Gratitude, Thanks and A Little F*$k You 2016

November 23, 2016

Lately the world has felt really upside down.

The other night Michael and I were watching the season finale of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I’m kind of obsessed with him, and the show, but the finale made me a little sad. They ended with a montage of people saying F*$k you to 2016. Pretty much writing it off as a crap year.

To be honest, it wasn’t a great year for us either. We lost Eli, we paid an astronomical amount of money to the California DMV in taxes on a car that we had already paid taxes on in Colorado and had a few other setbacks as we navigated another move, another new job and the world of parenting. Top it all off with election results that were not in our favor and it did start to feel like 2016 was quickly becoming a year to forget.

So yes, I started flipping off 2016 along with everyone else as I sat on my couch.

But…then I started thinking about all this year has brought us.

First steps and first words.
grateful and thankful
Reconnecting with old friends.


Exploring a new city.

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Being closer to family.


Enjoying new friendships that have fueled the sometimes lonely and long motherhood days.




Good food and a warm home to make it in.


And an ever evolving and deepening relationship with Michael.


Yes, life can throw extreme curveballs. It can make you question your decisions, it can make you question your place in the world. Not every day is filled with champagne toasts and sunset dinners.

Life is dirty diapers and spilled milk and stepping on miniature figurines with bare feet and feeling like I might lose my mind. It’s being pissy with Michael for no reason and feeling awful afterward for acting like a petulant child. It’s not feeling my best, it’s colds and back aches and heartaches. It’s not making a bigger effort then regretting it afterward.

But, life is also first “I love yous” and big, sloppy kisses. It’s snuggles and hot tea and knowing the pendulum will swing back the other way eventually. It’s healing, reseting and going to bed with the hope that I’ll wake up with more gratitude, love and patience than I had today.

This week tends to be a week of self reflection for me.

A week to dig in and remember that what seems so important presently isn’t always as important as I make it out to be.

Gratitude and thanks are amazing reminders that life is inherently good.

Come back to the heart and you won’t be mislead.

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And that! And that!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” – Iain Thomas

Happy Thanksgiving Friends. May your holiday be filled with love, community and sweetness.

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  • Reply Marisa B. November 23, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Beautifully expressed, Lisa! Thank you for the reminder to focus on the heart and not put so much emphasis everything else. Happy Thanksgiving 💛

    • Reply Lisa November 28, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Thank you so much Marisa. It’s easy to think about gratitude during the holidays. I’m going to try to focus on it more the rest of the year!

  • Reply Laura December 12, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    LISA – can I just say that I LOVE your blog! It feels serendipitous to me that you were the first person to comment on the post I shared today on Blogging Boost, prompting me to come here first. Running, yoga, mother of littles. We just moved to CO from CA this year. This is crazy! Let me know if you’d ever like to collaborate (guest posting on my site – or vice versus).

    Also – this post in particular. Beautiful title. Beautiful words.

    • Reply Lisa December 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Laura! You know what is crazy? I have never posted or used Blogging Boost before yesterday! Very serendipitous indeed. Where did you move to in CO? I haven’t done much collaboration but let’s chat. I love connecting with like minded bloggers and I just loved your meditation post!

      • Reply Laura December 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm

        Just replied via message 🙂

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