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Thankful Thursday 2021-0715

This week I read that the only thing we should be thankful for is being connected to all things.  I’m trying to remember that but it’s nice to notice the little things.

  • I am thankful for the butterfly I noticed on a flower in my front garden
  • I am thankful for the basil harvested to make pesto
  • I am thankful for encouraging cycling friends
  • I am thankful for noticing challenges and approaching them differently
  • I am thankful for cycles of activity and rest


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Thankful Thursday

In brainstorming ideas for posting, I remembered that a group I was in (Way back on iVillage) would post Thankful Thursdays.   I vaguely remember starting that tradition on my blog but time got away from me, as it does, and I didn’t keep with the posts.

Today is Thursday, so what better time than to return to it.

  • I am thankful for being able to begin again.
  • I am thankful for quiet office spaces.
  • I am thankful for free birthday sandwiches.
  • I am thankful for deep breaths.
  • I am thankful for the courage to try new things.


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Thankful Thursday, July 23

Another week has flown by and I still feel like I’m stumbling along blindly, without noticing small things to be grateful for.

Looking back through my journal, there is nothing I noted.

I am always thankful for the basic things, a roof over my head, food to eat (even if it’s not what I may be craving)   oh that reminds me, I stashed some chocolate in my tote bag.

I’m on the border of numbness.  This often happens before I get depressed.

I am looking forward to meeting with art friends to discuss the next chapter of The Artists Way.  I’ve quit doing morning pages.  My mornings have been dedicated to my “dailies” in Animal Crossing.  I’ll spend the next week focusing on creating in the mornings instead.  Quick art journal type pages on loose bristol board or the heavyweight drawing paper I salvaged from the water damaged sketchbooks I discovered cleaning up my studio.   Something that is more tangible, and meaningful than digging up bells to plant keep my money tree cycle going.

Although I feel like my Animal Crossing villagers are more a part of my life than most real-life people I know.

 

 


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Thankful Thursday on a Thursday! 7/16/20

I remembered today!   That’s something to be thankful for on its own but here are some small moments I felt gratitude for during the last week:

  • Hearing a little bird chirping outside the bedroom window early in the morning
  • The guy dancing down the street as I was driving home from work
  • Watching my art improve with daily portrait drawings
  • Art friends
  • Getting things I’ve put off accomplished

Hope to do an art catch up post this weekend.  I’m trying to find small bits of time each day to do the Sktchy 30Faces30Days lessons.  The lessons run between 20 mins to an hour, then add another hour or so for the drawing.  I plan on doing the next class too.

 


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I haven’t forgotten

Well, I have. Then I remember at an inopportune time. Like while I’m making fried potatoes for dinner.

Then I start writing from the QuickPress app on my phone, which is more difficult than using a keyboard. 

Then I go to bed, and remember I didn’t finish the Thankful Thursday I’ve missed now for 2 weeks. 

Then I remember and tell myself  “GO WRITE IT REALLY QUICKLY” while I’m on break at work. 

So for the last 2 weeks I’ve been thankful for:

  • Animal Crossing and the summer update
  • Sktchy 30 Faces 30 Days course and learning so much more about using Procreate
  • Puppy Birthday Celebrations (Happy 4th Birthday Jarvis)
  • Meeting a friend for our last book club.
  • A handwritten letter
  • Peace signs 

 


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Thankful Thursday (a day late)

It’s been a challenging few days but there have been moments of joy.  I’m thankful for:

  • My youngest making waffles for breakfast and having a chance to eat with him before I got ready for work.
  • The smell of my studio when I’m working on various paintings.
  • Playing fetch with my dog, Vision.
  • Feeling better after making time for yoga & meditation.

I’m still working on trying to notice more little things.  It’s easy to slip back into a mindless routine, truly a rut, and go throughout my day without being present.