Happy November! How was everyone’s Halloween? I hope you enjoyed some candy!
During the first few minutes of meditation in yoga class last night, the instructor told us to imagine our own death and who would be standing around our coffin. I was thinking, “WHAT? I came to yoga to think about my death?!” It was rather strange, but I kind of knew where he was going with it. He continued to ask us, “What would these people be thinking about you? Are you happy with the way they would remember you?”
YEAH, I’m awesome. Just kidding. I immediately thought about gratefulness. It’s probably the one thing that I spend too much time thinking about (besides the gym, what I should cook, and med school…). I’m always worried that I’m not grateful enough for all the opportunities I’ve been given, for the people in my life, for everything. I’d like to think that I don’t take things for granted, but I need to improve on showing how much I appreciate the good (and the bad) in my life.
Cue Jessie’s “Thankful Thursday” series! After seeing her do it last week, I knew I wanted to write a few Thankful Thursday posts…not just about the major stuff but also the silly things I appreciate. Plus, there’s no better month to do this than November, with Thanksgiving right around the corner! Gobble, gobble.
First and foremost, I’m thankful for… my parents and my sister. I don’t nearly say it enough, but I appreciate them more than anything in this world. I’ve put my parents through some rough times, but they continue to support me and always have faith in me. My sister is my biggest cheerleader and the most amazing role model. I would literally be no where without my family.
I’m thankful for… the red potatoes that Josh left at my apartment when he came to visit. I usually stick with sweet potatoes, but I think I’m going to have to start buying red potatoes too. I forgot how goood they are, and they make for some pretty awesome pre- or post-workout fuel! I’ve been pan frying them in EVOO with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Delish!
I’m thankful for… all of my blood work coming back normal! I got five vials worth of blood tests done during my last trip back to Maryland, and I just received the results. Yay for good health!
I’m thankful for… my dad’s lab getting its power back last night. He’s a smarty neuroscientist, and his business requires a lot of freezing and refrigerating. He has to scramble all over Maryland to buy out everyone’s supply of dry ice when there’s no power, so I’m glad his power outage didn’t last too long. Power = happy dad.
I’m thankful for… my family and friends’ safety during Hurricane Sandy. Luckily, no one I know suffered from much more than power outages. My heart goes out to those who have lost or damaged homes.
I’m thankful for… the October Unprocessed Challenge that was hosted by Eating Rules. I was pretty successful at eating unprocessed foods last month, besides the few days that I went back to Maryland. Had to enjoy mama’s cookin’! I hope that others who took this challenge continue to eat clean!
More thankfulness coming up next time!
Random questions of the day:
What types of Halloween candy did you have yesterday?
Did you dress up for Halloween?