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I can’t blog everyday. This gratitude challenge is fantastic in theory, but honestly I am STRUGGLING with getting to this each day!

I feel like an epic failure, but I think I might write one post every few days that covers all the days together. Is that awful? Anyone else struggline with this like I am?

Trying not to feel “ungrateful”, but this daily-posting biznass is tough!

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Another day of the Gratitude Challenge. Today’s task was to:

“Send thank you notes to five people who deserve a little recognition.” 

Today’s was great. I LOVE recognizing other people, and appreciate nothing more than people who work really hard but are also very humble. My greatest joy comes from seeing others succeed, and today’s challenge was a great way to start the week. Here goes:

– One of my coworkers serves in a support role for our team. She is assigned to assist me in the schools that I recruit at and I can honestly say I don’t know what I would do without her. She excels at everything I struggle with! She is incredibly organized, pays great attention to detail, and has the memory of an elephant. We meet weekly to go over the top priorities and honestly she is a lifesaver. Today I took a few minutes and wrote her a short email of recognition, thanking her for her amazing help in getting me up to speed with my first few months on the team. I CC’d her direct supervisor and wanted to make sure that she got the recognition she deserved.
– The second thank you went to a college student I’ve gotten to know over the last few months. She’s currently a member of the sorority I was involved with and she’s been working really hard to get more local alumnae involved. I have been so impressed with her maturity and poise, and sent her a short note of appreciation (again, copied her two advisors as well so they knew she was doing a fab job!)
– I have volunteered for the last few months with a fantastic woman who lives in Louisiana. I love her. She doesn’t take life too seriously and is an amazing mentor to me. She rules, and got a short thank you note from me today, just for being her fun self.
– Another woman volunteers with me on a more local level. I think she’s been involved with the organization over 40 years. She gets a tough rap sometimes for being a little traditional, but I can appreciate that 🙂 I sent her a short email and thanked her for all the years of hard work she’s put into the organization. It definitely goes unnoticed and I thought she would appreciate it.
– The last one went to someone I mentor at work. With about a week notice he came along with me to a huge recruiting event. He jumped right in with zero training, and did a fantastic job. I know long-term he also wants to be in recruiting, so I thought he absolutely deserved the recognition. Again, I copied his supervisor and thanked him for doing such a good job.

I love love love making others aware of the hard working being done by those around us. There’s nothing I appreciate more than someone who gives selflessly of themselves to others or to an organization. To do things like this and actually be humble about it is something to be proud of.

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Today I had to double up on the posts. It’s Day 7 of the Gratitude Challenge, and today’s task is to:

“Take a few minutes to call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Tell them how much you appreciate them”

I am not a phone person. I don’t like to call people just to chat, and I don’t expect anyone to call me. It’s probably one of my faults, but I just hate talking on the phone. Today I called my best friend Nikkee, and we got to chat for about 10 minutes. I love it because she’s not a huge phone person either, so our conversations cover alot of ground, but are short and sweet. She talked to me while I was working on my latest craft project (more on that to come), and also texted me three pictures of stuff she’s been working on at her house.

We got to arrange a little meet-up for the first weekend in January, and also got to talk about all her latest and greatest house projects. Pretty boring post today but we’re still plugging away!

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Today I’m going to roll in 2 days into one. I know that’s probably against all rules of the challenge, but I’m not an everyday blogger. There’s way too much going on in life and this typically takes a back seat to that.

Day 4’s challenge is to:

“Take five minutes to write about how grateful you are for all of the wonderful things that you currently have in 
your life. Don’t long for what you don’t possess—instead, take stock of all the blessings you already enjoy.”
I wish someone would’ve asked me to do this about 2 years ago. At the time, we had been living in a small condo, and we spent so much time complaining about how small it was, how limited we were with storage, and how nice it would be when we got a house. It was the source of more than one argument and it would spiral into conversations about finances, long-term goals, and generally speaking these conversations would cause unneeded stress in our lives. 
The kitchen in the condo
I realize now that the condo was perfect for us starting out. We saved tons of money because we had a very reasonable mortgage payment. It was also something that my husband had worked very hard for, (he purchased it on his own right out of college). Every ounce of time I spent complaining about it was probably a slap in the face to all his hard work! It was also in a fantastic location, and the commute to work for both of us was great. 
I also forget that the condo provided my husband and I our first time to create something together. We invested TONS of time into the condo making it our own. Paint, carpet, tile……all done in about two months. We were sick of the modern look and it never really felt like our own place. It was the first time my husband realized when I look at him and say, “What do you think about this…..” that means he’s signing up to open the checkbook and spend an entire weekend slaving away with me on whatever project I’ve concocted! We saved up for each project and did it all ourselves because we needed to save money. 
the first furniture we ever bought…..and the first color I ever painted on a wall! My mom and I knocked that out in a day; I loved that green!
We spent so much time talking about how great our house would be, and how excited we were to finally live in a neighborhood. It would’ve been nice to ease both our minds and just be thankful for what we had. A roof over our heads and the ability to live comfortably within our means. After living there almost four years, we decided to rent it out and yet again…..we’ve been blessed with the arrangement. After hearing so many horror stories about renting, we are incredibly for our current tenant. We rented it within 1 week of listing; and my husband actually meets up with the renter once every few months just to check in. We haven’t had a single problem and he’s lived there already for almost two years. We are so thankful that our condo is being taken care of, and we were also able to settle down in a home.
It’s always easy to think about how much greener the grass could be, but once in awhile it’s so nice to just appreciate what you already have! This has been the perfect reminder to do that more often.

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Today’s challenge is: “Take five minutes to write about how grateful you are for all of the wonderful things that you currently have in your life. Don’t long for what you don’t possess—instead, take stock of all the blessings you already enjoy.”

Today I’m grateful for my family. You’re all probably sick of hearing about them on this blog; but it’s not stopping me. I had a conversation with a coworker today who said, “You’re family seems like one that you’d love to be a part of.” It made me realize how often I talk about not only my lovely husband, but also my brothers, nephew, and parents. When I think of my family, I think fun. Mom, Dad……..that means you did something right! There’s nothing better then when we’re all together, and someone all of a sudden slyly says “I have an idea…….”
Let me just summarize of few of theses “ideas” that have become lasting memories with my family.
– Extended family decides to rent a houseboat for a weekend down the Mississippi River. My family decides to jump off the roof into the water almost giving grammy a heart attack.
– Family comes to my new house for Christmas last year. Mind you this is 6 grown adults and 1 toddler. Entire family gets bundled up and spends two hours sledding down the neighborhood hill.
– New Years Eve Momma and I check into bed early. Wake up to hear that dad and my husband have decided to do a “Polar Bear Plunge” into the lake at midnight. (January 1st in Northern Wisconsin……bad idea)

We’re spontaneous. We’re unorganized. We laugh really loud. I love it.

I’m grateful that these memories were created throughout my younger years growing up. It says something when your parents move an hour away from everyone, yet you can still find one or many of the now adult kids huddled around the cabin fireplace most weekends. They’ve adopted my crazy husband right into the mix; and that was the most touching of all. He may not understand the insanity all the time, but he accepts it………..and 90% of the time he joins right in. (Case in point, when the houseboat jumping adventure occurred, I believe him and my dad made the inagural jump. As the heads of the households it’s only fitting that they have established such a great bromance.)

You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family. It’s hard work to maintain the relationships there but at the end of the day they’re the most rewarding.

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Back at it today; the task is to “write a short message of thanks for some of the ‘negative’ things in your life. Here goes!

Just a few years ago, I applied for a training position at my company and made it through to the final rounds of interviews. I had waited for the role to open up on the team for months and prepared as best I could. I was convinced I was the perfect fit for the position. A week went by and after much anticipation………………I was told that another candidate had been selected. I had told multiple people I was interviewing for the position (lesson learned the hard way) and was already envisioning myself in the role. To say I was heartbroken would be an understatement.

2 weeks later a different role opened up with the company; in a completely different area. A role I hadn’t explored at all. I ended up accepting that position, and got the opportunity to work for an amazing leader. He was a fantastic mentor and taught me a tremendous amount about leading a team. I realize now that there was a reason I was turned down for the original job. It allowed me a new experience working for a fantastic leader that was incredibly motivating.

Interestingly enough, a few months later another role opened up on the training team. I was hesitant to apply again, but shockingly it was my new leader that was the most encouraging. He helped me prepare for the interviews and gave me his full support for the role. Only six months had gone by; but in that short time I came into the intervews as a completely different candidate. This time; I was offered the position!

Through that experience, I learned so much about my ability to be resilient and receive a tough message. I also learned the importance of finding strong mentors and leaders at work. I continue to leverage that former supervisor and he’s a fantastic developmental coach. I’m incredibly grateful for the lesson I learned, and the amazing people I was able to meet through the experience!

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It’s Day 3 of the Gratitude Challenge. Today the task is to write about something you feel grateful for in your life today. 

I grew up playing volleyball and have also coached the last four years. Since moving into our new house, I didn’t know if I could be involved with my old clubs because we moved to a completely different part of the city. I found a club in our new part of town and reached out to their director. We hit it off and I was able to go to my first coaches event last night. 

I was immediately impressed with the other coaches and the club director’s coaching philosophy. His focus is 100% on his teams, and it’s evident in the way he addresses the players, parents, and staff. I also got paired up with an amazing head coach who has tons of experience. 

It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m so excited to be involved with the organization. I’m grateful that I not only found this great club, but that I’ve found a way to get more connected with my community. These players and parents are also my neighbors, and I can’t wait to get to know them better. 

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