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Real-Time Thankfulness

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This is not a scheduled post. I didn't write this last night, then go to bed embarrassingly early, and I have not already been at work for an hour. I am actually sitting here at my computer, and I am typing, and when I finish typing, I will publish this post, and then I will still be here, in my apartment, next to my computer.

It might not seem like much, but after nine months of being at work before the sun comes up, it feels unreal to be spending a morning at home. Last night, I ground some coffee beans and set up my French Press for cold-brewed coffee in the morning. It rained all night and this morning, it looks pretty hazy out there. No matter how pretty and clear a perfect spring or summer day might be, there is something I love about sitting with coffee when it's rainy and cold outside.

My mom and brother are coming this morning with a truck to help me pack up some of our large furniture--the physically demanding part of moving. As much as I dread taking apart the dressers and night stands and finally clearing off this table that I've been using as a desk for the past few weeks, I'm still so excited to see them. I got some work done on my thesis this week, but not nearly as much as I wanted. So here I am, with a lot to do today, but still feeling so very thankful.

[One of my favorite little corners of the lake, taken May 2012.]

It's the little things that can keep you afloat sometimes.

+ iced coffee in a jar, in your own kitchen
+ being in that final stage of paper-writing
+ a family who will drive two hours to help you do hard manual labor
+ leaving a job and being told that you'll be missed + wished all the best
+ plans for a laid-back summer with plenty of time to be creative
+ an amazing girls' weekend at the lake in just two weeks

The right perspective can make the work it takes to get there worth it.


  1. Girl friend, you're cool. I hope your summer is awesome.

  2. Sounds like you definitely have so much to be thankful for, and a wonderful summer to look forward too!

  3. you have EARNED yor lazy, low-key mornings!! soak it up dude!!


  4. Best of luck with your move - I detest the process but the last time I did was so touched by the outpouring of support/help from my friends.


  5. Goodness. Glad you can enjoy your morning off, relaxing. I hope your move goes smoothly and that you can slow down a bit once the move takes place. Hope you have a wonderful time with your mom and brother today!

  6. Only just discovered your blog Megan and I love this post - so beautiful. I think we all need to take a step back to be thankful sometimes! x

  7. It is so, so great to take some time off and change our routines a bit. It does wonders for our creativity! I'm happy you have some relaxation time!

  8. Enjoy your coffee in a jar (my favorite!) and morning of relaxation :)

  9. Some time at the lake sounds perfect. Enjoy!

  10. Oh wow. I want to be by that lake right now!

  11. Such a pretty place. Have a wonderful, relaxing summer!

  12. There really is nothing better than May when you're finishing school work. It's like this overwhelming feeling of closing a chapter and summer seems SO much brighter! Enjoy these last few weeks as a student. I miss them.

  13. that all sounds so nice. especially the girl's weekend at the lake. wahhh :(

  14. I'm so excited for you and your next stages! Having family nearby, a workplace that loves you: those are the things to remember to bring a smile to your face.

  15. I'm so excited about your list of things that keep you afloat for you - a laid back summer sounds awesome. Also, having family to help you with manual labor sounds pretty awesome as well (I say this because I'm moving at the end of next month... somewhere.)

    Finally, I love the fact that you used plus signs as bullets for your list. Nice touch.


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