A Happy Thanksgiving

In spite of missing my family and wishing we could spend Thanksgiving with them, this weekend has been truly lovely. Baking pumpkin pies, going pumpkin picking and out for dinner with a friend, and sharing an amazing and memorable Thanksgiving meal with friends old and new have all combined to leave me happy, satisfied, and filled with gratitude. ...more

Today's Gratitude List - Linkup No. 2

Happy Sunday, and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! While cultivating a spirit of gratitude is important throughout the whole year, the fact that it's Thanksgiving weekend makes this Gratitude Linkup even more meaningful to me. I truly hope you'll join me in practicing gratitude and giving thanks! ...more

Today's Gratitude List - Linkup No. 1

If you've been reading Alphabet Salad for awhile, you'll know that I periodically post gratitude lists - short, quick inventories of things in my life for which I'm grateful at a particular moment in time. ...more

Acceptance While Living with Chronic Pain

After a recent bout with a 1st time muscle related back injury, I have a new appreciation of my everyday, chronic pain. If you've read my whinging about my back, (more here), you know that for me and many others, injury is a different kind of pain. The only positive thing about the injury is that eventually the pain went away. I do still freeze when I get an occasional twinge in the area of the back injury. Truthfully I'm terrified of being immobile again, and therefore totally dependent on others....more

Good Morning, Attitude

My name is Hannah. I'm 25 (just shy of 26), a college graduate, full time employeed in a managerial type job, happy boyfriend of almost 2 years... and a victim of life. Yes, I said it, I'm a victim of life. Or that's what I have been thinking for the past 3 or so years. It really hurts to say that. I'm the girl that bemoans the fact that I've gained 15 pounds while eating a candy bar, the girl that cries when her boyfriend isn't perfect (even though he is!!!), I'm the girl that hates my job while not doing anything to change it....more

Thank You for Reading my Blog

Another blogger posted something on Facebook, and it struck me.  I was busy at the time, and when I went back to try and find the status update, it was lost in a stream of back to school pictures, pets, and the occasional gripe about the weather.  I'm pretty sure this is almost kind of near exactly what it said: Want a slice of humble pie?  Do a search on your blog for the phrase 'thank you for writing this'.  If nothing comes up, well... ...more
Thank you for the reminder that people really do read my blog and care about what I write, and ...more

Du Jour Thursday: Gratitude

3 Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude can change your life. Having a positive attitude and being thankful even the smallest things in our lives can lead to a trickle effect of health, social, mental and emotional benefits. I recently came across an article discussing the different benefits of gratitude in our daily lives - both personal AND professional.  ...more

Today's Gratitude List

It's good to stop, sometimes, and take a quick inventory of the things in your life for which you're grateful at that moment in time. In no particular order, here is my own gratitude list for this moment in time. Travel plans in place - yay! - for a long-awaited visit to spend time with my family in Victoria. So looking forward to reconnecting in person after what will be by that time more than two years. My fun, talented, beautiful, supportive group of girlfriends here in Windsor. Finding them was true serendipity! ...more
@Karen Ballum Thank you! :)more

Fall Asleep, Love

---Must a little weep, Love,(Foolish me!)And so fall asleep, Love,Loved by thee."A Woman's Last Word", by Robert BrowningThere is only one thing worse that an overtired little kid.  An overtired little kid, his overtired brother and their overtired mom, all trying to make it to bedtime without losing their s#!t completely.  It really is just a matter of time and I am certain about one thing.  This. Will.  Suck....more
I am so glad you wrote this.  Personally, I need to remember this otherwise I will go crazy and ...more