In my quest to stay in a constant state of gratitude, I’ve started making lists of things I am thankful for whenever I think of it. Sometimes I write this list in my journal, sometimes I log it on my computer throughout the workday, or sometimes it's a mental list I make while waiting in line at the post office. Here are the things I’m grateful for this week:
The hyacinth, ranunculus, and tulips available right now Trader Joes - I spend about $15 on flowers at TJ’s every week and that’s enough to put fresh blooms in every room of the house. The delicious fragrance of hyacinth sweeps through the hallways, I love how the tissue-paper-petals of ranunculus open as the week goes on and nothing makes me happier than the graceful bow of tulips as they settle into their vessel like ballerinas arching their backs.
My mom, whose Christmas gift to our little family was a much-needed vacation for a week in Puerto Rico. Right on the beach. When this post publishes, I will hopefully be horizontal on the sand.
The fact that Beauty & the Beast starring Emma Watson as Belle is coming out on March 17 and looks like it will be absolutely stupendous. It was the only Disney movie I managed to convince my parents to take me to in the theater more than once because I loved it so much I always cried. This is going to be amazing.
Our neighborhood. The weather has been perfect for walks outside for the past week and we are so lucky to live in such a walkable, vibrant community. Just minutes from our door are beautiful dog parks, community playgrounds, 5-star dog-friendly restaurants, ice cream shops, taquerias, cafes, bakeries, thrift stores... Much as I long for a big backyard, the foodie in me thinks we should never leave this part of the city!
My yoga studio started handing out ice-cold, lavender oil brushed hand towels at the end of their nightly power yoga class. There is nothing more welcome when you are laying on the floor in a dark 105 degree room, swimming in your own sweat, than a sweet-smelling, freezing-cold towel being placed on your forehead.
The film Hidden Figures. There are not enough words. What a gorgeous performance and a spirit-lifting story. If you haven’t seen it, go right now! Immediately! Run!
7. Facebook. Truly. In this wildly depressing, chaotic political environment, my Facebook feed is a continuous trail of positive, compassionate messages of hope and love, encouragement and strength, calls to action and urges toward resistance. I have exactly 1,940 “friends” on Facebook and I have seen in the last weeks and months why those individuals are my friends. They care about climate change, women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties, fair and lawful immigration policies, inclusion, honesty, transparency and kindness.
8. The Nespresso Vertuoline that my Dad gave us as a hand-me-down. Rolling out of bed at 6 AM for a videoconference with colleagues in India or trying to stay up for an 11 PM call with my team in Sydney is challenging for the sleep-deprived. Cafe-worthy espresso does the trick, every time.