Congratulations everyone, we’ve survived another Black Friday and Cyber Monday. All indicators seem to reflect that 2012 is going to be a banner year for retailers and that is certainly good news for our economy. I’ll readily admit that I love a good deal as well as the next gal – my nickname in certain circles is “Shop-Dot-Kim.” However, each year, as the holiday season approaches, I find myself a little disappointed by the commercialism that emerges as we all tee-up for the manic rush to buy… buy… buy!
I am not above the fray here. I have my websites that have trained me, like the rats in a lab experiment, to compulsively log-on when their daily deals are released. My two current favorites are One Kings Lane and Joss and Main . In the interest of full disclosure, I took advantage of both these sites this past Cyber Monday and scored some great deals for Christmas presents – as well as a killer throw for 70% off.
I am certainly not one to walk away from a good bargain. I’ve dedicated previous blog posts to topics such as the joys of estate sale perusing and DIY projects. However, lately I’ve been making an effort to also focus on what’s important in life – not things, not the obtaining of things – but rather the simple and everyday pleasures that I should notice and appreciate. Especially during this holiday season, I find that I need to create a personal “gratitude inventory.”
So, in no particular order, here is the first draft of my list of “things” for which I am grateful:
My sun garden. We planted this garden just before my son graduated from high school almost four years ago. It has yielded some of the most beautiful peonies, irises, and lilies I have ever seen. Every year I seem to find a new flower peaking up through the foliage. I’ve even managed to cultivate a garnet and gold iris (Go Noles!).
A good cup of coffee. I really love coffee. There is nothing better than a well-brewed cup of Joe on a cold morning.
The silence after a snow fall. I was born and raised in Florida, so I didn’t come to appreciate the beauty of a snow covered landscape until much later in life. Before the shoveling, after the storm, there is a wonderful moment when the world seems to briefly stop and everything is quiet and calm.
My son’s killer smile. Jimmy’s whole face lights up when he smiles. His eyes dance and if he’s also laughing it’s incredibly infectious.
The sound of my gal pal’s laughter. Speaking of laughter, I LOVE being in a room, or at a bar, with my gal pals and we’re all laughing uncontrollably.
A clean house. Every once in awhile the house is exactly the way I want it to be: the laundry is done (and folded… and put away), the dishwasher is empty, the beds are made, and I just go “ahhh….” This doesn’t happen nearly often enough.
A great romantic movie. If Pride and Prejudice is on TV, I will stop and watch it every time. Mr. Darcy never ceases to intrigue me.
A really good “guy flick”. I also have a weakness for well-made action and adventure movies. I’m a sucker for films like The French Connection, The Dirty Dozen, or any of the Indiana Jones franchise.
Listening to my parents tell stories. I never get tired of hearing about Florida in the 50s or my Dad’s baseball playing days or how my Mom rebelled against the nuns.
A weekend when all my football teams win. This list has expanded from the Florida State Seminoles and the Dolphins to now also include Penn State and NC State. It’s not very often that all these teams all win on the same weekend (especially the Dolphins – come on boys!).
So, how about you? What would make it on to your top ten “gratitude inventory” for 2012?
Nathalie Villeneuve saysDecember 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm
Hi Kimba, This year seems to go by without me seeing too much of the frenzies of the malls and stores. I guess I am able to plan my shopping experiences and since I usually do it early in the week, things are quiet.
I noticed that people has put the decorations out earlier this year…it indicates good spirit!
I loved reading about what you are grateful for! I'd love to live close by cause i know i'd visit you a lot!
You are the type of friend one can dream to have!
Kim Dalferes saysDecember 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Nathalie, you are such a positive force, I bet folks would decorate early just to see your smiling face! Hey, how about a WOFB Retreat – wouldn't that be kinda fun and we could get to meet in person?
Jacs Henderson saysDecember 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm
Loved your list Kimba, I went down it, just feeling all those things (apart from the football, but I just felt your gratitude on that one and it made me smile!) and I feel very grateful – you have a great holiday season if we miss each other before then 🙂
Kim D saysDecember 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm
Thx Jacs! Hope you have a great holiday season too.
Christina saysDecember 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Great post! I love One King's Lane too. Thank you for sharing your gratitude list–for me it's definitely chai tea, my dogs, and friends and family.
Kim D saysDecember 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm
I'm not a big fan of tea but I do like Chai! I've scored a few things from OKL lately, love when they have their blow-out sales!
Kathi Casey saysDecember 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm
My daughter's smile is another of my favorite things – my son's is more of a cute little smirk, but Loretta's lights up her whole face like Jimmy's does.
Thanks for sharing your list and making us all think of our favorites!
Kim D saysDecember 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Kathi, I bet your daughter has a smile and a laugh just like yours!
Suzanne saysNovember 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm
I love your gratitude list. As for now, I haven't shopped for the holidays, but each new year brings me closer and closer to the simplicity of the holidays. I like to shop local and support the local artisans.
Kim D saysNovember 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm
I definitely like to shop local – especially the local shops that support me all year by carrying my book. I am very grateful and easily spend any royalities on their great merchandise. Thanks Suzanne for reminding all of us to spread good cheer (and maybe a little cash) at the local establishments that make up our neighborhoods.
Katy Tafoya saysNovember 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm
Love your list Kimba. Might I suggest for your "guy flick" that you check out the latest Bourne movie. If you've followed the trilogy at all, you won't be disappointed. And if you didn't, you won't be in the dark. I really loved it. I shared my own list over on my Success for Solopreneurs fan page around Thanksgiving. Counting my blessings and listing what I'm thankful for is always such a fun activity.
Kim D saysNovember 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm
Katy, I love the Bourne franchise – does it really work without Matt Damon?? Very much diggin that a fellow gal pal is loving the guy flicks…
marquita herald saysNovember 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm
I love your list Kimba. I've started working on mine as well, so you've inspired me to keep at it … two of mine are my first cup of coffee in the morning, which I drink standing out on my deck (usually in the dark before sunrise) looking out over the West Maui Mountains – the moon in the background sinking toward the ocean gives the mountains a glorious subtle glow. I love mornings 🙂
Kim D saysNovember 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm
I fellow coffee lover – Marquita I KNEW I like you!!
Jean saysNovember 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm
What a wonderful list and your iris is beautiful! I send out a card of gratitude just about every day, it helps me to start my day in a positve way and ensures that the people I appreciate know how I feel
Some of the things I am grateful for:
I love the way my grandson laughs, especially when he's cracking himself up!
I love to see my two grown kids hang out together. They are polar opposites and distance has grown between them but every once in a while they'll remember the things they have in common and just enjoy being together.
The list continues but…. those are the two things that are on my heart today!
Kim D saysNovember 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm
Jean, that is so funny because my Mom says the same thing about now seeing my bother and I hang out together: how fun it is for her to see us interacting and loving each other as adults. And, I am sure your grandson is a doll!
Louise Edington saysNovember 30, 2012 at 11:23 am
I just don't do the craziness of the holiday shopping. We went to two stores on the Sunday after Black Friday and nailed nearly all our Christmas shopping for our girls and the rest is done online. I also adore Garage Sales and up/recycling what other no longer want 😀 I have just done a 30 days of gratitude challenge on my Facebook page and I feel so full of gratitude for my life right now!
Oh and btw, I haven't forgotten about your astrological chart. They will come, I had a crisis of confidence and am doing some training with a mentor 😀
Kim D saysNovember 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm
Louise, take your time with the chart – I know it will be very interesting and insightful; just like you!