Gratitude: Days 6, 7, 8, 10 & 11 | Catching Up

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I got a little off track with my gratitude posts. I was visiting my mom, I was busy, and on some days I was just plain tired. So, I’m going to get caught up, I’m just going to put all the posts I’m behind on in one post…

Ready…

Set….

Go!

Gratitude: Day(s) 6, 7, 8, 10 & 11 | Catching Up | misshapenjourney.com

Gratitude: Day 6 | What I Love About Being a Woman

I started this post the same day I started my period. I woke up feeling rough, I thought it was from all the extra activity I had the day before, and was surprised when I got to work and found out, nope, it’s because I’m a woman.

I was crampy, bloated, in extra amounts of pain, and grumpy as hell, not the best time to write a thankfulness post, but I pressed on. What I enjoy about being a woman was not a topic I had anywhere on my list of things to write about, but it weighed most heavily on my mind while I was trying to shower away the grumpy (which didn’t work, by the way).

I’ve always felt as though being a woman was some sort of honor. I never wanted to be male, and I never really understood why anyone would. I’ve always felt that being a woman came with its own innate power; we are a force to be reckoned with. While I’m sure I probably experienced some sort of sexism in my life, I honestly never noticed it’s existence until I was well into my 20s. I always took for granted that women were powerful, and commanded the respect of others just by existing.

Perhaps none of this is really true in our society, but in my delusional mind, it is. It always has been, and with these delusions came my love of womanhood.

Gratitude: Day 7 | Freedom

I decided on this post when I was waiting in line for three hours to vote the night before election day.

I’ve not always really appreciated the freedoms that come with living in the US. Only in the last few years have I really taken any notice or interest in politics or this country in general. I’ve always been interested in the geography of our nation, but not so much the people or the government. To be honest, it wasn’t until the last 4 years or so that I even learned about how the government actually functions. That said, in these last few years I’ve learned to appreciate many things that come with living here.

At this time, the most important aspect I’ve come to appreciate about our government is state law. This probably seems like a silly thing to think about, especially considering how many things that this country gets right (I know, it doesn’t feel like we’re getting a lot right lately, but really, we are) but the fact that each state has it’s own government and in many cases can set it’s own rules has come to mean a lot to me. This is something that seems to be very unique to our nation, and I love it.

Gratitude: Day 8 | A Happy Memory from Five Years Ago

This one was tricky for me, mostly because I don’t really remember five years ago. I have very little recall of 2011. This is where Facebook’s “On This Day“ comes in handy. On this day…at the time of this writing it was actually a couple of days ago, but I digress…On this day five years ago my friends Jackie and Chelsea and I went out to a bar (the name escapes me) to see a local band (Alligator Blackbird). On this night, I had my first shot (I’m not a big drinker, so it took me a while to get there), and we danced like idiots, and we laughed, and we enjoyed good music and each others company. It was a great night, and much-needed as I was coming out of a very bad couple years run.

Earlier that year I had yet another failed attempt at what I still thought was supposed to be my life. This came after a failed attempt the year earlier, which came after a bad break up. A night out with friends, experiencing life, and more importantly, enjoying my life was everything I needed and then some. My friend, Chelsea, taught me her best dance moves (think Muppet meets Peanuts character meets…squirrel), we embarrassed Jackie, and we all had a good laugh. It was a great night.

Gratitude: Day 10 | What Do You Like About The Current Season

This is a hard one to pin down this year. In general, I really enjoy fall, but we haven’t had much of the season this year. I’ve only had to wear a jacket once, and I still have my window open. I only gave up wearing flip-flops last week. In the last couple days, Autumn has finally arrived.

I love the crisp air, the rustling of the leaves, the colors, and the smell. There’s something special about the Autumn season, there’s a feeling in the air, almost magical. I love the lead into the holidays and the excitement that brings. I love hot beverages, warm socks, and cuddles.

I love the transitional seasons, Autumn and Spring. They always bring renewed hope, and that’s something I can always use more of.

Gratitude: Day 11 | Something That Makes Your Life Easier

In this age of technology, it’s easy to find multiple things that can make your life easier. Cell phones, computers, the internet, you name it, you can probably get it (except flying cars, ahh, Jetson’s you’ve ruined me).

If I had to pick just one item that makes my life easier, I would have to go with my cell phone. I was a hold out for the smart phone. I kept an old, very basic phone, with a slide-out qwerty keyboard until after I moved to Chicago. I only upgraded because getting around a big city without an interactive map is ridiculous. I was tired of taking screenshots of my destinations on my iPod and trying to get around town with them. It wasn’t working. I upgraded about 6 months after I moved here, and it was honestly the best decision I’ve made.

With that, I would say I’m very well caught up on my days of gratitude. Now I can resume with my daily postings.

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