50 Things I Am Grateful For As I Turn 50

Tomorrow I turn 50. I’m having a bit of a time with it, to be honest — anxiety, insomnia, all that good stuff. I’m pretty sure the goals I set for myself are a major contributing factor: I had set myself up to fail by having goals that were frankly unattainable given the resources I have available. I know a lot about setting good goals professionally; personally, I’m a work in progress.

But that isn’t the purpose of this post. I made a new goal — a little one. An attainable one.

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. — Brene Brown

50 things I am grateful for

1. country drives
2. sitting on the deck
3. campfires
4. nature walks
5. waterfalls
6. mountains
7. sitting by the fireplace
8. dinners with great conversation
9. writing
10. my partner
11. my daughter, her hubby, and my grand-fur-babies
12. my 18-year-old step-daughter
13. my 16-year-old step-daughter
14. my 14-year-old step-daughter
15. my sister
16. my UK niece and nephew
17. my three brothers-in-law
18. friends
19. my Med Hat cousin
20. my hometown aunties
21. big willow in our back garden
22. weeping birch in our front yard
23. my grandma’s old crabapple tree still living at our old farm
24. my roses
25. my cottage garden flower bed
26. my raised bed vegetable garden
27. getting seeds and bulbs in the mail
28. English gardening shows online
29. OG Kitty
30. Cassie
31. Ivy
32. the giant owl living at our old farm
33. little birds at the feeder in winter
34. blue jays eating seeds on the deck
35. funny animal videos
36. feminism
37. UN Declaration of Human rights
38. environmentalism
39. decriminalization of cannabis
40. altruistic gestures
41. a finely crafted pair of shoes that look and feel good
42. warm, soft, cuddly blankets
43. wine
44. scotch
45. Yorkshire tea and fudge
46. chocolate cake
47. ice cream
48. black licorice
49. books
50. rock n roll

#gratitude

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