🆒 10 Things Grateful, plus meager efforts to write again

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Just a stormtrooper trying to steal Tim Tebow’s thunder.

I’m in a spot with not enough time to finish this, but also not so little time I can’t start.

And that’s sort of been the calling card in my life lately. Again, were this blog a goldfish in a bowl, it’d be floating belly-up. Interestingly, I feel better equipped to handle a hectic life than ever. And life is still keeping me away from this space.

Not entirely.

I’ve kept up (mostly) every day with the gratitude journal, so there’s plenty of material. Hopefully, that’ll get finished tonight after my boys’ soccer training and Camdyn’s teams’, when that Monster Energy drink kicks in somewhere between here and the Lowe’s Y.

I’m grateful to have a spot to return to and also for the Speedy Gonzales combo at Casa Grande, our new regular spot for team lunches.

But blogging and tacos are stalwarts of gratitude for me. It feels like you and I have some catching up to do. Please leave your gratitude and shit at the end of my gratitudes and shit, and we can all be grateful together.

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Is it breakfast time yet?

1-Practicing yoga when I don’t feel it. I had lots of excuses this morning: Too tired, it’s too hot, my feet are cold, the mat is too matty. I did it anyway, and I’m glad. Momentum can be sexy but give me some gritty traction any time to start my day.

2-The reasons to start up again. For many things. This blog. My journal. Better health. Healthier relationships. Relationships that benefit us both. Both work and play. Play, scheduled. Scheduled time for writing. Writing from my heart, head, and soul.

3-The innovators and the kind ones. We all know them. Those will cool ideas we can pour into. The ones who find a way to make everyone near feel comfortable. They’re not common and they’re not easy to imitate, but when you find the real thing …

madison camdyn sports shirts christmas love home
Madison and Camdyn horsing around in team shirts. I always get them team shirts. Aren’t they cute?

4-Meditation becoming automatic. I’m nearing 230 consecutive days of meditating (with a scare or three in between – a couple of midnight meditations!) The number means nothing, but the commitment to self-care means everything.

5-A challenge to a possible path for myself. As I approach the age my father learned he had leukemia, health has become paramount. Finally. He could do nothing about cancer, and neither can I, really. But there is plenty I can do something about.

6-Hayden’s happiness (and a trip home.) She glowed when she walked through the door. Ms. Independent takes care of business, which can make a dad feel shuffled out of the mix. I’m awfully proud she’s taking control of her days and kicking ass at it.

madisutt dress up camdyn concert famliy queens grant
My phone autocorrects to Madisutt when I try to type Madison, here with Sutton.

7-Thought-provoking questions and answers. Man, they make the world go ‘round. Them, and tacos. And you can’t contrive either. Not all conversations go all places, but the ones that do? They can transform both parties. You just have to trust and participate.

8-Praying again with Hayden in mind. I’m awful at praying. I stopped praying for the Rockies before Independence Day. I haven’t started praying about the Broncos. But when Hayden left for school, I found myself seeking an audience with my Home Boy, God.

9-Jennifer, for my Target schedule. My calendar looks like a cheap bookshelf with a ton of copies of War and Peace sagging its boards. Jennifer masterfully navigates my full-time, my coaching, and even sprinkles in not-asked-for downtime to keep me alive.

me coffee work target
Caffeine. Mmm.

10-The moment I start to dig in. It should always be earlier, but when it happens, it’s 100. Nothing is insurmountable even if I can’t surmount it in one day. The only way through is through, my friends. Let’s get this.

So what are you all grateful for these days?


waitley quote gratitude
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. – Denis Waitley


  1. beth says:

    after a series of 3 moves to get here, I’m happy to be in my new home at last.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Yes! Any brown boxes around still?

  2. Jeri Graham says:

    I love this one Eli!

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Jeri – hope you’re doing well!

  3. You have no time, and yet you make the time, and i am grateful that you do.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m grateful that you’re here, Mimi, and that you write what you do too.

  4. This: “My calendar looks like a cheap bookshelf with a ton of copies of War and Peace sagging its boards.” OMG, you have the best similes. Keep writing. I admire your ability to find gratitude in the small things. I don’t write my gratitude down but will start. I’m grateful for my mental and physical health—always. Your girls are adorable!! ❤

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked that similie, Lisa! I find that I’m searching for them constantly, as a dad and as a coach (so why not as a writer?) I am devising ways to get more writing time in. And reading. I need reading time!

      You’re someone I’m grateful for, Lisa. This reminds me … I haven’t done my journal today.

  5. Kudos to you and self care. Well done. Or doing. With the grueling awakening process I’ve been going through, and still am, feeling the connection between my head and heart, being able to feel gratitude has been unbearably difficult. Which is so not me. That said, some gratitude seeps in now and then, like the thought of my anxious teenager starting driving school on Monday. It will be his first time back in a classroom in 3.5 years. And I believe he’ll do well.

  6. Kathy G says:

    I’ve been so busy I don’t know if I’m coming or going, but things go better when I take a time out and focus on gratitude for a while.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Or you drop fast asleep on the couch at 10:30 pm because the week got the best of you! Here’s hoping for a bit of rest for us both.

  7. I’m grateful for my new job. For creative ideas and for collaboration with fine writers and artist like yourself. Happy weekend to you. 💜🦋

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That employer, I’m sure, is grateful for you, Michelle. It was good to collaborate with you! Hope your weekend is awesome.

  8. Beth says:

    Good to see a post from you my friend! I hope Hayden is enjoying her college experience so far! And I hear you about calendars that are so full they are overflowing. We’re one week into the school year and I can already see the craziness on tap. One moment at a time. And alllll the coffee. That might be what I’m most grateful for at the moment actually. Coffee. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Good to see you here, Beth! Hayden loves school, but says she needs more sleep. Calendars always bend but don’t usually break.

      I try not to look past four days on the calendar to retain sanity. One moment at a time is the only way!

      I forget I have free coffee at my disposal which explains the Tervis filled with Diet Mountain Dew keeping me upright.

  9. Lisa Tomey says:

    Happy to see you here! Great list!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you! I didn’t get the time to dive in as much as I’d like to have, but will next time.

  10. hey, welcome back, yo.

    (loved the line about the Rockies and Independence Day*)

    *I trust you were referring to the movie.
    have a good week
    y’all stop back in next week

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Sweet. Thanks! Yes, that was my reference …

  11. teachezwell says:

    I love your Home Boy, too. And your daughters look fan-tabulous and cute. Tebow is also looking fine over there. After reading your post, I wasn’t surprised to see that you are a writer. Congrats on being so skillful (and humble).

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey, thanks! They are pretty cool, those kids. Glad we connected! I’m following you now.

  12. Kristi says:

    Glad you joined us at the TToT this week! I think that prayers for others are some of the most productive prayers. (It’s always hard on parents when kids start college–hang in there!)

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s good to be here, Kristi! When things look tough for yourself, I think it’s the best time to pray for others, too, incidentally. We’re adjusting to her college life, and weekends home feel like holidays!

  13. Pat Brockett says:

    It is great to see you hear at TToT.
    “A challenge to a possible path for myself” – I like your conclusive comment of “But there is plenty that I can do something about.”
    No matter how old kids are, they are in our hearts and minds. Seeking an audience with God not only drawers down the powers of heaven for them, but to us.
    Love your #7!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Pat! I just started carrying a bag of candy corn in my work bag. I’m promising myself to eat just three a day. I’ve failed most days, but I’m hopeful. Why subject myself to that? If I can manage to hold to my promise, imagine what else I’m capable of.

      So glad you liked No. 7!

  14. Lauren Becker says:

    Yay for Jennifer and your Target schedule. It’s always good to have someone who who can navigate work hours with life and other jobs. I’ve been a bit hit or miss with blogging time/motivation. I really need to get some things scheduled ahead so I’m not always stressing last minute. haha


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      She takes good care of me, Lauren. And she thinks big-picture, which is awesome. My blogging time is all upside down. In fact, I just the moment am wondering if the Sept. 30 giveaway blog to support your anniversary is set for the wrong date.

      My dream is to get ahead! I tried it once. I liked it. A lot.

  15. #2 is wonderful. If this is the time to start again, so be it!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you – that one felt close to the heart, Viola. We can start again any minute we need to, too.

  16. Hi Eli,
    Good for you on all of those, specially self-care. Gratitude is everything!
    I am impressed with your meditation efforts. It eludes me.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hi, Ana – it feels good. And gratitude makes it feel even better. I’ve picked up so much momentum in meditation. You have to stick with it!

  17. Hello Eli, David and I are grateful we found each other (even if later in life), for our family and that we have such a great relationship with them, we are grateful we are healthy and we are living our dreams.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I love that, Laura – and I’m grateful we’ve found each other’s blogs!

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