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On Feeling Grateful

On Feeling Grateful

I’ve started to believe that one of the greatest gifts in life is an ability to be grateful for what we have in the moment.

I had a realization recently that I spent the better part of last year being ungrateful. There was a lot of self-pity and doubt, a lot of woe is me. I attribute it to the tipping point I had reached in my life: my¬†inability to find a way to make it work in the Bay Area, an¬†acceptance of my identity as a mother — maybe even primarily so, for the time being, and some other personal obstacles I won’t get into here. The bottom line is that I spent a lot of energy being frustrated and angry. Sometimes with no one in particular, sometimes with myself, and sometimes with other people.

The babies turned 7 months old a few days ago, and Neko has become a person who talks and has opinions and is generally pretty likable (save the classic toddler tantrums). I’ve started to fall into a new routine: a steady stream of consulting and freelance work, recipe testing and photography, my new obsession Core Power Yoga, and mothering. I will admit that I still often feel unsteady in this new life and this new role as a mother of three. But the one thing I’m damn proud of is my newfound ability to be grateful for the things that are important in the moment. I find myself looking at my babies’ faces for a long period of time and studying their little hairs and smooth skin. I examine all the new flowers that are in bloom in our backyard.

I try to smell all the flowers. Because I have discovered that their season is brief.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded again that I am grateful for my people.

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Ashley Rodriguez

    Ohhh I love this. Such a good reminder. It’s an art and a practice – that being grateful business. Today I’m grateful for the sun, and my little garden starting to grow, three healthy children, and the cupcakes I’m about to make. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Happy Mother’s Day to you, friend! I watch with great admiration how you handle three kiddos, your business, and your relationship. Grateful for sun, too! xo

  • Amy Orlandi

    Thank you so very much for this perspective. I’m working through a similar transition right now (just had second baby and feeling the desperate need to leave SF). Trying to practice gratitude and self-compassion daily to help with the transition but it’s far too easy to slip into negative thinking. Happy Morher’s Day!! xx

  • Hi Amy, I feel for you. It’s a tough transition. But you WILL figure it out. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! x

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