Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 28 ~ reverb11 ~ Agradecimiento (Gratitude)

What eleven things were you most grateful for in 2011?

1. My brand new Husband, who loves me not despite of my flaws, but because of them.

I do...

2. My family, no matter how dysfunctional we are, our love knows no bounds.

The Wedding Party, Squaw Valley
3. My friends, that very small handful of people who, no matter how long we've been apart, can always pick up right where we left off.

Half Moon Bay with Andrea.
4. My cats (Avi and Miso) and dog (Cleo) who have helped keep me company while I tried to get a grip on my sanity. No matter how sad, stressed or pissed I got, looking at those faces could wipe away an entire day of B.S. and make everything all-right.

Avi and Miso at the cabin in Tahoe Vista during Christmas 2011.
5. The internet which has opened up the world to me in ways I never imagined. I have met new friends, reconnected to old ones, found inspiration for writing, discovered some great books and places to visit. It's nice to unplug every once in a while, but I admit I wouldn't want to go without it.
6. The freedom and ability to travel (even if only local) this past year. Of course, I must refer back to item #1, who makes the travel possible. =)

My husband at the helm of the Mutiny.
7. Old acquaintances who became new friends this year. Particularly the one who introduced me to Hot Yoga and the other who became my running partner. It's hard for me to make friends (I'm really shy in person) but these 2 ladies made it so easy.

Davis Moo-nlight 1/2 Marathon
8. My job...yes, even when the alarm goes off and I don't want to get out of bed, I am still grateful to not only have a job, but to have one in the area I excel. Although my hours and pay have been cut, my boss has made sure I am well compensated and allows me to have my choice of 4 days off per week. This, in turn, allows me to have 3 days off with my husband, every week! 

9. My health, which has been so extremely important this year as I trained and completed my first full-marathon and half-marathon, Tough Mudder and trail 10K. I have gone all year with a heavy training schedule with zero injuries (aside from the 2 times I strained my back while cleaning).

At the top of Devil's Beard, Tough Mudder Norcal 2011.
10. Books and book recommendations. I love to read...

11. Writing challenges like reverb11 and Small Stones...I hope to find 2012 full of more opportunities to write.

Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness.  ~Author Unknown


  1. A big Yay for meeting new people whom you enjoy. That is one of life's biggest challenges for me. I am also very shy and it seems like I hit a wall more times than not, when trying to branch out and meet new people. Really reflective, grateful post, Lynn :)

  2. Yes, it has been a big challenge to make new friends, especially when we will be leaving the area in less than a year. Luckily, I continue to find new connections via blogger and twitter and hope to have the pleasure of actually meeting several of these new friends face to face (which makes me get all nervous). I actually met one of my twitter friends in Tahoe just yesterday!

  3. awwww, hot yoga? that's me!? :) I'm sorry I'm such a sucky blog reader, but I'm glad to call you my friend, friend! I'm catching up on your blog tonight! It is my goal...:)


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