A Little Bit of Gratitude

Many of the blogs I follow have been discussing gratitude recently, and the importance of gratitude in cultivating a happy life. Inspired by their example, here is a list of things that have recently made me thankful.

- Finding 5 more peanut butter M&M’s at the bottom of the bag, when I thought it was empty. I enjoyed every M&M that came out of that bag, but those last five were extra special.

- Not having to clean the hallways, bathroom, or kitchen.  One of the perks of living in a student dorm that has a cleaning staff. (Sidenote – I live in a special guest wing, so there are only 3 of us currently living in the suite right now).

- Enjoying the unexpectedly warm autumn weather. I was able to take my coat off on Tuesday because it was so nice outside.

- Celebrating  the success of a great project – Eastern Rinok artists have now sold over 100 items, in less than one year. Haven’t seen my blog postings about Eastern Rionok?  Read here about it here.

- Having access to a washing machine. Yeah, I’m spoiled.

- Living next to a lake with a running path. I love seeing the lake in different seasons. Now that all of the leaves have fallen, it looks completely different than even one month ago. Helps bring variety to my runs.

- Unexpected excursions and meetings. This week, I met the employees of a voice talent studio that creates recordings for companies (for example, the voice recording that you hear when you call a 1-800 number). I also met Eastern Rinok artisans, and saw the studio/apartment of two artisans. It was a completely unique and incredible space, complete with  a couch made from an old wardrobe, shelves held together with bike spokes, and an African snail that is almost the size of your hand.

- Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. A box of mac and cheese came in the mail. I ate it. I was so surprised at how delicious it tasted. I might have eaten the whole box in one evening.

- Celebrating Halloween. Had a small get together with Ukrainian friends, complete with  American candy corn.

- Starting Russian tutoring. I’ve only had one tutoring session so far, but I felt really pleased afterwards. Having a structured learning environment is helpful for me, even if it is only one hour per week.

- Skype. Probably one of the best inventions in the history of the internet.

- Having amazing friends and family. You all inspire me, every day. 

- This care package. Thank you to Kate, who not only sent me the aforementioned M&M’s and Mac and Cheese, but is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Ukraine from 2009-2011. And a thank you to her parents, Jim and Sandy, too!

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Happy to take any comments!