Grateful

As we approach Thanksgiving, we’re reminded to be grateful. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot to be grateful for and sometimes we’re overflowing with wonderful things to give thanks for. I’m falling somewhere in between this year. I have a wonderful work from home job that isn’t going very well, so I started applying for jobs outside the home. I interviewed for, and got a holiday job working in the call center at the Made In Oregon headquarters here in Oregon. I am happy I got the job, but still wishing the work from home job that I love doing, that isn’t doing well anymore, would just start looking up so I don’t have to figure out what to do next.

Sometimes, we’re in those in between phases of life – not sure what’s going to happen next, not really wanting to have an uncertain future, unsure what to feel grateful for when good things aren’t good anymore. Those are the times we need to give thanks, anyway. To remind ourselves we really do have a lot to be grateful for. This year, I’m grateful for the holiday job I just started working for. It means I have more time to figure out what to do next. I’m also grateful for the employee discount I didn’t think I’d get as a seasonal worker, but actually do get to use while I work there. Third, I’m grateful for auditions to go to, whether I get the job or not, because they help me get better at auditioning. What are three things you’re grateful for today?

 

Life can be as glorious as we choose it to be. Gratitude changes everything. ~ Bronnie Ware

Life can be as glorious as we choose it to be. Gratitude changes everything. ~ Bonnie Ware

 

The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times. ~ Zig Ziglar

The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times. ~ Zig Ziglar

 

Your ability to see beauty and possibility is proportionate to the level at which you embrace gratitude. ~ Steve Maraboli

Your ability to see beauty and possibility is proportionate to the level at which you embrace gratitude. ~ Steve Maraboli

 

Grateful

Grateful

 

 

I am grateful for everything I have in my life. What I have now, what I will have in the future.

I am grateful for everything I have in my life. What I have now, what I will have in the future.

 

 

Live simply.

Live simply. Dream big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots.

 

 

Red barns

I love barns and always think about stopping to take photos of them, but usually I am on my way some place and don’t bother stopping. When we were in Michigan a couple of years ago, there were barns everywhere that I wanted to take photos of. But, alas, we were only in town for less than a week for my cousins wedding, and we were always too busy to stop and take photos. It would be nice to go back some time and be able to stop and take photos at a more leisurely pace.  Last week I stopped to take photos of a couple of beautiful red barns on my way home from a friends house, and I realized I really should do that more often.  Here are  some of my own photos and a few more I liked.

 

Whimsical details, West Linn, Oregon

Whimsical details, West Linn, Oregon

 

Red barn, West Linn, Oregon

Red barn, West Linn, Oregon

 

Shakertown Red Barn

Shakertown Red Barn

 

Sun Valley Lodge

Sun Valley Lodge

 

See the beauty

See the beauty

 

Round barn

Round barn