Being Grateful & Thankful

Are you glad it’s the weekend?  I sure am!   I’ve been working a ton, being the breadwinner, being mommy, being pulled in so many different directions.

It’s time to stop.

And give gratitude and thanks. Because that is centering and calming and puts things in perspective.

1. Beautiful weather.  70s, sunny, not a cloud in the sky.  Blooming flowers, plants, and palm trees.  This is why I live in San Diego.  I made sacrifices and chose to live here and can’t imagine my life anywhere else.  Especially in the winter!

2. Skylar.  The joy, meaning, and purpose of my life.  Period.

3. My new camera bag

4. The ability to do yoga and to have the gift of yoga in my life the past decade.


5. Anything with Peanut Sauce

Raw Vegan Spring Rolls & 2 Minute Peanut Sauce

6. Anything with Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Chex Mix (Vegan, No-Bake), i.e. Puppy Chow

7. Anything with Chocolate

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Tip: Free Valentine’s Day Recipes from Vega

I noticed that lots of them call for their Macasure bars, and I’ve posted about those and Maca uses and benefits in general.   I am sure you could simply use regular baker’s chocolate, or chocolate chips, in place of whatever their recipes call for.


From my last post on the Valentine’s Day stash I picked up and my thoughts on the holiday, it was fun to hear what you think about the Day.  And what your plans for Valentine’s Day weekend are!


1. Any plans for (Valentine’s Day) weekend or the weekend in general?

Working, being with Scott and Skylar, and possibly getting together with a good friend!

2. What are you Grateful For?

Could be something as simple as hot coffee in the morning or a hot shower, or as deep as having a wonderful relationship with friends or family.

I’ve posted in the past about other things I am grateful for.

Enjoy your weekend!

59 comments on “Being Grateful & Thankful”

  1. What an inspiring post. My mom tells me how grateful she is for me like you are or Skylar.
    Last night my friends and I celebrated one of my girlfriend’s 21st birthday with food, drinks, games, music etc. my boyfriend is coming for the weeked and tonight my college is having a semi-formal. should be fun!!
    i’m grateful for my parents, friends, boyfriend, and animals (cat and hampster and i’m getting a turtle today)
    <3 Michelle

  2. Your daughter is so adorable! :)

    I’m thankful for some me-time these days. Since quite a busy week lies behind me, I didn’t have the opportunity to get to my own things (thesis, piano, walks) so much, and currently I just enjoy the silence and absence of fix appointments.

  3. I’m grateful to have an apartment with a heater and fridge full of healthy yummy foods :) And of course, for my family and friends!
    Your talk of warm weather always makes me wish I was in Cali! I’m totally applying for PhD programs in every warm state there is. If I end up near you I hope we can hang out :)

  4. Something kind of sad (or just funny)– I TOTALLY forgot that it was Valentine’s Day in a few days!! Things have been so hectic lately, I thought I had another week!!

    Taking time to think about gratitude is always so beneficial to the spirit… :-)

  5. Great post! :-)
    Those raw spring rolls looks so good!
    I am thankful for the unconditional love and undying support I receive from my family and true friends.

  6. Beautiful post Averie, it made me smile. I’m grateful for my lovely family and friends and for getting some great news. I went back to the specialist and I now have 20/20 vision in my right eye again, very very happy about this. No plans for Valentines, still waiting for my proper prince to arrive. I’ll be having a girls night out later so will be fun. Hope you have a fun Valentines.

  7. I’m grateful that your beautiful pictures have inspired me to get outside and go to the beach today! Thanks!

  8. That camera bag is ADORABLE. Jealous :D

  9. I am so grateful for my family.. My kids, my dog, my brother, sil and lovely nieces.. I’m grateful my mother and I have worked on our issues and are close now. I’m grateful that my X husband and I are really good friends and we work together as a team to co parent out children. I’m grateful for my camera and lens and photography and blogging and this wonderful world of support and community online!

  10. i made spring rolls today filled with carrots, celery, and mixed greens. so delicious! i am grateful for the little things in life that normally i wouldn’t think of.. like having heat and a roof over my head during this freezing cold winter we’re having, and feeling so blessed as to how lucky i am :)

  11. I’m so grateful for my health and my family’s as well. Everyday that I roll out of bed, it’s a blessing :)

  12. I am grateful for an easy semester … It is nice to have some time to myself.

  13. I am grateful for my animals, my amazing boyfriend, friends, family, new business, ditto on the chocolate!, farmer’s markets, my wonderful home on the lake, WARMER weather!!, and lovely women like you who are out there inspiring others to be the best they can be everyday! Thank you!!

  14. While the family and I aren’t vegan (or even vegetarian) we do try to minimize our consumption of animal products. Today I baked my very first batch of vegan cupcakes and you can bet that I will be trying that chocolate mousse at the very next opportunity. It looks just to die for.

  15. Agreed on giving thanks. And the weather is actually beautify here too – in the 60s and not a cloud in the sky either. Gotta enjoy that before the rain starts up again this week! Such a cute pic of Skylar.

    1. We’re going out on Monday and doing a fun gift exchange.
    2. Being a live and having many wonderful blessings – too many to list. :-)

  16. I found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later.

  17. I’m grateful for being surrounded by loving friends, and also for the opportunity to expand my education and pursue a new career!

  18. Interesting idea but I’m not sure it would work

  19. Interesting idea but I’m not sure it would work

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  21. *Love* all the sunny Southern California pics you post! Freezing in the Northeast here this winter and your nature/outdoor/flower shots are always so beautiful and uplifting… almost like a teeeeny, tiny vacation. :) (More please! Hehe.)

  22. Weekend plans: family time celebrating my youngest brother’s 34th birthday

    Grateful for: my health, my family, my husband, my pets, my friends, the snow, the sun, a great boss.

  23. Saturday: spent time with family celebrating my youngest brother’s 34th BDay. Also included a 2 hr snowshoeing outing. Fun!

    Weather: we had a wonderful snow squall while we were out snowshoeing. Couldn’t see more than 10 ft in front of us. So beautiful :)

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