Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy from the previous week, because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.
After whining away my blessings last week, I decided to make a conscious effort to appreciate the time we have here in Iowa. We will be staying here with Jared’s parents until sometime this summer, which gives us a lot of time with family and friends that we wouldn’t normally have. I don’t want to spend all my time here stressing about what comes next, only to cry when it’s time to say goodbye again.
I am determined to make the most of this time. To soak it up. To revel in the now so that when later comes, I have no regrets about time wasted.
This week we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday with family dinner and a store-bought cake.
I went for walks with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law.
The three of us took three little girls –Emma and her two cousins– for pedicures. On the way home, I taught the girls about acting and we practiced making faces to match our feelings. I laughed until my own face hurt.
I made lunch plans with Erin, who then climbed into bed with me when I was too stressed out to face the world. She reminded me that my worst case scenarios weren’t all that bad and made me relax, smile, and come out from under the covers.
We went to a bachelorette party together later in the week, and I had such a good time catching up with women I rarely see but always enjoy.
I had dinner with my own mother, who is just days away from earning her graduate degree and having something resembling a life again. But she made time for us now.
Yesterday I took her to see her grandson. It was the first time she has seen him in four months.
He called her Nana for the first time.
And then he called me grandma.
I am so, so lucky to have these moments with these people.
What were the highlights of your week?