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New Things Coming…

So I’ve decided to be more proactive in my journaling this year.

Among other things, I will be doing some monthly posts about music and books for each month. I’m also going to be doing a “What’s Up, Wednesday” post. I used to do this over on my pro blog [and may continue it over there again, too], and it’s a nice way to keep myself on track with what I need to be doing.

So there you go. New content coming at least once a week from yours truly.

[30DoG] Day 7: What memory are you grateful for?

The first memory that comes to mind that I am grateful for is one that is actually painful for me. I don’t need to describe it to anyone else to be able to say that it has shaped me as a person. To this day, I still take the events of that memory to heart. At times, it has been a convenient hook upon which I can hang the cause of my personality, confidence, and mental health issues. Other times, I use it as a challenge to make myself a better person. So it’s a seesaw game that I simply try to keep as balanced as I possibly can.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

[30DoG] Day 5: What sound are you grateful for today?

This was going to be a two-part answer for me, but then I realized that half of what I was going to say is felt, not heard. It’s the sound of my cats purring their love and affection. It doesn’t matter if it’s the louder rumbles of my boys, or Stasia’s purr that’s louder than her meow, or even Elphie’s sweetly broken and relatively soft purr. The minute they purr for me, I instantly start to feel better.

Oh, and the part that is more felt than heard? That would be the sensation of my cats’ heartbeats. Both of my boys love to stretch out across my chest to cuddle, and I can almost always feel the strong beat of their hearts right above my own. It makes me love them even more than normal.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

[30DoG] Day 4: What food are you most grateful for?

This is actually a really rough thing for me to answer…

I think the “easy” answer would be that I am grateful for all food. My slim, trim, girlish figure can attest to that. I mean, there aren’t a lot of foods I’ve tried that I refuse to eat. And I have a rule of trying any new food once to see if I like it. Again, there are very few exceptions to that rule.

As for right now, the food I’m most grateful for is the salad I had for dinner. It was light and easy on my system, though very peppery [yum!], and tasted really good.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

[30DoG] Day 3: What color are you grateful for?

This is actually kind of a weird question to me. I am grateful for all of the colors available, even the ones I don’t like. Every color out there is liked by someone, and that makes me grateful it’s out there.

For me personally, I am grateful for purple. It’s my favorite color, and always makes me smile when I see it. I’d be happy to have tons of purple in my life, not gonna lie. I’m also very grateful for black. The all-consuming quality of black is comforting, as odd as that may sound. You can safely hide in black or be terrified in black. Black covers up your mistakes, for good or for ill.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

[30DoG] Day 2: What technology are you grateful for?

You mean, besides all of it? LOL! I love my computer because it’s so all encompassing, particularly for my writing. When I can’t be at my computer, I stick to my smartphone and occasionally my tablet. My iPod gives me music when I’m not at home. And bedtime doesn’t feel right without my Kindle.

And for the record, just because I adore the versatility of my Kindle, it doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned the visceral enjoyment of an actual book in my hands. It’s a matter of convenience and what’s on hand, particularly when I travel.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.

[30DoG] Day 1: What smell are you grateful for today?

Today I am incredibly grateful for the combined scents of lavender and peppermint. This combination is my go-to whenever I have a migraine. It makes me feel better almost instantly, and can filter out the cigarette smoke smell that is one of my major aura-style indicators of impending migraines.

This is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude meme.