Twenty Minutes on Thankfulness

This week we've been talking about finding reasons to celebrate and practice gratitude. The good news is that I feel like I've absolutely done that during my time here in Boulder. The not so good news? I've completely slacked on any kind of blog preparation. So this morning I'm just going to be honest. I'm sitting here at The Laughing Goat on Pearl Street, ordered the largest Americano I could (even though it looks like I'm drinking a stout beer) and am committing to pumping out what I can in twenty minutes before I have to run to work. 

I almost decided to skip posting today. Sleeping in sounded a lot more appealing. I thought rushed work would be sloppy. But I decided that it wasn't about holding myself to a legalistic posting schedule, it was pausing to intentionally practice gratitude. If I didn't do this, I'd rush about my day in a hurry per usual. I'd lose a chance to soak up all the good I've experienced this week. 

So right now, I'm thankful for the opportunity to travel. I'm thankful that I've been able to spend my mornings with God in the Colorado sunshine marveling at the flatirons. I'm thankful for the insanely delicious dinners I've eaten in Boulder and Denver. I'm thankful for my friendships here, and all the laughing that's happened over (many) drinks. I'm thankful for the friends back in Nashville who have texted me and remind me what I great community I get to come home to. 

Yes, it's been a great week and it's fun to tell my travel stories and share pictures- but this isn't a humble brag about my life. You should believe me when I say that I could unload some heavy things on you right now. Posting this morning is simply accountability for myself- to actively choose to stop and be grateful. To celebrate all the good that's unfolded around me, rather than complain about the bad. 

What are you thankful for? What can you carve out 20 minutes of your day for to soak up and smile about and be happy that it happened? I know this post didn't move mountains or make the hair on your arms stand up, but if it challenges you feel even the tiniest bit more grateful, then mission accomplished.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to work jacked up on caffeine and gratitude.