“We hold the key to lasting happiness in our hands. For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
—David Steindl-Rast

For the first time since working random jobs in college, I have had weekdays off! Not because they’ve been holidays or I requested the time, but just because I wasn’t scheduled to work at either of my two new part-time jobs. Regular ol’ weekdays… Off! Admittedly, after working the Monday through Friday, nine to five routine for the last two and half years, this felt strange at first. It’s been a little over a week now though, and the only way I feel is grateful.

We all know the age-old idea of having an “attitude of gratitude.” At the same time, how many of us actually know how to cultivate it? We can get so busy in our daily lives and so wrapped up in our frustrations or uncertainties that we forget to remember what we feel grateful for. We forget to stop for a moment, look around, and see that in the midst of the world’s negativity there is a lot of peace and wonder, even magic. 

So today I just want to stop for a moment and share some things that I feel grateful for, things that have brought me joy over the last couple of weeks, and encourage you to do the same.

I feel grateful for…

  • Encouraging words from friends and strangers both near and far.
  • Seeing a boy and his dad laughing while playing Ping-Pong in their driveway.
  • Hearing my adult neighbors have band practice in their garage.
  • My pug, Curtis, who helps me figure out my life plans without ever really saying much.
  • Taking Curtis on a walk and getting my own workout in before the sun goes down.
  • Meeting creative and complex new people at my new jobs.
  • Connecting with old friends.
  • Kind hearts who have offered to teach me small business skills, hooked me up with catering events, and want to buy cornbread and Hawaiian buns from me to sell with their BBQ.
  • Making my first $3 as a baker.
  • Mini pies and Newport Beach.
  • Phone conversations with my best friend before 5:00p.m.
  • Morning coffee dates with people that I don’t have to impress or wear a sheath dress around.
  • Mimosas at 2:00p.m. on a Monday.
  • People who have birthdays and need cakes.
  • People whose children have birthdays and need cakes.
  • Old-school monthly planners that help me remember what job I’m suppose to be at when.
  • The homeless man who’s a regular at my Starbucks.
  • The guy at AutoZone who replaced my burnt-out headlight.
  • The hustle.
  • The mental freedom that has come with following my dreams.

With that, may you too contemplate what you feel grateful for and experience the joy that comes along with it.

Let it bake,