July Gratitude List

July is coming to a close. Today let’s pause for a minute and take a look back at the things we are grateful for this month. Life is made up of little fleeting moments, and when you take a moment to reflect back in gratitude, you make today a better one.

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Here are some things I am thankful for this month:

1. Air Conditioning

I am sooooo grateful for air conditioning. It has been a really, really hot July here in upstate NY. It is regularly in the 90’s and the humidity makes it very muggy. I’ve never done well in the extreme heat, and now that I’m in perimenopause and going through hot flashes, air conditioning is one of my best friends!

So last weekend one of our units blew. My hubby and son were away in Cape May so I had to get it fixed by myself. The night before was so uncomfortable, I tossed and turned and sweated like a pig. It felt like I was in an all-night hot flash 🙁

One guy I called would only come out if I agreed to pay $350 up front – just for him to come and look at the unit- the repairs and labor were extra. I couldn’t believe it. Another 24 hour emergency service couldn’t come out for 4 days. 😛

I was kind of freaking out a little at this point. But I kept up doing more research on Google and finally found a guy who was much more reasonable- only $85- and available right away!

I was so lucky to find that guy- he was actually pretty nice and didn’t take me to the cleaners either, thank God. And let me tell you, once that fan and cool air started up, I could have jumped for joy!

2.  Cucumber, Tomato, Onion & Dill Salad

There is nothing like the fresh veggies of summer. And I am loving this salad this month- I eat a big helping of it almost every day. It is so easy to make- it only takes a few minutes. I use my own cherry tomatoes, and locally grown cucumbers, dill and purple onions. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Sugar
Kosher Salt
Fresh Dill Weed
Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Cucumbers sliced
1 Large Sliced Red Onion
4 cups Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half (or 3-4 Large Tomatoes, sliced into wedges)

Directions:

In large bowl, mix vinegar, sugar, oil, salt, pepper and dill. Add cucumbers, onion, and tomatoes. Toss, and let stand 15 minutes.

It keeps nicely in the refrigerator all week too. You can dress it up with feta cheese or just eat it plain. Its sooooo good! You must try it 🙂

3. Connecting With My Friends

Last month I went out to dinner with 2 of my girlfriends who I really love. We had such a nice time, but we hardly ever get together. Without fail, at the end of we always say – We should do this more often! – but then never do anything about it. Well this time I did! I said let’s schedule our next dinner now and make it something we do regularly.

It was such a little thing, and yet because of that, we’re going out to dinner again tonight! 🙂 We chose a Latin American restaurant and we’re meeting at 6. We’re going to eat outside and enjoy a few cocktails. I can’t wait! 😀

4. Blogs I Enjoyed Reading This Month

Celebrating Sunshine– I’ve been reading Ana’s blog for about a month or so now and it is always so uplifting. In fact, her latest blog post, Monthly Celebration, was the inspiration for this post today 🙂

Reinventing Julie– I Identify very much with the author because she and I are both about the same age (50ish) and almost empty-nesters. Her latest blog post, Five Things to do When Dating After Forty, really hit home with me. Not because I’m dating, but because I am working on rebuilding my 23 year marriage after lots of ups and downs. The tips were really helpful.

5. Blog Posts In July

Using The Inner Body to Bring You Inner Peace

How to Accept Things that Irritate Us

The Challenges of Dealing With My Bipolar Husband When He Acts Out

Healing Shower Meditation to Wash Away Your Fears, Stress & Anxiety

6. My Morning Meditation

I really love meditating this time of year- because I can do it outside! It is a few minutes of heaven each day to sit on my back patio and just be there in silence, hearing all the little sounds and feeling the coolness of the early summer mornings. This is my absolute favorite time of day.

And you? What are you grateful for this July? Please share your July gratitude list so we can all be happy for you too!

xo, Lisa Arcelia

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22 thoughts on “July Gratitude List”

    1. Oh gosh Melissa, broken AC for a whole week! You poor thing! That’s nice that you have your in-laws close by. Still, that must have been tough moving in with them for a week.:)

  1. Your post made me realize how grateful I am for my AC as well…funny how sometimes we don’t notice things like that until they’re gone. And good for you on setting a specific date for your get-togethers…that is something I need to do more often!

    1. We had such a fun night. And we already set a date for our next dinner. I hope you will make time to get together with your friends too Emma, it’s so important and makes you feel so good 🙂

  2. A/C is definitely on my gratitude list in July. I wrote about it quite a few times in my gratitude journal. Connecting with my positive energy friends was also great for me in July. I would add spending time at the beach to my list.

    1. Hi Kim, How nice that you keep a gratitude journal. I have a few from years past under my bed. Isn’t it nice to look back and remember sometimes? How very cool that have positive energy friends! The older I get, the more selective I am in general of my friends. Today my circle is small but only good and kind people. Isn’t it wonderful to connect with friends that you can just be yourself around? As far as the beach, I haven’t gotten there yet this summer. But in one week we are leaving for Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I haven’t been there in years and am really looking forward to it. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  3. I have to say I’m thankful for the opportunity for my husband and I to finally be together. We spent over a year apart because of military things and we finally are living in the same house again!

    1. Oh Maryanne, first of all, thank you so much for your service to our country! My heart goes out to you and your husband. So happy you are together now. And may God keep you both safe always. God bless all our wonderful military families who sacrifice everyday things for the good of our country. Thank you thank you thank you.

    1. Oh no Rebecca, Miami is blazing! You poor thing, I can’t even imaging being in Miami without air conditioning! That would be my worst nightmare! So glad yours is running now, probably not as glad as you though 😀

  4. We tend to take things for granted and forget to be grateful. Happiness is in the little things – a good book, good friends, fresh tomatoes, or morning meditation. Thank you for mentioning my post, Lisa. I’m so glad it inspired you. 🙂

    1. Amen to fresh tomatoes 🙂 Your post did inspire me Ana and I thank you so much for that. Taking a moment to reflect back in gratitude is such a great way to find happiness and make the day a good one. I really had fun writing this post and reading everyone’s thoughtful comments. 🙂

  5. I love this idea of closing out July. So sorry about your AC. We’ve had crazy hot temps here in MI too.

    Just as you, I’m grateful for AC, another year to celebrate our marriage, and a girl’s weekend away!

    1. Hi Rachel! Aw no worries, it all worked out 🙂 I’m happy for you celebrating your marriage, and very cool about your girl’s weekend. I’m planning a trip with my girlfriends too. We had the hardest time deciding wrer to go. First we wanted Las Vegas, then New Orleans, then we thought about Lake Placid, NY. And now we’re pretty sure we’ve going to Newport, Rhode Island! It shouldn’t be this hard, lol! Where are you guys going? 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for the shout out Lisa. I really enjoy your posts and the commonalities we have make it super enjoyable. This post is such a great reminder to gratitude. Thanks for kicking me in the pants now and then. I need it.

    1. My pleasure Julie 🙂 Keep on posting awesome content, I so enjoy your blog. And this is so not meant as a kick in the pants, maybe just a gentle reminder. We all need them right? 🙂

  7. I’m grateful for all of the movies I went to, celebrating our anniversary on the beach, hanging with friends, and yes air conditioning. It’s 98 in Michigan right now. Ick.

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