Taking my small victories where I can

(NaBloPoMo Day 3)

On Monday, I felt queasy and gross and “off” all day long. Tuesday morning I woke up with a headache, swollen throat, fever, and a slightly bloody nose. I don’t know what was going on. It could have been viral, or it could have been a side effect of getting used to the cooler temperatures and having heat on in the house. But seeing as Wednesday is my double shift, and I can NOT call out for my double shifts, I called out Tuesday in the hopes of beating this illness back with rest, OTC meds, orange juice, and the book I’ve been trying to finish for a while now.

As it turns out, that is a good time to reflect on all the good things – the small victories – I’ve been fortunate enough to have here lately:

  • I am inching ever closer to the date I can let my aunt’s house go.
  • My water-drinking game is still on point. I never thought I’d see the day when I preferred water to all else, but here I am! And I hope those days are here to stay.
  • I’ve found two new shows I love: See and The Morning Show. I know the latter has been getting some pretty brutal reviews, but obviously I love it.
  • I have FINALLY – after fifteen years of living here – decided how to best utilize my home’s layout! I can’t wait to get to work to make it all come together, as this really has seemed a lot like a temporary residence for most of these fifteen years. That’s all a story for another post, though….and that post may have to help me meet my NaBloPoMo goal at some point.
  • My credit score is still holding steady – and should be set to improve here soon, as I’m about to make my third on-time car payment. I will never take good credit for granted again.
  • I was waiting in line at CVS the other day to have my Advair prescription refilled, when they told me that there is now a generic for Advair (Wixela), and my insurance covered it 100%. I have been waiting a dozen years for a generic alternative to Advair!
  • Aristotle, our 70 pound pit bull, decided he did not like the neighbor’s dogs barking at him, and ran so hard he snapped out of his collar to meet them at their fence. It took me a while, but I was finally able to wrestle him back to our porch. In work clothes and on a full bladder, natch! And the strain of it surprisingly didn’t cause me empty it. Not even a little bit, y’all! And my work clothes remained clean. If that’s not a win, then I don’t know what is!

It’s too easy to get overwhelmed by the stressful things in life, so yes, I do think I’ll take my small victories when and wherever they happen.

What small victories are YOU thankful for these days?

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  1. Jacqueline says:

    I love the straightforward simplicity of your goals and victories. I am aiming for the same, but starting with “don’t feel guilty that you aren’t blogging frequently enough for #NaBloPoMo”, LoL. Another goal would be, how to keep up with all the lovely blogs I come across! Maybe the fundamental goal would be to stretch time:-)

    I would be THRILLED to figure out the best use of my home’s layout. We are at 16 years and counting and there’s not a week that goes by where I don’t wonder how I might make my surroundings more livable and loveable. But I’m grateful to have a home, so simple vicotry right there.

    Sending you healing vibes…

    • Kim says:

      I have learned after so many years that goals have to be pretty much straightforward and simple. Small, achievable goals and baby steps are definitely the way to go! I sure do wish I could keep up better and create better content here on the blog, but I can’t really beat myself up about it. At least I am trying.

      Thank you so much for the healing vibes, and I really hope you are able to find a plan for your home that you love! Like you, I am so, so thankful to even have a home. Having it feel just right has long been a want, but certainly the most important thing is actually having a home. I do not take it for granted!

  2. Liz A. says:

    Small victories are the best. I’ve found that I prefer water most of the time, too. (So, it’s likely that you’ll find that you won’t go back to preferring other beverages.) Although, I find when I’m sick water is the last thing I want (I usually want juice then).

    • Kim says:

      Juice is definitely king when sick! I’ll still drink water, but juice or a cold Coca-Cola Classic (in can!) are what I crave when I feel bad.