Gratitude List

In 2006 you might say my attitude needed adjusting. My NA sponsor suggested I write a gratitude list of at least 3 non-material things that I was grateful for each day. After things got better I kept writing the daily list. Around 2010 someone that knew I was writing the daily list suggested I start posting it on Facebook because it might benefit others that are going thru a tough time. The rest is history.

15 hours ago

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It takes guts and humility to admit mistakes. Admitting we’re wrong is courage, not weakness. – Roy T. BennettRandom act of kindness idea of the day: Be patient in stores and restaurants. Admit a mistake.Gratitude list for Tuesday: (1) Grateful for w call with my WW coach while riding a bike. (2) Grateful for coffee and chat with someone I love. (3) Grateful for spending time with a neighbor. (4) Grateful a friend wanted to share her good news with me. (5) Grateful someone shared a professional mistake I made. (6) Grateful someone believes in me about something I am struggling to believe in for myself.You are special so be good to yourself today. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

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All things are difficult beffore they are easy.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Wen things are tough, keep going.Gratitude list for Monday: (1) Grateful for doing what I needed to take care of myself. (2) Grateful for a challenging conversation that went well. (3) Grateful for an amazing exterminator that I can depend on. (4) Grateful for realizing more hurtful examples of something I am ready to address. (5) Grateful someone going thru a tough time reached out.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

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Weekly prayer list below:Speak your truth, kindly, without blame or judgement.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Say what you mean but don’t say it mean.Gratitude list for Sunday: (1) Grateful for someone’s trust in me. (2) Grateful for finding a pillow that helps the pain in my neck. (3) Grateful for a much needed nap. (4) Grateful for re-building relationship with someone that slipped away for awhile. (5) Grateful for asking for much needed help and getting it.Prayer ListI know the power of prayer and have seen the miracles it provides. Gd knows who we are speaking about in our prayers so we don’t need to provide full names. If you want the person to be anonymous, first names are enough.PLEASE SEND UPDATES: IT GOOD TO KNOW HOW THINGS ARE GOING.PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN I CAN REMOVE SOMEONE OR NEED TO ADD A NAME SO THIS STAYS CURRENT.UPDATES:Do you have any updates for people on this list?-- --Damien – Son of a very special couple. Has a form of cancer. Back in the hospital. Chemo weakened his colon and bacteria grew. --Suzanne Brueckheimer Zea – Waiting to hear from doctor on next steps. May do shunt.NEWLY ADDED THIS WEEK:ONGOING PRAYER LIST:--Laura Coleman – Fell and broke her ankle after coming home from chemo.--Julie – Wife of a client with aggressive breast cancer needs prayers. Has 2 teenage daughters, parents and a loving husband.--Special family going thru more than imaginable. Gd knows who they are.--This family is very special to me. Please read this and share. Got a spare Kidney? Dr. Paul Merlis, needs a kidney transplant. After a long career as an Emergency Physician, treating more than 150,000 patients over 40 years (not to mention the ones he sewed up on our dining room table), he now needs medical help himself. If you would consider becoming a kidney donor please let me know--Brian Walton - Finished chemo; still feeling lousy & will for awhile.--The people of the Ukraine --Chaim Meyer ben Ora Malka, serious health issues--Terri Peterson – Finished chemo. Still needs prayers--Tony Moon – Is deployed. His wife will be taking care of the family. Prayer needed for everyone.--Kate’s infant – Has gained the weight this week the doctors wanted.. Please keep praying for him.--Lisa Ann Barbour-McHattie – Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. --Those that are suffering and have nobody to pray for them. --Those going thru the virus, having financial hardships, emotional challenges or difficulty adjusting to this new life we are leading.--The addicts that are struggling, those that have relapsed and those trying to make their way back to the rooms.-- Susan Melissa Gross or Ora Malka bas Ruchel Her health has worsened. -Susan F – Needs prayers for her health.--The victims, survivors and friends/family of those that died in the fire in New York on Sunday.--Eddie – Son died of a drug overdose and parents are barely holding on.--Woman I met that had the courage to leave a severely abusive relationship with her 5 children and go to a shelter.--Marti Driskell – being treated for cancer.--Carol Carola –Needs all the prayers you have.--Sean – The son of my oldest friend. Home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead. Please keep praying,--Susie, Jacob & Reece – Friend & sons in the UK that need prayers. Gd knows why--Mary H – Serious spine problems. If nerve block doesn’t work will need surgery.--Family of Justin M – Father found son dead of overdose; left 2 children.-- Tommy - He has leukemia and he’s having surgery for blood clots--Chaim Meyer ben Ora Malka--David – An 8 month old with a serious illness that they hope may be able to be helped in 5 months when he is stable enough to withstand the surgery,--Sister of oncology nurse I met yesterday. Has brain cancer and is being treated in Slydell, LA. Can’t remember her name, but Gd knows who I mean.-- Joan – grieving the loss of their first born son and now her husband passed away--Kim-Sister of a former classmate. Cancer has found a new home in her spleen and we sure could use any additional prayers for her. She will be having surgery early in the new year to remove it, but her life after removal will involve a lot of challenges.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Make someone feel special with your words.Gratitude list for Saturday: (1) Grateful for filling the back of my car with donations for a local charity. (2) Grateful for finally tackling tubs of things I’ve been avoiding doing anything about. (3) Grateful for a server that always makes me feel welcome and special. (4) Grateful for whatever was wrong with my stomach didn’t last. (5) Grateful for a nice visit with a friend. (6) Grateful for the changed energy in my home as things are taken out.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

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The greatest gift that you can give others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. – Brian TracyRandom act of kindness idea of the day: Accept someone for who they are and not who you wish they were.Gratitude list for Friday: (1) Grateful for spending the evening with “my tribe”. (2) Grateful for feeling I am being respected by management for my experience. (3) Grateful for witnessing someone celebrate 2 years of recovery. (4) Grateful for feeling better mentally despite all the added pressure at work. (5) Grateful a friend reached out to give me bad news so I could support her.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. – Jack KornfieldRandom act of kindness idea of the day: Be patient in stores and restaurants. Employees are doing the best they can. Gratitude list for Friday: (1) Grateful Delta got me home early. (2) Grateful for knowing when I couldn’t work anymore and leaving for dinner. (3) Grateful for friends that believe in me when I doubt myself. (4) Grateful for an awesome time with our new team. (5) Grateful for my new boss that I met this week. Feel excited about having new leadership. (6) Grateful for being back looking at my beautiful creatures from the office. (7) Grateful for meeting an amazing flight attendant who made my tiring trip home very special. (8) Grateful for having to change travel next week.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Weekly prayer list below:To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Be patient in stores and restaurants. Employees are doing the best they can. Gratitude list for Sunday: (1) Grateful Delta got me on an earlier flight. (2) Grateful for having dinner with our new all female ITAD team. (3) Grateful for a great chat with the lady that takes me to the airport. (4) Grateful for being able to sleep in hotels. Many can’t so I know I am blessed. (5) Grateful for a new exercise with someone I love.Prayer ListI know the power of prayer and have seen the miracles it provides. Gd knows who we are speaking about in our prayers so we don’t need to provide full names. If you want the person to be anonymous, first names are enough.PLEASE SEND UPDATES: IT GOOD TO KNOW HOW THINGS ARE GOING.PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN I CAN REMOVE SOMEONE OR NEED TO ADD A NAME SO THIS STAYS CURRENT.UPDATES:Do you have any updates for people on this list?--Buck – Quietly passed away the day after his 85th birthday at home. Please keep his wonderful wife Peggy in your prayers.NEWLY ADDED THIS WEEK:--Me – Was sent to hospital to see if I had a blood clot and gratefully I don’t. Need to find out why I am having the symptoms that keep getting worst.ONGOING PRAYER LIST:--Laura Coleman – Fell and broke her ankle after coming home from chemo.--Damien – Son of a very special couple. Struggling to get his strength so he can go to rehab to get full use of his legs and arms. Chemo is rough.--Suzanne Brueckheimer Zea – Not having brain surgery today. Need to find out the cause of more issues before that happens.--Julie – Wife of a client with aggressive breast cancer needs prayers. Has 2 teenage daughters, parents and a loving husband.--Special family going thru more than imaginable. Gd knows who they are.--This family is very special to me. Please read this and share. Got a spare Kidney? Dr. Paul Merlis, needs a kidney transplant. After a long career as an Emergency Physician, treating more than 150,000 patients over 40 years (not to mention the ones he sewed up on our dining room table), he now needs medical help himself. If you would consider becoming a kidney donor please let me know--Brian Walton - Finished chemo; still feeling lousy & will for awhile.--The people of the Ukraine --Chaim Meyer ben Ora Malka, serious health issues--Terri Peterson – Finished chemo. Still needs prayers--Tony Moon – Is deployed. His wife will be taking care of the family. Prayer needed for everyone.--Kate’s infant – Has gained the weight this week the doctors wanted.. Please keep praying for him.--Lisa Ann Barbour-McHattie – Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. --Those that are suffering and have nobody to pray for them. --Those going thru the virus, having financial hardships, emotional challenges or difficulty adjusting to this new life we are leading.--The addicts that are struggling, those that have relapsed and those trying to make their way back to the rooms.-- Susan Melissa Gross or Ora Malka bas Ruchel Her health has worsened. -Susan F – Needs prayers for her health.--The victims, survivors and friends/family of those that died in the fire in New York on Sunday.--Eddie – Son died of a drug overdose and parents are barely holding on.--Woman I met that had the courage to leave a severely abusive relationship with her 5 children and go to a shelter.--Marti Driskell – being treated for cancer.--Carol Carola –Needs all the prayers you have.--Sean – The son of my oldest friend. Home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead. Please keep praying,--Susie, Jacob & Reece – Friend & sons in the UK that need prayers. Gd knows why--Mary H – Serious spine problems. If nerve block doesn’t work will need surgery.--Family of Justin M – Father found son dead of overdose; left 2 children.-- Tommy - He has leukemia and he’s having surgery for blood clots--Chaim Meyer ben Ora Malka--David – An 8 month old with a serious illness that they hope may be able to be helped in 5 months when he is stable enough to withstand the surgery,--Sister of oncology nurse I met yesterday. Has brain cancer and is being treated in Slydell, LA. Can’t remember her name, but Gd knows who I mean.-- Joan – grieving the loss of their first born son and now her husband passed away--Kim-Sister of a former classmate. Cancer has found a new home in her spleen and we sure could use any additional prayers for her. She will be having surgery early in the new year to remove it, but her life after removal will involve a lot of challenges.You are special so be good to yourself today!!!z ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Asking for help with shame says: You have the power over me.Asking with condescension says: I have the power over you.But asking for help with gratitude says: We have the power to help each other.Amanda PalmerRandom act of kindness idea of the day: Ask for help with gratitude.Gratitude list for Friday/Saturday: (1) Grateful for lots of laughter at dinner after the meeting. (2) Grateful for e-mails from someone I love that can’t currently call. (3) Grateful for having a friend in the medical field. (4) Grateful I don’t have a blood clot. Now we just have to figure out what’s going on. (5) Grateful for the awesome staff at the ER at Northside Forsyth. (6) Grateful for a friend that came to the hospital, sat with me and we laughed while waiting for the test results. (7) Grateful for trying to stay calm knowing I will get done as much as possible given the current workload. (8) Grateful a friend that was struggling reached out. (9) Grateful for a call with someone I have been looking forward to meeting.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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You change the world by being yourself.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Thank someone for their efforts.Gratitude list for Monday-Thursday: (1) Grateful for going to a trade show and seeing people I have known for years. (2) Grateful for spending time with our awesome team. (3) Grateful for several personal conversations that were very meaningful. (4) Grateful for an unexpected chat and finding out someone I know has been in recovery for many years. (5) Grateful for being healthy enough to have very long workdays. (6) Grateful the new president of our company came to the show and met a bunch of my clients/prospects. (7) Grateful for accepting that I can’t do something I planned this weekend because I need time alone to rest before leaving again on Sunday.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

I Am A Thrivalist
Weekly prayer list below:Trust the process. Even when it seems like it’s not processing.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Help someone during their process if you can…simple encouragement is everything.Gratitude list for Saturday & Sunday: (1) Grateful for finding someone awesome to help minimize even more. (2) Grateful for taking my sponsor’s advice. (3) Grateful for a chat with a friend that encouraged me to do something. (4) Grateful for visiting a neighbor. (5) Grateful for realizing I was nervous about an upcoming trip and talking thru it. (6) Grateful for the peace in my home and having someone feel it.Prayer ListI know the power of prayer and have seen the miracles it provides. Gd knows who we are speaking about in our prayers so we don’t need to provide full names. If you want the person to be anonymous, first names are enough.PLEASE SEND UPDATES: IT GOOD TO KNOW HOW THINGS ARE GOING.PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN I CAN REMOVE SOMEONE OR NEED TO ADD A NAME SO THIS STAYS CURRENT.UPDATES:Do you have any updates for people on this list?----Laura Coleman – Fell and broke her ankle after coming home from chemo.NEWLY ADDED THIS WEEK:ONGOING PRAYER LIST:--Damien – Son of a very special couple. Struggling to get his strength so he can go to rehab to get full use of his legs and arms. Chemo is rough.--Suzanne Brueckheimer Zea – Not having brain surgery today. Need to find out the cause of more issues before that happens.--Julie – Wife of a client with aggressive breast cancer needs prayers. Has 2 teenage daughters, parents and a loving husband.--Buck – Home and still needs prayers for ongoing health challenges.--Special family going thru more than imaginable. Gd knows who they are.--This family is very special to me. Please read this and share. Got a spare Kidney? Dr. Paul Merlis, needs a kidney transplant. After a long career as an Emergency Physician, treating more than 150,000 patients over 40 years (not to mention the ones he sewed up on our dining room table), he now needs medical help himself. If you would consider becoming a kidney donor please let me know--Brian Walton - Finished chemo; still feeling lousy & will for awhile.--The people of the Ukraine --Chaim Meyer ben Ora Malka, serious health issues--Terri Peterson – Finished chemo. Still needs prayers--Tony Moon – Is deployed. His wife will be taking care of the family. Prayer needed for everyone.--Kate’s infant – Has gained the weight this week the doctors wanted.. Please keep praying for him.--Lisa Ann Barbour-McHattie – Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. --Those that are suffering and have nobody to pray for them. --Those going thru the virus, having financial hardships, emotional challenges or difficulty adjusting to this new life we are leading.--The addicts that are struggling, those that have relapsed and those trying to make their way back to the rooms.-- Susan Melissa Gross or Ora Malka bas Ruchel Her health has worsened. -Susan F – Needs prayers for her health.--The victims, survivors and friends/family of those that died in the fire in New York on Sunday.--Eddie – Son died of a drug overdose and parents are barely holding on.--Woman I met that had the courage to leave a severely abusive relationship with her 5 children and go to a shelter.--Marti Driskell – being treated for cancer.--Carol Carola –Needs all the prayers you have.--Sean – The son of my oldest friend. Home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead. Please keep praying,--Susie, Jacob & Reece – Friend & sons in the UK that need prayers. Gd knows why--Mary H – Serious spine problems. If nerve block doesn’t work will need surgery.--Family of Justin M – Father found son dead of overdose; left 2 children.-- Tommy - He has leukemia and he’s having surgery for blood clots--Chaim Meyer ben Ora Malka--David – An 8 month old with a serious illness that they hope may be able to be helped in 5 months when he is stable enough to withstand the surgery,--Sister of oncology nurse I met yesterday. Has brain cancer and is being treated in Slydell, LA. Can’t remember her name, but Gd knows who I mean.-- Joan – grieving the loss of their first born son and now her husband passed away--Kim-Sister of a former classmate. Cancer has found a new home in her spleen and we sure could use any additional prayers for her. She will be having surgery early in the new year to remove it, but her life after removal will involve a lot of challenges.You are special so be good to yourself today!!!z ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Balance is not something you find. It’s something you create. – Jana KingsfordRandom act of kindness idea of the day: Do something for yourself to feed your soul.Gratitude list for Froday: (1) Grateful for staying in my hula-hoop and not taking on others’ drama. (2) Grateful for having dinner plans with some ladies on my cruise that I’ve never met. (3) Grateful for the sunshine and birds right outside my office. (4) Grateful for “my tribe” and our Friday nights together. (5) Grateful for choosing not to let someone else’s opinions of me matter. (6) Grateful someone I love and haven’t seen in ages came to the meeting and we got to catch up and make plans to hang out.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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When someone helps you and they’re struggling too, that’s not help, that’s love.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Donate something locally that you no longer need.Gratitude list for Thursday: (1) Grateful for finding an awesome lady to help me with more than I originally imagined. (2) Grateful for finding a fb group with women taking the same cruise as me in November. (3) Grateful for remembering I don’t have to say everything I am thinking. (4) Grateful a friend made it safely on her 11 hour drive. (5) Grateful for the amazing team I work with. (6) Grateful for feeling so positive about the future after being down about it for a bit.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. – Harold KushnerRandom act of kindness idea of the day: Do something kind.Gratitude list for Wednesday: (1) Grateful for an incredibly thoughtful gift left on my porch that took me a day to figure out who it was from. (2) Grateful for a friend that came over and put together my new desk. I’m so excited. (3) Grateful for potentially finding someone to help me in the house with some projects…had to make a change. (4) Grateful for an amazing local FB page that helps me find anything/one I am looking for. (5) Grateful for choosing not to take my frustration out on an employee that had to share a disappointing message with me. (6) Grateful for staying emotionally unattached to an especially frustrating time.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Learn to accept both compliments and criticism gracefully; it takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Give 3 strangers a compliment today.Gratitude list for Tuesday: (1) Grateful for the kind words the CEO and President said about me for the recognitions I received. (2) Grateful for all the support I received professionally and personally as well. (3) Grateful for seeing a couple I met weeks ago at the sushi bar and having a nice chat. (4) Grateful for a different response to recognition this time vs. last time. (5) Grateful for a boss that is willing to make decisions quickly. (6) Grateful for friends that I can turn to for help. (7) Grateful that I can be transparent about my life both personally and professionally.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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In a world where you can be anything, be yourself. Random act of kindness idea of the day: Look in the mirror and say 3 positive things about yourself.Gratitude list for Monday: (1) Grateful my neighbor trusts me enough to watch her dog. (2) Grateful for my sponsor who knows the loving way to approach everything. (3) Grateful for doing the footwork and allowing work to fall into place in a specific area. (4) Grateful for still wanting to be teachable. There is so much more to learn. (5) Grateful for a freedom I never knew I could feel. (6) Grateful for a woman I know that has stayed clean for 50 years. She helped me in early recovery and things she said I still apply in my life.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Good things take time…trust the process.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Ask someone for suggestions…you might be surprised how much they are willing to help you.Gratitude list for Sunday: (1) Grateful an old friend made a very generous offer for my upcoming trip in November. (2) Grateful for honoring my truth and sharing it in a kind way with someone. (3) Grateful for candles and the way they make me feel. (4) Grateful for my 8 year anniversary of my last day of chemo and being cancer free ever since. (5) Grateful for people early in recovery that have reached out to me. (6) Grateful the beautiful flowers I received are all around my house and make me smile.Prayer ListI know the power of prayer and have seen the miracles it provides. Gd knows who we are speaking about in our prayers so we don’t need to provide full names. If you want the person to be anonymous, first names are enough.PLEASE SEND UPDATES: IT GOOD TO KNOW HOW THINGS ARE GOING.PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN I CAN REMOVE SOMEONE OR NEED TO ADD A NAME SO THIS STAYS CURRENT.UPDATES:Do you have any updates for people on this list?--Damien – Son of a very special couple. Struggling to get his strength so he can go to rehab to get full use of his legs and arms. Chemo is rough.--Suzanne Brueckheimer Zea – Not having brain surgery today. Need to find out the cause of more issues before that happens.NEWLY ADDED THIS WEEK:ONGOING PRAYER LIST:--Julie – Wife of a client with aggressive breast cancer needs prayers. Has 2 teenage daughters, parents and a loving husband.--Buck – Home and still needs prayers for ongoing health challenges.--Special family going thru more than imaginable. Gd knows who they are.--This family is very special to me. Please read this and share. Got a spare Kidney? Dr. Paul Merlis, needs a kidney transplant. After a long career as an Emergency Physician, treating more than 150,000 patients over 40 years (not to mention the ones he sewed up on our dining room table), he now needs medical help himself. If you would consider becoming a kidney donor please let me know--Brian Walton - Finished chemo; still feeling lousy & will for awhile.--The people of the Ukraine --Chaim Meyer ben Ora Malka, serious health issues--Terri Peterson – Finished chemo. Still needs prayers--Tony Moon – Is deployed. His wife will be taking care of the family. Prayer needed for everyone.--Kate’s infant – Has gained the weight this week the doctors wanted.. Please keep praying for him.--Lisa Ann Barbour-McHattie – Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. ----Laura Coleman – Started chemo. It’s going well and cancer is shrinking. --Those that are suffering and have nobody to pray for them. --Those going thru the virus, having financial hardships, emotional challenges or difficulty adjusting to this new life we are leading.--The addicts that are struggling, those that have relapsed and those trying to make their way back to the rooms.-- Susan Melissa Gross or Ora Malka bas Ruchel Her health has worsened. -Susan F – Needs prayers for her health.--The victims, survivors and friends/family of those that died in the fire in New York on Sunday.--Eddie – Son died of a drug overdose and parents are barely holding on.--Woman I met that had the courage to leave a severely abusive relationship with her 5 children and go to a shelter.--Marti Driskell – being treated for cancer.--Carol Carola –Needs all the prayers you have.--Sean – The son of my oldest friend. Home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead. Please keep praying,--Susie, Jacob & Reece – Friend & sons in the UK that need prayers. Gd knows why--Mary H – Serious spine problems. If nerve block doesn’t work will need surgery.--Family of Justin M – Father found son dead of overdose; left 2 children.-- Tommy - He has leukemia and he’s having surgery for blood clots--Chaim Meyer ben Ora Malka--David – An 8 month old with a serious illness that they hope may be able to be helped in 5 months when he is stable enough to withstand the surgery,--Sister of oncology nurse I met yesterday. Has brain cancer and is being treated in Slydell, LA. Can’t remember her name, but Gd knows who I mean.-- Joan – grieving the loss of their first born son and now her husband passed away--Kim-Sister of a former classmate. Cancer has found a new home in her spleen and we sure could use any additional prayers for her. She will be having surgery early in the new year to remove it, but her life after removal will involve a lot of challenges.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Always be a work in progressRandom act of kindness idea of the day: Ask those you respect for their honest opinion.Gratitude list for Friday: & Saturday (1) Grateful for my tribe and the love I received which was much needed Friday night. (2) Grateful for my mantra and when I stay in it, all is well. (3) Grateful for a reminder of the relationships I have and what they are based on. (4) Grateful for learning how to love people where they are and not where I wish they were. (5) Grateful for a call from someone I thought had died from the disease of addiction. (6) Grateful for spending a good part of the day with someone I love having an amazing time. (7) Grateful for news I was hoping for. (8) Grateful for a new perspective that feels exciting and empowering.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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Dear Natasha, Scott and I were so happy you were our waitress the first time we went to First Watch. You were the perfect combination of friendly, engaging and professional. Providing amazing service while letting us have our space to talk isn’t easy. We asked you your name to make sure we requested you each time we came after that.With all the guests you serve, I couldn’t figure out how you remembered exactly what we both liked every time. You make us feel so welcome and special each time. When you aren’t working it just is never quite the same. It was like we were visiting someone we knew when we saw you.A few weeks ago I happened to wear an NA t-shirt I had recently gotten at a convention I attended. You immediately noticed and said something about it. Scott and I both said we were in recovery and your face lit up. You admitted that you were an addict and had been going to meetings at one time and needed to get back to them. We were excited to tell you about our home group that met on Friday nights knowing you only worked days. You said that was a perfect time and you would be there next week. I gave you my card and said you could call any time. We left excited that we were able to share a message of hope with you and there was a meeting 5 days later.The next time we were there you apologized for not being able to make the meeting. We said we would be there when you were ready to come. You said you would be there Friday and would give me a call and again Scott and I were excited knowing we would see you in a few days in a meeting. You didn’t come to the meeting Friday night, but at least you knew where we were. We came over Sunday and they said you were working later than your normal time. For a moment I thought that was strange since you only serve breakfast and lunch, but didn’t give it another thought. Once again breakfast wasn’t the same without you. There’s something about you that lights up wherever you stand. Your warmth was felt by so many. I guess that’s why so many people request you.Scott went there without me yesterday morning. A couple of the waitresses walked over knowing we always sat with you. They let him know that you overdosed and died on Sunday, the day they told us you were coming in to work later. I can’t imagine what it was like for him to hear that in the very place we met you. He knew how excited I was that you wanted recovery. There aren’t many women in our meetings and the idea of you joining us was part of the reason we started the meeting. We wanted a place for anyone seeking recovery from addiction to have a place to hear the message of Narcotics Anonymous and know that a day at a time, they never had to use drugs again.I don’t know how he found the words to tell me what happened to you. I sat in shock unable to process what he shared. He said you have a 9 and 11 year old. How are they going to grow up without your love? I’m sorry that you were so in the grip of your addiction that you didn’t call or come to a meeting. We would have helped you, I promise. All you needed to do was pick up the phone or shown up at the door.Now nobody else, most of all your children will ever see the twinkle in your eyes, feel your warmth or be excited just knowing you are in the room. I hate this disease and what it does. What I hate even more is that this past Sunday it won and took you.Rest well Natasha and know the world glows a little less bright now that you are gone. I will miss you.Please, if you or someone you know has or thinks they may have a problem with drugs, pm me, no matter where you live. I will help get you in touch with someone in Narcotics Anonymous near you or let you know about online meetings. They are available 24/7. Help is available and NA is free. Out message is simple…an addict, any addict, can stop using, lose the desire and find a new way to live. Give us a chance….what do you have to lose? ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

I Am A Thrivalist
Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters. Think about that.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Listen to the messages the universe is sending you.Gratitude list for Thursday: (1) Grateful for starting to write again. It really helps my spirit. (2) Grateful someone with an addiction challenge reached out after I posted the letter to Natasha. (3) Grateful I want to be clean even when it doesn’t feel good. (4) Grateful for standing up for myself when I thought someone wasn’t reasonable. (5) Grateful for being loved even when I do things undeserving. (6) Grateful for the calm in my home…it is very comforting. (7) Grateful for the wildlife I get to watch all day while working. (8) Grateful for perspective and knowing it can change depending on my spiritual condition at any given moment.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

I Am A Thrivalist
Dear Natasha, Scott and I were so happy you were our waitress the first time we went to First Watch. You were the perfect combination of friendly, engaging and professional. Providing amazing service while letting us have our space to talk isn’t easy. We asked you your name to make sure we requested you each time we came after that.With all the guests you serve, I couldn’t figure out how you remembered exactly what we both liked every time. You make us feel so welcome and special each time. When you aren’t working it just is never quite the same. It was like we were visiting someone we knew when we saw you.A few weeks ago I happened to wear an NA t-shirt I had recently gotten at a convention I attended. You immediately noticed and said something about it. Scott and I both said we were in recovery and your face lit up. You admitted that you were an addict and had been going to meetings at one time and needed to get back to them. We were excited to tell you about our home group that met on Friday nights knowing you only worked days. You said that was a perfect time and you would be there next week. I gave you my card and said you could call any time. We left excited that we were able to share a message of hope with you and there was a meeting 5 days later.The next time we were there you apologized for not being able to make the meeting. We said we would be there when you were ready to come. You said you would be there Friday and would give me a call and again Scott and I were excited knowing we would see you in a few days in a meeting. You didn’t come to the meeting Friday night, but at least you knew where we were. We came over Sunday and they said you were working later than your normal time. For a moment I thought that was strange since you only serve breakfast and lunch, but didn’t give it another thought. Once again breakfast wasn’t the same without you. There’s something about you that lights up wherever you stand. Your warmth was felt by so many. I guess that’s why so many people request you.Scott went there without me yesterday morning. A couple of the waitresses walked over knowing we always sat with you. They let him know that you overdosed and died on Sunday, the day they told us you were coming in to work later. I can’t imagine what it was like for him to hear that in the very place we met you. He knew how excited I was that you wanted recovery. There aren’t many women in our meetings and the idea of you joining us was part of the reason we started the meeting. We wanted a place for anyone seeking recovery from addiction to have a place to hear the message of Narcotics Anonymous and know that a day at a time, they never had to use drugs again.I don’t know how he found the words to tell me what happened to you. I sat in shock unable to process what he shared. He said you have a 9 and 11 year old. How are they going to grow up without your love? I’m sorry that you were so in the grip of your addiction that you didn’t call or come to a meeting. We would have helped you, I promise. All you needed to do was pick up the phone or shown up at the door.Now nobody else, most of all your children will ever see the twinkle in your eyes, feel your warmth or be excited just knowing you are in the room. I hate this disease and what it does. What I hate even more is that this past Sunday it won and took you.Rest well Natasha and know the world glows a little less bright now that you are gone. I will miss you.Please, if you or someone you know has or thinks they may have a problem with drugs, pm me, no matter where you live. I will help get you in touch with someone in Narcotics Anonymous near you or let you know about online meetings. They are available 24/7. Help is available and NA is free. Out message is simple…an addict, any addict, can stop using, lose the desire and find a new way to live. Give us a chance….what do you have to lose? ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

I Am A Thrivalist
One day you will look back and see that all along you were blooming. – Morgan Harper Nichols Random act of kindness idea of the day: Change your perspective about something you feel negative about. Gratitude list for Monday/Tuesday: (1) Grateful for starting to write to get feelings out again. It feels great. (2) Grateful for feeling encouraged about writing my book again. (3) Grateful for finalizing air for an incredible trip in November. (4) Grateful I know someone that travels the world that looked at my itinerary and said it was great. (5) Grateful for someone that has my back and helped me with a work challenge. (6) Grateful for previous mentors that taught me things I am finally willing to apply. (7) Grateful for being able to love myself no matter what. It hasn’t always been that way. (8) Grateful for wanted to respond not react. You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

I Am A Thrivalist
My last day not qualifying for MedicareWell, this is it! The last 2 hours in my early 60’s. The last time a birthday truly bothered me was when I turned 30. I threw myself an awesome party complete with pushcarts of different New York style foods, a dj and enough drugs and alcohol to last me, well, until I got clean 8 years later. The best gift I received was a stripper from the girls in my office. OK, enough of the trip down memory lane.I remember women telling me as I approached each decade birthday (40, 50 & 60) that it keeps getting better. They were right. I came into my own as the years passed and cared less about what you thought and more about what I thought. There is quite a sense of freedom in that. So why is 65 affecting me? Well, to start, for the last 6 months I have been getting at least 2 pamphlets a week telling me the best company to sign up for Medicare with. I was actually creating quite a stack to go thru when I realized my friend Bruce sold Part B when I got ready to retire. Wait, isn’t that for old people? Does that mean that since I qualify as of tomorrow that I am also old? Hold on, I’m not ready for that. Could it be that I’m not ready to face the fact that I have way more years behind me than ahead of me? If that’s the case, how long do I have to accomplish all the things I still want to do? Do I hurry and do as much as I canaccomplish or assume I have 20 good years ahead of me and savor the journey? My parents died at 52. If I wake up tomorrow I will be 65. Has the curse been broken or am I on borrowed time?OK, calm down. People say I don’t look my age and I sure don’t act it. Look at everything I’ve have walked thru. As strange as it sounds, signing up for Medicare Part A today was emotional. It is a right of passage for all the years I have paid into the system. On the other hand, it is telling me I am turning a corner. Now what?Well, I can use this as an excuse to feel sorry for myself. I can think of what I thought I would be right now vs. where I am and feel disappointed in myself. It would be reasonable to remind myself of 3 failed marriages and my ongoing challenges with my weight. OR…I can remember the whole I dug for myself with drugs and that I was introduced to a program that has given me the opportunity for a life beyond my wildest dreams. If I want to, I can remind myself that I started in a new career not even knowing what a server was. 12 years later I am considered the subject matter expert not only in my company, but in my industry. I went from being someone that couldn’t be alone for a minute to someone that travels the world solo. Most important, I can look back and remember How much I hated myself most of my life. Today I can look in the mirror and tell myself “I am enough”, while at the same time knowing I am still a work in progress and that’s ok.While it would be nice to have the body I had in my 20’s and the wisdom I have just shy of 65, that isn’t possible. My body keeps changing and not for the better, the lines and wrinkles are deeper and longer and my memory feels like it fades a little more each day. What keeps getting stronger is my desire to make my life purposeful, to travel as much as I can, to help others in any possible way and to keep working on me so I can get past this barrier I keep putting between myself and my willingness to get stronger and healthier. I guess 65 isn’t that bad after all. It really is a reason to celebrate. Now if I can just remember to ask for all the discounts I will now qualify for… ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

I Am A Thrivalist
Challenges are what make life challenging. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.Random act of kindness idea of the day: Ask someone to help with one of your challenges.Gratitude list for Saturday: (1) Grateful for hearing what I needed in a meeting. (2) Grateful for hearing from a couple I met in Africa. (3) Grateful for choosing to respond not react to a situation that I thought was resolved. (4) Grateful for meeting a lovely lady that owns a great Chinese restaurant a friend told me about. (5) Grateful for being very uncomfortable about some things but at the same time knowing I am ok. I am working thru feelings and situations and that is all I can do. (6) Grateful for having a nice chat with a lady while on the return line at Costco. It took a while, so it was a nice way for the time to pass.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

I Am A Thrivalist
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. – Abraham MaslowRandom act of kindness idea of the day: Share a truth with someone about them that may be painful but they deserve to know. Gratitude list for Friday: (1) Grateful someone shared something I did that was hurtful. I will do my best to change so it doesn’t happen again. (2) Grateful for knowing I am a work in progress and not the finished product. (3) Grateful everyone I was with last night got home safe given the terrible weather. (4) Grateful for being ok with not knowing how things will turn out at work. (5) Grateful for most of the people in my neighborhood. They are friendly and I love it when they are walking outside. (6) Grateful for a quiet weekend so I can get a lot accomplished.You are special so be good to yourself today!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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