5 Statements of Gratitude

Dec 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Welcome to my first post. So excited that I made this leap and joined the world of blogging. Yeah for me!

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Can’t believe the holidays are here. I’m not ready for all the hustle and bustle.

It’s an early morning here in Columbus, Ohio. My family is sleeping away as I write, and the sun is starting to rise.

We’re headed out of town today to spend Thanksgiving with family. We travel for all our holidays.

It’s fun to get out of town, but the craziness of getting everyone together always puts a strain on getting out the door. A dispute of some sort peaks its way into the craziness of leaving the house causing someone to be unhappy.

Here are some examples maybe you’ve also experienced.

  Not finding a charging cord for an iPod touch or phone is usually at the top of the list. The world will come to an end if we can’t charge our devices while away. (I’m guilty of this myself.)

  Not being able to find the other shoe probably comes second. How is it that one shoe always gets lost just as you are leaving the house?

I have a feeling you’ve all experienced this yourself.

  Here’s another one. Pulling away and asking, “Did we close the garage door?” Sadly, we do this all the time. Then we turn around and 100% of the time it’s closed.

Some how we manage, though, and when we arrive at our destination, all is well. The craziness is forgotten and family is all that matters.

Oh, let me introduce my family.

We are a family of five plus one dog. There is Brian my husband, Tyler who turned 16 last October, Emma Beth who is 13 and likes to be called Emma, and Adam who is 11 and most rambunctious of us all. Our dog named Eddie who loves to eat toilet paper (weird) is a cockapoo and while cute adds to the chaos of this very busy family. I can’t wait for you to meet all of them as USimplyBeam grows.

I’m offering some gratitude with this first post – thought it appropriate on this Thanksgiving day.

Recently I watched an episode on MarieTV with Marie Forleo. Are you familiar with this channel? I watch it all the time for inspiration. She is very cute and provides solid advice for how to run a business and fulfill your dreams.

Anyway. Her recent post talked about a different way for expressing gratitude. You can watch it here, but not yet, please. *grin*

Why are we grateful?

Many of us, me included, just list what we are grateful for, but rarely do we get to the Why. Why are we grateful for what we just listed? I’ve done this so many times. I will spend weeks listing what I am grateful for but end up quitting because I didn’t feel like I was getting anything from it.

Well, she suggests that you get to the details.

Write down one thing you are grateful for then compliment it with five statements as to Why you are grateful.

I tried this the other day in my journaling. I loved the way I felt when I was finished.

So, you give it a try. Today would be a great day to start.

Here is why I am grateful for Thanksgiving.

  1. I am grateful for all the family memories. I grew up with a big and close nit family. Our holiday celebrations were big. Lot’s of aunts and uncles, grandparents, and cousins to run around with. The memories are plentiful.
  2. I am grateful for my father-in-law’s turkey. I’m not sure what he does, but it is always so moist and tender. It melts in your mouth.
  3. I am grateful for the time we get to spend with family. We live away from both our families and don’t get home very often. Thanksgiving like most holidays brings us together.
  4. I am grateful for the laughs we have and family traditions.
  5. I am grateful for safe travels. Each year as we travel to and from our families, we arrive home safely. Exhausted of course. It’s always a good feeling to be back home.

Cheers and many Blessings on this Thanksgiving Day,


P.S. I enjoyed a pumpkin smoothie before we left to visit family. So delicious!