What are you joyful for?

November 25, 2009

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. (Not that you didn't already know that.) I'm sitting here daydreaming of the extended weekend and crisp autumn weather, of vibrant orange and red leaves, and of cozy homes with family and friends gathered around while savory aromas fill the air. I hope that everyone has found a warm, safe, lovely space to spend the holiday and reflect on what they are thankful for.

This year, as every year, I am thankful for my family, friends, roof over my head, and all that I have been blessed with. That will never change. I will be thankful every day of every year for those things. So instead I am going to tell you what I am joyful for today...

* My career. I love my job. No matter how trying and frustrating it may be, it's a challenge and I love that. It connects me with wonderful and impressive people all year long and I have learned so much in the 4 years that I have been with the company. I am thankful that my career brought me back to Seattle.

* Creativity. I have a little bit of a problem with follow through, but I love to start projects and try new things. I also love to see my friends be creative. They inspire me every day.

* Blogs. Oh how I love blogs. This world is relatively new to me as I have only been blogging since earlier this year, but it's an online world that feeds my soul. So many inspiring ideas and stories. People I have never met lift my spirit and touch my heart every day. Pay a few of my latest favorites a visit...here...here...and here. Oh...and here...here...and here. (As always you can find my every day faves on the sidebar.)

* Grande, Soy, Vanilla Chai. My saving grace these days during night classes. It's that little bit of cozyness that I get to carry with me and it keeps me just awake enough through Econ, but not too awake to go to sleep when I get home at 10:45. It's always been my perfect drink, but that just makes it that much better.

* Dreams. While I am thankful for both the nighttime adventures and the glipses of the ideal future, today I am thankful for dreams of the future. Someday I will be done with school. Someday I will have the perfect job. Someday I will have my house (rented or owned) with a backyard view of the sea. Someday I will adopt a sweet little child that needs a warm, safe, lovely home to spend every day not just the holidays. Someday I will be thankful for those.

* Music. I love, love, love music. I love how you can listen to a song that mimics your emotions and feel like everything is connected. It's strange how something external is an act of internal expression. Without music I feel a little lost. For the past few months I have been driving a car that didn't have a functional radio. (Thanks to my magic mechanic the code has been found and the music is flowing as of yesterday.) It's been tough. I found myself thinking a lot, which is good and bad, and sometimes humming the same line of a song over and over again until I arrived at school 45 minutes later. It has been trying. But today, I am thankful for my mechanic and his thoughtfulness. He always saves the day. (See my current bookmarked songs on the sidebar.

Today I am joyful for many things. I am joyful for the past, present and the future. It's been a trying few months, but every day I try to remind myself of what I have to be happy about.

To all of you that are in my life...thank you.

And to all of you that are on your way into my life...thank you.

So, what are you joyful for?

Hello World!

November 19, 2009

Today, a woman from my building joined me on my ride in the elevator. (It's pretty rare that I ever have to share an elevator with someone.) I had never met her before, or even seen her around the building. As soon as the doors close she says to me "I need a nap!" Well, maybe it wasn't to me. Maybe it was just a declaration, but she said it outloud with no hesitation in the same way I may announce something like this to someone I personally know. A friend, classmate, familymember...who I already had an open dialogue with. I'm not sure I would ever say it outloud to a perfect stranger.

We ended up having a short conversation before she exited at floor 2...mostly about the weather making us sleepy and how the workday is only half way complete. As I rode the elevator up to my stop at the 8th floor, her openness got me thinking. If I have such a hard time finding a way to talk to strangers and being outgoing enough to make eye contact and say "Hello" (How Tough Is Your Shell?) why not just take the opening statement out of it? Why not just announce how I am feeling like this woman did? Why not jump right into the conversation like I would with a friend?

How about..."I'm feeling quite tired today. How are you?" or even "I have this craving for a peanut butter and jeally sandwich. What did you have for lunch?"

Look out world, you all have unknowingly become my friend. Let's have a random conversation!