10 Things Grateful, Even Without a Nap

Stormtrooper numnum
He’s trying to figure out what happened to the rest of him.

The orbit’s closing, at least.

I can get through my blog cycle in a week. I’ve done it twice in a row, even. I seem to surface in time for the weekly gratitude. I’m grateful for that.

There’s so much more to do, though.

I have some wonderful guest posts lined up. I’ve done some work I’m proud of on websites I admire. I want to share those, too. It’s awesome, though, to visit some sites I haven’t in a while.

To make new friends and rekindle friendships.

To imagine a day I can coach and dad and write. Eat stellar food and get enough rest. It’s getting closer. For now, I’ll be thankful to have caught up in time for this. Let’s see if I can squeeze in a post before the next one!

10 Things Grateful

A shirt from our last event. Even if you’re not in multi-level marketing, it’s a legit question. What is your why?

1. Apps that can help me get better. I just tapped the health button on the iPhone the girls got me for Father’s Day. There’s tons of stuff in there and it told me I walked 6.4 miles on Wednesday. That wasn’t even a busy day.

2. Parts of my health improving. I’m leaner and meaner. Better in mind, too. We’ll see what the A1C says in about a week!

3. TVs and employee discounts! Madison took her 55-inch TV with her to her new place. Dang kid. Luckily, there was a sale and a Target employee discount to be had … and I used it on something other than stormtroopers and animal crackers.

I’d so do this to a dodgers pitcher if I was God.

4. A universe that gives me just enough. Like Jerry Seinfeld said, the news always seems to fit in the newspaper. We always seem to find a way to get what we need.

5. A kid willing to watch The Office on my laptop. Camdyn and Hayden join me for late-night tea and The Office. Between TVs, we had to watch on my laptop!

6. Hayden finally getting that kitten. Abu. She’s wanted him for so long.

F***in’ Zaxby’s, man.

7. The belief that yes, today I might write! I think that every day and I often get close. I’m rushing through this because I have a football game to cover in two hours.

8. Time spent in the present. I’ve been mindful about eating these days even. No phone, no laptop, just me and my grub.

9. My motor. It goes when my moxie is flattened. Because really, all the busy I have, it’s mostly good busy.

This is good. Another future post. About serendipitous shit.

10. The ability to start off right – tomorrow. Yeah, it’s not New Year’s Day, but it’s kind of better. I read somewhere that sucking at something is the first step to being sort of good at something.

What’s got YOU all thankful this week?

quotes beattie gratitude


  1. ksbeth says:

    looking forward to hanging with friends on a lake today, just lazing around and no agenda.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      How was the lake? Days with no agenda are like free playoff tickets.

      1. ksbeth says:

        Great -the best

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Superior might have a say in that.

  2. susi_snaps says:

    Grateful to have made it through the first two weeks in a new position at work and liking it so far. It feels good and positive, not stressful and negative like my last one.
    Also love the quote! Happy weekend!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      What job are you doing now, Susi? I have a similar switch from the stressful to the positive at work.

      Finding the quotes is one of the most fun parts of these posts.

  3. Kathy G says:

    That Melodie Beattie quote is one of my favorites!

    This week I was lucky all around. The air conditioner and car problems turned out to be easy (and cheap) fixes. The cats were pronounced healthy at their yearly trip to the vet. And, I scored some cheap plants for a decorating project.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s a good quote, isn’t it?

      Glad to hear you’ve had a lucky week – the best part about doing these posts is that I get to hear all these good things. It’s magic when you end up on the best-case scenario for potentially big-time problems (such as my daughter’s knee and your AC/car!) A good year for the cats, too. Just keep them out of your new plants, Kath!

  4. Thankful with you that we do seem to get what we need most.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We do. And I find, Mimi, that the more I can detach from what I think I need the happier I can be.

  5. 111. OMG. I kid you not, Eli, but I see the number 11 several times a day. I don’t necessarily keep track of how many times; rather, I see the number and reflect on what I was thinking just before then. If it wasn’t a positive though, then I try to shift my thinking to something more positive at that moment.

    As for your sources of gratitude this week, I love #7 and #8. The former is always precious when you’re a writer; the latter is more important for one’s overall health than one might think.

    This week I’m grateful for two unique animal moments. On Wednesday, I had three close-up sightings of red-tailed hawks (one on my condo rooftop, the other two at the parking lot at work). And yesterday, I was inside the butterfly house at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, and two swallowtails perched on me: one on my back, and the other on the crown of my head. I actually took a sort-of-selfie with the second one! And then I wrote a poem about it later in the day. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I know also that when we see other numbers we don’t register it as an event. But when certain numbers appear repeatedly … who am I to dismiss that? I like your idea of reflecting on your previous thoughts. Talk about a way for the universe to spur mindfulness.

      Glad you liked 7 and 8. There’s always something in the way of writing time, but I will not give up the battle. And I’ve learned to appreciate my food so much more with my eyes not fixed on a screen or a page.

      I wonder if hawks work in the same way as the No. 11. I think the swallowtails were just sweet on you. I’d love to see that selfie – and the poem. On the blog?

      1. The selfie: Yes, though it might not be until my next What’s Making Me Happy Post, which will go up late September / early October. 😉

        The poem: Probably not. I need to type it up and revise it first, and then maybe submit it to literary journals. So we’ll see what happens there!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Dang, I’ll have to wait on your selfie the same way I have to wait on barbecue month. Which is to mean pretty much worth it.

        Keep me in the loop on the literary journal, too, would you?

  6. Laura says:

    Oh man, *that sandwich.* I can’t form the words…
    I’m beyond grateful that my kids had an AWESOME first week in their new school. Like, over the moon awesome. As in, even my *son* told me he loves their school.
    There’ve been tears this week, but they’re the happy kind.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s like one of those really pretty women in an Oil of Olay commercial, looking at that sandwich. You know what I mean?

      It’s good to have a good start, isn’t it? How’re their teachers? I miss the days my girls loved school so much.

      Happy tears are good. Also, tears from not being able to stop laughing. Or tears when you make a barbecue pizza on the grill for the first time and it turns out stellar. (I didn’t cry, but I could have.)

  7. Lindsay says:

    Hey Eli,

    I just love that shirt and it’s message: “Remember why you started.” Such a great reminder. 🙂 I also like #10, the ability to start off right, tomorrow. Every day is a brand new day to start out fresh and with vigor and it’s never too late to start something… 🙂

    Glad you got yourself a purty new tv since your daughter took hers off with her.

    Hope you’re well Eli. xo

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Linds – in the hustle of hustling, it’s easy to forget why we’re hustling! And resets are always welcome, especially after a tough day. Just start again!

      It’s a sweet TV. By far the nicest thing in my house, even nicer than the waffle maker. Almost as loved as the waffle maker.

      Miss your words, friend. I’ll visit soon.

  8. Great post Eli. My favorite is #10 The ability to start off right – tomorrow. One of my favorite lines in a book is Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind which ends the book with the last line spoken by Scarlet Ohara, “After all… tomorrow is another day.” She could fix anything as long as it was tomorrow. Tomorrow offers a whole new day or wiping the slate clean. So number 10 is my favorite…well, a close tie with the Zaxby’s freaking sandwich. lol 😉

  9. ceyeh96 says:

    I love your list of things you’re grateful for 🙂

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