Sunday’s are mostly the best day of the week for me.

Working through the weekdays, chores and shopping on Saturday, with some exercise thrown in, then Sunday.

Sunday used to be very busy too especially when I was volunteering at church, I’d be there all day.

Now Sunday is rest, reflection, and maybe some time with friends. A little cooking if I have to get the meal planning started for the boys.

My favorite Sunday is to enjoy my clean home, curl up with a book and the dogs, maybe watch a movie.

I’m so grateful for the time to just be still.

Image found on Pinterest. There is an image credit there, but I can’t read it through the lace.

Self pity

Image from Pinterest via Live Purposefully Now.

It’s an odd season, and I find myself unusually irritated. So the only thing I know to do now, is to get back to Gratitude.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope your day is amazing.

My gratitude Journey

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I hadn’t seen this quote before, but I just loved it.

Gratitude is Wine for the soul. I’m so glad that I started my journey, it has changed how I think about things so much.


What is vs What isn’t.

It’s just as simple as that sometimes.

You can’t prove what isn’t. You can’t see what isn’t. You can’t touch what isn’t. So why do we focus on what isn’t?

What is—is there for you. Appreciate it. Let what isn’t go. It’s not there anyway.


Yesterday we went to a funeral for one of my husband’s cousins. It was very moving, and the oldest daughter gave a sweet tribute to her dad. There were great stories told, and memories shared after the service. The obligatory food was consumed. Promises to stay in touch were exchanged.

Why does it take the passing of a life to create the pause to reflect on what’s important and to cherish the people we care for?

I guess I’ve been challenged by this event to take more pauses and appreciate my family while we are still face to face.

Today, I’m so grateful for time, my cozy home, and my husband who always fixes me coffee in the morning.

Gratitude on a Sunday

It’s been a busy week. Conventions for Mortgage. Seminar for bees.

Travel by plane.

Travel by car.

Today, I got to play a little and went to a couple of yoga classes.

I’m so grateful for my family, my job, my dogs, and a little time to myself.

Whatever your week brings you, I hope it’s something that keeps a smile on your face.

I didn’t think it was true

As I gave up on resolutions, and accepted where I am right now I started to understand how much I have changed over the last 5 years.

In March of 2013 I started this blog as a basic attempt to have a focused time of Gratitude. I wanted to find something every day, if possible, to be grateful for.

In 2013, I was really struggling trying to take care of my terminally ill mother, travel for work, maintain my marriage, be a mom, go through menopause. I was spread out very thin, and Gratitude was my anchor to keeping a form of balance in my life.

Through the journey of finding gratitude in the little things and big things of my life, I have changed over the last 5 years. It was slow, it wasn’t easy, but as I look back I have changed in more ways than I’ve realized.

Gratitude keeps me grounded, and I have found it’s easier to let things go and not get so stressed.

Being more than just my profession, is the biggest change. I used to solely identify with my work role. I was Wendy the Mortgage Professional. 25 years seasoned mortgage veteran. Blah, Blah, Blah. Now I embrace just being Wendy, and that is plenty good enough.

Women friends. I’ve developed some nice friendships outside of my work friends. I’m so grateful to have these crazy gal pals. They are so much fun, and it has nothing to do with my professional identity.

Learning to laugh at my mistakes instead of agonizing for weeks over them is a big change too.

Self-Care is not selfish. You can’t pour out of an empty vessel. I’ve learned that if I take time to take care of myself, I can better care for others.

I’ve had a lot of fun with Zumba, Yoga and TRX. Fitness has it’s place and helps me keep my stress levels down. I never thought I would ever have the patience or desire to do Yoga. It’s such a pleasure to say that I’ve really come to enjoy it, and it’s one of my favorite things to do.

My bees have taught me a lot about patience, creativity and hard work. I never thought I would be so fascinated with bugs! It is the most surprising things over the last 5 years that I would give one flip about a bug. I love my bees.

I’ve come to better accept myself. I think it was easier to give up on trying to change myself through New Years resolutions, because I have changed so much already, and I like myself better now than I ever have.

Gratitude has been the path of new discoveries, and although the changes have been slow, and small they have made a big difference in me becoming a better Wendy. The journey isn’t finished, and I’m excited to see what happens next.

Changes in the h”air”.

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I’ve decided to embrace my gray, and I had my hair cut in Ocotober. 

We went a little bolder with the highlights, to avoid the skunky look. 

No more covering the gray, just highlights and going shorter.  So this photo was taken in October. 

Jump forward to last Friday December 1st.  I’m happy with the color, and the cut, but to speed things up we have to go shorter.

But what about those curls?

This is me, going gray…..but having a bit of fun along the way.  The curls had me channeling my inner Harpo Marx.  I have my trench coat, hat, and horn.  The curls got away from me, and looked quite clownish/Harpo like by the end of the evening. 

I’m running head first into the fullness of my fifties, and I’m not looking back.


My photo.  Muir Woods 2014. 

It is the firmness of the ground that allows me to propel myself forward.

This is the thought that rolled through my head most of the night.

Today I’m very grateful for the firm foundation, the hard ground, that allows me to move forward.