It has been a hot and humid July in the Nation's capital, and we just had a weeklong heat wave. It was 90 degrees (and above) with 90% humidity every day for over a week. Although the air conditioning is working again in my apartment, I have been miserable. It's so hot and sticky when you walk outside, that you feel like you're in a shower. I decided I needed a break, and convinced a friend to head with me to the ocean. I am so grateful for the wonderful Sunday afternoon that I spent in Ocean City, MD. Here are the other blessings I am celebrating this week:
Over the last month, I sold my furniture, donated household goods, moved into a new house, ended a three-year consulting contract, started a new position, began a 10-week data analysis course, hosted a weekly writing group, and drove over 2,000 miles to visit family in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. It was a busy time to say the least. Even though I didn’t have much capacity for blogging, I was cataloguing all the blessings that showed up along the way. So, here is an extra special, (much longer) month-long edition of all the things I am celebrating:
I keep wondering if I will run out of things for which to be grateful. So far, the answer is a resounding NO! Here is what I am celebrating from last week:
Last week, I joined with thousands of Americans in offering my thanks to outgoing President Barack Obama. Our nation was privileged to have a leader full of goodness, discernment, conviction, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and commitment to equal rights for all. As we enter a new era of federal leadership, I will continue my gratitude practice, finding ways each day to be thankful. Here are some of the things I am celebrating from last week:
I am a woman who loves rituals and routines. My favorites surround the beginning of the New Year. I begin by reflecting on the year that has passed, using prompts I have collected over the years from numerous retreats and workshops. Once I have taken stock of the year that has passed, I am ready to start dreaming of the future. Usually, I spend all day at home on New Year's Day in my pajamas. I read. I write. I think. I dream. I record my dreams on paper... so I can remember them. Then, I pray, and ask for God's blessing.
As part of this year's reflection, I set out to list 25 things I am proud of accomplishing in 2016:
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