in each day the same way that you do — no explanation is needed. That's the best gift ever!
FOUR: On Sunday morning, I woke up and had a hankering for a donut with sprinkles. I shared this sentiment with Flyboy, but he's used to my silly and fleeting food-related obsessions. I started making coffee and fed the dogs when I realized he was headed out the door. I asked where he was going and learned he was Shipley's bound. Fifteen minutes later I was dunking a donut in my coffee. What a guy!
FIVE: You guys, I'm absolutely baffled by the response to Monday's post. It's clear we're a paper lovin' crowd that's armed with pens and ready to whip out some washi tape. I love it! There are over 60 people signed up for the postal-pick-me-up. Pen pals are scattered from SoCal and Mid-Missouri, all the way to England and Portugal. Thank YOU for joining me in this effort to bring postal back. You've left me smiling from ear to ear!
Alright, enough about me...
What made you feel happy or grateful this week? Enjoy your weekend to the fullest, m' dears!
P.S. Thoughts about Holiday Gift Guides on the blog? Are you in favor, or are there already enough of them out there?