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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Feeling thankful today - Thriving Week 15

THANKFULLY LESS STRESSED

One part of my brain asks loudly “Why did it take a year to feel less stressed by this move!?” while another whimpers “I need to make friends here and find things I enjoy doing outside of reading” but the biggest part of my brain sighs happily and says quietly “Finally I am not feeling stressed or pressured to deal with house things all the time”.

So right now I am feeling thankful that - 

  • I can find my way around my city, know where to go to get most things, and it is easy and pleasant to walk many places
  • I like several of my neighbors on our little half block court a lot and the next few houses in the adjoining court - the others I haven’t gotten to know well yet
  • My cortisol levels seem to have dropped (maybe I can lose the year’s stress weight now?)
  • Our family still seems very happy that we moved near them and we are finding ways to spend time together that work for this season of their lives 💝
  • The cold and rainy season is over - although consistent warmth isn’t here yet there are many days that it is nice to be outside
  • My new county library system provides all the books I could possibly read every week - it helps that they participate in the statewide Link + system that lets me get books from other areas too
  • Our house pretty much works well now - although there are still tweaks and improvements that are priorities they aren’t urgent
  • We are managing the higher cost of living here with just a few lifestyle changes (fewer dinners/more lunches out, TV antenna in/cable TV out, etc.)
  • The yard looks fabulous and flowery and we are maintaining it ourselves so far with just a little effort while the hardscape survived the winter storms
  • The pup is thriving here - his little social party animal self gets to interact with lots of people and dogs, he loves being with the grandgirls and makes the baby laugh/squeal when he licks her hand, and he can run hard in our and our son’s back yards 
  • The Pilates trainer I use has helped me get rid of nagging back and foot pain while moving on to strength and flexibility improvements (thanks to son for the referral)
  • Being really intentional about what non-consumables I am buying and decluttering as I notice things is making a difference in discretionary spending and getting more to leave the house than comes in. 
  • This week’s frugal win was stacking CVS coupons to buy the one thing we needed (allergy pills) saving $28.85 and getting another $10 Extrabucks coupon.
And so much more but these are top of mind. I’m curious what I will be feeling after 2 years here  ðŸ¤”

8 comments:

  1. What a great list. You really have mastered the art of appreciating where you're at in life.

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    1. Thank you. Of course that art is applied on good days not bad ones!

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  2. I'm not a very social person, and my 'best' friends are all ones I've held on to forever and we now live in far flung places. But I would love to have a more local bestie, and your mentions of making friends always are a reminder to me that I need to take action on that too and not just sit and wait for one to magically appear. :)

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    1. If you figure out what actions work please share! I’m reserved and still want friends!

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  3. You are managing quite well and making friends as well. I can tell in the last few posts you are feeling much less stress.

    God bless.

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    1. That you and I’m glad my improved mood is showing.

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  4. This kind of reminds me of the "bloom where you are planted" adage. I think its a great exercise to list all of the good that you see. It helps you to gravitate towards even more good. Happy Weekend!

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    1. Since I moved away from my childhood home after high school (and many moves since) I think that adage has become essential. The alternative is to be perpetually sad or unhappy.

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