June 3, 2016

Ever So Grateful

Hello there, friends. Yes, I'm actually here and yes this is a post that is not a list. #shocker. I had every intention of blogging every day when I returned home and didn't think putting together posts would be so tough. But they were. Well, blogging isn't hard per say, however finding the time and taking the time away from loved ones when you're leaving is hard. So I didn't blog consistently and that was that. Thank you to everyone who still showed up, y'all rock my socks. I promise to get back to your comments by tomorrow, they are all so appreciated even if I haven't written back to you yet. Hopefully I'll find my blogging groove next week, things have been so cuckoo bird crazy the past 60 days I haven't really been able to catch my breath enough to get back on schedule.

Speaking of cuckoo bird crazy, we are officially living in Knoxville, can you believe it? I still find myself clicking into vacation mode at my aunt and uncle's house only to realize nope, this is not vacation, this is where we will be living the next month or so. All of our essential possessions are down here with us and we are figuring out how to live with my family. They are incredible for hosting us so we are trying to pick up slack where we can to show our gratitude.

Which brings me to the crux of this post. Grateful. The word of the past three months. Grateful for this life and this opportunity. Grateful for a savings plan and financial advisor who believes in our dreams. Grateful Le Husband and I are on the same page in this journey. Grateful for outside support from friends even though the plan sounds a big crazy. Grateful for the financial freedom to walk away from good money. Grateful for a safe 30 days exploring a different continent. Grateful for no disasters. Grateful for a company who believed in me and allowed me a trip before I left. Grateful for parents always welcoming us into their homes no matter how long. Grateful for friends making time to see us before we left. Grateful for big hugs of love from family back home that opened up to let us take this journey.

Grateful for open and welcoming arms here in Knoxville. Grateful for a new view on life. Grateful for faith. Grateful for new bike trails to travel and new bike friends to meet. Grateful for blog friends in the area. Grateful for a BODYPUMP audition at a Gold's Gym today. Grateful for being able to catch up a sleep deficit from April. Grateful I don't have to spend every waking moment on a resume. Grateful for an area with multiple jobs in a field I hope to try. Grateful for family at the dinner table and not feeling alone in a new environment. Grateful for friends/family texting, calling and checking in with us. Grateful for blog friends who show up no matter what. Grateful for technology to stay connected to those I love. Grateful for this beautiful view to help me find my new bearings.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for being there for me, it means the world :)! < 3

20 comments:

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

What a powerful word-grateful! I'm always grateful for this blogging community I can come to at any given time! There's always someone here! Xo

Emily at 'a little bit of Emily' said...

Lots of thing to be grateful for!!! Good luck with your audition. Enjoy that view - just gorgeous!

Nikki said...

I am so excited for you! Glad y'all made it and are settling in! Good luck finding a place! Text me when you have a minute!

Caitlin Elizabeth said...

Good luck settling into your new home and getting everything sorted out! New adventures are exciting!

mariafelicia magno said...

amazing place and pic
kisses

Sara Elizabeth said...

Yay for starting the Knoxville adventure!! What a neat thing to get to spend time with your extended family as well!! Can't wait to hear more as you settle in!

Brianne said...

I'm glad that you're getting settled in in Knoxville! Family is always such an important thing to be grateful for. That's so sweet & caring of them to let you stay with them for a month. I can't wait to see where this new adventure takes you.

Sarah Shaneyfelt said...

Such a great post! You have so many things to be grateful for and your perspective is so positive! Tennessee is such a pretty state! We love taking day trips to TN! Enjoy your time there! I'm behind on your blog so I can't wait to read your plans :)
Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

Jen said...

I absolutely love this post! It makes me happy.

Katie Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad to hear you made it safely! And don't even worry about not blogging regularly, it's totally understandable and you should be spending the time getting settled!! We will always be here :)

Carly Blogs Here said...

Love this post & love your outlook & appreciation for everything! Such a great reminder.

Jessica (The Newly) said...

WOOHOO for being in Knoxville and being settled (for a month at least!) And loving your outlook on like during this tumultuous, but amazing, time in your lives. You do have a lot to be grateful for, and seeing you list it all out reminds me to be more grateful in my life too! Definitely grateful for you sweet friend. And here if you need me!:)

Kristina @ Ms.Modify said...

Yay for arriving in Knoxville!! Good luck getting settled in! xo, Kristina

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

Glad you made it safe and sound! And I love your outlook on the whole situation, too! There is always much to be grateful for!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

girl, life is for living. blogging will be here when you get a chance, but i wouldn't be focusing on it either. you have so much to be grateful for :) hope the audition at golds gym went well!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

When I'm feeling alone or scared or petulant or impatient, a quick and dirty gratitude list is what sets me back on the right path. So important to be grateful every day for the big and the small - you're doing it right in my book!

I hope your Gold's audition went well!

Missy said...

You have so much to be grateful for and I bet a year from now you will have so much more you don't know what to do with it! Enjoy the new adventure! Have a great weekend!

Emily said...

A small word with such a BIG meaning! I love that you put all your gratefulness into words! The phrase "Count Your Blessings" really does help when you need some peace sometimes.

Have SO MUCH fun exploring your new home!

Laura Darling said...

I love this! Glad you're back and getting settled! :)

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

It's so incredibly hard to get back into a blogging groove when you had been gone for so long traveling, plus coming home and shifting your entire lives to a new state. I hope you find your groove again, but until then get settled and enjoy your time in a new place with family and friends!