My Gratitude Journal

October Blessings and Halloween Fun

It’s October. I haven’t been in a writing mood lately but I need to remember to always have gratitude for the little things in life (which often times, end up being the big things). So here is my gratitude list for October:

My family and I did our yearly visit to the Pumpkin Patch.  We fed and pet the farm animals, looked at all the pumpkins and Halloween decorations, and bought a big bag of freshly popped kettle corn. We bought a pumpkin and we carved it.

Pretty baskets

We attended a Halloween party at my friend’s house. I was the big red riding hood and my son was the little bad wolf:

scary

I went to Clifton’s Republic with my friend from Arizona who I haven’t seen in a long time. Clifton’s Republic is a cafeteria and bar in Downtown L.A. It was my friend’s first time there and she really enjoyed it. It was my first time eating breakfast there and it was a lot of fun picking out my breakfast items at the cafeteria. We enjoyed viewing the decorations and  Halloween themed sweets and desserts. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up going back there the following weekend for my birthday.

yummy…
A patch of pumpkins

At work, we had our annual Harvest Festival. My friends and I dressed up as characters in the animation “Inside Out”. I dressed up as Disgust. We also entered the pumpkin decorating contest and won 3rd place. It was a really fun day.

Today I am grateful for pumpkin patch traditions, Halloween celebrations with friends, trips to DTLA, eating breakfast for the first time at Clifton’s and Halloween themed desserts. Most of all, I am grateful for family and friends.

My Gratitude Journal

October Life Lessons and Love

I love October. It’s my favorite month. This was a great October. However, I must admit that there was a rough week in there. A really rough week. It was the week before my birthday. I let a couple of incidents bring me down. I certainly learned a lot of hard lessons this month. It was a real eye opener. Lessons that open your eyes are always good. Lessons that open your heart are even better. After my anger subsided, I learned a lot about compassion, respect and understanding. And another good part is…after you are down, the only way back is up! That’s the best part. So on this Sweet Monday, I am grateful for life lessons and love. I will continue to learn and grow. I know that there will be ups and there will be downs. Today, I will focus on the ups.

I am grateful for birthdays.

I arrived to work the Thursday before my birthday to a decorated cubicle courtesy of my co-worker. It was so thoughtful. I loved it. It lifted my spirits. It was a great way to start a birthday.

My aunt took me to a tea house for my birthday. She invited my daughter (who came all the way from San Diego just to be there) and my other aunt. We had such a good time. We went to the tea house on my actual birthday. It was nice to have a birthday this year on a Saturday.  It was a fun and relaxing way to start the day and weekend. Afterwards, we went to a boutique and my aunt surprised me with a candle that I was planning to purchase myself. I was waiting in line to buy the candle which was waiting for me at the counter. The storeowner wrapped up my gift quickly so that I wouldn’t see and my aunt presented it to me at the store.

After the tea house, I arrived home and I was surprised by birthday cards, birthday flowers, a birthday sign, light up balloons and even a birthday pinata. My first birthday pinata ever. 

The next day, my sister and niece prepared a delicious birthday breakfast for me. My sister asked me what kind of cake I wanted and I told her that I wanted a chocolate chip cake. It’s not my favorite flavor but she made it for me for my birthday a few years ago and it was such a special memory. I wanted it again. 

Today I am grateful for family, October, birthdays, decorated cubicles, tea houses, candles, surprises, pinatas and birthday cake.