I’ve been kind of silent the last few days because I haven’t had much to say. I’ve had a slow couple of days. I haven’t worked out as much except today. I haven’t eaten as well. And that’s OK. I’m taking a night off this evening. I’m having a date night with my husband and I’ll be eating wood fired pizza from the farmer’s market, and having popcorn at the movie. It’s ok to slow down now and then. It’s ok not to be 100 percent. Just as long as I don’t let it stop me from moving forward.

I also got a huge reality check the other day. A horrible crash happened just up the street from my house. It threw me for a loop. Things like that make you appreciate where you are and how short life can be.. especially after having lived through a husband almost dying in an accident and losing a brother in a fatal car accident when I was younger. It made me realize how much I need to keep things in perspective. My health is important to me. It can all be gone in an instant, and I want to make the most of the time I have, and do the things that make my life worth living. Spending time with family and taking care of myself are part of that. And gratitude is important too. I am so grateful for so many things in my life, especially my family and my recovery. I can forget to be grateful for all the things I do have. Writing a gratitude list at the end of the day helps me. I try to list five things every night. It’s important to focus on the positive. It’s also important that I remain grateful for where I am in my journey, not just where I’m trying to go.

Take a moment to pause and just be grateful.