Days 28-31

I’ve noticed that despite the fact I’m dating these from a month ago, this still might be popping up in your feeds.  Sorry about that.  These will be my gratitude challenges from days 28-31…I’ll be at day 40 today.  I’m trying to catch up!


Day 28, 7/29/16
Day 28
Today was a trying day, but I’m grateful I got to work a short shift today. I need to calm down more, and I think it’s working just fine! 🙂

I started watching Stranger Things on Netflix. It’s an intense show.


Day 29 of the 365 Day Gratitude Challenge.
Day 29
This moth or butterfly was just flapping its wings. He or she was practically asking me to take their picture. And so I did.

In times of trouble and sadness, I must remind myself of good things. I’m grateful I still have a job? LOL. I made a necklace a while ago with all these crystals. I believe in its healing powers (no laughing please). I believe somehow, in some way, it’s protecting me. I’m grateful for believing in what I believe in. I’m grateful in believing in the universe, and knowing no matter what, there is a bigger plan for me…

Yeah, that’s all I have today.


Day 30 of the 365 Days of Gratitude Challenge.
Day 30
I was gonna go out shopping today when this little guy caused me to make a full stop so I wouldn’t run him over. He ran up to me and practically jumped into my car!

I have looked everywhere throughout the neighborhood, looking for his owners. Everyone I talked to said they didn’t lose any dogs.

I don’t know if I’m grateful for having such a soft spot for abandoned pets, but I think he’s grateful I took him in temporarily.


Day 31

Day 31

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”

~~Bruce Lee

There are mistakes in life. I like to think of them as lessons to be learned. A person was brought in nearly ten years ago to turn a non-profit organization around. That said person was finally let go around February or so. I don’t know how much faster you can turn things around unless you have a charity event. That would have been the smart thing to do. Like have kids create art, and then auction them off. I’m sure you’ll stumble upon the next Picasso one of these days.

But stuff like that wasn’t done, and you’re still in the hole. A very deep hole…deeper than six feet. And so a merging offer comes along. A merging offer from a non-profit place that has been and still is making money for the past 50 years. They keep building and growing. They have a dream, and I’m all for the change we so desperately need.

Yes I am sad to see staff members go, but that is and has always been the way of a merger. It’s really to weed out the weak, and keep in the strong….the ones that keep the place alive (as much as possible) and kicking.

I am grateful either way. If I keep my job, I am grateful I have a job. If I get fired, I am grateful I can apply for unemployment until I find another job. I would like to focus on my Etsy. I have bracelets made that I would LOVE to sell! I can’t really do that if I’m not home enough to devote my time to crafting and creating.

In other news, I found the owner of that little pup. He was a very sweet boy, but we are not ready to build an addition to the family like that. I’d rather have a human baby than another fur baby at this point in time. I’m grateful I was given the opportunity to see that having another fur baby would not be ideal for me…or my pups right now.





40 never bothered me
Because 40 was just something
I never thought would happen
Not for me

20 bothered me
20 made me feel old
20 broke my heart
Into millions of pieces

I never thought I’d ever
Live this long in life
But then I did
And I enjoyed it

I wanted to make plans
In order to keep me going
To a very old age
Because I wanted to live

And now it’s too late
My plans are as dead
As I feel deep inside
They’re hollowed and dried

I had fought the Universe
Every step of the way
Because I wanted so badly
For things to go my way

Dear 40
I’m not even there yet
And yet you have killed me
You have crushed my dreams

You’ve left me vacant and alone
You’ve left me an old maid
I’ll always and forever be
A hollow shell of no one

I’ll always be unwanted
Ugly on the inside
Constant self-hating
And forever forgotten

Why did you pick me
To live this life on earth?
A constant reminder
Of a life laid to rest

©Diana Jillian 7/27/16

Days 25 & 26

I’m just going to put days 25 (yesterday) and 26 (today on here). Only because I missed so much time, and I don’t feel like dealing with Facebook’s many glitches on how it shows you you post more than one pic in an album within a 24 hour period…Moving on

Day 25 and 26 of the 365 Day Gratitude Challenge 7/26/16, & 7/27/16…Hopefully *fingers crossed* I can catch up in a timely fashion. If something changes between now and tonight before bed, I will post another pic.
Day 25
I know today is Wednesday, but it’s part of my story to talk about Saturday.

On Saturday, I had to go to Macy’s to go get something at the Clinique counter. My mom went along with me. The lady at the counter was like apply for a credit card and get 20% off on your purchase. I said alright. She went to reach for something and the sign holder that was made out of plexiglass fell and cut my mom’s hand. The lady gave us all these free samples as a result.

One of them was a facial sunscreen. Well since I started using it, I noticed I was having an allergic reaction. My eyes were tearing up and it wouldn’t stop. I thought it was allergies from outside, but as I was using the sunscreen this morning, it suddenly dawned on me. I can’t use that kind of sunscreen on my face and this is why I use a baby formula…So it won’t get into my eyes and sting me. I am grateful I realized that.

Yesterday was a long day, but I am grateful I got a break, making my shift only 10 hours, rather than 11 hours.

Today, I am grateful I realized I am allergic to any kind of sunscreen that isn’t formulated for a baby! LOL.

Days 23 & 24

Day 23 of the 365 Day Gratitude Challenge.
Day 23
And here I thought I was ahead of the game. I caught up on blogs and I turned in mine early for once in a very long time….and here I go…forgetting to write up my daily challenge.

For Sunday, 7/24/16, I worked. And I trained someone. I basically spent my whole day talking to people.

I weighed myself and notice I’m about 4 pounds lighter. But it could be water. Ah, I don’t know anymore. I’m trying not to think about it….okay, okay. Grateful things.

I’m grateful for challenges. I’m grateful for positive quotes to keep me motivated, I’m grateful for good friends, and I’m grateful for this life in general! 🙂


Day 24 of the 365 Day Gratitude Challenge. 7/25/16
Day 24
I had to go to bed early so I could get up and get ready for work. A functioning adult is not what I am. I am not capable of getting a routine down straight.

Most people, I’m guessing, get up and exercise. They make coffee, and shower while the coffee is brewing.

For me, I need time to gather my thoughts. I get dressed five minutes before having to leave the house.

Yesterday, I got news of meetings, and this irks me because it’ll be getting in the way of my sleep time, which on Tuesdays is around 6:30-ish. My son said he will drive me to the meeting so I can sleep a bit. What a sweet, young man he’s turned out to be.

I am grateful for my son! 🙂

Day 22

Day 22 of the 365 Day Gratitude Challenge. 7/23/16, Saturday.
Day 22
I went to work on my day off. Today they were doing a Zumba marathon. It was about two and a half hours long. The theme was Hawaiian like. I actually had this crown of fake flowers on my head for hours before I realized this and took it off my head.

As far as challenges go exercise wise, I’ve done none now in two days. I wanted to go to the mall to get something, and then I went out to eat with my parents and brother. Hey, I am entitled to a life every now and then. If it means skipping an exercise or a chore, well then so be it.

I’m grateful for brain break moments.


Day 21

Day 21 of the 365 Day Gratitude Challenge.

Day 21

Friday was an interesting day. I was going to post last night to finally be caught up and on time. However that is just not in my nature.

Yesterday was interesting as I saw a teeny tiny ladybug by the spine of the door. I decorated around the pool office, which killed some time. I’m grateful for moments where my work day goes by fast! 🙂

Day 20

Day 20 of the 365 Day Gratitude Challenge.

Day 20
Today was an interesting day. I thought I had to work a double, but didn’t. I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself. I went home and walked the dogs and did some yoga. I really needed the yoga.

And speaking of yoga…I mentioned that I could volunteer a class to do yoga. I’ve been doing yoga for a few years. I really hate to admit this, but I think I’ve been doing yoga for over 15 years now…I’m showing my age.

Earlier tonight, I was practicing, pretending I had a class. I really don’t know what to really say lol. I kept messing up what to say. I’m gonna wind up sounding like a stuttering idiot hahaha..

Still, I’m always grateful for new opportunities. And speaking of opportunities…there is an opening for a full time library assistant. *fingers crossed I didn’t jinx it by saying that out loud*