10 Things To Be Thankful For – Plus a Free Donut

stormtrooper USA soccer

I’ll regret this in the morning.

Wait, it’s morning already. 2 a.m. almost. I’ve worked two straight days with Target shifts tacked on and I have another tomorrow. Er, today.


I’m grateful for the very energy that I’ll curse come morning. Although I’m vowing to snap up at the 6 a.m. bell. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m grateful you’re here.

I’m also grateful for these things, culled from my almost 100%-faithful journaling habit. Know what’s funny? I typed in farming habit.

san jose greg provenzano
Thankful to travel to San Jose with work and see one of the most influential speakers I’ve ever met, Greg Provenzano. I’ve worked for some intelligent, charismatic men. Greg’s at the top.

10 things I’m grateful for

1. A job in which I can thrive. No cutthroat contemporaries here. Just a supportive staff that I want to do my best for.

2. Madison and Sutton’s new place. It’s nice, and it reminds me of my own apartment days. So much togetherness comes from those meager beginnings.

3. A soft place to sleep. I sleep hard and I sleep well. It’s the falling asleep part (and especially the waking up part) that are the toughest.

san jose sharks arena
This was a cool part of the SAP Center, where the Sharks play. Made me hungry, though.

4. Having time to rest . I took care of business, but also I watched Last Chance U., which has a F-bomb rating of 3,329 per minute. He kind of shows me how not to coach.

5. The chance to coach. We had our preseason meeting today at Liberty Prep. The boys (and one girl!) said they can’t wait to get the season started.

6. Oh, and these teams. They’re loaded with talent and heart.

This shot will appear again in a post soon. It was my substitute dinner my second night in San Jose. Stellar, but the fries got cold.

7. The chance to work hard for my life. The hours I work are nutty. But it’ll pay for soccer. I’m ready for that adventure.

8. The luxury of not having to wake up too early. Or crickety. I have a pretty decent recovery time when I have those long-ass days.

9. Gorgeous, humidity-free days. We’ve had a few of those this summer. Makes me think maybe this is how they do summer in Wisconsin.

10. Patience. Hard work. Earning my pay.

What are you grateful for today? I also got a free donut just now so that’s something.

quote gratitude beattie


  1. Beth says:

    That milkshake looks so delicious! I’m glad your job is going well and that you’re still coaching! I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It was rad, Beth, I won’t lie. And I’m sufficiently rested from last season, and ready to roll! Reading your blog right now …

  2. I, too, am glad that you’re still coaching. I know talent when I see it. Grateful for people like you.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Bryan! I appreciate the vote. I get so much more out of the experience than I feel I put in.

  3. ksbeth says:

    it’s all about the free donut. that’s what gets us through at times, and keeps us hopeful. what’s your other job? am i behind?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Free donuts are the universe’s golden ticket, Beth. I might have had more than one. I’m also a content marketing specialist for ACN and it’s the best job I ever had (next to running the Leslie Mann fan club. Oh wait, that was just pretend.)

  4. John Holton says:

    Fries and a milkshake? Count me in!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They’re a match made in heaven, John! Pull up a chair.

  5. I’m grateful for my family and at this very moment, grateful for the quiet that is so quiet I can here the kitchen clock ticking and our guinea pigs chewing on hay.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Those are rare times, aren’t they? Just now the noise has reduced to the fan and faint music I’ll never be able to find the source of.

  6. Love your list. Are you linking up with Ten Things of Thankful? It’s a great place to hang out on a weekend, smiling over what everyone is thankful for.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Meems! No, I haven’t linked up. I couldn’t find one. I could swear there was one at one time. Where can I find it?

  7. cricketmuse says:

    I’m grateful that summer has afforded some good down time to rev up for another year of instilling the love of literature into unwilling teens.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They’re so much better for it, Crick. Quite thankful for you and your passion.

  8. Kathy G says:

    I’m thankful for a string of less-than-packed days that has allowed me to get caught up on some mundane things.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I like that one Kath – we need that ‘downtime’ to get the other ducks lined up.

  9. Practicing gratitude really helps to put things in perspective, doesn’t it? I’ve been doing that every day (or, rather, at night, before I go to bed) for over 5 years, and it’s had a hugely positive impact on my life. So I love the whole list in general, but I especially like #s 3 through 6.

    As for me? I’m grateful that I visited my parents this weekend, and that I’m giving myself some time to “heal” after losing passion in my current manuscript and to take my time with figuring out what I want to do next fiction-wise.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It really does. There are days it’s not easy – and that makes me think I’m not very grateful, because look at my life!

      I’m not a bit surprised you do it and that it has had an impact on you. 3-6 got me smiling, too!

      Glad you got to see your parents. I hope you’ll blog about the process about that manuscript. I had one die on the vine and I mourned it a bit, felt like I failed it, but then another grew up even stronger in its place.

  10. Lauren Becker says:

    These are all great things to be thankful for. I definitely need to find a better job for me – one where I can grow, etc.


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Lauren! You definitely deserve that – what would your dream job be?

  11. stomperdad says:

    As always, you’ve got a great list. I’m grateful for the technology to “visit” my parents 1100 miles away. It’s the next best thing to being there. Finding the positives can change our whole outlook on life…

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, brother. Remember how as kids we thought this “technology” would be so space-age? I mean, if Princess Leia can get that message to Obi-Wan through a droid … wouldn’t that be what we’d do now?

      The positives make all the difference. I’m living the same life, only different.

  12. Hey Eli… I hope you have weathered the storms ok. My daughter has extended family (in laws) in SC but they have done ok. It seems Florence went around them. I’m not sure exactly where you are, but I know you are close enough to be effected by the hurricane. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    I am getting my notebook out and making my grateful list! ❤
    1. Friends
    2. I don't live on the coast
    3. I can get up in the mornings… can't do it without pain though 😦
    4. ….

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