Thankful Thursday: Encouragement

Lately, I’ve been struggling with a decision that I need to make in regards to my job versus my education. It’s been a little difficult to figure out and, to be honest, it seems like no matter what I choose, it’s not going to be quite right. I’m basically having to pick the option which will suck the least, which… well… sucks.

But, I’ve had so much encouragement from people around me who’ve said that no matter what I choose to do, they will support me.

That means so much, especially when the decision is so incredibly difficult.

It’s good to know that, if I stumble up along the way, there will be someone there to help pick me back up.

I love you all.

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Thankful Thursday: Myself

This week I’m thankful for myself. Which may sound a little self-serving, but bear with me, here.

I don’t often give myself the credit I deserve. Depression and anxiety have this funny way of getting inside of my head and making me feel basically worthless. So, I don’t usually express my gratitude simply for myself and who I am.

But I should.

We all should. Everyone should love themselves and appreciate who they are as individuals.

So that’s what I’m doing.

I’m thankful for myself and what I am. And I am a lot of good things. I’m smart. I’m funny (I think I’m funny, anyway). I’m compassionate. I know I have my flaws, but dang it I’m trying.

I’m trying my best to be better every day.

I think I’m pretty awesome.

I love you all.

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Thankful Thursday: Long Weekends

This week I am definitely happy for the long weekend we had over Labor Day! It was really great to have an extra day to sleep in and get some stuff done around the apartment.

I think I mentioned that I recently rearranged my room and I’ve been struggling to get things back in their proper places and organized. It’s not something I can do during the week because of work (by the time I get home it’s too late to start making noise; even if my downstairs neighbor is a jerk, I’m still generally polite). Then on Sunday I try to get all of my prep for the week done (lunches and breakfasts made, make sure laundry is put away, etc). So, that just leaves me Saturday to do any cleaning.

Plus homework now that school is back in session. I haven’t had a moment to breathe since I came up with this ridiculous idea.

But having the long weekend gave me that little extra time to get some things done and now I’m sooooo close! There are just a few more things that are piled on the dresser and craft table, so I’m really happy about that.

So, thank you, three-day weekend! I salute you!

I love you all.

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Thankful…Friday? – Saints in Training

I missed Thankful Thursday yesterday! Foo! It’s been quite a busy week and I just didn’t get around to writing and queuing up a post. Shame on me!

But, as they say, better late than never.

This week, I want to express how incredibly grateful I am for Ms. Jacqueline Valdez and her… hmm… organization I suppose is the best word, Saints in Training.

I mentioned on Monday that I had an appointment to see her, which I attended on Tuesday. Jackie is an intuitive counselor (some might call her a psychic, but that’s not the right word–she can’t tell you what the future holds, only show you possibilities; and while she does read tarot during her sessions, she is so much more than “a tarot-reader”).

Let me tell you, there is very little more calming than sitting with her. Jackie is such a kind and gentle soul. She just radiates peace. I challenge anyone to go spend an hour with her and not come away feeling, if not more enlightened, at least in brighter emotional spirits than when they came in.

And her kindness isn’t just for show. She is always incredibly understanding. When I was still barely making ends meet, she would offer me a discount on visits. This last visit, I forgot my checkbook at home and she doesn’t have a card reader set up yet. As I sheepishly explained my predicament to her, she just smiled, told me to mail the check in, and ushered me into her office. Most other people (especially a sole proprietor of a small business) would probably have apologetically told me I couldn’t be seen. After all, who provides a service knowing that the person can’t pay?

Her trust and faith are astounding. She thinks highly of people and I genuinely believe that makes people behave better.

I love this woman with all of my heart and soul. Never in my life have I met a more patient, sweet, empathetic person. And I feel so, so blessed that I have.

I love you all.

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