Sunday, February 5, 2012

I Lead a Charmed, Charmed Life

Time for a listicle to get this week started off right!  This week, Jackie asked that we write about our passions.  I think I've probably already talked about mine ad nauseum here: motherhood, martial arts, photography, blogging, and making a difference in the lives of the children and families I work with (not necessarily in that exact order, depending on the day).  If you've been following along for a while, you know all about my passions.  But I don't want to disregard Jackie's topic choice, especially since this was meant as a tribute to her dear friend Marilyn who recently passed away, so my listicle will just be a slightly different kind of tribute.

I find that sometimes in the wake of tragedy, it is therapeutic to take stock of our own lives and count our many blessings; all the reasons we have to be happy and grateful and passionate about life.  When I do that, tears spring immediately to my eyes and a lump develops in my throat because I am truly one of the luckiest people I know. 

I am also borrowing a page from the Listmaster's book... er, blog, in which she shares bits and pieces of her good life.  Which gets me thinking to how amazing my own life is.  Now, I am not the type to win random draws and lotteries, mind you, but that doesn't mean I wasn't born with horseshoes up my butt. Here are just ten examples to show you what I mean:

1.  I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

2.  I make a very decent living doing something I find fascinating and am passionate about.  As an added plus, it is a female-dominated field that is understanding and respectful of family and motherhood.

3.  I met Captain Awesome when I was just 20 years old, and it only took us a few weeks to figure out that this was it for both of us.  Done deal.

4.  I have never really had to worry about money.  Growing up, I split my time between two houses with two very different budgets, but there was never concern about putting food on the table, and no education or athletic opportunity was ever denied me as a result of  limited funds.  I have never been hungry without knowing there was food coming soon, and I have never had to worry about where to rest my head at night.  As an adult, I have all of my needs and most of my wants met on a regular basis.

5.  I have an incredible support system - both my family by birth/marriage and my chosen family includes many people that I can count on, lean on, and who believe in me.

6.  I laugh every day.

7.  I have an enormous appetite and can eat more than a lot of men I know.

8.  Though I have trained in various martial arts since I was 18, I have never once had to put my skills to the test in a real-life situation.

9.  My daughter has six (!) healthy, active grandparents (four biological, two bonus).  The potential for spoiled-rottenness is exponential. 

10.  I get to be this precious little girl's mama.


 
So what's great about your life?



20 comments:

  1. See now you put tears in my eyes. I am so happy for you! And for me too, cause most of your fortunes I have too!!!
    One of my favorite lists, ever!!

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    1. Thanks, Stasha. It puts things into perspective, ya know?

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    2. I have to second everything Stasha said here. *dabs eyes*

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  2. I love that you took stock of your amazing life. Sometimes, we just have to put things in perspective to truly appreciate all that we have.

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  3. Nicely done, and a charmed life indeed! I love what you've done with this week's topic :)

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  4. simply put: beautifully done.

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  5. beautiful, beautiful list. :)

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  6. Laughing everyday is the best thing you can do for yourself.

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  7. That's a pretty great life, Amanda. I love especially that you are working at something you love and that it's a supportive environment. And of course, you know how adorable your daughter is to me. One lucky mama!

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    1. I think so too. And the positivity spreads. I told my supervisor how much I appreciate the support and family-mindedness - especially since I had to leave at lunch today to tend to my pukey toddler! :)

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  8. What a great twist on this week's list topic! It can be awesome and so good for us to sit back and really take stock of all the good things we have in our lives and how blessed we truly are. You do live a charmed life and it sounds awesome! Great, thoughtful post.

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  9. Fabulous list, and honestly I love the way you spun the topic! I too met my husband really early on, at 18, and has been great having such a life & story together.

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  10. I love number 7.
    Not many women can say it and those who do, most won't. I'm the same way!
    PS: No. 10 is precious.

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  11. It's so easy to take it all for granted, great list.

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  12. What a beautiful list! And its so easy to forget the important things

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  13. Beautiful list! It's easy to take things for granted, which I'm trying so hard to not do right now.

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  14. That is such a great list!

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  15. can we talk about the cuteness factor of that hat/last pic for a moment?
    i agree. sometimes in the wake of tragedy we re-evaluate our own lives...i feel blessed as well.
    but still wish i lived in Van! xo

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