Friday Gratitude

Today, for the sake of getting some words and a splash of creative energy out of my system, I decided to join Ashten for Gratitude Friday. I have a much longer (lucky for you guys! ;)), more heartfelt post on gratitude coming up (because really, who doesn't this month?), touching on my own adventures in gratitude journaling and practicing thankfulness, but since this has been such a trying week, I thought it would be a good one to begin counting my blessings.

In no particular order, this week especially, I am grateful for...
  • My new Jeep baby, Sirius Black, with its heated seats
  • The fact that I haven't come upon any new spoilers in the last few weeks as I come SO CLOSE SO VERY CLOSE to the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The fact that I am able to read the books of my own choosing and for leisure, even if the time to do so this week has been limited
  • My ability to turn my degree (B.A. English) into a career (writer) that while I may not enjoy 100% of the time, I am good at and can do with a degree of ease that allows me to (on most weeks) balance my work and personal life healthily
  • The freedom to write where and what I want — for this, I'm thankful always
  • My chiropractor, who not only fixes my battle wounds but entertains and amuses me during every visit, and without whose expertise I'd surely be suffering right now
  • My own independence from my family, my financial independence, and the knowledge that I can and do take care of myself and handle my bid'niss
  • The trust and friendship of a brilliant novelist who is going to rock all of our worlds when her book, that I'm honored to be editing, hits shelves
  • Chipotle
  • The paycheck I received today and the knowledge that it enables me to live a life I create intentionally and with care
  • My friendships — again, always
  • The fact that even though I'm 25 and unquestionably jaded about love and irredeemably bad at romance, I managed to feel some flutter of butterflies over a dude in a red bodysuit
  • Mariah Carey's complete discography on Spotify, which I was prompted to tune into yesterday after the radio blessed me with THIS on my drive into work
  • That it is Friday once again, and that I'm off the hook for that whole using-my-brain-at-work thing for the next few days
What blessings are you counting right now? What are you grateful for? Are you up to anything fun this weekend? I hope you have an amazing one.  :)


  1. Taking care of yourself and being independent is such an amazing feeling!! Way to go girl!! xo

  2. So much to be thankful for! The most important of which is obviously Heartbreaker. My sincerest gratitude to you for that. Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. so many things to be thankful for :) i was just listening to Mariah - christmas though.I am thankful you are so awesome. that's all. have a fabulous weekend!

  4. i am SO glad for seat warmers. this morning was -3 with frost!!!

  5. I love this post, Alyssa. Thank you for joining me! It sounds like you have SO much to be grateful for!

  6. A greateful heart is definitely a full one! I have so many things to be grateful for, but right now I am so grateful for all the wonderful ladies I've met through blogging!

  7. LOVE this post so much! It's so easy to focus on things that stress us out, that it overshadows the many, many things we have in life to be thankful for. This definitely encouraged me today! Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Love all of these! (Particularly Chipotle lol.) There are so many of these that often get overlooked- like having a job, a paycheck, true independence, and friendships- to truly be thankful for. Also, love Mariah , so thank you for reminding me!

  9. I have been listening to Mariah's Christmas music lately. :)

    And I want heated seats! It was 21 when I left for work this morning. I live in the deep south....clearly the weather is confused?

  10. I am grateful to being able to celebrate our 6 year wedding anniversary today.

    and agree with Chipotle.

  11. Yay for new Jeeps and just grateful for life, friends and family :) PS heated seats for the fucking win!


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