I didn’t get a chance to write a post yesterday, mainly because I was out all day at the beach…and playing beach volleyball!!! <seriously there aren’t enough exclamation points to convey my excitement.
Since I biked the 10 miles roundtrip as well (both days actually), all I wanted to do was ice (every body part) and cozy up and watch TV.
So instead of some kind of post about my financial life today, I thought I’d just take some time out to tell you what I’m really grateful for right now.
1. Playing beach volleyball both days without (much) pain, and not totally sucking in the process. I had two beach parties this weekend, which always involves playing, as 95% of my social circle are people I met through beach volleyball. I played mostly 3’s and 4’s (because it was very windy), which helped not having to cover much ground and therefore diving, so that helped a lot. But what was most encouraging is that things like hitting didn’t hurt anymore, especially coming from my right shoulder where the “injury” first occurred. Maybe PT and ART were really working! Or maybe it was just time. Either way, I found that I hadn’t lost all my skills, which I was afraid would happen.
I’m really sore today, and parts of me sunburned (oops), but feel encouraged for the first time that I will be playing regularly this summer.
PS, if you want to read a really funny blog about professional beach volleyball, then check out Ryan Doherty’s blog about life as a professional beach volleyball player. It’s hilarious!
2. My health overall. Despite the shoulder issues, I’m happy about my 42-year-old body and how it’s holding up. 🙂 I’ve managed to avoid weight problems or have any serious, chronic conditions (knock on wood) plague me. Good health, above all else I think, is a precious commodity. Without it nothing comes very easy, so I’m very grateful.
3. Good friends. As I mentioned last week I had a friend just give me a flat screen TV, and he let me borrow his Roku box (which I LOVE) until he needs it back for whatever reason. I’m grateful my friend Dave gives me the opportunity to make extra income (whenever I have time) to help him out at home. That my friends understand I don’t make as much as they do and find alternative things to do that don’t cost much money. That bail me out when my car breaks down or I lock myself out of my house. Basically since I don’t have family around me, my friends ARE my family, and the community of friends I’ve built here makes me feel incredibly grateful.
4. Loving where I live. Despite the cost of living in LA, I love my apartment and where it’s located, the weather, living so close to the beach, the diversity of this State, and being able to work from home 99% of the time so I can avoid LA traffic and stay in the Beach Cities bubble.
5. Having a flexible work schedule. I do miss the security of full time and especially benefits (like a 401k, medical, and paid time off), but the best part of freelancing is having flexible work schedule, where I can play a game of volleyball, or go running at 10am instead of having to wait till the evening when I’m tired. It also saves so much on car wear and tear and gas since I never leave my
6. Work. Even though I’m not 100% satisfied with the work that I’m doing, at least it’s still coming in, which as a freelancer is everything! And even though my producer and I don’t always see eye to eye and have different work styles, I’m grateful he considers me his top editor to go to for projects, and basically goes out and finds most of the projects that I work on.
7. The PF community. What can I say that hasn’t been said before. I’m so happy I started this blog and have met so many wonderful people through it. I can’t wait to meet a lot of you in person at Fincon13!
8. My family. I don’t have a big family, but I’m grateful that both my parents are still around, especially considering how many close calls my mom has had. I only have one brother and we do not get along very well (perhaps a blog post for another time), but I do still love him and wish him the best. There isn’t anyone in my family that I harbor any ill feelings towards or hold grudges. Forgiveness is a powerful tool…not for them, but for yourself. I’m glad I use that tool.
9. Dreams. I’m grateful that I have a good imagination and playful spirit. Michelle at The Shop My Closet Project just wrote an article about how dreams don’t have a shelf life. There is so much more I want to do in life (get married, travel, speak at a TED conference, maybe even write a book), and as long as I have the drive and passion there is no reason I can’t accomplish those things.
What about you? What are you grateful for today?
A little bonus video of Jack Johnson on the Today Show (from today). I LOVE his music and I love how humble and gracious he is.