I strongly believe in the power of gratitude.  Exercising that power can change a person’s outlook on life and much of life and experience is really about perspective.

But just because I believe in the power of gratitude doesn’t mean I’m great at practicing it.  My husband laughs at me, and I can sometimes resort to laughing at myself, because I can be a Debbie Downer some days.  Seriously.  I’m pretty sure it is genetic and I got it from my mom, who always has something not so positive to say in any given conversation.

So, I’m hoping to share two things I’m grateful for (here on this little, new blog) every Tuesday.

1–I’m grateful that I can communicate so easily with my daughter’s school teacher.  Any minor or major question I have I can shoot him a quick e-mail.  We’ve chatted on the phone a handful of times, we e-mail probably once a week, and touch base when I pick Ivy up from school.  He lets me know if she’s been acting tired a lot one week, I let him know when tiffs break out between the girls, etc.  When i was growing up I think my mom only communicated with my teacher at parent-teacher conference or, on the very rare occasion, over the phone if there was a big issue.  But I love that I can know what is going on at school and work with Ivy’s teacher to make sure my daughter gets the best education possible.

2–I love that our newish apartment has HUGE windows that let in a lot of light.  After living in NYC for several years and the last two years in a very dark apartment I forgot how much I need the sunlight during the winter.  It has saved my sanity this winter.  On a good morning I will sit near the east window and read and called it my light therapy.  It feels good.