I have been working on gratefulness a lot over the last few weeks. I’ve been busy at work, and on edge about the health of my great grandma. It’s spilled over into some rough days this month where I’ve cried outside of a wine tasting room and I’ve been so frustrated that I haven’t even folded laundry that’s been clean for two weeks. There was also a day that I ended up at an urgent doctor’s appointment having an unexpected medical procedure done on the spot. But on that particular day, and several other ones, God’s grace has been good and I’ve felt peace.
Things I’m Thankful For:
- Friends who start new blogs. My friend Alisha started her new blog West Coast Lobster a couple of weeks ago and I’m so proud of her! It’s a gorgeous site and she was brave enough to tell her friends and family! You go, girl!
- The Adobe Creative Cloud two week trial. (affiliate links in this paragraph) I have been working on a new media kit. My old one was from PicMonkey and a pain to edit. I went to a Facebook group to see if anyone could design me a new one, but most of the responses I got were to simply bite the bullet and download Photoshop. The $10 a month subscription for Photoshop also includes Lightroom. I actually already have some Lightroom presets downloaded and am excited to try them out. If I don’t like it, I can cancel within 15 days. If I do, then $10 will be a lot cheaper than outsourcing some tasks that I can’t do in Pixelmator and I’m excited to see the difference Lightroom presets make to my photos!
- Health insurance. See: medical procedure mentioned above + a dentist appointment and annual physical scheduled for this week. I have not always had insurance as a lawyer, so I’m thrilled to have it now.
- Joining my first wine club! I went wine tasting a couple of weekends ago with some friends up in Woodinville, WA. It was a blast! We tried one winery that had an amazing vibe and a super reasonable wine club subscription. I think I’m officially a grown up now.
- Recipes from my childhood. I think one of J’s favorite texts to get from me is “Can I come over and make you dinner?” I love cooking for people and there are times when the process of cooking dinner is therapeutic. After a day of feeling unproductive (sometimes it’s really hard to feel like you’ve accomplished anything in one day as a lawyer), the creation and completion of a meal is wonderful. Plus, the happiness that comes from a feeling of providing delicious nourishment is probably somewhere in gender role nature-nurture dynamic. On Monday night, I went to J’s house and cooked him and his roommate a chicken strip dinner that my mom used to make us a lot when we were kids. The only difference is that this time, I baked the chicken instead of frying it. It’s healthier and way less of a hassle than standing over the stove flipping pieces of chicken over and getting breadcrumbs everywhere. Win-win!