I'm thankful that I got to learn the Charleston this week. My mom's bday is next week and she's having a 20's themed party to bring in her 60th. One of our friends taught dance lessons when she was younger and is very versed in the Charleston. We got together on Tuesday night to learn and it was so much fun! I'm really looking forward to the party next weekend so I can show it off!
I went on a run last night to prepare for the 5k I'm doing this weekend and even though I haven't run much lately, I wanted to make sure I could run the full 3.1 miles. Max and I ran a new route and I made the 3.1 with little trouble. (It was an easy run, though, so don't get too excited! haha). I'm so grateful that I have legs that will take me the distance no matter what. I've been trying to go easy on them this time around because of former injuries and they seem to appreciate it. I've been working hard to balance them out and not over-do it and I'm just thankful that they have responded!
I'm getting my hair cut this afternoon!! I haven't had it cut since early June so I'm really looking forward to it. I've had this appointment scheduled all week and I'm so thankful that my stylist could fit me in! Husband's reunion is Saturday and I want to make sure I look sharp for him ;) The pic of Carrie Underwood is one of my ideas for my cut. Thoughts?
This weekend my friend Rachel was in town and she got to go shopping in my closet. That gave me an excuse to organize and get rid of a lot of stuff while helping out a friend who can't really afford to buy tons of new clothes since she's raising two little boys. I'm grateful that she came and that I could give her a whole new wardrobe and I'm also thankful that I am reaping some benefits of it every time I go into my closet and can actually see what I have!
This week I'm thankful for the chance to participate in a great cause. I just entered the Run 10 Feed 10 project to run a local 10K to raise money to help feed starving children living close to home. My sister Cate is going to run with me and I'm pumped to share such a great opportunity with her!! We are both raising funds for this and your support would be GREATLY appreciated. Even a $10 donation will feed several starving mouths!! Please check out my fundraising page and help me raise this money! Doing something like this is so fulfilling, I feel like I'm feeding my hunger to give as well as feeding children who can't afford meals!! Try it out! Giving really does feed the soul!!
Visit my page here and you can donate a meal or 10!!
I'm so thankful for the woman who found our dogs when they got out two days ago and then kept them safe in her backyard while Husband and I traveled from downtown all the way over to her house to get them. Our pups have been super sneaky lately and they love getting out and getting into trouble. Here is a picture of them plotting their next escape!
I love my German Shepherd tumbler that my best friend gave me this week. I've been bringing it to work every morning and whenever I use it, I think of my baby Max and my bestie Salice :)
Thanks so much, girl! It's perfect!!
I'm thankful for love. I have been thinking about love a lot this week. As I drove past a place that always reminds me of Hurricane Ike, I remember how people banded together to help others during the crisis. I think people are good deep-down and during hardships, that love really shows.
People are already donating to my fundraising site and I just launched it an hour ago! People are supporting others that they don't even know and that is truly love.
I've also noticed that one of my strengths is that I have so much love to share. I absolutely cannot get enough of sweet babies and children or sweet pets/animals. I want to love everything around me and I want to share it with the world. Love is truly something to be thankful for and I can't even begin to explain how much I really just love love! Remember to show someone you love just how much they mean to you this week!!
Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!
This holiday was started in 2005 to share random acts of kindness toward others. I remember getting a free Starbucks gift card handed to me in 2005 with a note telling me to pass along the act of kindness to someone else. I don't think I'll ever forget the gesture from a random stranger. It's not hard to leave someone a nice note or buy coffee for the person behind you in the Starbucks line. Make the extra effort today - trust me, it will be appreciated more than you know!
Here are a couple sites (and news articles) that give more information about this day:
http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ - The foundation that started it all
How cool is this?
This is great too!
It's my last day of work before the Christmas weekend and I'm so excited to spend the next few days with family and loved ones. I hope you all take some extra time to be thankful this weekend for the many blessings you have in your life. I know I am. Today I am devoting my Thankful Thursday to the upcoming weekend and all that it has in store. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
I am thankful for Christ's birth. As we celebrate this weekend, we need to remember the reason we are celebrating. Not the presents and good food and decorations (though, I do love all of those things) but the fact that Christ was born on Christmas day. I am thankful for his birth and the sacrifice he made for all of us. Don't forget to keep Him extra close to your heart this weekend and share his love with those around you.
I am thankful that I will know all of the songs they sing in church this weekend :) I love singing at church but often need to follow along in the Hymnal. This weekend, I will know all of the songs and I'll be able to truly sing from my heart and not be distracted by trying to follow the music on the page. I love the many beautiful Christmas songs and the celebratory music and words.
I'm thankful for giving this season. The space under our Christmas tree is COVERED with presents. Only a couple are for Husband and me and the rest are for our family and friends. I love giving presents to others and we have put a lot of thought and work (yes, some are homemade) into the presents we are giving this year and I can't wait to see everyone receive their gifts. The best part of the holidays is when you arrive to someone's house (family or friends) and you can give them a gift to show how much you love them.
I'm also thankful for the many hours we have set aside for our families this weekend. We have a 4-day weekend and are planning to spend a lot of quality time with everyone. I am so grateful to have some extra days to spend with the ones we love so much. I hope you have an opportunity to spend time with your family and/or loved ones this holiday. If not, be sure to let them know how much they mean to you and how much you wish you could be with them. Merry Christmas everyone. And God Bless!
Can you believe that this is the last weekend before Christmas?! My, how this month is flying by!! I'm sure many of you are planning to use this weekend to buy those last minute gifts for people and I'm sure you will all find wonderful presents for your loved ones. While you're out shopping for your family and friends, check out some of these simple ways to help others this holiday season. There are so many organizations who collect money, toys, clothes, etc. for the less fortunate during the holidays and it's so easy and fulfilling to give a little from your pocket to fill someone else's. Here are some easy ways to give back during your shopping trips this weekend!
Salvation Army Santa
I'm sure you see these guys everywhere: Walmart, Target, the mall. Next time you see one, drop some extra change or an extra dollar into the bucket. It will make you feel like you are helping someone and it's amazing what a few extra cents can add up to for a family in need. The Salvation Army collects money to provide food, clothing, and toys for families in need. To read more about the Salvation Army Christmas, click here.
Christmas Angel Trees
This is my favorite way to give back during the holidays. For some reason, I have always loved to go to the angel tree in the local mall and buy a present for a kid I don't know while I'm shopping for the rest of my friends and family. There are so many charities that do angel trees each year so check out the one closest to you. I guarantee you will find it fulfilling to buy a gift for a child you have never met.
Gift Drives at Local Stores (or Starbucks)
I go to the Starbucks by my office every week and I've been noticing the donation box in the corner at our shop. I looked up Starbucks Christmas drives online and found out that Starbucks likes to pair up with local charities each year to help. As you start your shopping day with coffee, check to see if your Starbucks is doing a gift drive.
Toys for Tots
The Marine Toys for Tots program focuses specifically on children and works to provide disadvantaged children with hope (through tangible) during the holiday season. It also provides assistance through education, local charity support, and donation delivery. To find a local Toys for Tots program near you, visit the organization's website.
This week , a couple people from my department went to the store and stocked up on TONS of gifts for kids this Christmas. I walked by my VP's office and it was overflowing with bikes, skateboards, backpacks, cameras, projects and tons of other goodies for young kids these holidays. It was wonderful to think about how those kids will feel on Christmas morning when they receive gifts they could never have expected.
One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is find an angel from the Angel Tree at the mall and spend a little money to give a child what they asked for during the holidays. My VP said he loves to buy coats for children and he always puts a $20 bill in the pocket of the coat so the child can find the money one day. How great is that idea?! I know I love finding my own $1 in a coat so I can't imagine how exciting $20 would be to someone who doesn't have it!
In honor of giving this season, I found some links to non-profits that you may want to check out this holiday season.
World Vision - Provides a better world for children in third world countries. You can select gifts you want to donate such as animals for food or milk (e.g. a goat), education, health and medicines, clean water, etc.
Heifer International - You can choose a gift of training or animals that will help children and families from around the world become more self-reliant.
Trees for Troops - This program works with tree growers around the country to provide military families and troops serving overseas with Christmas trees for the holidays. Just because they are away from home should not mean that our troops can't enjoy some holiday spirit.
Cards that Give - This holiday season, consider helping others when you buy your Christmas cards to send to friends. Cards that Give makes it easy to select cards from different charities.
Loving and learning a little more each day.