Life has been all sorts of hectic lately. I get too caught up in work and things that really aren't worth my stress, that I sometimes forget to appreciate the big things in life. My family, my health, my friends.
Today at work, I met with some folks from the office for a meeting. After having quite a stressful morning at my desk, I welcomed this short opportunity to go meet some new people and learn more about our wonderful foundation. I walked away from the meeting with a much greater attitude and sense of hope.
During our meeting we learned about a former Wish child and his current endeavors. It was such a powerful and beautiful message, I wanted to share it with you all!
1. Google translator. It makes me feel super multilingual. And has been extremely helpful in translating this guy's letters for the past two years.
2. To-Go packets of oatmeal. You have saved my starving self this week since I've been too lazy to wake up on time to make breakfast.
3. The Blue Bunny guys that restocked our Blue Bunny ice cream freezer at work today. (Yes, we get all you can eat free Blue Bunny at work, hollaaa)
4. The nice guy that flipped me off this morning because I cut you off. Well, I did cut you off, so I might have deserved that one.... I thank you for the nice chuckle you gave me tho, as I watched you so furiously scream at me.
5. The mail room lady at work. We had a great chuckle today when I stood too close to the fan and all 50 page protectors I was holding took flight. Thanks for not making me feel like an idiot mail lady, it was a rough day.
When I was in 8th grade, my honors English teacher made us write in a thankful journal before we started class every single day. We had to write the things we were thankful for that day. Every. Single. Day.
I hated it.
I only saw it as a waste of time, when instead I could have been writing a juicy note to my bff. Or stealing Nick's gum from his backpack. (That poor kid, stealing his gum out of his backpack was almost a daily occurrence, sorry Nick!)
Now looking back it, as a so-called "adult", I miss it. I love going back and reading that journal. Not only does it make me laugh incredibly hard for being thankful for ridiculous things. "Nick's curly red hair, because it gives something to stare at when we're learning about poems" or "Chelsea's bodacious backpack because we hide Nick's gum in there" (Oh, please take me back to being in 8th grade....) But, its also made me realize just how important it is to be thankful for everything in your life.
I'm bringing the thankful journal fad back. And I promise you that even as an "adult", I will still be thankful for the most ridiculous things everyday. That's the whole point. Sometimes you need to remind yourself that no matter how sucky life is at the moment or how much you hate where you are, you still have a mailman that delivers your mail in this scorching heat. Oh, the little things in life.
Thankful Journal #1 Today, I am thankful for....
1. The cleaning rag I've accidently left in my car for the past year or so. It has saved my hands from 3rd degree burns all summer. (AZ peeps, you understand)
2. MTV, although you no longer play music videos 24/7 and I can't memorize all of them anymore, you provide wonderful TV shows that always make me feel 100000x better about myself.
3. Speaking of, I'm also thankful that I don't qualify for the majority of the MTV shows. Except Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, someone help a sista out, I want on that show! jk....
4. The nice nerdy gentlemen I met tonight. You were so insanely awkward, I loved it. You at least provided me with some great laughter.
5. My brand new mattress. I love/hate you. You make it 100x harder to get up in the morning!
There has been a special man in my life recently. He's great with kids, cooks like a chef, and has the cutest British accent. We spend the afternoons together cooking and laughing at his hilarious cooking commentary. I just can't get enough.
Everything is going great.
Except for the fact that he's a famous British chef, who lives in Essex, England. Oh, and he's married. Lame.
My old housemates in England and I used to sit around the tv every afternoon and watch his 30 Minute Meals show. They introduced me to this lovely man. And they even gifted me one of Jamie's cookbooks when I left.
Now, that I've been back in America for almost a year, my heart has been yearning for him. A couple of weeks ago I turned on BBC America (the closest I get to British tv) and Jamie's sweet face was on TV. I died. Ever since, I've been recording every episode of Jamie's 30 Minute Meals and becoming a professional chef.
He's pure genius. He will NEVER let you down. I've been cooking my way through his cookbooks and every single recipe has been heaven.
One of my favorite meals: ciabatta steak sandwich with roasted red peppers, stuffed portobello mushrooms, rosemary potatoes, and fresh cucumber and lemon water.
I know what you're thinking.
"Maggie, can we share this wonderful British boyfriend?"
But you can get his book! You will fall in love too!