Day 23: Today – Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for today. I’m thankful that it is Thanksgiving and that I can be with my family today. Although Munch will be out of town with his dad, he will be there in spirit. I am thankful for being able to smell the home cooked meals and tasting all my mother’s cooking. In a weird twist of fate, she will be home this year and she’s cooking so I’m thankful for that.

I’m thankful that I survived 23 days of telling you what I’m thankful for. I’m thankful that I got to share a piece of me with each of you. I’m thankful for all my followers and I’m thankful for each and every reader of my blog. Truly.

I want you to know that this day is about sharing with our family and friends and being thankful for all that we have. Even if your half is less than someone else, be thankful. Gratitude is a must. Be grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

 

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Day 20: Facebook Support Groups

In this last year, I’ve actually joined a few Facebook groups that have offered a different perspective on things that I’ve gone through and am going through. In addition to seeing my therapist and being a part of these groups, I’ve seen changes in me. Good changes. I’m able to let a lot more stuff roll off my back. Not hold on to the anger so tightly.

Now, I’m not a part of groups that are drama filled, but groups that uplift and support people and groups that you can ask questions in. I’m thankful for finding these groups and the members in them because they’ve become part of my tribe. I no longer feel alone. Like I’m the only one going through things.

During one of my group check-ins a couple of weeks ago, I realized that these people are in far worse situations than I. It was a wake up call to me. Maybe my issues aren’t as bad as I thought? These people are dealing with things that I couldn’t imagine. That realization made me thankful for them.

On this 20th day, I am thankful for my Facebook support groups. In my #23daysofthankfulness I realize that others are in far worse situations than I. They remind me to count my blessings and to offer a listening ear and sage advice. To pray for others and the loads they carry.

 

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Day 19: Seasons

Have you heard the phrase that you must date someone for a full year before you truly know them? The phrase supposedly means that you go through four seasons to really get to know someone. I’m not sure how true it is but I believe that people go through changes just like the seasons.

When I went through a season of change from being married to divorce and then dating and being in a relationship I swear it was seasons before I found peace. I learned how men change with the seasons and I learned about cuffing season which I had never heard of. Getting to know someone and going through season changes allows you to really see who they are throughout the year.

Mr. C and I have been dating for two years and in a relationship for the last year and I noticed how he changed with the seasons. Not in a bad way just his personality tends to flow with the change of the seasons. He’s happier and more vibrant and playful during the summer. During the spring and in the fall he’s cool, calm and more laid-back. In the winter months he tends to be more exhausted and want to stay indoors because he hates the cold so no ice skating, no outside dates, not even walking around outside for long periods. He changes like the seasons but I not in a bad way. It’s in a way that I get to know him and I’m sure if you asked him the same thing he did say that my personality sort of follows the seasons as well.

On this 19th day of my #23daysofthankfulness, I’m thankful for the seasons. The seasons changing, the way we respond to it and for finding love and experience in it all year through. Be thankful for the seasons.

 

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2000 Thanks

I’ve been a little busy. I forgot to tell you that I have reached over 2,000 WordPress followers. As of today, I’m at 2,053.

I’m truly honored at the fact that you chose to follow me. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. I value each and every one of you.

This year has been one for the books. There were many ups and downs, but it has been nothing short of amazing. Who would have thought it was less than a year ago that was I writing my 1,000 Followers! post.

I’ve increased my followers 100% in less than a year. Wow! I’m so thankful that you decided to follow this divorced mama with a passion for children, life and love. Hopefully, you’ve checked out my about me page and learned Who Am I?

If not, please do. But, I am going to follow suit from one of my other bloggers, Rosie from  Rosie Culture who asked fellow readers to feel free to ask questions and respond. I’m going to do the same. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments and I will respond in a post next week to all your questions.

Thanks again!

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Want to keep in touch? You can find me on social media at the following links: Twitter @mskeeinmd, Facebook page A Thomas Point of View and my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/mskeeinmd/.

Day 4: Seven Days of Thankfulness

My Monday Motivational Moment is wrapped up into my seven days of thankfulness. I am thankful for moments. I know you’re probably wondering, what moments, so let me break it down for you.

Moments that happen in our lives are meant to reveal things to us. Some good and some bad. But, it is in those moments that we discover who we really are and who someone really is. Things are revealed like a curtain being pulled back and us finding out that there is no real wizard. We see things and people for who they are.

I’m thankful for those moments. They have helped shaped me. I continue to discover new things both good and bad about myself and those I interact with, but I tell you that it is in those moments that I grow stronger. There is strength in discovering the truth about people and situations.

Moments matter. Enjoy them. Cherish them. Understand them. I am thankful for those moments that defined who I am and what I’m meant to be.

Day 2: Seven Days of Thankfulness

I’m thankful for real love. My life story is both tragic and triumphant. I serve a mighty God and He allowed me to know and receive love. I am in love. I’m in love with a wonderful man who sees my beauty and admires my strength. Who makes me feel as though I am the most important person in the world. He supports my dreams and encourages my spirit. When I am down and out he is the one who can instantly make me feel better. He listens, laughs and loves. With his whole heart. Not just little pieces. He makes me feel special. I like that. I am thankful for having and discovering a real healthy love at 41 and finally understanding what it says about love in 1 Corinthians 13:4:7.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NRSV)

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogantor rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Day 1: Seven Days of Thankfulness

I decided that I would do 7 days of thankfulness leading up to Thanksgiving next week to appreciate all that I’ve been through and survived in the last year. I am different. Stronger. Happier.

It’s a journey. Some good and some bad, but it could be worse. I am thankful for all that have and have witnessed. I want us to see the good in just living and to be thankful for that. So, won’t you join me? Won’t you write for 7 days things that you are thankful for?

Let’s start:

I’m thankful for motherhood. You may not know my story, but I will keep it brief…Difficult conception. Two rounds of IVF. Sickness and bed rest. But, I prayed. God heard. Munch was born. I am his mother. I am thankful for him. Thankful that he continues to thrive through difficult times. I found out that he made honor roll this week and his ceremony is in a couple of weeks. Even with all that transition at his school, he is putting forth his best effort.

My Munch continues to inspire me each day. To be better. To do more. To give more.

Motherhood. I’m thankful for motherhood because that brought me Munch. There is no greater joy than hearing him say “Mommy, I love you and you’re the best mommy in the world.”

Some Friday Fun Facts

Happy Friday Folks!

I hope this post finds you happy and well. I’m excited to announce that I got some new followers to my blog and wanted to say “Welcome”. Welcome to all things me. My life is a mish mash of things that reflect my views on parenting, social injustices, dating and relationships. In a post-divorce world, I try to navigate relationships to find and secure love someday. The kind of love that would have me walking down the aisle again. Too sappy? Okay, I get it!

What can I tell you about me?

I’m 41.

I’m divorced. Oh, I already told you that.

I’m a mother to an 8 year old son (yes, I was 33 when he was born).

I’m a career woman (just got my first management gig in a governmental organization).

I’m a writer (hopefully I will finish the book someday).

I’m a woman of faith (I will mention the following: God, blessings, faith, thankfulness, Jesus, church, Bible, Holy spirit, etc.)

Things I do in my spare time?

Right now I don’t have any spare time. With my new job and my commute from the south part of the county to the north part of county to the west part of the state, I’m kinda all over the place. Can you say excessive mileage?

I co-parent with my ex-husband. It’s a continuous process whereby we both try to find balance between parenting in two different homes. Right now, we do a shared one week on and one week off schedule. It works pretty well. When I moved in late April it made my commute hell. I have about a month more of this commute before my son starts school. He’ll go to a new school and before and after care program on my way to work. No more 4 hours daily in the car.  Woo hoo!

What kind of blogging advice would I give?

Write about what you love. What is of interest to you. Don’t feel bad about taking breaks. We all need mental health breaks. Sometimes you need to step away from all things social media and just enjoy yourself. Your stats may rise and fall like soufflé (now I’m thinking about that wonderful lemon soufflé that Morton’s Steakhouse serves) but it doesn’t matter. Enjoy the ride. This blogging journey is yours alone. You will watch your blogging needs and audience change and develop over time. That’s a good thing.

I’ve been blogging about 8 years off and on. Only the last two years have been serious. The last year has been more of an intense focus to try to organize my thoughts and post. I wanted a schedule that my viewers could follow. So, I post five days a week with one post daily. Some days will be more other weeks may be three posts in that week. I don’t post just for the sake of posting. I don’t do it for the clicks. LOL.  I do it because I want to give you my point of view.

So, happy Friday and welcome to my blogging family!

I Just Want to Say

Thank you.

Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for subscribing. Thank you for following. Thank you for engaging. Thank you for being you.

I am sometimes slow to read and respond to the many blogs that come through my email but I promise you that I do read each and every post.  So, I say this to say that if it seems that I am “liking” your posts back to back that’s what it is. I get about 60 or more posts a day in my email.

I love my blogger family and sometimes ya’ll inspire me with new ideas or things to try. Like I learned about that dang Windows 10 upgrade and how to stop that foolishness, how to make the perfect baked chicken, how to appropriately tag in your posts and how to appreciate the many things that I have accomplished by writing them out.

Yes, there were many more things that I’ve learned, comments I’ve made and posts that I’ve liked that I’m thinking about highlighting some of my favorite posts each week and sharing them with my readers. Ya’ll are awesome and I just want to say thank you, thank you and thank you!

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