Thankful For

February 2017 Gratitude

I'm a firm believer in showing gratitude for the things that we receive. I like to take a few minutes at the end of the day to write them down and so here are all of the things that I was grateful for in February. 


  1. Spending time at the park
  2. Max sleeping in bed with me
  3. The rain
  4. Dance nights
  5. Taking my shoes off after a long day
  6. Starting water week
  7. School starts. My final FM class
  8. Falling asleep early
  9. I think I'm ready to take this fashion entrepreneur class
  10. The rain, again
  11. Hulu
  12. It being warm enough to go to the beach today
  13. That I don't have to pay of going to the doctor
  14. Spending time with Gary
  15. Antibiotic ointment
  16. Starting my morning with Daybreaker
  17. That Max didn't fight me when I gave him his bath today
  18. Getting off work early
  19. Reading while taking a hot bath
  20. Being able to trust the Universe
  21. That Gary comes back today! 
  22. Almost two weeks into my fitness
  23. Salads from SaladFarm
  24. Started Vaquita ad
  25. Work out Rest day
  26. Did the beach clean up
  27. Taking Gary to the Aquarium for his first time
  28. My bed after a long day

Do you regularly write down the things that you're grateful for? What are some of the things you were grateful for in February, or this month so far? 

Amanda ❤

Appreciating My Blessings


I feel like I've been using the words, 'Thanks', 'Thanksgiving', and 'Thankful' way too much lately so I'm using other words to show my gratitude. 
IRL it may seem that I complain too much, and it's probably true. I have a hard time being satisfied with the things that I have in my life, and always want more so today will be a day to practice being appreciative of the things that are already in my life. 
  1. My Friends and Family: For which a lot of them have gotten me through some very hard times, have put up with my opinion on tights as pants, my love for cheesy 90s songs, my cameras constantly in their faces, and just my general dorkiness. My two favorite bears, until I have my very own, Kayden and Kennedy who presence honestly make me smile, and make me wish to give them a cousin. 
  2. My sir: For everything that he represents in my life. He is my constant. The person who makes me feel home. My soulmate, and even though our situation is difficult and we can't be together, I'm just appreciative of the fact that I know who my soulmate is. I don't have to search the world for him because he's already in my life. For being able to: Test my patience and give me patience; Make me cry, but then know exactly what to say to make me smile; Piss me off and then make me laugh; Be a lover and a best friend. 
  3. P90X and Paleo: I always thought it was hokey when you would hear commercials where people would say, "Jenny Craig/ Weight Watchers/ETC., changed my life". I mean, how can they change your life? YOU'RE the one who decided to change your life, why aren't you saying, "I changed my life"? That is until I started doing P90X and Paleo. Paleo helped me realize what food made my body feel like. Why I felt sluggish and not optimal. P90X released my inner fitness beast into the world. I always wanted to be the person that was fit, and would go running, and hiking, and rappelling, and all that fun junk, but the body that I had, even a year ago, didn't afford me that opportunity. Since starting it, I've lost weight, have been able to keep it off for the most part, give or take a few pounds, learned that I would love to learn to box, came to the realization that I might actually be a runner, have more endurance, become stronger, more confident, and overall more happy, so as hokey as it may sound to someone else now, P90X REALLY changed my life and I'm a better person for it now. 
  4. Having a job and being able to go to school. I may not have the most glamourous job, and my friends and family are usually like, "What DO you do?" but due to confidentiality agreements that were signed, I can't say. My usual response is, "I type all day". I can give them the gist of it, but not specifics. I love that I have the opportunity to go to school for a career that I love, which may seem vain to others but suits me perfectly. 
  5. Being an American. Where I have a right to vote and voice my opinion, and wear anything ostentaciously emblazoned with the Red, White, and Blue stars and stripes.  AND LAST, BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST...
  6. The United States Armed Forces. Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Active, Reserved, and Retired. Past and Present. AND THEIR FAMILIES. I appreciate that so many men and women, have laid their lives out on the line for us to enjoy the freedoms that we do. And I know it takes a tremendous effort from their loved ones to accept that their spouse is away from home for months at a time. That they miss out on family reunions, and birthdays, and holidays such as today where the important factor is family, yet they aren't around, because I know I wish with all my heart that my Sir could be here today to enjoy the holiday with those that he loves. But to them, their service will always come first and that's something that I'm extremely grateful for. People who have the courage to fight wars that aren't theirs, lay their lives on the line for people they don't know, and not ask for a single thing in return from us. They do it willingly, valiantly, and without commendation. 

So today, I will try not to complain about that which I don't have an appreciate that which I do. Have a happy thanksgiving! 

Amanda ❤

Thankful For V.8


  • Days off
  • "Grease"
  • Movies at the beach
  • Barbecues
  • Lipstick
  • New shampoo that works wonders
  • Not having to put additional product in my hair
  • Beautiful days
  • Friends who find my lost things for me
  • Granola
  • Fresh and Easy markets
  • Water
  • Hair tips that work
  • Pretty days
  • Popsicles
  • K&K Day
  • Hall & Oates
  • Skype
  • </ul
Amanda ❤

Thankful for V.7

It feels like I'm constantly playing catch up with my thankful lists. But I know it's because of a schedule change so, hopefully, once I get accustomed to my new schedule, I'll be able to do this on time. Anywho, this list seems fairly small in comparison to previous ones, but nonetheless, they are all things I'm thankful for. 


  • Spain winning UEFA 2012
  • Netflix
  • Ice cream
  • Friends
  • Sweaters
  • America
  • My Sir
  • My Tia Cacho watching over him
  • Finally hearing from him
  • Air conditioners
  • Cloudy days
  • Fireworks
  • The beach
  • Free movies
  • Movies you've never seen before but end up liking
  • Doughnuts
  • Influenster boxes
  • Cheese burgers
  • Camera apps
  • Sleep
  • Peace and quiet
  • Fans
Amanda ❤

Thankful For V.6

Thankful for v6

This weeks list seems a little basic but it's because I got in touch with the basics. 

  • Friends
  • "sick" days when you're not really sick
  • The great outdoors
  • Waking up amongst giant sequoias 
  • Camping
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Cameras
  • Nice strangers
  • Sunglasses
  • Gentle breezes
  • Beautiful dogs
  • That you never know what you'll find in LB
  • Tank tops
  • Shorts
  • Getting straight 'A's
  • Friends who pray for me and the Sir because they know I'm worried about him
  • Bathing suits
  • Alone time
  • Realizing that even though others think you may have questionable taste in music, you actually have really good taste in music. 
  • Even tans
  • Ice
  • Blankets
  • Shade
  • Cut nails
  • Healthy eating and not diets
  • Even though slightly limited, the knowledge to change up my blog when I want
  • P90X
  • Tony Horton and his personality reminding me of the Sir
  • Songs that bring back memories 
  • New toothbrushes
  • Tongue scrapers 
Amanda ❤

Thankful For V.5

Thankful for v5

I'm catching up the list from two weeks ago. I totally forgot to schedule it before I headed out camping but here it is. 

  • It finally being summer
  • Days off
  • Coffee
  • Netflix
  • '30 Rock'
  • 'Angel'
  • Sleep
  • Post-It Notes
  • Agendas
  • Mio Liquid
  • Chocolate
  • Mouthwash
  • Inspiration
  • Planning
  • Brazil Butt Lift
  • Tony Horton
  • Tacos
  • Happy mail
  • Pretty washi tape
  • Pickles
  • Spices
  • Body pillows
  • Cell phone games
  • Wikipedia
  • Puppies Behind Bars
  • Target
  • Forever 21
  • Muenster cheese
  • New recipes
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Sunsets
  • Sheer Cover concealer
  • Advil
  • Ikea
  • Coffee in the park
  • Grass
  • Phonto
  • Friends
  • Crossing things off my adventure list
  • Disposable cameras
  • batteries
  • Birds chirping during the sunset 
  • unexpectedly getting free stuff
Amanda ❤

Thankful For V.4

Thankful v4

I accidently listed a couple of things twice so it this weeks list probably looks long, but really isn't. 

  • Sleep
  • Netflix
  • Warm blankets
  • David Boreanaz
  • Pretty things
  • P90x
  • Yoga mats
  • My poopies
  • Email
  • Macro lenses
  • Water
  • Cloudy days
  • Fitness races
  • Tank tops
  • Rewards cards
  • Mimosas
  • Old photos
  • Jeans that fit perfectly so you have to buy multiple pairs
  • Pinterest
  • New zip up hoodies
  • Lemonade
  • Vegetables
  • New sunglasses
Amanda ❤

Thankful For V.3

Thankful for v3

This weeks Thankful list is kind of long but here's what I've been thankful for in the past week: 

  • Sleeping in
  • An easy day at work
  • Spending time with Kennedy
  • Healthy home cooked meals
  • Modern technology
  • Tommy surprising me with an app for CS
  • Projects created out of boredom
  • Photoshop
  • Janel's '30 Day Journal Challenge' to inspire me to work in my journal again
  • Bursts of creativity
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pens in black
  • Lists of all sorts to help organize
  • toothbrushes
  • naps
  • different colored pens
  • Instagram
  • $1 book stores where I find comics
  • Orange juice
  • Movies that you know line for line
  • Comfy beds
  • Body pillows
  • Warm blankets
  • Scissors
  • Small fitness victories like fitting into a medium again
  • Tacos de deshebrada 
  • Going through old phones and finding old texts with inside jokes
  • Netflix
  • A decent night of sleep
  • My health
  • My friends and family

Technique: I used a paper cut out and just made lines all across the page. The paper makes a mask to create negative space where I added my list. 

Amanda ❤

Thankful For V.2


It seems like I have a longer list of things to be thankful for this week. 

Here's this past weeks list: 

  • Not having to take my final! I can't believe I did it! 
  • Not living in a Muslim country during the 70s. (Book read for my English class) 
  • My Sir! and all those who have sacrificed past, present and future, for us to have things we take for granted. 
  • The Internet for last minute research papers. 
  • Rented textbooks
  • Avery gluesticks
  • Tony Horton and P90X
  • Water
  • Decaf coffee
  • The semester being done and celebrating with Margaritas! 
  • Skype, and the person who invented it! 
  • Being able to Skype with the Sir! It made my week! 
  • Pretty flowers
  • Not being charged for coffee
  • Free music 
  • Sleeping in 
  • Being able to buy my favorite childhood movies from the 90s on iTunes
  • Movies that help you fall asleep
  • Hot showers
  • Comfy beds 
Amanda ❤

Thankful For: May 20, 2012 to May 26, 2012

I was thinking the other day that I want to be able to remember the things that I'm thankful during this time that the Sir is away and that maybe I should record it on a weekly basis. I had been itching to work in my sketchbook again so, of course, that's where I put it. I know that I don't post on the weekends but I decided that I'll share my 'Thankful' list with you guys on Sundays. 

Here's the first week. It's not much to look at beings that I was still toying with the idea last week but this next weeks page is already an improvement. 

Thankful for v1

  1. Warm, sunny days
  2. Finding a new hobby
  3. Hanging out with Yoli before she moves
  4. Aceing (is that how it's spelled?) my math test for merchandising
  5. Getting an E-mail from the Sir saying he'd arrived in Iraq by ship
  6. Being inspired to work in my journal again
  7. Backing up blog content to discs 
  8. Movies that make me believe in true love
  9. Pretty smells 
  10. Morning bike rides
  11. Friends who know my favorite items are party poppers
  12. The biggest party poppers I've ever seen in my life
  13. Coming up with more blog content and being inspired to keep working on it 
  14. Having my poopies to sleep with 
  15. Free PDF's from 'Yes and Yes'
  16. Seeing friends graduate and inspiring me to continue my schooling
  17. Not being a Gold Star family member

and last but not least, I hadn't found out until after I took this picture but, 

    18. Being exempt from my merchandising final because I got an 'A' in both overall classwork AND tests which means I obviously know the material so what's the point in taking the final? 

I love teachers that give incentives like that! And you better believe I scrutinized over EVERY  point. 

So, that's this week's list. What are you thankful for this past week? 

Amanda ❤