Guys. I meant to have this automatically publish while I was at a conference on Monday, and I forgot. Whoops. So instead, I am going to publish it now. Sorry!
I am a lucky girl. For so many, many reasons, and I try to be aware of that all the time. But it’s easy for me to get lost in the tide of day-to-day responsibilities and then just feel like when something goes wrong that everything is terrible and nothing is good in my life. So today I’m going to take a page out of the notebook of Thanksgiving, and name the things in my life that are good and that I’m thankful for. Because naming a thing makes it real and feel more present in your life.
- I am thankful for professional development opportunities – I’m going to a conference this week, and I am so lucky and excited to do it. The topic area is one that I’ve started moving into the past few years as a librarian, and it’s exciting to have two whole days to explore that topic and talk to other practitioners who are either experts or who might be having the same challenges that I am. I’m also hopeful that I might see a few librarians I’ve met at other conferences and to reconnect professionally. I’m planning on writing more about professional development soon, so keep an eye out in September. In addition to this conference, I am so excited that I am continuing to get my pieces published occasionally over at the Billfold. The fact that my last 4 pitches have been accepted (another one coming soon!) makes me feel like I might be able to continue writing on the side, and perhaps eventually for more than just the one outlet? It just feels like I’m getting into a groove as a professional person.
- I am thankful to finally be going on a vacation soon. It has been 14 months since I did any kind of trip that was more than just a long weekend, or required being on a plane. I am so excited to get away from the hustle and bustle, and to spend time with the Boy and all my girls. I am curious to see how little B reacts to her first time on an airplane, and how much the cabin crew will coo over her. I can’t wait to have adventures, and days where we are allowed to sleep in/stay in bed as long as we like without consequence. I am excited to explore new places, and do fun things and make memories all together on vacation for the first time as a family of five. Even if it’s stressful doing something new, it is going to be worth it.
- Speaking of sleep, I am beyond thankful that we are getting more of it now. We were having a hard time for a while there with B, and we introduced solid foods thinking it might be a nighttime hunger thing, and it wasn’t really. And then I decided (after a night where I probably got less than 3 hours of sleep all together) that it was time to move her to her crib in her own room. Yes, the decision was made hastily and in a time of stress, but considering she was nearly 6 months old at the time I decided to do it? Not out of the ordinary. And somehow, that seems to be doing the trick. Yes, it’s hard to put her down, and when she wakes up crying, it’s hard to listen to and ignore (we are crying it out, and it’s working), but she’s not crying excessively (longer than 20/30 minutes), and when she wakes up it’s usually only for about 5 minutes before going back to sleep. And when she wakes up for real in the mornings, even if it’s 5:30 or so, that’s usually after a full stretch of sleep, meaning I’m getting 6+ hours at a time, AND THEN when I go in to feed her, we usually snooze together on the bed in her room for at least another 30 minutes, and it is glorious and wonderfully cuddly. If you don’t have a child, or if your children are old enough to sleep entirely through the night, thank your lucky stars. But at this point, I am thankful too now, because I’m starting to feel human again.
And that’s it from me for this exercise. What are you thankful for in your life right now?