Counting Blessings

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Danny and I had a great one.  And yes, “Steaksgiving” was everything we hoped it would be 🙂  We loved it.   I wondered if I might end up missing the turkey even a tiny bit, due to tradition, but I didn’t.  (Btw, I never really ate steak before Danny.  But he introduced me to a perfectly cooked and seasoned filet mignon and now it’s one of our favorite ways to celebrate.)

After our meal, we went around the table, with our friends & their children, and each said what we were thankful for.  🙂  It really was so sweet.  It became my turn and oh no – tears!  haha.  Couldn’t help it.  I guess there is just so much to be grateful for.  I’m grateful for my life, for all the experiences I’ve had to date.  And now…holy crap…to be able to share this life with the most loving companion I could imagine!  Well, it’s a miracle to me.  And it’s something I don’t take lightly.  In fact, this blessing has provided so much abundance, that I just felt I had to give back somehow (yay for blogs!)


Also thankful for:

The privilege of trying to see life in the best way possible.  This is something I got a better grasp on at age 30.  I used to not fully do it so regularly.  But now I can see the beauty in all things…even the toughest parts of life.  There is redemption available to us all, at ALL times.
A huge reduction of fear.  I don’t fear life anymore.  Once in a while fears come up, but I know dang well what to do with them.  I can deal with them and replace and uproot them completely by focusing on a greater pursuit. 

The knowledge that my circumstances do not have to dictate my state of being.  I’ve learned to not “need” things to turn out a certain way.  If things don’t go the way I planned…well, it’s just a new experience to have; an opportunity to practice the thing that matters most…which is letting go and cultivating love.

The knowledge that I am in charge of my own happiness.  Not Danny.  Not my future kids.  So glad to know that putting other people in charge of my wellness never leads to REAL and lasting happiness.  It only leads to ups and downs…an emotional roller coaster.

Self-worth / confidence.  This has been one of the most amazing gifts.  We ALL have self-worth…it’s just a matter of believing it.  I finally started to believe it a few years ago.  And it has enriched my experience in this world and my marriage (and all relationships) probably more than any other thing. 

My gluten free / dairy free / daily walking lifestyle.  Yep.  I know that sounds crazy.  But I’m thankful for it.  The effects of it (for me) are just way too great.  As much as I miss good bread, yogurt, cheese, and New York pizza, I wouldn’t dream of going back to it.  Physical health is COMPLETELY linked to emotional health.  It’s extremely difficult to handle life & relationships in the best way when you are physically not well.  Also, I’m thankful for my walks (& runs).  If I ever struggle with something for even but a moment, guaranteed it will be a week or month when I’ve been glued to my computer and not getting in my walks.  But the minute I get out there, I can reverse any bit of an unfavorable mood.  It really is like magic.

New York.  It has been an honor to live here.  I came at age 22 and I feel as though I’ve grown up here.  It’s caused my heart to beat in ways I never thought was possible.  I’ve seen & experienced so much beauty here – enough to last a lifetime.  Thanksgiving Day brought back SO many memories of being surrounded by some of the best people in the world, all crowded in small apartments, all making the best food, and just sharing life together here. 

This blog.  It has been a joy and an honor to have this experience.  We’re deeply grateful for all the connections we’ve made with you.  Thank you for all your notes, comments, kindness, and support.  You inspire us more than we can ever say.


P.S.  We adore this little guy to no end.  We got to spend Thanksgiving with him and his family.  He’s wearing here what he regularly calls his “Danny Shirt.”  🙂  🙂  🙂  Oh man, he pretty much makes us melt to pieces.  And…may I add that the chocolate tart he was eating was a dairy free/ gluten free masterpiece.  We couldn’t believe how well it turned out.  Recipe coming!

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  1. Ashleigh Son November 26, 2012 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I love this post, Mara. I feel like you are a best friend of mine, even though I don't know you. I am grateful for finding your blog and how much it has helped me to find my own happiness despite any circumstances. I have a similar love story to you and Danny, so it just melts my heart to see the love that you two have for each other. xoxox Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

    • mara November 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Ashleigh – so sweet. Thank you so much for this note. When I hear of people finding greater happiness, I just melt to pieces… it's the best thing to hear. I really wish we could meet 🙂

  2. Chelsea November 26, 2012 at 7:37 am - Reply

    I'm so happy to hear that yall had a great Thanksgiving! My friend and I went out to have Chinese food to celebrate here in Tokyo…turkey (or a filet 😉 is not easy to come by here haha.

    Even though I've watched the trailers for Les Miserables on youtube from the blog, last night was the first one I saw on tv here. I'm not sure if they've released this version of the trailer in the US yet, but here's the link just in case it's different! =)

    • mara November 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      Chelsea- I just now had a min. to look at that link. So fun to see the trailer in Japanese. It's so cool that this is a story loved by the world. I heard that at the first preview of the film, it got a standing ovation! So good thing are ahead.

      Glad you had a Thanksgiving celebration. Chinese food sounds good to me! 🙂 xo

    • mara November 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Oh my… That story is one of the best I've ever heard. You're right, an interview would be amazing…. thank you so much for sharing. Everyone needs to hear this story.

  3. Anonymous November 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    LOVE this post. 🙂 Love it.
    danielle boyle

    • mara November 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Danielle. Still amazed at our meeting… xo

  4. Scarlett November 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Great post, Mara! Your positivity and your courage are an inspiration for me. Thank you!

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