Alas! It is March 1st and it is one of my favorite days; not only because it's the first of the month, but also because it is March. Daylight savings is one week away and although we lose an hour of sleep, the daylight in our evenings will suddenly extend, giving the feeling that we will have the elusive and ever-desired "extra hours in a day." And, with March, I know that the arrival of Spring is trailing just behind it.
February was one wild rollercoaster filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, periods of insane, slow-moving, patient-testing waiting, and equally opposite fast-paced, non-stop, no-rest-for-the-wicked whirlwinds. I try to appreciate life in all of it's changing, unique patterns, but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who is grateful to wish fickle, fierce February farewell!
I welcome March with excitement, joy, and gratitude, feeling this resurgence of energy flooding happily into my body and soul. Much like my feelings on the first of the month, I have also written before of gratitude - otherwise known as "The Science of Happiness." So, to celebrate the first and March and spring with gratitude, I've composed a list of everything I am grateful for at the moment. Perhaps it will inspire some joy and gratitude for you as well...
I am grateful for...
1. The first of the month.
2. March. March kicks off Spring and a season which I often refer to as "Celebration Season," (usually March-May).
4. Daylight Savings - in the fall we get an extra hour of sleep, in the spring the time of sunset at the beginning compared to the end, is extended by almost TWO hours!
5. Rain. I love most "adverse" weather, but rain is my favorite by far... the sound, the smell, the nourishment it gives the land (and me), the greenery it creates, the sense of refreshment it leaves after it's gone... YUM!
6. Clouds. For bringing a sense of calm, enshrouding the air, and providing a dramatic backdrop for the landscape.
7. How quickly/often the weather can change in a day. Especially during changing seasons.
8. The ocean. The sheer magnitude, power, and mystery of the ocean holds a magnetic fascination.
9. How nature reflects life.
10. The trees. I am absolutely enamored by the trees. Their magnificence, enormity, and the shadowy way they tower above us compels my respect.
12. The amazing food in Oregon/the Pacific Northwest, which seems to easily accommodate for any diet - dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and so on; healthy, affordable food.
11. Oregon. I fell in love with the state of Oregon. The landscape, the mentality, the trees, the food, and so much more, but right now I am grateful for the sense of creativity and inspiration I feel here and the fact that I now call this state home.
12. My journey. In all it's craziness, it's led me to exactly where I want to be.
13. The amazing man in my life who has supported and encouraged me through it all and helped pushed me to be a better version of myself.
14. My wonderful friends. They are spread all over the country but they all bring joy to my life with their unique personalities, traits, ideas, and special ways of supporting me.
15. My one of a kind family (both immediate and extended). Wherever they are in the world, I am happy to know I share blood with such damn incredible people. As the family grows through marriage and children, I am immensely excited for the wonderful new additions to welcome into our family.
16. My adopted families. Through my travels, a few families who took me in and made me feel welcome as though I was part of their own. I couldn't imagine my experiences without the kindness and support of people who started out as strangers and now feel like an extension of my "framily". Especially my family in Eugene - they had such a huge impact on the course of my journeys and helped me so graciously, I am so blessed to have connected with such wonderful people.
17. Magic people, psychic people, spiritual people. These are my kind of people and I love having such a crew around me.
18. Being part of a community that is focused on creating. Both the microcosms and the macrocosms.
19. People who believe in something / are passionate about something.
20. Spending time with little kids. It's impossible for their joy not to seep into any mood; despite their youth, we can learn so much more from them than they're given credit for.
23. Being accepted into the Yoga Teacher Training program.
24. Eugene Yoga.
25. Air mattresses.
26. Real mattresses.
27. Down comforters. Really anything that you can get really cozy under.
28. Room heaters.
31. Bonfires. Especially when camping or on the beach.
32. Stars. All those twinkling little lights in the sky reminds me of the grandness of life and our universe.
34. My senses, and that I have full capabilities of all of them.
35. Colors and color therapy. Colors can convey so much - they can set a mood, change a setting, make a house feel like a home, and add drama to the visuals we perceive.
36. Passionflowers. I never knew what these looked like until recently, and they BLEW MY MIND. If you don't know what they look like, please look one up. The power of nature and a divine presence seems undeniable to me when I look at these.
38. Words. All words, for they allow self-expression, but especially fun words like moussaka.
39. The sound of laughter.
40. Laughing with other people.
41. Laughing by myself.
42. Laughing for seemingly no reason at all. :)
43. Farmer's Markets. Another joy of the upcoming change in seasons is soon they'll be in full swing.
46. Probiotic juice and green energy balls. These tiny foods can make my day and get me going fast.
47. Hugs. Like gratitude for the person you're hugging, and they can instantly change your mood.
48. Sweet memories.
49. Big hopes.
50. Dreaming. My dream world is better than any movie theater, as long as I'm getting enough sleep.
51. Sleep. Power naps, a restful nights sleep, and falling asleep on planes/trains/automobiles has a special comfort and allure.
52. Sleeping in.
53. Big windows/skylights. Because I like being able to see all the nature, weather, and life I love so dearly. Especially when it's raining.
54. The sky.
55. Architecture and design. Thanks to backgrounds in photography and real estate, I love marveling at architecture and homes. This is my personal favorite kind of art.
56. Lighting. Lighting can change EVERYTHING.
57. The sunset.
58. The sunrise. Seen far less often, it has the same energy as the first of the month and it's more rare viewings make it feel more special.
60. Coffee. Especially in the Pacific Northwest/on rainy days.
61. Tea. Because really, I shouldn't drink too much coffee, and tea has much more diversity.
63. Not always having internet.
64. The app "Find my iPhone," which saved me when my iPhone went missing in the midst of moving and starting a new job.
65. Old-fashioned letters.
66. Postcards. aka fun-mail.
67. Poems and rhymes.
68. Messenger - which allows me to talk to some of my favorite people.
71. Birthdays. Not necessarily my own, but a big part of celebration season has to do with how many birthdays that happen starting in March.
72. My sisters.
73. Small-town living.
74. Natural health food stores (primarily the independently owned kind).
75. Visiting bigger towns/cities.
76. Eugene, OR.
77. Seattle, WA.
78. Happy movies.
79. Movies that make me think.
80. Nailpolish. Oh the colors!
81. Really good bosses/managers.
82. Working for a company that cares about the environment.
84. Contact lenses.
85. Champagne. I love bubbles.
86. A clean house.
87. Tall tables and stools. It makes me feel like a kid again when my feet aren't touching the ground.
87. The feeling you get when you've accomplished everything on your to-do list.
88. The mental clarity you find when you organize.
89. Reno Psychic Institute.
90. Freshly cleaned laundry.
92. Embracing and sharing all the love I can give and receive.
93. Coat racks / coat closets.
96. You, because you're reading this.
97. You, because you are unique and have something special to share with the world.
98. Babies. The fact that I don't have any yet, and can happily spend time with other peoples.
99. The joy and gratification of receiving what you had the courage to ask for.
100. Finishing Lists!
Stories from the road-trip that inspired moving to the PNW, and other travel adventures.