Sundays are usually filled with reflecting, relaxing, planning and preparing for the upcoming week. This Sunday in particular, I have already spent a great deal of time reflecting.

Yesterday was my first bridal shower, a shower thrown by my mom’s side of the family, and I have spent this morning reflecting on the day yesterday. I left our shower yesterday evening filled with gratitude. I am overwhelmed by the support we have received these past few months.

So many people in my life have been putting their needs on hold, setting aside time to help me with excitement and never an ounce of complaint. Yesterday really just capped things off for me and reminded me of such an important attribute: selflessness.

My mom’s side of the family experienced a great loss in January this year, the sudden death of my cousin. This loss has caused unimaginable pain for so many wonderful people, and is a pain that still cuts deep to this day. Seeing the family rally together and continue to show unconditional support for my fiancé and I as we plan a wedding amidst their struggles of returning to a sense of normalcy is just incredible. I can think of no better word to describe their support than selfless.

My reflections this morning have gotten me thinking about how many things I am thankful for in this life, and how much I have to be grateful about. Sometimes when every day activities begin to feel as if they are a burden, it’s important to take a step back and reflect.

This past week has not been the best week for me in terms of exercising and making healthy choices. Completing my workouts and cooking meals have seemed to double in the amount of effort they need this past week.

Today I plan to take a step back and reflect on how grateful I am that I even have the opportunity to do such things.

  • I’m grateful for my body and the strength it has to continue to improve and complete challenging workouts
  • I’m grateful for the food in our pantry and fridge that allow us to cook yummy meals for fuel
  • I’m grateful for my friends and all the support they have given me during this wedding planning season (and patience while I talk about it repeatedly)
  • I’m grateful for my family and their unconditional love and excitement throughout my life, and especially now as they have donated unmeasurable amounts of time to help plan our big event
  • I’m grateful for running; for the mental clarity, strength and community it has brought me
  • I’m grateful to live in a place that experiences all 4 seasons; for the excitement and hope that each change in season brings
  • I’m grateful for my fiancé, and his love, support, patience, time, and companionship throughout life.

It seems that we receive our most important reminders when life is perfectly ordinary. Yesterday was an incredible experience for me, and reminds me how many truly good people are out there and how lucky I am to know so many of them.

Happy Sunday!

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