Wishcasting: Winter Wish


Wishcasting badgeIt’s Wishcasting Wednesday so the gorgeous soul Jamie Ridler is inviting us to cast our wishes and support others’ wishes. Today Jamie asks, “What is your winter wish?”

This one didn’t take me long actually. With my baby son due near the end of January, I wish for a smooth final month of pregnancy, an easy delivery, and a graceful entrance to motherhood. I wish to embrace our new addition, to continue to support and be supported by my husband and stepson, and to ensure I remember to make time for myself.

What is your winter wish?


While wishing it also seems appropriate to take a minute to reflect on what I am thankful for. Today I am thankful for the cheerfulness of Christmas decorations. For lights and trees and stockings and garland and wreaths. I am thankful for the time I will get to spend with my husband and stepson in the coming week and I am thankful to be fortunate enough to have my current big decision be what we will eat on Christmas day. We are truly blessed.


Thankful to be Healthy Again

You know how after you’ve been sick, there is one day that you realize you are better? Of course it can be a slow process so you may have a few days where you progressively feel a little better than the day before. But there is one day that you realize you are buzzing around with normal energy and it dawns on you that you feel great. Not just great, but the kind of huge great you can only feel after being sick. You know what I mean?

Today is that day.

I’ll spare you the details, but Monday I woke up nauseous, had a really rough 24 hours, then Tuesday started to recover. Wednesday I was really tired and had no energy whatsoever. Even just walking a few steps left me winded.

Today, however, I’m back. I just realized it. I woke up at 7:00 and have been steadily getting things done all morning. I even hauled my Christmas packages to the post office and went on a grocery run. While carrying the groceries in to the house, I realized I’m better. Hallelujah.

These are the kind of days when you swear you’ll never take your health for granted, even though eventually you probably will, until you find yourself sick again and realize “I don’t truly appreciate those healthy days.”

So today I’m appreciating my health. With all my body and mind, I am thankful for my health. So thankful. Thankful for my energy. Thankful for my ability to eat and drink.

And I’m so so thankful for my husband who took the very best care of me and never left my side.

What are you thankful for?

What Ellen Does for Happiness

With the blogging break I took for much of the Fall, I’ve missed a bunch of Happy Book Fridays. Not this week! Jamie led The Happy Book group to page 96 to an exercise called “What would Joan Jett do?”

The book asks us to think about who our idol is and what we imagine that person does to be happy. I chose Ellen DeGeneres whom I’ve adored from her early stand-up days, through her TV show and movies, and now to her talk show. She seems happier now than ever, so I think she’s a great choice for this exercise.

To be happy, I think Ellen DeGeneres would…

  • dance
  • laugh
  • give a gift
  • tell a joke
  • surprise/scare people with silly pranks
  • play a game
  • spend time with her wife, Portia
  • invite friends over for dinner
  • listen to music

I’m going to see if I can put some of these into practice in my life and pay attention to how my own happiness is affected.


In keeping with my daily gratitude practice, today I am thankful for a calm day- free of wind and obligations. I am thankful for my husband treating me to a package of Pecan Swirls even though he can’t stand them. I am thankful for Jamie Ridler whose positive spirit is so inspiring. She dreams big and encourages all of us to do the same.

Wishcasting: Go Slow


Wishcasting badgeIt’s Wishcasting Wednesday again where Jamie Ridler invites us to cast our wishes and support others’ wishes. Today Jamie asks, “Where do you wish to go slow?”

This question stumped me. Go slow? I have a baby due in 8 weeks, in-laws still living in what is supposed to be the baby’s room, baby supply shopping to do, Christmas shopping to finish, gifts to ship across states, and Christmas decorations to put up. Meanwhile I’m getting bigger, slower, and less flexible by the day. Aaaaah!

So that is exactly where I wish to go slow. I know that my in-laws have a couple prospects for moving (this part I hope goes fast), so I am trying to trust that this will happen and the baby’s room will soon be vacant for us to clean, paint, assemble furniture, and prepare for our baby’s arrival. My husband hopes we can do that during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

I wish to slow down and enjoy the process of the holidays. I love decorating for Christmas and there is no rush. It’s only December 1st. There is plenty of time to slowly unpack and carefully place nutcrackers, garland, and ornaments in the coming weeks.

I have already wrapped a few gifts that I purchased early. I just received a shipment of gifts I ordered online, so I can leisurely wrap those over the next week and prepare them to ship to my friends and family. There is time. I can go slow and enjoy this over time, rather than needing to rush and get it all done in one day. And yes, I still have some gifts to figure out for my husband and stepson, but it will come to me if I slow down and lessen the pressure on myself to get it figured out and finished now, now, now.

I just need to remember that I started early so that I wouldn’t feel rushed. I can go slow with the remainder of my Christmas preparations. And honestly, no one will likely notice or care if it doesn’t all get done.

Slow. Deep breathe.


Yesterday I wrote about my desire to return to a practice of daily gratitudes. So here we go.

Today I am thankful that I did my Christmas cards early for the first time ever. They are stamped and ready to go. I am thankful for the ability to create photo books in iPhoto, for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and for my washer and dryer. (Seriously. It frees me up to do other things while my clothes are being washed. How smart is that?)

December Special

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It’s a new month, so I have a new Thirty-One special to share!

During the month of December, for every $31 you spend, you can purchase one of the following items at half-price: flat iron case, hard case wallet, or mini on-the-go organizer. It’s a great way to get a little extra something for yourself or add to a holiday gift (for example, buy a purse and get the half price wallet to make it extra special).

See the December flyer for details, then start shopping at my Thirty-One site. You’ll find purses, organizing totes, weekend totes, baskets, and all sorts of gift-giving goodies. If you have any questions, email me at lifeafterweb at gmail dot com.


With Thanksgiving just behind us and Christmas coming quickly, I’ve been thinking about the things I’m thankful for. Sure we all think about those things on Thanksgiving, but how often do we take time to acknowledge the good stuff on a regular day?

Off and on in the last few years I’ve written daily gratitudes in my journal- just listing a few things that I was thankful for each day. It helps me focus on the good instead of dwelling on the hard. It’s a practice I’ve fallen out of lately and it feels like it’s time to bring it back.

As I blog here, you may see me add a “Thankful” section in my posts to encourage me to give thanks for blessings big and small.

To kick things off, today I am thankful for the “love ya’s” and “miss you’s” and “love and friendship” that my friends use to close their email messages. I am thankful for the kicks and movements and wiggles that my baby does which let me know he’s okay in these final months of pregnancy. I am thankful for Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project, which I took way too long to buy, but from which I am gaining so many ideas on the simple things I can do to increase my own happiness and that of those around me.

In Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Amy Krouse Rosenthal includes an entry called “Thankful” that includes some conventional and not-so-conventional gratitudes:

I’m thankful for my health, my childhood, and spell-check. I’m thankful for our new hot water tank and how we no longer have to coordinate our dishwashing with our bathing. I’m thankful for the wide range of flavors potato chips come in–mesquite barbecue in particular.

What are you thankful for today?