List What You are Grateful For.

  • Love
  • My family… My Aunt in Cali who is so strong and not afraid to stand up for herself and her family and is awesome… My Mom who is also so strong, and amazing, and supportive (she is a super hero)… My dad who has worked incredibly hard his whole life… My uncle who is like a big brother to me… My siblings… Yeah, I got pretty stinkin’ blessed in the family department and I am so grateful for all of them.
  • My incredible, patient, handsome, loving boyfriend; who tries to always make me smile, and understands the bad days with the whole diabetes business… I really sometimes can’t believe that God has blessed me with him.
  • For great doctors who listen to me, and don’t try to push a bunch of medications and stuff.
  • For my job as a barista; and my coworkers and boss.
  • That God just keeps supplying all that I need…
  • For where I live
  • For the stage of life I am in…
  • For the ability to be able to communicate my thoughts and feelings in creative ways.
  • For the chances I have had to live in different places and all the things I learned from those experiences.
  • For 2nd chances
  • Long summer days
  • Long talks with my love
  • The online community of people who share my disease and can relate… Diabetics Unite!
  • Meeting new people, and making new friends
  • The opportunities that the Lord has in store for me; that I don’t even know about yet.
  • The ability to continue to learn and grow as a person…
  • Happiness – and the opportunity to choose to be happy no matter what the circumstance.
  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • The beauty all around us every day
  • The hardships
  • Learning from my mistakes
  • Forgiveness

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52 Lists: My Greatest Comforts

1. Long hugs from my boyfriend

2. Listening to books on tape or podcasts while driving

3. Hazelnut creamer in my coffee

4. My old burlap and pistachio green comforter

5. Any song on my top 10 list

6. Good morning and goodnight texts

7. Christmas trees

8. Jack O’Lanterns

9. Listening to my family talk

10. Talking with my love

11. Jackie and Bender on KISS fm (they make me laugh on my morning commute)

12. Snuggling with my dog (when she lets me)

13. Singing along to my favorite songs

14. Prayer

15. Writing pages and pages of journal entries

16. The feeling of knowing that I am completely loved and accepted

17. Taking long walks

18. Window shopping

19. Lazy days

20. Well crafted lattes

21. Deep conversations

22. Fresh sheets

23. Long showers

24. Strawberry scented shampoo

25. The sound of rain beating against the roof and windows

26. Cuddling close to my love while watching a movie together

27.  Purpose

28. Cooking something for someone special

29. Pinning things on Pinterest

30. Doing my makeup

31. Jesus

32. My boyfriend

33. My family

34. My friends

35. Watching new episodes of Dr. Who on my iPad

36. Books

37. The Band Perry

38. Getting a new tattoo

39. Dreaming

40. My tattoos

41. Clam Chowder

42. Gone, Gone, Gone by Philip Philips

43. Traveling

44. Making other people smile

45. The christmas lights hanging in my room

52 Lists: Week 1

Words that touch my Soul.

 

There is this new little blog series going around the blogosphere – and I want to throw my hat into the fray… It’s 52 Lists. Lists of words that touch our souls; lists of the things that bring us the greatest comforts. Lists of things we should be proud of! Lists of ways we can love others.  That sort of stuff.

I think it’s great! And I want in… So – here goes nothing!!!! 😉 And here is a link back to the lady who started it all: http://www.moorea-seal.com/p/52-lists.html  Go check it out – it’s pretty awesome… and I am excited. 🙂

 

 

WORDS THAT TOUCH MY SOUL:

 

  • Saved
  • Loved
  • Hugs
  • Kisses
  • Girlfriend
  • Boyfriend
  • Sister
  • Daughter
  • Forgiven
  • Diabetic
  • Kindness
  • Hope
  • Faithfulness
  • Determined
  • Creativity
  • In Love
  • Life
  • Insulin
  • Moonlight
  • Autumn
  • Ink
  • Second Chances
  • Strength
  • Gentile
  • Lapin
  • Nature
  • Sunshine
  • Vivid
  • Music
  • God
  • Accepted
  • Understood
  • Unfolding
  • Rest
  • Gift
  • Books
  • Undaunted
  • Free
  • Unique
  • Beautiful
  • Identity

 

 

Days 1 & 2: A Thankful November

ThanksgivingNovember is special to me for a few different reasons. It has always been filled with warm memories, and holiday traditions; early Christmas music, and eggnog lattes.

I have fond memories of waking up to hot chocolate and hot cinnamon rolls fresh from a warm oven on a downright chilly (often rainy or foggy) Thanksgiving morning; watching the Thanksgiving Day parade on cable while my dad starts prepping the turkey; thinking how one day I would love to actually be on the street in New York watching that giant bird with its pilgrims on its back pass by…

Another great tradition my family has is that my mom, sister, and I go join the crazed masses and shop from the unfortunate hours of 2am (sometimes midnight) until a more reasonable hour in the morning, and collapse into a booth in some diner and have breakfast. Its exhausting, but it’s always fun – and something we all look forward to every year!

To say the least: I love the holidays. I am happy they are here – and that I am home for them this year.

But November has a new connotation for me this year as well because it is also diabetes awareness month; and this is my very first November with diabetes. And there will be many more to come (God willing).

Having this disease makes you look at things differently. It makes you think that maybe one should be more thankful for every day you’re given – for every day that you have eyes that see –  or hair that is all still in its proper place; or organs that work the way they are supposed to. And being especially thankful for the people that love you and put up with you even on those dark, no good, simply BAD days.

That Thanksgiving really isn’t just about stuffing ourselves until we pop; but how we should be thankful for everything and everyone we’ve been blessed with – even the struggles we’ve had (because everything we go through can make us stronger versions of the people we were before), and come out on the other side of… Or the ones we’re in the midst of…

So, this month I will be participating in the 30 Days of Thankfulness Challenge!  There is always something to be thankful for – we just have to really look for those little bright spots in the darkness sometimes.

This month I will strive to think of others before myself – to be more considerate before I open my mouth, before I move my hands to action. To show my thankfulness for the people in my life with action instead of just with my words on the internet.

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Ali’s Day 1 & 2 Thankfulness List:

  1. Hot coffee
  2. finding sugar free holiday creamers at the store!!!!
  3. The amazing people in my life who have been so supportive – especially with this new challenge that I face daily in my life. And love me even when my blood sugar gets too low! 😀
  4. My family’s cat, and my dog who make me smile
  5. Forgiveness

I love this. ❤