Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Mindfulness, Perspective

Welcome to Our Kitchen Table

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I can offer to you right now that would be supportive. And what I’ve come up with is a space for open, honest and real conversation.

I’ve been deeply feeling the collective energy, the chaos, and the heaviness, as I am sure you have as well. When I was thinking about what to write for today’s email, things just felt flat. Not worthy of speaking of in a world that has so much going on. 

So, I thought I would invite you to my kitchen table. Every evening when Alex, my girls and I sit down to eat, we always like to talk about our day and specifically ask each other these three questions:

  • What are you grateful for? (Sometimes one thing, sometimes ten things)
  • What was the best part of your day?
  • What was the hardest part of your day?

So I’m here to share with you in hopes you’ll feel inspired to do the same. 

I am grateful for: fun weekends with family, my hot morning cup of coffee, the break in the temperature, the way the sun reflected on the river yesterday morning, a long hug from Alex and the sound of Ella’s laugh.

The best part of my day (within the past 24 hours) was Watching Ella ride her bike around the loop, visiting with family and being in the river. We camped this weekend along a river and being in the fresh water was so refreshing. There’s something about the power of it, the feel of it rushing past my skin and the knowing that the river is it’s own force that takes me away from all that’s going on and lands me right where my feet are. 

The hardest part of my day was holding onto the knowing that my husband is feeling the anger and frustration with all that’s going on in Afghanistan. As being someone that fought in Afghanistan and seeing it completely fall apart in days, I can’t even imagine how he’s feeling. The hardest part of my day is knowing he’s experiencing those emotions and also honoring my own fear and questions of, “what if he gets deployed again to go support them?” It may not be rational… but our worries, anxieties and fears typically aren’t. 

I invite you to join in on the conversation. To take a moment to reflect on the best part of your day, for all that you are grateful for and the hardest part of your day. If we don’t take the time to pause, we will continue our habits and routines subconsciously without ever truly assessing what we need and if it’s working for us.

In a world of so much right now, I just want you to know that you are loved. You are supported and you wouldn’t be given anything you couldn’t handle.

Sending you so much love today, wherever you are.