Thankful Tuesday

Yesterday I was inspired by my lovely future sister-to-be, Amanda, from Talk Pray Shop and her positive outlook on your typical “case of the Mondays.” I will be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of Mondays, mainly because it means I have five long days of work, sometimes more, until I get to enjoy some free time on my weekends off. Granted, I have had every Monday off in January, it’s still a busy day for me catching up on cleaning, laundry, errands, and all the other tasks I managed to put off throughout the last week. It is SO easy for me to settle into a daily, weekly, and monthly routine, that I tend to dread what’s to come in the week ahead, starting with my Mondays. Instead of focusing on the 168 hours I have in the week to turn it into something AMAZING, I find myself counting down the minutes until I have some free time off to partake in some of my favorite activities. {Darn it, Colordao, I blame your beautiful state for this!} BUT, after reading Amanda’s blog, I was inspired to take this week on with a different and much more positive outlook, it was exactly how I needed to start my Monday. Instead of focusing on everything I typically dread, {Goodness, I sound like such a Negative Nancy!} I am more encouraged to take this week on with a POSITIVE attitude, starting by focusing on the blessings in my life & the things that I am the most thankful for, because after all, there are SOO many.

So, this week, I am thankful for {in no particular order & just to name a few}:

  • Having two jobs that I enjoy so much; even though that means I have less free/personal time. Working as a retail sales associate at Crazy Scrubs, I get to meet so many people that work in the health care industry. My job is to help them find clothes that make them look & feel amazing and confident in their professions.  I truly believe that when you feel confident & comfortable, starting with your appearance, it will radiate to everyone you encounter throughout the day. I love that I have a job helping people that literally care for others as their job, find something as simple as a scrub outfit, so that no matter what body type or physique they might have, they’re going to feel & look amazing and pass that confidence & poise onto the people they encounter & care for.  I am blessed to be able to assist them with the task of finding outfits that help them excel at their jobs each & every day. I also have a very part-time job at Velo Bling, that I’ve recently started, where I help out at a small, husband & wife owned company, that recycles old bicycle parts into some great jewelry & accessories. I love having this job for not only an extra source of income, but also a job that is always different & fun occupying my free time. I have worked in the jewelry industry before and I am so glad I get to do this for fun now!
  • Having the BEST support system & family ever. Whether it’s having a heart to heart talk about our life & future with my dear husband, an hour+ {I AM chatty Cathy} therapy/chat/vent session with one of my mamas, or just a friendly text message to one of my brothers & sisters just to say “hey” & catch up, I am blessed by each and every one of them and their endless love, support, and impact they have in my life.  I am so grateful for each one of those relationships & the fact that I get to be their family member for life! Thank you. I love & appreciate you all SO much.
  • The GORGEOUS Colorado weather we’ve been having: Guys, it was 70 some degrees yesterday and as you all know, IT IS JANUARY. Is this real life!? It’s supposed to be just as nice today, [insert happy dance here] and despite some struggles, moving to Colorado is continuing to be one of the best decisions Drew & I have ever made.
  • This Sunday at LifeGate Church. Wow, first of all, I simply cannot remember the last time I laughed until I had tears in my eyes from a “preview” church service.  Pastor Nirup has an amazing gift from God, spreading His word with such an interesting perspective while making you laugh hysterically along the way. Drew & I have been fortunate enough to experience the first two preview service before they “officially” launch in February, and we cannot wait to see what God has planned for LifeGate’s future & outreach in the city of Denver. Welcome home, LifeGate Church! I am so excited to, “make Jesus famous & Heaven crowded” along side of you! Check them out HERE!
  • My fur baby kitties, Hobbes & Nala. Goodness, if you don’t know already, I am a crazy cat lady & proud.  I am madly in love with my two little bengal cat babes, Hobby & Nally. You will hear SO much more about them and their stories in the future. They are too cute for words, make me giggle for days, and can improve my mood within seconds. Just look how cute they are!!!

  • Nail polish. Ladies, you feel me here!? I cannot stand when my nails don’t have paint on them, and I get SO grossed out when I can see dirt under my nails {GAG}. So, like most women, I have an obsession with changing up my polish on a weekly basis, which means I have an extensive & always growing, nail polish addiction, with 70 plus polishes to choose from in my collection.. A girl can never have too many, right?!
  • Last & never least, my wonderful husband, Drew. I know I mentioned him earlier, but he is just too incredible, he deserves his own paragraph. [Sappy post, starting NOW] He is one of the smartest, sweetest, most handsome, and hardest working men I’ve ever known.  He is always providing for me and planning for the future, which I could never do without his help.  No matter the struggles we have, like most married couples, he always knows just how to make me happy & cheer me up when I need it the most. I do not have any idea where my life would be without his endless love and support. I cannot express enough how grateful I am to have him in my life. He is truly my greatest blessing & I am so thankful I get to fall in love with him each and every day for the rest of my life.

How handsome is he?!
Did I mention he was handsome?!

Friends, there is just no better way than to start your week with positive thoughts & actions, and continuing to follow through with them throughout your week.  Life is too short to live with regrets & dread the days to come. I strongly encourage you to be positive, amazing, thankful, and HAPPY in the weeks & days to come.  Strive to make someone’s day, encourage others, and continue to count your blessings.  I am sure nothing but good can come from doing all the above!

Be Sure to CHECK OUT:

  • Amanda, from Talk Pray Shop, for some great inspiration, fitness, teaching, and fashion advice on her blog here: TALK PRAY SHOP
  • Pastor Nirup Alphonse from LifeGate Church here: LIFEGATE CHRUCH. There is also an app for your phone or tablet with messgages, devotions, events, and worship, just search LifeGate in the iTunes store today!
  • Crazy Scrubs for all your medical scrubs needs here: CRAZY SCRUBS
  • And, for the avid bicyclist, fashionista and/or jewelry lover, visit Velo Bling here: VELO BLING