Right now I am soaking up the sun, cool breeze, and the beautiful Pacific Northwest Coast in Gearhart, Oregon at the My Story Retreat. This retreat is hosted by Liz, Kelly, and Ali and I am about to internally combust from the gratefulness that has filled my soul in just over 24 hours.
In the past month, I have known of 4 friends and acquaintances who have tragically died. All of them are younger than me, left spouses, and a total of 12 children. Two died from disease and two have died from horrific accidents. All of their losses are rocking me to the core. Once again, I am reminded that life is short and I have a responsibility to live life with intention and a grateful heart despite my circumstances. I can’t disrespect those that don’t have that opportunity.
Today I am grateful for the life that I have been given, my story up to this point, and my story that is left to be told.
Today I am grateful for my friend Ali. Sharing, hugging, and experiencing life and joys together in person is a thousand times better than direct messaging with each other. Excited to meet someone who has BIG plans for her life, just like me. And the twinkle in her eye as she approaches a new adventure just makes me smile.
Nicole, Jen, and Monica… it’s time for us to meet. Soon.
Today I am grateful for cooler weather, long sleeve shirts, and blue jeans. Is there anything better?
Today I am grateful for my new friendship with Sarah who has been reading my blog for the past 6 months. Love, love her.
Today I am grateful for a husband who is watching the kids while I am connecting with women who are passionate about cultivating their creative sides and telling their stories. Good man.
Today I am grateful for an upcoming DREAM trip to Omaha, Nebraska to see the Swimming Olympic Time Trials. Rebecca, Emily, and my dad will be joining me on this amazing adventure. So looking forward to experiencing this with some of my favorite people.
And lastly, I am grateful for a little munchkin who will be celebrating her 3rd birthday on Monday when I fly home. Boy do I miss her voice and her stinky feet.
Have a fabulous weekend and take a moment today to express your gratitude to one person. It truly is contagious. Remember, life is so very short.
Blessings sweet friends – Jenny
Please feel free to link up your gratitude posts. Make sure to check each other’s posts and share the love. The next gratitude link up will be Friday, July 19th (it’s always on the 3rd Friday of each month).