(at the end of this post, there are some announcements…don’t skip them. Please and thank you 🙂 )
Have any of you read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts? I did a long time ago and I loved it so much. Basically, for a year, she gave herself a joy dare to count her gifts daily–even the smallest of things, like light coming in through the window or brushing her children’s hair. There are so many things to quote (I may have underlined the whole book and her writing is stunning) so let’s just choose a simple quote: “Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.” She literally numbers His gifts. I have gone through phases and journals of doing this never consistently. She has an app and I might try that so when things happen, no matter where I am, I can document the gift. Anyway, all that to say, today I am counting some of the weekend’s gifts.
1 | This city that I get to live in. The big round castle like a battlement is Coit Tower and the steeple is the famous Monroe/DiMaggio church. They didn’t marry there, though it’s a common misconception because they took all their photographs there. It’s just that gorgeous. DiMaggio is San Francisco native, by the way. Nonetheless, this weekend the weather was perfect and city was glowing, alive with energy and possibility. Spring has sprung.
2 | Fresh flowers. I put together this bouquet of Ranunculus and Anemones. I had no idea how it would come together because these colors weren’t my first choice but now I love it. It screams joy to me.
3 | Good friends. Yes, it’s an atlas but really represents good friends who saved me so much money and time and oh, did I mention money? By letting me tag along as they ran errands I also needed to do. Without them, it would have taken me so much time and money (oh, did I mention money?) to do on my own. These are the kinds of friends where there is no keeping score (friendships should be this way). One of the friends was Alissa and she and I decided when we first met, my second week in San Francisco, that keeping score doesn’t get you anywhere. If you care about one another, it all comes out even in the end. Also thankful for the other friend who was with us who puts up with the antics of Nina and Alissa and how many earthquake questions I asked. (That’s like 29 things to be thankful for but alas…)
4 | Fresh and beautiful flowers at the Farmer’s Market. The deal was so good I ran out of vases. I painted that vintage diet coke bottle and I love it because it is very me. The silver bud vase comes from Rue La La. The wine bottle comes from Sonoma. I painted it with Chalkboard paint. Right now it reads: California is always a good idea. (Minus Earthquakes)
5 | These are Alissa’s hands. Please compliment her on them because when I took this picture she said, “My nails aren’t painted!” (I told you manicures are essential in SF; that’s why it’s cheaper do you own). Basically, I am thankful that the Farmer’s Market understands that some people, like me and Alissa, are Farmer’s Market losers who a) don’t bring cash b) or bring reusable bags. (The bag issue would be shameful at any farmer’s market but in San Francisco, where legally every business has to charge 10 cents per bag in an effort to encourage people to bring their own bags, not having a reusable bag at the Farmer’s Market is a HUGE failure.) We were able to go to a booth where they gladly took our credit cards and gave us these nice tokens in exchange. One to One. And then on impulse, Alissa just bought the both of us official Ferry Building Farmer’s Market bags! I didn’t even have time to blink. Generosity like that is something to be thankful for.
6 | These shoes are from the Gap and they are polka dots (love) and coral (love). I’ve been wanting more of a loafer so these make me happy as did their price. I swear I am not trying to put Alissa on a pedestal here but I asked her if she would go shopping with me because I need a specific outfit for a specific thing I will hopefully be able to talk about soon and needed her help and opinion. She was so gracious throughout the whole thing and incredibly helpful. We laughed at each other a lot. I mean, with each other. Right?
Even recounting these makes me all warm inside.
–| Announcements |–
-If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am now obsessed with my NutriBullet. I am doing a 30 day challenge with a friend and anyone that wants to join. Just go here. They provide support and tons of great recipes. Wouldn’t it be cool if we all did this together? (It starts on April 1st) You basically commit to one green smoothie a day (so doable) and they want you to eat regular meals. They give you shopping lists and everything. Who’s in?
-Also, I always reply to comments but you guys never get them….I fixed this issue. I am so sorry if it seemed like I was ignoring you!
–Coast to Coast: Resolutions Revisited is going to happen NEXT Tuesday on April 1st.
So much love,