Life By Kristen

Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it. – Little Women

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Thankful Thursday (#4)

I’m thankful today for Q, but most importantly, thankful that he is a loving partner who supports me in every endeavor.

I’m also especially thankful today he cooks ( and likes doing it!) It is invaluable to me how much it means to have another person help with meals, especially dinner after a long day when my brain can barely process boiling water. I mention this only because I just finished his delicious chili leftovers for lunch!

I’m the best version of myself with him. The workday could be the worst ever, but a hug from him, and I literally feel the stress melt away.

I’m grateful for him every day in big and small ways– even the days he drives me crazy by putting the dirty dishes next to the sink instead of in it or walks by the pile of laundry to go downstairs, even though he is on his way to the basement anyway.



Thankful Thursday (#3)

Today I’m thankful for…..

Allergy medicine.

Ok I know this might sound seriously silly, but it’s about the things in life that make everything better, right? I’d be a mess without allergy meds and my level of life functioning would be pretty minimal.

I never had allergies as a kid ( well other than to hay or Christmas trees, but those were easily avoidable). Somewhere in my becoming an adult, I developed some pretty bad seasonal allergies, with spring being the worst. As I get older, the allergy symptoms change. It used to be just super stuffed up, lots of sneezing; now, it has progressed to that, plus lots of fluid and pressure in my ears. Yea, fun times.

Q also has some pretty bad seasonal allergies so our house has quite the stock of tissues, saline nose spray, and various medications. We are probably supporting someone’s salary for whoever makes Zrytec D.


Thankful Thursday (#2)

I’m thankful today for the fact that my mother, brother, and I were able to tell my father ‘I Love You’ one last time.

On a day like today when so many people are remembering the lives lost, I see the day with a different set of eyes– after losing a loved one quickly and unexpectedly, it gives me some bit of comfort knowing I had that opportunity to see him one last time. I cannot even imagine the level of grief losing someone on 9/11 brings. I pray for their souls and for the survivors.

Thankful Thursday (#1)

I’m really trying to be more conscious of gratitude, life’s simple pleasures, and my priorities and so I’ve decided to turn ‘throwback Thursday’ into Thankful Thursday. 


My Dad always used to say “be aware of your surroundings” which he almost always meant in a safety way ( like know where the exit signs are). This morning I was walking around the property that I work at  and looked up to see the beauty of the place I go to five days out of the week. The sun was shining with just the perfect angle on the ocean that makes it glimmer; it was warm but there was a nice ocean breeze; and there was this quiet, stillness that just made me look around in wonder.  I actually thanked God aloud for this amazing place and the gorgeous day.

I’ve been at my job for 6 years this month and I know I take for granted it’s lovely location on an oceanside cliff. Truly, I am blessed not just in the work I do, but also the people. The location is the icing on the cake and I wish I could capture that moment to remind me when I’m on a commute filled with traffic and tourists. It was such a quick, fleeting moment, but something that really impacted my day and attitude. I’m really going to try hard to take my Dad’s advice about being aware to not just be safe, but to really take and appreciate all that is around me.


This photo does no justice to the beauty of my work environment,

but this is the view from my office window

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