30 Days of Gratitude

We’ve all seen posts from friends regarding being thankful, or showing gratitude. I’ve decided to try this as I was challenged by my talented friend, Dawn of Dawn Nash Photography, to do a 30 day challenge, along with a day 15 deadline for a vision board, and day 30 deadline for a list of goals. I figured the best way to do this was to keep everything together in one lengthy blog post.

Regardless of what day you come in on, I hope you at least return after day 30 to 1) see if I made it to the end, and 2) see what I’m grateful for, or at least what I decide my goals will be at the end of this challenge.

So, here we go:

Day 1
Today I am thankful that we live so close to a gym, and that my friend Stephanie B. shared with me last night that she was going, which pushed me to go (she didn’t have to twist my arm…just gave me a slight guilt trip…LOL!).
I’m also thankful for Costco where I was lucky enough to score a snowboard WITH bindings for a really great price. They only had 2 sizes, and fortunately one was exactly mine, AND it was 10,000 yen (just over $80 USD) off! AND it’s kind of pretty. Happy early birthday to me!
Of course I’m thankful for a million and one other things, but I’ll keep this to a minimum so you won’t get too bored.

New Snowboard...a steal at Costco at just under $140 with discount!)

New Snowboard…a steal at Costco at just under $140 with discount!)

Day 2:

I’m grateful for Yoga. We have a class offered once a week near home, and right now it’s absolutely free. The instructor is amazing, energetic, and knowledgeable. I look forward to going every week, even if some weeks I’m a little less flexible than usual.

Day 3:

I’m thankful that my kids are somewhat self-sufficient. K was able to walk herself to school, and to and from ballet today. She’s growing so fast, and is such a beautiful girl…inside and out. Super caring and empathetic. She has a great heart. <3

I’m also thankful for some clarity…not just with photography (although I’m not all the way there), but with life in general. I’ve been reading The Complete Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. I have a long way to go, but I feel like I’m gaining so much.

Day 4:

So thankful for new opportunities and experiences. Today I was able to experience Reiki, and I’m fortunate enough to have it performed by an amazing lady who doesn’t live too far from me. I learned so much today, and feel like I’ve made a huge leap forward in the right direction because of it.

I’m also extremely thankful for my friends Diana and Yumiko. I had a great dinner with them, and love their company!

Also thankful for my friend Stephanie who watched K so I could get a much needed night out.

Day 5:
I’m thankful for great ramen, and great friends. The best ramen that I’ve ever had is less than 10 minutes from my house. Lots of garlic, and lots of flavor. And I was fortunate enough to have it with some of the best company.

Day 6:
Years and years ago…probably close to 10…I went on a drive with my husband around the Miura peninsula…just getting lost. On that drive, I notice a beauty statue up in the hills with spikes coming out from her head. Ever since then, I’ve been calling her “my girl” and have wanted to find her, but could never figure out where she was. 1-2 weeks ago I took some friends to a beach to go seaglass hunting, and on the way home, asked them to help me look for her since it’s difficult to look while you’re driving. Minutes later, I found her. And not only did I find her, I found the road that lead up to her AND a beautiful pagoda.
Today, I was able to finally make the trip just to see my girl, and I was very, very thankful to 1) have the opportunity to find her, and 2) that it was so easy this time around!
**update** found that the location is kurihama-reien, and “my girl” is better known as Amitabha, and is actually a boy. Oops.

Day 7:
Although the day didn’t start as planned, it turned around, and I got a lot done. I am thankful to be given the opportunity to feel accomplished. It’s not a feel that everyone gets to feel.
I’m also grateful for email. I remember years ago when we weren’t able to communicate at this speed – especially with loved ones that are out on a boat out who knows where doing who knows what. I was able to send photos of our daughter and discuss what happened during the day. It hasn’t always been this easy.

Day 8:
I’m very grateful for my friend Tonya. She started an amazing group called Let’s Explore Japan, and because of that, so many people get to explore new places and make new friends. She has also pushed me (unknowingly…LOL!) to explore teaching English, which I’ve always been curious about but never took the steps to do. I love the conversations, the learning, and most of all meeting new people!

Day 9:
I’m thankful for chocolate. Yes, chocolate. Especially the really good stuff. I went to Kamakura today to pick up something I needed to get and found that the chocolatier that I used to love the last time we were here was still there, and they still sold my favorite pistachio truffles. It’s probably the only white truffle that I like. Also, I’m thankful that I didn’t have the right change for the parking machine, which forced me to search for change, and the first place I came across was a flower store, and I now have a beautiful small bouquet that will make me happy for the next few days or weeks!

Day 10:
I get a lot of happiness just thinking about teaching. Sat in on a lesson with a future student, and I was really happy, even though I wasn’t the one teaching.
I’m also thankful to be part of such an energetic group of people who help others (American Red Cross). I had just a little too much fun brainstorming ideas for an upcoming event.

Day 11:
Grateful for the opportunity to try new restaurants and see beautiful new sites. Also for awesome friends (Gretchen) to share it with. AND to know enough about cameras to help others learn how to use theirs…even if it IS a Nikon. 😉

Day 12:
Thankful to have the day to spend with my son. He got an extra day off work. He even made me a cheese bagel and egg sandwich!

Day 13:
I am very thankful for the wonderful friends that I have. How thoughtful and kindhearted they are….I am really, really lucky.
Also thankful that my husband was home today, as well as my son, and we were able to experience Ginza together.

Day 14:
Thankful for my kids who get along so well, and how thoughtful my son is. Also that today didn’t turn out to be the rainy day it was supposed to be, and we were able to walk a little bit outside…without jackets even!

Day 15:
Thankful to spend the day with my kids, and Will was even able to come home at night. Also for new experiences such as visiting the owl forest where you can pet owls!

Day 16:
So thankful for Yoga, which keeps me grounded and helps me to feel accomplished. Also for the gym and my gym buddy.
Also thankful for great friends and the ability to catch up with them. =)

Day 17:
Thankful for a job that’s flexible enough to allow me to go to the gym in the morning while the youngest is in school, and having the drive to go by myself this morning instead of copping out, which would have been super easy. LOL!

Day 18:
Thankful for a “free” day. K’s medical appointment rescheduled and a full afternoon having fun!

Day 19:
Thankful for great neighbor friends, a sunny day, relaxing at the beach (and plentiful sea glass!), and that Denny’s in Japan is a million times better that Denny’s in the states.

Day 20:
Thankful that my husband came home unexpectedly and is cooking dinner. HAHA!

Day 21:
Thankful for the ability to get out and get in a better mood, even though things didn’t go as planned. And 100 yen sushi. That stuff is awesome.

Day 22:
I’m thankful for my bed and the ability to just have a day where I can take a break.

Day 23:
Grateful that Will is home.

Day 24:
Thankful for short days at school, and the opportunity for K to learn ballet and music.

Day 25:
Thankful for a job where I can work from home and for the most part pick my own hours. I also am thankful when I have a course to work on and feel accomplished when it’s complete.

Day 26:
Thankful for my son living so close that he can come home on weekends.

Day 27:
Thankful to have a day where we could all go snowboarding….or at least attempt it.

Day 28:
Thankful for new experiences and the opportunity to interact with animals. =)

Day 29:
Thankful for being able to travel and meet new friends, and to be able to keep in touch with them. Also for Leap Year. Once every 4 years….how special is that?

Day 30:
Thankful for my health. Even if I’m not exactly where I want to be, I am definitely thankful for what I have.

And that’s it. 30 days complete.

Vision board was done in time on the 15th, however I am still working on my professional one.

Goals? Honestly, I’m still figuring these out. For now, it’s to follow through with a collaboration that my good friend Michel proposed. More on that to come…
But to also meditate at least 5 minutes a day.
Drink at least 36 oz of water a day (I know this isn’t enough, but I need to start somewhere).
Shoot for ME and stop worrying about everything else.
Find something new at least once a month to improve on photography-wise.
Print a 30×40 image to hang on my wall by May 1st (this is difficult for me).
Read at least 10 minutes a day.
Practice deep breathing at least once a day (this goes with meditation).

3 Comments on 30 Days of Gratitude

  1. Dawn
    February 1, 2016 at 12:28 pm


  2. Karen
    February 3, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Yoga, every photographer should do it! Nice way to begin the year!

    • KRUSH Photography
      February 3, 2016 at 11:19 am

      I agree! And not just photographers…I think it can be good for everyone!


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